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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 
4 weeks ago by dirtystylus
LARPing your job
The problem, then, is that “knowledge work” rarely fits the standard, 40-hour-a-week capitalist paradigm. In “traditional” jobs, 40 hours means 40 hours of service (childcare, elder care, waiting tables, cleaning streets, making deliveries) or 40 hours of production (stamping metal, performing quality control, flipping boards, framing houses). If you want to produce 1000 widgets, you can figure out how many hours it takes to produce each widget, and how many employees you need to pay to put in those hours.

This falls apart with knowledge work. How many hours does it take to write a sermon, to figure out a legal strategy, to edit a book or write a piece of music? There’s the visible labor (the amount of time you sit at the desk, typing words that actually end up in your piece) and the invisible labor (the amount of time you spend thinking about it, the amount of paragraphs that get erased, the number of interviews you do that never make their way into the final piece). Lawyers have figured out a way to charge for the invisible labor by turning it into “billable hours,” incrementalized into 15 minute chunks. Some freelancers (for PR, graphic design, web design and other jobs that bill by the hour) do the same.
work  labor  workculture  worklifebalance 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
Ask Polly: ‘I Will Never Be Who I Want to Be’
Your religion does not understand that mere survival can be wildly taxing.
mentalhealth  workculture  burnout  worklifebalance  women 
january 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
Anna "Tech Debt Engineer" Filina on Twitter: "I hear this over and over: devs are expected to learn in their spare time, participate in open source, attend meetups, etc. I disagree. There's nothing wrong with being a 9 to 5 developer who goes home to thei
I hear this over and over: devs are expected to learn in their spare time, participate in open source, attend meetups, etc. I disagree. There's nothing wrong with being a 9 to 5 developer who goes home to their other interests.
workculture  worklifebalance  opensource  techculture  by:annafilina  twitterthread 
april 2018 by dirtystylus

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