Notes on and checklist of elements for deliberate practice

I’d recommend reading the book Peak through once, then using this particular summary for review: (This is the link I typically send people to explain the concept since no one ever actually takes book recommendations.) I mostly like it because it has this flowchart and I like flowcharts:5b2f89ee934cc581f2f031a1_deliberate-practice-roadmap

Naive practice

  • Repetition
  • [Ed: I would also require intrinsic motivators here, as in the book Drive]

Extrinsic motivators wear out after a couple of weeks, so they have to be replaced by intrinsic motivators. E.g. “I get up early” becomes “I enjoy having time in the morning to do deep work.” The cheapest and optimal way to convert simple Pavlovian conditioning into motivation is visualization exercises. The fastest is to immerse yourself in and identify with a subculture where the behavior is expected of its members. And probably the deepest for long-term development is to develop expert knowledge of how improvement in the activity is trained, treating it as an applied skill.

(Recall that intrinsic motivation in an activity factors into mastery, autonomy, and purpose.)

Purposeful practice

  • Specific (as in extremely specific) goals for improvement
  • Focused practice (compare to deep work)
  • Feedback (preferably immediate, frequent, precise, measurable)
  • Uncomfortable (progressive overload is one of the most misunderstood principles in the world, so it would be a good idea to blockquote Matt Dixon in a separate blog post)
  • Creative problem solving [Ed: the following are some tricks for this]
    • State analytically and exactly what is happening and why it’s a problem
    • Play with it in a way that makes it funny
    • Try to make intuitive leaps during mental rehearsal

Purposeful Practice in Summary: “Get outside your comfort zone but do it in a focused way, with clear goals, a plan for reaching those goals, and a way to monitor your progress. Oh, and figure out a way to maintain your motivation.”

Deliberate practice

  • Well-defined field
  • Personal trainer/coach who can tailor practice activities

In particular, deliberate practice is informed and guided by the best performers’ accomplishments and by an understanding of what these expert performers do to excel. Deliberate practice is purposeful practice that knows where it is going and how to get there.

If you can’t get a personal trainer or coach then:

  1. Identify the expert performers in your field
  2. Figure out what they do that makes them so good
  3. Design purposeful practice around learning how to do that yourself

A serviceable mnemonic for…

NR (Naive: Repetitive)
PSFFUC (Purposeful: Specific, Focused, Feedback, Uncomfortable, Problem-solving)
DWC (Deliberate: Well-defined, Coach)

…is to imagine Saint Peter at the pearly gates excoriating Ned Flanders for some very naughty homosexual hijinks with a baseball referee back when he was working as a lumberjack:

“Now remember
Peter slanders
Filthy Flanders

Ump philanders
Dig woodlanders

(As an aside, I’ve been wondering for a few years now if the evolutionary adaptivity of associative horizon is not merely to aid recall. Glenn once proposed that it’s basically counterfeit intelligence for showing off, and I think he’s more correct than creative types would like to believe, but there appears to be real value in the ability to generate memorable associations so that working memory can call upon a wider range of tools for a given problem. The downsides would appear to include every occurrence of silliness taken seriously: wicca, the green pill, numerology, etc.)

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10 Responses to Notes on and checklist of elements for deliberate practice

  1. aiaslives says:
    “A compilation of evidence on hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin in treatment of COVID-19”

  2. aiaslives says:

    >since no one ever actually takes book recommendations.
    I think that’s true for self help books because they’re such a slog to get through.
    The only self-help book I’ve finished is “The Dip” by Seth Godin and that was because it was so short.

    • bicebicebice says:

      quickest self-help is called the ten commandments coupled with staying away from the seven deadly sins…. entire civilzations were built on those foundations and nothing was built on the self-help guru industrial complex except for fat stacks of cash for kikes basically nothing on the internet or that is of this world should be sought out except for von brauns nazi rocket schematics because that is not in the bible, people who try to be taken seriously should quickly be humbled they have nothing new to say accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior and get a treestump become a carpenter now you saved a lifetime of trying to go broke reading tea leaves watching for repeting numericals and staring at the heavens until your brain rots.

      “improvement” always leads to new more complex ways to improve on the improvement there is no goal just improvement for the new improved improvement basically its nothing. improved improvement. quickly the world loses all meaning and the addict must find new ways to improve on the improvements basically chasing a new improvement strategy that can be improved on.

      these kinds of blergh! posts is not what the party pays bigly remnibi donations for, just be wise like 500 year old gold fish instead and put workers to work be good dancer like white man michael jackson and dance around in hospital no complications dead worker replaced with new worker for many more hundred years of labor.

      // Your Friend Xi 共產主義革命萬歲

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >I think that’s true for self help books because they’re such a slog to get through.

      It’s generally true of all types of books, although I was being a bit hyperbolic.Boneflour just finished “Class” by Paul Fussell but as far as I know he’s the only one, and that’s always at the top of my book lists.

  3. aiaslives says:

    Sorry for the off-topic posts, last one

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