Author: Jonas Muthoni

The modern workplace is experiencing a profound transformation, with a significant focus on employee wellbeing and work-life balance. This shift, primarily influenced by the younger generation, is characterized by a new trend known as the “Snail Girl Era.” Originating from TikTok, this movement signifies a departure from the traditional “always on” work culture to a more balanced and mindful approach. Understanding the “Snail Girl Era” The term “Snail Girl” was first coined by Sienna Ludbey in her article for Fashion Journal, representing a move towards happiness and self-care over relentless overwork. This concept resonates with many, especially Gen Z, who…

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Researchers at Monash University have unveiled fresh insights into high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), often dubbed “good cholesterol”, This time, the focus is on its impact on dementia risk among seniors. The latest scoop stems from the extensive ASPREE research project, one of the largest studies probing the implications of high HDL-C levels in the aging population. These recent revelations were published in the journal, The Lancet Regional Health—Western Pacific. The Study and Its Findings The research tracked 18,668 people, most of whom were over 70, for about 6.3 years. It found that people with very high HDL-C levels (more than…

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Recent research led by the University of Notre Dame reveals a fascinating connection between our dreams and our daily work lives. About 40% of the working population recalls their dreams each morning, and these dreams can significantly influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the workplace. Dream Recall and Its Impact The Feeling of Awe and Its Effects Casher Belinda, an assistant professor of Management at Notre Dame, explains that recalling dreams often leads to feelings of awe. This emotion encourages people to see their experiences in a broader context. Awe is experienced in response to vast, challenging experiences, whether physical,…

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Work is about to change big time, according to what Bill Gates and Jamie Dimon think. They both that pretty soon, artificial intelligence (AI) is gonna make us more productive and cut down our usual work hours a lot. Bill Gates’ Perspective on AI and Work Advancements in AI: Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and a prominent philanthropist, recently discussed on Trevor Noah’s “What Now?” podcast how AI advancements could lead to a significant shift in our work patterns. Three-Day Work Week: Gates proposes a future where a three-day work week becomes the norm, attributing this potential shift to the…

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In the quest for productivity, many turn to contemporary CEOs and their work habits for inspiration. However, a century-old method devised by Ivy Lee, the founder of modern public relations, still holds remarkable relevance today. The Ivy Lee method, a simple yet effective approach to managing tasks, has proven its longevity and effectiveness in enhancing productivity. This article delves into the method itself and explores additional strategies to optimize its use in our daily routines. The Ivy Lee Method Explained The Ivy Lee method is a testament to simplicity in productivity. It involves writing down six tasks at the end…

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A recent investigation into the effects of generative AI on the productivity of highly skilled workers has revealed a dual-sided impact. According to the study, when used within its capabilities, AI can significantly enhance performance, improving it by up to 40%. However, when pushed beyond its limits, it can lead to a decline in effectiveness by 19 percentage points. This discovery is crucial for understanding what researchers call the “jagged technological frontier” of AI, particularly generative pretrained transformers (GPT). Implications for Worker Productivity Harvard Business School’s Fabrizio Dell’Acqua, who spearheaded the research, emphasized the importance of managers being cognizant of…

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As the late fall and winter months approach, bringing shorter days and less sunlight, many individuals begin to feel the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern. With the sun setting as early as 4:30 p.m., the change can be challenging for those affected by this condition. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? SAD is a form of depression that appears at a certain time of the year, usually in the colder months. It is more common the further north you go, as the daylight hours become more scarce. Symptoms of SAD include…

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The National Institutes of Health are supporting comprehensive research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. They’ve highlighted a noticeable rise in deaths from severe heat-related heart issues projected for the years 2036 to 2065. This study is available in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation and indicates that fluctuations in climate and demographics will significantly impact public health in the US. Also, it emphasizes that certain groups will bear more susceptibility compared to others. Key Findings: From 2008 to 2019, 1,651 cardiovascular deaths annually were associated with extreme heat. Projections show that by mid-century, this number…

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Modern communication devices such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops have revolutionized the way we perform our daily tasks, enabling us to do multiple things at once. However, the question remains – is multitasking really beneficial? Impact on Brain Functionality: According to research from Stanford University, heavy multitaskers struggle with: Organizing their thoughts Filtering out irrelevant information Switching between tasks Recalling information accurately These struggles are mainly attributed to the human brain’s inability to give complete attention to more than one task simultaneously. Instead of handling two tasks simultaneously, the brain switches between tasks, leading to potential losses in performance and…

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In recent times, the way we perceive work has seen a significant transformation, underscored by various TikTok trends like “quiet quitting,” “Bare Minimum Monday,” and combat the “Sunday scaries.” As more people prioritize their well-being and question traditional work structures, we delve into these emerging patterns and what they signify about the broader work environment. Shift towards Autonomy during the Pandemic As Cristina Banks, an expert in industrial and organizational psychology and the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, emphasizes, making work a secondary aspect of life was a…

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