Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 22, 2023

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!

#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


This Time-Management Trick Changed My Whole Relationship With Time

Source: The New York Times
Author: Dan Kissick

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. 

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

Source: Scientific American
Author: Scott Barry Kaufman

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.

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….”

“… 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.…”

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Some Thoughts on Becoming Self-Actualized

Source: Scott Young Site
Author: Scott Young

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.

Highlights:

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

“… 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…”

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