Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 08, 2024

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

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

  • How to Get Into a Focused State Quickly
  • Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids
  • The ultimate guide for millennial managers working with Gen Z
  • The Impact of Attention Economics on Learning and Concentration
  • Book Notes: How We Learn by Benedict Carey

How to Get Into a Focused State Quickly

Source: Scott Young Blog
Author: Scott Young

When it comes to focus, internal distractions and resistance are often more common than external interruptions. People procrastinate and initiate distractions instead of working on important tasks. The goal of a focused life is to be able to turn on focus when needed, allowing for a balance between work and personal life. Focus is difficult in tasks that are ambiguous and where the next steps are unclear.

To improve focus, ask yourself “What’s the next step?” and keep breaking down tasks until you reach a step that feels easy. This strategy can help overcome the impulse to give up and distract yourself.

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Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

Source: The Atlantic
Author: Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant

American parents value kindness and concern for others as moral virtues for their children, but their children perceive their parents’ priority to be achievement and happiness. This emphasis on individual success is causing a decline in kindness and generosity in society.

Kids learn what’s important to adults not by listening to what we say, but by noticing what gets our attention

Parents should give equal attention to nurturing kindness and should actively demonstrate the value of caring. Kindness can lead to success and fulfillment in life and promotes supportive relationships and helps prevent depression.

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The Ultimate Guide for Millennial Managers Working with Gen Z

Source: Fast Company
Author: Anisa Purbasari Horton

So, dear Weekly Pulse reader… Millennials are now in managerial roles, with many managing Gen Z employees who have distinctive characteristics. Gen Z workers place importance on success as a feeling rather than traditional markers, requiring millennial managers to understand their motivations and foster adaptability. Boundary setting and high expectations can lead to conflicts, as Gen Z is skilled at setting boundaries and has high expectations of millennial managers.

Communication styles also differ, with Gen Z’s memeification of life impacting workplace communication, necessitating guidance from millennial managers on inclusive communication. By understanding these differences and adapting managerial approaches, millennial managers can navigate potential tensions with Gen Z employees effectively.

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book notes OF THE WEEK
How We Learn by Benedict Carey

In How We Learn, Benedict Carey, a science journalist, deep dive into the fascinating world of cognitive science, exploring the interesting things of how our brains acquire, retain, and apply knowledge.

How We Learn presents a compelling case for the benefits of spaced repetition, interleaving, and other evidence-based learning techniques that can help us learn more effectively and efficiently.

The Impact of Attention Economics on Learning and Concentration

In a crazy hyperconnected world, our attention is constantly pulled in multiple directions, making it a valuable and limited resource in the attention economics game. The abundance of online information has given birth to what is known as the “attention economics.”

This phenomenon has transformed the way we consume information and has significant implications for our ability to learn and concentrate effectively. As we navigate this new landscape, understanding the dynamics of the attention economics and its impact on our daily lives has become more crucial than ever.

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