How to Allow Yourself to Work Less While Achieving More
Trying to do "brain work" for more than 4 hours a day is counterproductive
If you are a knowledge worker, overworking does not only harm your health and quality of life. It also hurts your overall output and bottom line, according to Stanford researcher Alex Pang.
When [Henry] Ford reduced the hours of his factory workers to eight, he realized unexpectedly that output improved. Reading Pang’s research, I suspect that the same would happen if we cut knowledge workers' hours today. Trying to do brain work for more than 4 hours a day, Pang argues, is counterproductive.
This sounds counter-intuitive in a culture that rewards hard work and wears busyness as a badge of honor. After all, you need to work your 10,000 hours to become an expert at something.
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