The Importance of Keeping Things Simple Under Pressure

Whenever I went on a trip, I used to pack all of my most important documents and possessions in my violin case. Wallet, passport, keys, traveler's checks, sunglasses, music, phone, every last critical thing I could cram in would go there. Friends used to question this practice, pointing out that if I ever lost my violin, I'd really be up a creek. While that was certainly very true, I figured I was pretty much screwed if I lost my violin anyway, and found it much easier to focus all my energies…


Sleeping for Peak Performance: Overrated or Underrated?

We seem to live in a culture that values working over sleeping. Graduate students brag about all-nighters and get a guilt-trip for not working 80-100 hours per week, medical residents apparently fall asleep while operating on patients, and young business professionals compete to see who has the busiest schedule Indeed, many of us are proud of our ability to "get by" on minimal sleep, and are far more likely to grumble to friends and coworkers about how tired we are after a 4-hour night of sleep…