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
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
Headlee does not decry the legitimate need to ...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
1. HISTORY: We used to temper long hours with equal amounts of leisure and social gatherings.
- Everything we think we know about work and 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 pr ...more
Note: as she says several times, this book is not directed to those working several jobs to keep a roof over their head. She critiques overwork as an American value; she’s not lecturing people trying to work their way out of poverty.
Highly recommend for anyone who consistently feels overworked/overwhelmed but maybe can't quite pinpoint why. ...more
A treatise on not working so hard, against the fear of not getting enough done, the assumption that wealth means ease, feeling guilty for the times that we’re not busy or overbooked, wasting our profitable time doing tasks that surround a goal before actually completing it, and advancing too far forward as a society that it’s too difficult to look back. Instead, Headlee highlights the need to ration time in order ...more