Hello old friends,
It's my favorite month: March. I like the name of the month, the concept of the month, and I love that spring is here.
We've got a few big things at Ultraworking coming.
The first is that Pentathlon III is up --
A lot of people asked how to explain the Pentathlon to friends, and we worked very hard on it --
16 Days of Peak Performance, Styled as a Competition
Pentathlon III will be held from April 8 to April 23, hope to see you on there if you want an attack dosage of peak performance now, and to level up forever.
We also put up a "Hall of Fame" page for the winning team and perfect scores of Pentathlon II --
(We'll get UWP1 winners/perfect scores up there eventually too.)
There's some neat lessons/reflections by the people who won. For the record, we had around a 4% perfect score rate on Pentathlon I, and a 9% perfect score rate on Pentathlon II. We think that's about right: it's very doable, but quite intense to score perfectly for two days in a row on all the elements.
There's a lot of quotes and feedback from people on what they liked on the page, so if you want to get a feeling of what it's like being on a Pentathlon, it's all there --
Alright, there's some other major announcements coming soon, so stay tuned, but for now, Pentathlon registration is open -- hope to see you there.
Just registered. Excited to join. I have used Sebastian's Lights Spreadsheet for habit tracking last year, want to get back into doing that.I also did a Focus 55 last year at an Entrepreneur House in Barcelona, which is similar concept over 3 days which I got some really focused work done and improved my work focus habits.
So, this is pretty cool.
At Ultraworking, we developed a "Work Cycles Generator" to automatically create fresh templates of our work cycles spreadsheets -- a little useful if you're doing Cycles solo, incredibly useful if you're doing Cycles with friends.
Well, Gordon Yoon was a participant on Ultraworking Pentathlon IV, and he started using Work Cycles for coding work at Google. He said, "I'm getting tons of mileage out of the Work Cycles on the daily! Using work cycles at work, for coding… it's been awesome. It's such a powerful tool."
Gordon then coded up automatic graphing into a new cycles template that displays how your energy and morale changes throughout a work session.
Gordon was very kind to share his template, and it's really cool and useful. If you click this link, you can get a copy of Gordon's energy/morale-graphing version of the spreadsheet. Instead of entering high/medium/low as before, you enter how you're feeling on both of those from 1-100, and on the second tab, you'll get a graph of how your energy and morale change over a work session.
I am a film score enthusiast. This should be a natural tendency since I am a musician. The perfect score, when expertly blended into a film, can really add to the fullness of it. Whether it infuses movement and rhythm to the plot or enhances the emotions being conveyed, it can be a powerful and evocative tool.
Today, I wanted to highlight one of my all-time favorite film scores. It hails from a gorgeous film entitled "The Hours". Not only are there fantastic performances by the actors in this movie, it also has a potent story line that travels through three different time periods and stories. In addition to some fantastic editing, the score plays a pivotal roll in blending these disparate eras together.
The piano's versatility, in terms of its rhythmic and melodic powers, is fully utilized in every movement. Philip Glass composed music that flowed and cascaded through each scene creating a seemless and cohesive presentation throughout. I really love this music, and I often listen to it on long road trips.
Here is one of the pieces from the score. By the way, if you like what you hear, the entire soundtrack is a magical gem. Philip Glass' distinct piano style is at the height of it's powers here. It would be well worth the price of purchase to have it.