Sharpen the Saw

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Organizer: lyndon

Duration: May 25 to Jun 14, 2021


Every day for 28 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 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 play softball with friends, you will be at the batting cage. 
  • You won't just observe the birds, you will learn biology fundamentals.

...for at least 2 minutes per day.

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 to 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 4 assignments. On strike 5, you are out!



Day 1

May 25 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 2

May 26 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 3

May 27 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 4

May 28 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 5

May 29 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 6

May 30 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 7

May 31 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 8

Jun 1 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 9

Jun 2 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 10

Jun 3 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 11

Jun 4 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 12

Jun 5 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 13

Jun 6 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 14

Jun 7 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 15

Jun 8 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 16

Jun 9 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 17

Jun 10 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 18

Jun 11 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 19

Jun 12 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 20

Jun 13 - 11:59PM CDT

Day 21

Jun 14 - 11:59PM CDT