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The Ultraworking Podcast. Exploring peak performance. Operations, business, biochemistry, math, habits, skills... everything. We aim to make every show very special — and potentially life-changing from time to time.

The Ultraworking Podcast. Exploring peak performance. Operations, business, biochemistry, math, habits, skills... everything. We aim to make every show very special — and potentially life-changing from time to time.

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United States

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The Ultraworking Podcast. Exploring peak performance. Operations, business, biochemistry, math, habits, skills... everything. We aim to make every show very special — and potentially life-changing from time to time.

Language:

English


Episodes

#28: Work Computer, Play Computer Setup

4/8/2021
This is a highly practical episode. Enjoy.

Duration:00:58:10

#27: Desirable Characteristics of a Weekly Review

3/15/2021
Some characteristics that are good to have in a weekly review. Some examples. Quite practical.

Duration:00:38:18

#26: On Aesthetics, Sensory, Regulatory

3/7/2021
Some taxonomic arguments. Aesthetics, sensory perception, and regulatory systems. Very abstract at first, some interesting and possibly profitable ways to think about the world.

Duration:00:48:46

#25: Somatic Markers of Exhaustion

3/1/2021
Damasio's Somatic Markers Hypothesis — and some speculations on practical implications.

Duration:00:30:15

#24: NFA

11/29/2020
NFA: Not screwing around... turns out, you can learn a lot about reality from anything. Everything happens in time and space, math is unreasonably effective at modeling the world, and lessons for learning and performance can come from a lot of different domains.

Duration:00:34:16

#23: Two Schools of Thought

10/31/2020
Staying power — enduring — is valuable. It's often necessary to accomplish big things. Now... should you consider all the downsides and odds and risk factors or should you absolutely insist no matter and refuse to consider quitting? Looking at points from Richard Machowicz and Ray Dalio to illustrate two schools of thought towards staying power.

Duration:00:39:07

#22: Meeting Halls for Better Communications

10/19/2020
Want better communications? Simple but effective — Every meeting has an agenda. All agendas in one place. Everyone can see all agendas and notes. It works great.

Duration:00:14:39

#21: Criticism Among Equestrians

10/16/2020
This one is difficult to summarize.

Duration:01:00:42

#20: Incrementally More Effort

10/15/2020
Two points that seem to fight against each other: noticing and giving incrementally more effort to physical and mental tasks, while keeping it all very sustainable.

Duration:00:29:37

#19: Xenophon's Awakening

10/12/2020
From perhaps the greatest nonfiction adventure story of all time — Xenophon's Anabasis — an incredible moment of standing up when one is not-quite-ready.

Duration:00:30:20

#18: Normal Scale vs Elite Scale

10/9/2020
When someone tells you, "Tom is really good at tennis" — does that mean he's the best player in your social circle or that he could hold his own against Federer and Nadal? There's two very different scales for "very good" — making the distinction is very helpful.

Duration:00:38:08

#17: Watching the Clock

10/6/2020
For best results, you can't endure action. You've got to embrace it.

Duration:00:14:56

#16: Icarus

10/18/2019
Not necessarily a fun episode, but potentially very important if you're flying close to the sun. Show notes here but there ain't much of 'em: https://www.ultraworking.com/podcast/icarus

Duration:00:55:37

#15: Reality Cop

9/30/2019
What do most people do when something unhappy and unpleasant comes up? They tend to plaster it with feel-good feelings and encouragement. Here at Ultraworking, we have a reality cop, aka Sebastian Marshall, to stop us from avoiding reality. When something's scary or unfamiliar, we embrace the abyss and work through it. Full show notes: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/reality-cop

Duration:00:29:13

#14: Is Your Programming Project like IKEA, Home Depot, or an Iron Mine?

9/27/2019
How do you start to build the programming thinking model for someone who's lightly technical or non technical? Let’s talk programming with the cofounders of Ultraworking, Sebastian Marshall and Kai Zau. Potentially useful for someone’s who’s lightly technical or non-technical — lots of metaphors to describe the programming thinking model in this episode. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/is-your-programming-project-like-ikea-home-depot-or-an-iron-mine

Duration:00:26:39

#13: Computer Athlete

9/25/2019
Have you ever thought about how to take care of your mind and body given all the time you spend at a computer? You're doing a lot of work at your computer, you spend a lot of time in front of it. But we're not thinking about the machine that carries our mind often enough. So, let's become a computer athlete, eh? We can become fundamentally sound at being at the computer. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/computer-athlete

Duration:00:29:19

#12: AirLand Battle and You

9/25/2019
We're going to go through a bunch of military terms and see if you can figure out why the military names stuff so awkwardly. Hint: People will bring their own associations to any word that they've heard before and that they think they understand. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/airland-battle-and-you

Duration:00:23:58

#11: Does It Have To Take That Long?

9/25/2019
Would you like to get your work done faster? I mean, most people just assume a task will take as long as it does... are you sure? We’ve got a new show format for you — we’ve got Lukas and Janet in this episode, talking about classical conditioning and doing 200 tasks in 10 minutes each (yes, really!). Super valuable if you’re trying to get work done faster. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/does-it-have-to-take-that-long

Duration:00:18:31

#10: Big Project Angespannt

9/18/2019
The word of the day is Angespannt. It’s a German word that has no English equivalent, referring to the feeling you have when there's a constant level of tension that's building up (it’s not stress or anxiety). Sebastian and Lukas dive deep into the meaning of the word and talk about the value in being able to know what you're feeling. Full show notes with links here: https://www.ultraworking.com/podcast/big-project-angespannt

Duration:00:26:53

#9: The Nazi Fuel Dump Question

9/15/2019
So, you are a British commando infiltrating Nazi Germany. You find an unguarded supply depot, do you blow it up? It's surprisingly informative about your character. This simple thought experiment will tell you a lot about how you approach project success rate, risk, chance of failure, big picture thinking, and all the details. You might learn something important about yourself in this show. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/the-nazi-fuel-dump-question

Duration:00:18:41