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‘Productivity is a trap. No one has ever achieved a work-life balance by copying the six things successful people do before 7am’

A new book by writer Oliver Burkeman suggests that the relentless pursuit of ‘busyness’ is making us more anxious and less content

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We are not superhuman, so we need to stop multi-tasking

We are not superhuman, so we need to stop multi-tasking

Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks: Time And How To Use It

Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks: Time And How To Use It

Many people today get stressed out if they can't get everything done

Many people today get stressed out if they can't get everything done

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We are not superhuman, so we need to stop multi-tasking

Do you ever get tired of trying to squeeze every last drop of productivity from each day? Does the ability to multi-task feel more like a curse than a superpower? Do we need to change our entire attitude towards time and how we manage it, when really it is time which manages us?

From our very first day at school, we are taught that the pursuit of productivity and achievement, and later money and material things, is to be our principal focus. And while we all need to eat, this pursuit has escalated to the point that we live in an ongoing state of what essayist Marilynne Robinson calls “joyless urgency”.


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