Have you noticed how as a culture we have really grown to value and perhaps even obsess about productivity? In today’s episode my intention is to shed some light on why this obsession with productivity may exist and how challenging our definition of productivity could really help.
I draw on the work of Celeste Headlee, Author of the recently published book Do Nothing: How to Break Away From Overworking, Overdoing, and Under Living
What does it mean to be productive? When did we begin to link productivity to hours spent on the job?
Apparently it stems back to the Industrial Revolution which fundamentally changed the way we work. Specifically, time became money – time did not equal money before this time. This also resulted a shift in mindset – that hard work is what makes you a good person. That hard work is what makes you worthwhile and valuable has just intensified generation after generation, after generation.
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