“the 10,000 Hour rule is a
definite key in success”
-Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
science Thinks the
“10,000 Hour Rule” May Be
An (Unproductive) myth
“It’s clear from this data that deliberate practice
doesn’t account for all, nearly all, or even most of the
variance in performance in chess and music.”
-Intelligence, Volume 45, July–August 2014, Pages 34–45 “Deliberate practice: Is that all it takes to become an expert?”
David Z. Hambricka, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289613000421 - cr0005
Tip #1: Your willpower is a limited
resource. Allocate Accordingly.
When you rely on
self-control, you usE
mental energy and
depleTE Your resources.
self-control is “fatigued”
Which is why…
Forcing yourself to work
longer doesn’t work.
It’s a formula for burnout.
“It takes time (an average of 15 minutes) to re-orient to a
primary task after a distraction such as an email.
Efficiency can drop by as much as 40%.”
- Harvard Business Review, December 21, 2010 “You Can't Multitask, So Stop Trying”
Paul Atchley, http://blogs.hbr.org/2010/12/you-cant-multi-task-so-stop-tr/
The most productive people
work in 90 minute cycles
with 15 minute breaks .
“for every 10 minutes people “fool around” online, they spend:
• 2.9 minutes less on all other types of leisure
• 2.7 fewer minutes working (or a more dramatic 3.75 minutes for
people in their 30s)
• 1.2 fewer minutes on personal care - including sleep
• 1 less minute traveling
• 42 fewer seconds on household activities
• 36 fewer seconds on educational activities”
- Washington post, October 22, 2013 “Here’s how the Internet hurts your sleep schedule, productivity and personal life”
Scott Wallsten, Senior researcher at the Tech Policy Institute,