Tag: work

To be idle

“The present hysteria is not a necessary or inevitable condition of life; it’s something we’ve chosen, if only by our acquiescence to it.” “I once knew a woman who interned at a magazine where she wasn’t allowed to take lunch hours out, lest she be urgently needed for some reason. This was an entertainment magazine…

The Distraction Muscle

James Surowiecki in “In Praise of Distraction” points to distractions, at least temporary, scheduled ones, like the coffee break (an interesting connection — though the stimulant coffee is not addressed so much as the break) as actual productivity enhancers: “…as the psychologist Roy Baumeister puts it, will power is like a muscle: overuse temporarily exhasts it.…

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