How many of you can do 8 hours of work for an employer 5 days a week? And how many of you can comfortably do 8 hours of productive work for YOURSELF for 5 days on a week off?
In my opinion, the ability to self-motivate and self-implement work over large timescales will be a key skill in future of working from home, working remotely, or self employment.
However this is something most people are not good at, because it is not a taught skill
In my opinion, teaching this throughout child development is essential, starting as young as possible. But what might this look like for a 4 year old?
One idea is to have a set goal (for example a tidy house) and by a certain time the house must be up to standard. So the child gets the hang of tidying and cleaning to this deadline each day, and eventually can practice doing it themselves with no input from a parent.
This would set up the thought processes, behaviours and habits that could be nurtured into a more specific productivity-based goal as the child reached 7 or 8 and is able to work towards more abstract concepts than a tidy house
What do you think? Would this be useful or developing the ability to self motivate and be productive as an adult? Let me know your thoughts!
Schools are great for teaching how to work under direct oversight, like a teacher standing over you, and this translates well to traditional work with a boss standing over you in set working hours. The world is moving towards self-directed work (especially working from home or self-employment) as well as self-directed development and learning, and this is something most people are simply not good at long term.
In my opinion a key ability of our generation will be to plan and implement work at home under no supervision, and this will be one of two critical things to teach children (and adults) to prepare them for a 21st century career (I’ll talk about the second thing another time).
Agree or disagree? How would you develop this ability on a national scale? Let me know your thoughts!
Hi Laura. How does a degree in psychology help you (or not) as a product manager? Please share some examples of situations when psychological knowledge (e.g. theory, research) and skills (e.g. counselling) directly impacted your work or even the behavior of your colleagues. Thank you. 🍀
Asked by Povilas Godliauskas
Povilas, thanks for your question! It was actually a great opportunity to think retrospectively what I have learned during these years and what I am actually applying or I could do more.
- The first thing that came to my mind was definitely Active listening. It is a skill that I do believe anyone can benefit from it. Giving a full attention and respect to a speaker, not trying to interpret what the one is saying, better applying mirroring or affirmations techniques, definitely helped me in a lot of conversations starting with colleagues, stakeholders, users and etc. Listening skills help me to not only show understanding and concern, that are important when talking with users or colleagues but to collect important insights/feedbacks that can be crucial in product development.
- Researches and analytics is a big topic that can definitely be applied in Product Management. Understanding the ways researches are conducted, what are the differences between quantitative/qualitative data, being able to manoeuvre and actually understand what is the correlation, statistical significance and conversion rates - something that definitely came from my Psychology studies. As user research can take a big part of your product development cycle, psychology studies helped me to understand how to raise hypotheses, measure them and be critical to data and a lot of possible biases or insights.
- I would also mention social psychology as a separate field/branch that can help you more understand about human behaviour, thoughts beliefs and certain patterns of thinking. As it is widely applied in the marketing field, Product Management, UX design and etc. - are not an exception. There are definitely very common principles as: social proof, recency effects, Gestalt principles and many more that I found myself thinking of. The whole field of applied social psychology is about understanding why we behave in certain ways - I guess understanding the concepts answers sometimes helps to answer a lot of questions when developing a product for a smart conscious human being.
- And the last one. For me - Psychology is about the people, curiosity and never ending learnings - values that leads me through every step in my personal and career development:) 🚀✨