Thanks for checking out the Weekly Learning Roundup. These bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a quick hit of interesting learnings and articles I came across this week.

What I’m reading —

I admitedly don’t read a lot of poetry but Walt Whitman’s work intrigues me. I’m particularly interested in reading Whitman’s seminal book, Leaves of Grass, as I’ve heard it’s a classic from multiple people I admire. Enjoy this quick read by Maria Popova on Whitman’s advice on living a fulfilling life.

Walt Whitman’s Advice on Living a Vibrant and Rewarding Life by Maria Popova

Podcast episode I’m enjoying —

If you’ve heard of Stanley Miligram’s famous experiment, be ready to reconsider the findings. This fascinating episode by Radiolab looks at the dark side of human nature.

The Bad Show by Radiolab

A quote that’s inspiring me —

Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others… re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul…

— Walt Whitman

Productivity tip of the week —

I think that having a well established evening routine is critical for daily productivity. A keystone component of my evening routine is shutting down all electronics an hour before my bedtime. There are many studies indicating that blue light emitted from electronic screens (phones, TVs, computers, etc.) inhibit melatonin which makes you feel sleepy. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep at night, try it out for a week and see how it impacts you.

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