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Hey friends!

Short email today - just wanted to share a great article that I came across this week. It’s by one of my favourite non-fiction authors James Clear (who wrote the book Atomic Habits that you should definitely check out).

Here’s the article: https://jamesclear.com/average-speed

His general thesis is that our average speed matters much more than our maximum speed in most areas of life. It doesn’t really move the needle if we have a handful of really intense workouts in a month (maximum speed). What makes the real difference is consistently showing up and putting some work in (average speed). 

This clearly also applies to studying or working on any sort of skill. We can be tempted to glamourise maximum speed, pulling all-nighters occasionally, or spending an entire day in our summer holidays trying to learn a song on the guitar. But we’d be far more effective and efficient if instead we focused on our average speed - ie: doing a little bit consistently rather than a large amount sporadically. 

This is something that we all probably intuitively know to be true. I've certainly tried to incorporate greater consistency in my life. But I think from now on, thinking of it as average speed vs maximum speed will be helpful when it comes to talking myself into getting out of bed and going to the gym before I start working, or into practising my Spanish or piano, or preparing for any upcoming exams. Let me know what you think :) 

Have a great week!

Gareth

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