Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving
Despite our constant search for new ways to 'hack' our bodies and minds for peak performance, human beings are working more instead of less, living harder not smarter, and becoming more lonely and anxious. We strive for the absolute best in every aspect of our lives, ignoring what we do well naturally. Why do we measure our time in terms of efficiency instead of meaning? W...more
Headlee gives a great historical foundation and context for how American culture came to be so obsessed work and busyness. She also cites study after study on how working longer hours actually leads to decreased productivity. More importantly, and perhaps more surprising, she cites loads ...more
The first part of the book is basically history of labor, which was quite interesting (probably the reason why I gave it 2 stars instead of one), I enjoyed that part for a while, but that it became repetitive and it felt like I was reading a history book.
The author ta ...more
1. HISTORY: We used to temper long hours with equal amounts of leisure and social gatherings.
- Everything we think we know about work, efficiency, and leisure is relatively recent and very possibly wrong.
- Leisure began to feel stressful. In the back of their minds, people worried about the money they were not making.
2. Polluted time: this is a phenomenon caused by having to handle work duties during off-hours, being on call, or even having to think carefully about work issues or prob ...more
Headlee does not decry the legitimate need to ...more
"Fantasy football?" "THE KNEES, OH THE KNEEEEEEESSSS."
"My kid's starting preschool..." "CRITICAL RACE THEORY."
"I'm going over they're." "THERE."
My current trigger is the idea that I was born to work 40+ hours a week and GRIND my way to the top. Hard work work work work work. Then, eh, play. Last summer, I built myself a website and did some freelance projects on top of my full-time job befor ...more
This was surprisingly a worth it read.
I thought it be just another non-fiction book advice or self help on how to not overwork.
But it definitely was more than that.
80% of the book focus on theories, tech ...more
The core problem is clear - due to multiple reasons, we don't know how to be anymore. Be, exist, survive, manage, make do. We are so unaware of how to do it that we actually need books about how to Do Nothing.
Very well researched, this book measures different aspects of the same problem from different angles. Luckily, these angles match with mine, the ...more
"My drive has helped me succeed in life....But at some point 'drive' became inextricably intertwined with dread. Dread that all my work and effort would never be enough."
"We are investing our time and energy and hard-earned money in things we think will make us more efficient, but those things end up wasting our time, exhausting us, and stressing us out without bringing us clos ...more
What I did not like:
- The first part of the book sounded like one big complaint about most people's lifestyle.
- Some statements are research-based, others are not.
- The author mixes up isolation and work (with colleagues).
- She also mixes up software engineering and product management.
- She neglects introverts.
- She argues against optimizing your life and then gives a lot of advice on how to optimize. ...more