The World’s Most
A good day’s work starts with a good night’s sleep the night
before. If you rely on melatonin or sleeping pills to fall into a slumber, try switching to the most boring podcast in the world.
“Sleep With Me,” created by Drew Ackerman, aims to be as bor-
ing as humanly possible. Ackerman, or “Scooter” as he refers to
himself on the show, created the podcast about five years ago to
cope with his own insomnia. Posting every night, he’s built the pod-
cast’s audience to about 2.3 million monthly downloads.
Ackerman told the Washington Post, “Even if we’re not totally connected, there’s other people lying there in this situation. If I’m lying there
[and] can’t sleep, at least there’s other people out there who can’t sleep.”
l Source: washingtonpost.com
The Geniuses Who Worked a Few Hours a Day
Many of the world’s most famous and accomplished minds had something in common:
They didn’t work long hours.
Charles Dickens, Ingmar Bergman and Charles Darwin all spent only a few hours a
day doing what we would recognize as their most important work. The rest of the time,
they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and
thinking. Yet they all had a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost super-human
capacity to focus. The key to unlocking the secret of their creativity lies in understanding
not just how these individuals worked but how they rested, and how the two relate.
Karl Anders Ericsson and his colleagues saw a similar pattern in a study of violin
students at a conservatory in Berlin during the 1980s. They noticed that great students
didn’t just practice more than the average person, but they practiced more deliberately.
But “deliberate practice,” the study noted, “is an effortful activity that can be sustained
only for limited time each day.” Practice too little and you never become world-class;
practice too much and you increase the odds of draining yourself mentally or burning
out. l Source: nautil.us
How to Learn
New Things as
As our time on Google increases, so
does our level of stupidity.
In his new book, “Learn
Better,” education researcher
Ulrich Boser delves into the
neuroscience of learning
and shows why it’s so hard
to remember things.
According to Boser, we
need to question what it
means to learn something,
Boser suggests that doing things
that are a bit more difficult, that
require you to really make connec-
tions, is a better way to learn than
just re-reading or highlighting. “If you
are preparing for a meeting,” he said,
“you’d be much better off just putting
the material away and just asking