It was impressive that he was 11/11 on his "silly learning tasks" until he made the mistake of trying to learn chess!
This bit is good, though:
"He takes a one-hour walk every afternoon to clear his head. He writes out goals for the next day before he goes to bed. And then he sleeps for eight hours."
That would probably help a lot of people.
The real story here is that Carlsen agreed to play him.
Hmm. If I came up with a silly scheme... (the result would be the same, though).
It is Children In Need tonight. Has there been any chess-themed charity fund-raising lately?