#018 | Fast Burnout vs Slow Cook for Project Management

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Hey friends,

There are generally two ways to tackle a project: fast burnout and slow cook. Fast burnout are the default and common mode that most people use for their projects but not many people are aware of the slow cook mode.

A fast burnout mode is where you devote a specified period of intense focus and trying to complete the task in hand. An example would be a gym workout, which requires a period of intense focus on exercising!

A slow cook mode is where you let projects sit on the side and occasionally put in small effort on it such that the results itself will compound over time. An example would be a knowledge base full of useful links / resources. You can try to populate 5 links a day, which requires less than 10 minutes but over a period of a month, you would have over 150+ links!

The power of slow cook mode is that it’s easy to maintain over a long period of time because it only requires a small amount of effort. It doesn’t usually lead to burnout and complements well with fast burnout projects. In fact, my newsletters are created using the slow cook mode throughout the week, with the occasion Saturday / Sunday putting it on fast burnout mode for a short period of time to finish it up. This means that both mental space and actual time spent is quite low yet the results lead to the completion of weekly newsletters.

This week I finished reading:

  1. The Laws of Human Nature (26th Apr - In Progress)

Total: 35 / 26 books | 3 / 26 level 4 notes | 2 / 12 actions

❓Question of the Week

How many Fast Burnout vs Slow Cook projects do you have?

Most burnt outs come from the fact that you have too many fast burnout projects that require your constant attention, leading to mental (and potentially physical) fatigue. Striving for a good balance between the two will allow you to get more things done while maintaining a healthy mental state. Wonder how someone can be super busy with project X but still able to announce something big about project Y 6 months later? Well, they have been slow cooking project Y 🥊

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🐦 Tweet of the Week

💡 Quote of the Week

Focusing on a daily Highlight stops the tug-of-war between Infinity Pool distractions and the demands of the Busy Bandwagon. It reveals a third path: being intentional and focused about how you spend your time — Make Time

🔥 Recommendation(s) of the Week

For May 2021, we are working on new habits that surrounds the theme of wellness and health. This involves forming at least one of the three daily habits:

  1. Read for at least 2 minutes

  2. Exercise for at least 2 minutes

  3. Sleep for at least 7 hours

If you are interested in joining May’s Habit of the Month challenge, please join Zeroton’s Slack Channel here.

🔦 AI Research - Automatic Knowledge Graph Construction

In order to move towards automatic knowledge graph construction, we need to work on the following areas. Here’s a list of the common datasets used in research 😊

  1. Named Entity Recognition (NER)

    • Entity Linking

    • Coreference Resolution (Knowledge Fusion)

  2. Relation Extraction


  1. CoNLL2003

  2. CoNLL++

  3. WNUT 17 —> Few-shot and zero-shot learning

  4. Ontonotes v5

Entity Linking

Source: http://nlpprogress.com/english/entity_linking.html

Two classes of approaches:

  • End-to-end

  • Disambiguation-Only


  2. TAC KBP

Coreference Resolution

  1. CoNLL 2021

Relation Extraction

Source: http://nlpprogress.com/english/relationship_extraction.html

  1. FewRel2.0 - Domain Adaptation

  2. NYT Annotated Corpus

  3. NYT29 and NYT24 (Joint Entity and Relation Extraction)

  4. TACRED —> 106K examples over 41 relation types

🎥 This Week on YouTube

That’s it for this week! I hope you find something useful from this newsletter. More to come next Sunday! Have a good week ahead! 🎮

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