We recently watched this Ted Talk by Jason Fried.
He suggests that people need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get things done and that Managers and Meetings are the two things that really prevent people from getting their work done.
If you’ve got a 15 minute break between your meetings (ha!) and want a new theory on why you feel like your work keeps piling up- this is the Ted Talk for you!
Enjoy- and let us know your thoughts on Jason’s theory!
Emails…. calls to make… deadlines… more emails… meetings… last minute projects.
It can be a real challenge to not overwork. Overwork? What does that even mean? What does that look like in this day and age?
If you are worn a little thin, either by expectations by your boss, expectations you have on yourself, or for some unknown reason, we highly encourage you to read about long hours from Sarah Green Charmichael.
Whether the pressure is coming from your boss, yourself, or someone else the effect that working the long, extra, or stressful hours is the same.
What’s the proof behind this? “In a study of consultants by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, managers could not tell the difference between employees who actually worked 80 hours a week and those who just pretended to. While managers did penalize employees who were transparent about working less, Reid was not able to find any evidence that those employees actually accomplished less, or any sign that the overworking employees accomplished more.” (Charmichael, Long Hours).
If you’re feeling the pressure, take a couple of minutes to read through Sarah’s thoughts.
Are you overworked? What are you going to try this week to cut back on your hours or make the most out of the hours you are spending?