Sharpen the Saw - S16

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Organizer: lyndon

Duration: Aug 29 to Sep 18, 2022


Every day for 21 days spend at least 2 minutes on deliberate practice or learning fundamentals. Examples:

  • You won't play songs on the guitar, you will do your arpeggios or music theory.
  • You won't do carpentry, you will study engineering principles. 
  • You won't play softball with friends, you will be at the batting cage.
  • You won't write more code, you will study computer science. 
  • You won't paint another wall in your house, you will learn about colour theory and design.
  • You won't discuss relationships with friends, you will learn about human nature via evolutionary biology.
  • You won't play chess, you will practice specific situations. 
  • You won't just observe the birds, you will learn about their skeletal structures.

...for at least 2 minutes per day.

Browse the ever-expanding library of Pacing Thing Recipes for guides on how to learn various things (JavaScript, shooting 3-pointers, memorizing song lyrics... etc.):

Deeper learning can be a pain, but deeper knowledge makes life more interesting once acquired. Deliberate practice is not as fun as just getting on with doing things, but it is how you get out of the rut of doing things in the same way you always do. It's hard to find the time to sharpen the saw, but it is a short cut to faster work.

Whatever learning or specific drills will help you with your interests and enrich your life in the long run, that's what we're doing here.


Pacing Thing automatically removes group members who are not committed. In this group, you are allowed to miss 6 assignments. On strike 7, you are out!



Day 1

Aug 29 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 2

Aug 30 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 3

Aug 31 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 4

Sep 1 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 5

Sep 2 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 6

Sep 3 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 7

Sep 4 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 8

Sep 5 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 9

Sep 6 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 10

Sep 7 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 11

Sep 8 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 12

Sep 9 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 13

Sep 10 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 14

Sep 11 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 15

Sep 12 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 16

Sep 13 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 17

Sep 14 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 18

Sep 15 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 19

Sep 16 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 20

Sep 17 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 21

Sep 18 - 11:59PM CDT