As a lot of people during the COVID-19 lockdown, I'm now working from home with my wife and three kids. Normally I don't need anyone but myself to distract me but now I often have someone needing my attention every few minutes. I can still get things done but there are things that need extra focus that never seem to get done. During times like this the Pomodoro technique comes to the rescue.
A lot has been written about the 10,000 hours it takes to be at the top of a competitive field. A more relevant question might be "how long does it take to reach a reasonable level of competence in anything?"
In this TED talk by Josh Kaufman, he argues that it takes just 20 hours - 20 hours of deliberate practice. Due to the law of diminishing returns, there's a sweet spot. For a small amount of time you can get great gains.
If we are short of time, what is the single best thing we can do for our health? There are quite a few things you could do:
- Cancer screening
- Eating more fibre
- Control your cholesterol
- Control your weight
- Drink less
- Smoke less
But what makes the biggest impact? What has the biggest return on investment?
Here's a great video where Dr. Mike Evans, from the University of Toronto, gives you the answer.
It is practically impossible to learn a language well without engaging with people face-to-face. However online resources can be incredibly helpful and speed up the learning progress. Here are my top five free online resources.
Many of us are looking for ways to save time, not in order to do more, but in order to have more time to do the things we care about most. Maybe you are looking for ways to spend more time with your children, or your doctor has recommended a slower paced, less stressful life for your health. In this case, perhaps what you need isn’t just another clever time saving trick; what you need is a lifestyle change.