Delving into the self-help genre is a pursuit that requires a new vocabulary. “Healing modalities,” “self-actualization,” and “human design” have become commonplace terms in the category, one that has gone beyond simply helping people overcome issues like anxiety and addiction. Self-help is now about productivity, discipline, even resisting the natural process of ageing. And, of course, it’s about the Morning Routine.
As our lives have become busier, desire to do things quickly and efficiently has grown — something the rise of speed reading apps, lack of break-taking at work, and a general focus on “productivity” has shown. Good time management skills, therefore, are now highly prized both at work and at home.
While bounded learning is based on a fixed curriculum with specific educational outcomes, unbounded learning embraces the never-ending cycle of personal growth generated by continuous education. It is based on strategies and tools that avoid unnecessary direction and restriction, that foster curiosity, and that reward exploring adjacent questions.
From “I like to be efficient” to “I trust my gut” to “I can make a rational decision,” there are a number of deeply ingrained — and counterproductive — myths we tell ourselves about how we make decisions. Underlying these myths are three common and popular ideas that don’t serve us well: First, as busy people, we don’t need to invest time to make good decisions. Second, we are rational human beings, able to thoughtfully solve thorny and high-stakes problems in our heads. Third, decision-making is personal and doesn’t need to involve anyone else. To combat these biases, the author recommends taking a calculated pause to step back and look at the bigger picture.
“Can you plant a garden to stop a war? It depends on how you think about time. It depends what you think a seed does if it’s tossed into fertile soil.”
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