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The optimization trap: what you give up when you hustle - The Verge
In 2017, Ben Friedman, a Harvard economist, published a paper that explained why. “Keynes was right (so far) about output per capita, but wrong about the workweek,” he wrote. “The key reason is that he failed to allow for changing distribution. With widening inequality, median income (and therefore the income of most families) has risen, and is now rising, much more slowly than he anticipated.”

That means: we’re working harder for less now because the people who have more have so much more. The economy is optimized to push gains to the top. The whole point of personal optimization, on the other hand, is to increase your productivity in this system, to work harder in a way that mostly does not benefit you — at least not in the end.
economy  workculture  techculture  productivity  worklifebalance  humor  nyt  slackfodder 
6 weeks ago by dirtystylus
4-Day Workweek Boosted Workers' Productivity By 40%, Microsoft Japan Says : NPR
In the U.S., Schawbel sees schedule flexibility and a four-day week as two ways for employers to ease what he calls an ongoing burnout crisis.

At the heart of the discussion of workplace burnout and schedule flexibility is technology. The same electronic tools that have made working from home easier than ever have also made it harder for employees to fully unplug from their jobs when they aren't in the office.
labor  japan  microsoft  productivity  work  workculture  techculture 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
Being Busy All The Time Is Not A Necessity. – Star Power
It took me a long time to realize that being busy all the time isn’t a requirement for whatever you consider success. If being busy all the time helps you feel successful, then more power to you! If it’s a state that energizes you and makes you feel productive, then by all means work as long and constantly as you can! But having free time isn’t a measure of your laziness, and lack of insane ambition doesn’t mean you love what you do any less. It can mean you’ve found your groove, and your balance. It can mean that you’ve achieved a level of busy you can handle, and feeling pressured to work past that boundary can lead to burnout or resentment for the thing you used to love.
burnout  mentalhealth  productivity  work  workculture 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
Productivity culture will deceive you (especially... |
Productivity culture will deceive you (especially if you are particularly high-functioning or a former Gifted Kid) into thinking that any use of your time that can’t be monetized or leveraged for your personal advancement is worthless, and I’m here to tell you that’s the devil talking. Do shit because you like it.
productivity  capitalism  career  worklifebalance  workculture 
january 2019 by dirtystylus
Hold down command to display all shortcuts for current application
keycommands  osx  productivity  app  tools 
august 2015 by dirtystylus
The Chokehold of Calendars — Medium
People rarely schedule working time. And when they do it’s viewed as second-tier time. It’s interruptible. Meetings trump working time. Why? And why so often are the same people who assign deadlines the same ones reassigning all of your time? Crazymaking. They should be securing work time for you and protecting it fiercely.
management  productivity  makermanager 
may 2015 by dirtystylus
Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
For someone on the maker's schedule, having a meeting is like throwing an exception. It doesn't merely cause you to switch from one task to another; it changes the mode in which you work.
productivity  programming  essay 
june 2013 by dirtystylus

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