Sharpen the Saw - S20

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Organizer: lyndon

Duration: Feb 23 to Mar 15, 2023


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

Feb 23 - 11:59PM CST

Day 2

Feb 24 - 11:59PM CST

Day 3

Feb 25 - 11:59PM CST

Day 4

Feb 26 - 11:59PM CST

Day 5

Feb 27 - 11:59PM CST

Day 6

Feb 28 - 11:59PM CST

Day 7

Mar 1 - 11:59PM CST

Day 8

Mar 2 - 11:59PM CST

Day 9

Mar 3 - 11:59PM CST

Day 10

Mar 4 - 11:59PM CST

Day 11

Mar 5 - 11:59PM CST

Day 12

Mar 6 - 11:59PM CST

Day 13

Mar 7 - 11:59PM CST

Day 14

Mar 8 - 11:59PM CST

Day 15

Mar 9 - 11:59PM CST

Day 16

Mar 10 - 11:59PM CST

Day 17

Mar 11 - 11:59PM CST

Day 18

Mar 12 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 19

Mar 13 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 20

Mar 14 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 21

Mar 15 - 11:59PM CDT