Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 50, 2023

Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things 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!

  • The Importance of Handwriting
  • How the Personal Computer Broke the Human Body
  • Energy Makes Time

The Importance of Handwriting

Source: The Economist
Author: Johnson

Research shows that handwriting can improve everything from recalling information to understanding complicated ideas, even in the age of technology. Handwriting reinforces motor and sensory memory, and note-taking by hand forces students to synthesize ideas into their own words, aiding conceptual understanding. Many studies have confirmed the benefits of handwriting, and policymakers have taken note, with half of American states mandating more teaching of handwriting since 2010. However, some school systems in America have gone so far as to ban most laptops, which is seen as too extreme.

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When I Stopped Trying to Self-Optimize, I Got Better

Source: NY Times
Author: Francis Sanzaro

The author reflects on a climbing experience where he failed due to a desire for success, which led to performance anxiety and distraction. On a subsequent attempt, he focused on making one move at a time and removed the desire for success, which led to a more fluid and natural climb. The author connects this experience to the concept of subtraction, where removing barriers to clarity is more important than adding to mental approaches. The author argues that cultivating emotional intelligence, restraint, and the ability to recognize and acknowledge feelings is key to achieving clarity and perfection.

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Energy Makes Time

Source: Everything Changes
Author: Mandy Brown

The article discusses the challenges faced by high performers who struggle to balance work and care taking responsibilities, resulting in a lack of time. The author suggests that traditional time-management tactics may not always work and emphasizes the importance of energizing activities like art, which can provide a sense of rejuvenation and perspective. By prioritizing such activities, individuals can regain time and energy, rather than trying to constantly make more time. The author encourages readers to consider what activities energize them and make time for those, rather than trying to fit them into an already packed schedule.

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