Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 22, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 22, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 - This Time-Management Trick Changed My Whole Relationship With Time
#2 - Are We Raising Unhelpful, Bossy Kids? Here's The Fix
#3 - Some Thoughts on Becoming Self-Actualized
#4 - Theory of Constraints (TOC)
#5 - 
Book Notes: Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

This Time-Management Trick Changed My Whole Relationship With Time

Source: The New York Times
Author: Dan Kissick
Year: 2020

Summary: The Pomodoro technique is a time-management method that breaks the day into intervals of 25 minutes, with five-minute breaks in between, leading to productive work and better use of leisure time. After four intervals, a longer break of 15-30 minutes is recommended. This technique can change people's relationship with time and increase productivity through better use of time. 

3 Highlights:

"... A Pomodoro, once started, must not be interrupted, otherwise it has to be abandoned.."

"... After a set of four 25-minute intervals are completed, you’re supposed to take a longer break of 15 to 30 minutes before continuing..."

"... The Pomodoro technique showed me how much of my experience of reality is tied up with my subjective perception of it. And it’s not an exaggeration to say that, by changing my relationship with and appreciation of time, the technique has brought me to some profound existential questions about whether I’m wasting my life — my fragile, fleeting life — on activities I neither care about nor enjoy. It has forced me to think about what I’d most like to be doing every day instead. It has made me see time afresh — as something we really don’t have enough of, as something precious precisely because it’s ephemeral..."

Are We Raising Unhelpful, Bossy Kids? Here's The Fix

Source: Scientific American
Author: Scott Barry Kaufman
Year: 2019

Summary: Psychologist Lucia Alcala conducted a study showing that many parents exclude their toddlers and younger children from doing household chores, creating a negative effect. Alcala observed in an experiment with a model grocery store that some siblings excluded others from the task of finding an efficient store route, which discouraged younger children from helping. Alcala sees similarities between this phenomenon and how young kids try to help their parents. Anthropologist David Lancy describes how parents in other cultures welcome young children into family chores and work as part of their "chore" curriculum, which teaches children how to help and work as a team. Instead of waiting for their child to choose their own method of helping, parents in other cultures proactively enlist their child's help in tiny subtasks on a regular basis.

3 Highlights:

"... But in cultures that raise helpful children, parents welcome young children and toddlers into family chores and work — even if the child will make a bit of a mess or slow down the work. Anthropologist David Lancy documented this for decades.
In other words, if your 4-year-old grabs the spatula from your hand while you're scrambling eggs, you could interpret that grabbiness as your child wants to help. Your child just doesn't know the best way to do it. And so you need to find a way to include your child in the task...."

"... So, for example, you're in the middle of cooking and the spoon is just out of reach, so you ask the child nearby to hand you a spoon, says anthropological psychologist Sheina Lew-Levy of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.
Or, say you're taking out the garbage and your hands are full, so you ask the child to hold the front door for you. Or dinner is almost ready, so you hand a kid some plates and tell the child to put them on the table. These are quick, easy subtasks that kids can do. But they are real tasks. They are genuinely useful and make a real contribution...."

"... Strikingly, the youngest children, ages 3 to 4, received the most requests, while the older ones, kids in their teens, received the fewest. The small, easy requests, given early on, taught the kids how to be helpful and cooperate...."

Some Thoughts on Becoming Self-Actualized

Source: Scott Young Site
Author: Scott Young
Year: 2021

Summary: In this article, the author explores how some people seem to abruptly change their lives by becoming better versions of themselves seemingly overnight. The author calls this phenomenon discovering self-actualization. The changes are triggered by a fundamental restructuring of belief systems, which often results in a sudden, pervasive increase in self-efficacy. The article also discusses the common features and potential pitfalls of such a change and the factors that may increase the likelihood of such a transformative change.

3 Highlights:

"... While achieving one thing doesn’t necessarily translate to across-the-board motivation, having more success is likely to encourage increased self-efficacy...."

"... If modest self-delusion plays a role in initiating these transitions, the temporary boost you get from reading motivational material may increase your chances of hitting an inflection point. But inspiration fails if you don’t believe it. Hence, finding optimistic sources that seem credible to you is more important than just picking the cheesiest self-help title...."

"... A final catalyst is having experiences that take you outside your comfort zone. The idea here is that greater variability in your day-to-day experience increases the likelihood of stumbling upon a positive feedback loop that alters your course in life..."

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

Source: Article of the Week

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a powerful concept that challenges traditional approaches to optimization and productivity. It posits that every complex system, whether it's a manufacturing process, a project, or even our own lives, is limited by one or more constraints. These constraints act as bottlenecks, hindering overall performance and efficiency.

TOC advocates for a holistic understanding of constraints and encourages us to address them strategically, rather than blindly focusing on individual components. By identifying and alleviating these constraints, we can unleash the full potential of a system and achieve remarkable results.

Book Notes: Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

Source: Book Notes of the Week

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Brace yourself for a mind-altering journey that transcends the boundaries of time and space, delving into the depths of our collective human history.

In Sapiens, Harari skillfully weaves together a grand tapestry of our species' incredible journey, unveiling the untold stories, pivotal moments, and profound shifts that have shaped our very existence. 

It is a book that challenges our assumptions, ignites our curiosity, and compels us to question the very essence of what it means to be human.

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