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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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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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English


Episodes

#16: Icarus

10/18/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

#8: Elemental Rankings

9/13/2019
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How do we know if we're doing good at the very fundamental elemental skill? A simple ranking system to evaluate how in tuned you are with fundamental elemental skills. Score yourself and you might just be surprised. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/elemental-rankings

Duration:00:31:14

#7: Estimation

9/11/2019
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The co-founders at Ultraworking, Kai Zau and Sebastian Marshall, talk about estimation. Why is it so hard to know how long things take to complete? So how do we get better at it? How do we simulate and predict the future? Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/estimation

Duration:00:40:30

#6: Mathematical Arguments for Serializing Projects

9/6/2019
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A deep dive on staying out of project hell. Some math. It's simple math. We've got some non-math arguments too. And the show is a little funny, maybe. But yeah, more than one thing at the same time is dangerous. We go deep on it. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/mathematical-arguments-serializing-projects

Duration:00:37:52

#5: Rough Creative Process Rough

9/4/2019
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Turns out making world-class stuff is really hard. Some thoughts from the front on the creative process. Full show notes with links: https://www.ultraworking.com/podcast/rough-creative-process-rough

Duration:00:40:20

#4: Encounter Rate, Win-Loss Rate

8/30/2019
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Interesting, insightful, funny show for you today. We're going to use win-loss rate from video games to understand the math of when our habits are going to fail — as well as the win techniques to improve win-loss rate for habit success. Also maybe useful if you play shooter games, too. Uh, that's not the point though. Habits. This show is about habits. Really. Full show notes with links: https://www.ultraworking.com/podcast/encounter-rate-win-loss-rate

Duration:00:26:59

#3: How Many Hours Can You Work in a Week?

8/29/2019
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How many focused hours can you work in a week? Interesting question, eh? Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/how-many-hours-can-you-work-in-a-week

Duration:00:36:05

#2: Obscure Books Combo Power

8/29/2019
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How often do you think about why you read? Maybe not often enough! Let's dive deep into better reading - and maybe even some superpowers - from finding great obscure books that you'll be the only person in your circle that's read. Full show notes with links: www.ultraworking.com/podcast/obscure-books-combo-power

Duration:00:41:35

#1: The Holy Grail

8/25/2019
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Welcome to the very first episode! In this episode, host Sebastian Marshall explores a topic that’s been almost an obsession for him. It’s something he’s searching for, that might be impossible, but he can’t stop searching for it — it’s the ‘Holy Grail’ of peak performance — whether it's possible to get both the benefits of massive almost manic creative runs *and* the benefits of radical consistency. It might be impossible — but that won't stop us from searching for it and profiting for the...

Duration:00:49:38