January 11, 2024: The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Mental Model

“Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”

― Jim Rohn

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How's everything going?
This is Kei and Kazuki, founders of Glasp 👋 

We hand-picked 3 good articles for you to highlight this week. Hope they'll help you get new ideas and perspectives. (You can read this online!)

📚 3 Good Articles for You

How to Get Into a Focused State Quickly
by Scott Young (3 mins)

  1. Key Role of Internal Distractions: Scott H Young and Cal Newport find internal distractions, like procrastination and self-initiated distractions, more impactful in losing focus than external factors.
  2. Reducing Ambiguity to Improve Focus: They suggest overcoming focus difficulties by breaking down ambiguous tasks into smaller, manageable steps, asking "What’s the next step?" to simplify the process.
  3. Balancing Work and Life through Focus: Their approach emphasizes the importance of focusing when needed, allowing for a more enjoyable life outside of work and highlighting focus as an internal mental challenge.

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The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Mental Model
by FS (19 mins)

  1. Definition: The butterfly effect is the concept that small changes can lead to significant, unpredictable outcomes in complex systems, influencing areas like business, economics, and historical events.
  2. Misunderstandings: Often misinterpreted, the effect is not about leveraging small actions for major impacts, but highlights unpredictability in systems, as shown in literature and scientific studies.
  3. Applications: In business and markets, small strategic decisions can disproportionately affect outcomes, challenging conventional prediction models and emphasizing the complexity of cause and effect.

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Biggest productivity killers in the engineering industry
by Gregor Ojstersek (6 mins)

  1. Perfectionism Hinders Completion: The author identifies perfectionism, particularly in design and coding tasks, as a major productivity killer, leading to unfinished work due to overemphasis on minor details.
  2. Procrastination and Context-Switching: Challenges like procrastination and frequent interruptions, especially in remote work and managerial roles, are highlighted as significant obstacles to productivity, causing stress and inefficiency.
  3. Effective Management Strategies: To counter these issues, the author recommends techniques like focusing on progress over perfection, prioritizing challenging tasks first, using the Pomodoro technique for time management, and minimizing multitasking to preserve mental energy.

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📣 Community

  • 🟦 Books Recommendation:
    We created a new page to showcase recommended books from thought leaders! Discover your next book to read from the recommendation. Please check it out here 📚
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    We'll have a monthly community meetup at 9 am on January 12th (PST). We're looking forward to seeing you all! Please feel free to jump in and out. You can register for the event from here 🤝 If you'd like to get invited via Google Calendar, please send a DM to Kei via Slack or email.

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Hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter!
See you next week ;)

Kei and Kazuki


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