[[ Reading ]] ➾ Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving Author Celeste Headlee – Tactical-player.co.uk

Quite interesting, I wish I only worked 40 hours a week and I don t even have children Everyone should listen to this it makes your brains wheels turn. I had mixed feelings about this book I agree with the message that we are overworked and that our culture is obsessed with the idea that our work is our worth due to both puritanism and Capitalism , but the book is not all that reliable Or rather, the data is too much and not enough She draws from human evolution, the history of capitalism, a history of advertising, and social media analysis and a bunch of other places to prove the point that work does not make us happy But it s ultimately I had mixed feelings about this book I agree with the message that we are overworked and that our culture is obsessed with the idea that our work is our worth due to both puritanism and Capitalism , but the book is not all that reliable Or rather, the data is too much and not enough She draws from human evolution, the history of capitalism, a history of advertising, and social media analysis and a bunch of other places to prove the point that work does not make us happy But it s ultimately not a convincing analysis because the data is cherrypicked What about the data on the flow state What about all of the other non western Christian areas of the world that also valorize work and toil I know Shiite Muslims pretty well and they have their own work ideas and the Chinese and Japanese Maybe all human societies have similar myths about work because we do get some meaning from it The author is freelance and has a lot of choices about what kinds of speaking engagements she takes on so she confronts this cost benefit every day More work formoney and I think she writes this book because she realizes that the work is not worth it It s fair to say that most of the world does not have struggle with such choices I always take notes in longhand now, but since I love trees, I don t use paper pg 84 This quote sums up the book for me It felt so deeply out of touch with the lives of working class people who make up a majority of the economy, including me Headlee seemed to think she was offering something new to us when she wrote of setting aside time for leisure, investing in relationships outside of work, and analyzing our schedules to force freedom But in reality, she is offering an age old argu I always take notes in longhand now, but since I love trees, I don t use paper pg 84 This quote sums up the book for me It felt so deeply out of touch with the lives of working class people who make up a majority of the economy, including me Headlee seemed to think she was offering something new to us when she wrote of setting aside time for leisure, investing in relationships outside of work, and analyzing our schedules to force freedom But in reality, she is offering an age old argument against capitalism Which she FAILS TO MENTION UNTIL THE CONCLUSION How can one write an entire book about the cultural phenomenon of being to busy working to enjoy life without mentioning the essential predatory nature of capitalism No wonder people don t have time to take walks in nature, or get bogged down in email throughout the day most of us are thinking about how to pay bills and stay afloat Beyond this fundamental flaw in Headlee s argument, the book also has structural issues What is a life back, which is how Headlee labels chapters in the second half of the book Why do we have to be introduced to the same expert multiple times yes, Jared Yates Sexton is a professor at Georgia Southern, I remember from the last chapter Why do we have to be reminded that Headlee realized she worked less than she thought dozens of times It is intensely agitating to read a book that insists that the reader doesn t know what is occurring in their own life I would appreciate this bookif it took adeveloped stand for or against something Do Nothing is an excellent, well researched interrogation on our culture s obsession with overwork and efficiency, and the ways it stifles creativity and actual productivity and leads to a lower quality of life.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 perhapssurprising, she cites loads Do Nothing is an excellent, well researched interrogation on our culture s obsession with overwork and efficiency, and the ways it stifles creativity and actual productivity and leads to a lower quality of life.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 perhapssurprising, she cites loads of research that shows how harmful this can be to our physical and mental health It s not just about not having enough time to go to the gym after work it s also about simply perceiving that you don t have enough time to go for a fifteen minute coffee break without your phone She also gives concrete solutions that arecomprehensive than just taking a technology break, but acknowledges that the real solution is in a cultural shift It s kind of depressing, but also she gives us historical precedent Einstein and many other people we hail as geniuses only worked like four hours a day.Overall an excellent read for 2020 We Work Feverishly To Make Ourselves Happy So Why Are We So Miserable This Manifesto Helps Us Break Free Of Our Unhealthy Devotion To Efficiency And Shows Us How To Reclaim Our Time And Humanity With A Little LeisureDespite Our Constant Search For New Ways To Hack Our Bodies And Minds For Peak Performance, Human Beings Are Working Instead Of Less, Living Harder Not Smarter, And Becoming Lonely And Anxious We Strive For The Absolute Best In Every Aspect Of Our Lives, Ignoring What We Do Well Naturally And Reaching For A Bar That Keeps Rising Higher And Higher Why Do We Measure Our Time In Terms Of Efficiency Instead Of Meaning Why Can T We Just Take A Break In Do Nothing, Award Winning Journalist Celeste Headlee Illuminates A New Path Ahead, Seeking To Institute A Global Shift In Our Thinking So We Can Stop Sabotaging Our Well Being, Put Work Aside, And Start Living Instead Of Doing As It Turns Out, We Re Searching For External Solutions To An Internal Problem We Won T Find What We Re Searching For In Punishing Diets Or Productivity Apps Celeste S Strategies Will Allow You To Regain Control Over Your Life And Break Your Addiction To False Efficiency You Ll Learn How To Increase Your Time Perception To Determine How Your Hours Are Being Spent, Invest In Quality Idle Time, And Focus On End Goals Instead Of Mean Goals It S Time To Reverse The Trend That S Making Us All Sadder, Sicker, And Less Productive, And Return To A Way Of Life That Allows Us To Thrive This is the most perfect thing to have read during the Covid 19 pandemic I cannot recommend it highly enough Its simple title belies the rich, extensive research Headlee conducted as well as the startling revelations about how our focus on productivity and equating time with money are a relatively recent invention Read this. This was a title that grabbed my attention as I m someone who has to always be doing something, even in my leisure time whether it s hiking, reading, cooking or even a puzzle So I wanted to learnon the concept of doing nothing This book brings home the value of down time or leisure time and how it contributes to a healthier way of managing stress It includes studies to back it up So instead of feeling guilty about that onechapter or just chillin , I will actually feel produc This was a title that grabbed my attention as I m someone who has to always be doing something, even in my leisure time whether it s hiking, reading, cooking or even a puzzle So I wanted to learnon the concept of doing nothing This book brings home the value of down time or leisure time and how it contributes to a healthier way of managing stress It includes studies to back it up So instead of feeling guilty about that onechapter or just chillin , I will actually feel productive I read this immediately following Lost Connections by Johann Hari, and it was a perfect complement This book focuseson work life balance but ultimately had the same message we become void of human decency and instead full of misery when we don t prioritize our human relationships I am fascinated by the trend of articles and titles focusing on this topic lately, including much of Jia Tolentinos work as well as Jenny Odells How To Do Nothing It s about time we have a revolution from the I read this immediately following Lost Connections by Johann Hari, and it was a perfect complement This book focuseson work life balance but ultimately had the same message we become void of human decency and instead full of misery when we don t prioritize our human relationships I am fascinated by the trend of articles and titles focusing on this topic lately, including much of Jia Tolentinos work as well as Jenny Odells How To Do Nothing It s about time we have a revolution from the perfectionist, efficiency cult values I hope this trend continues This was a difficult read for me I m used to read fiction, and there is a lot of facts to assimilate in this book It s not a bad read It s incredibly well researched in neuroscience, evolutionary biology and primatology , and I loved to read all the historical data and facts given in the first section of the book However, I would have appreciated to havesolutions, or maybealternatives to those Headlee is offering, because the most important ones, in my opinion, can t be done whe This was a difficult read for me I m used to read fiction, and there is a lot of facts to assimilate in this book It s not a bad read It s incredibly well researched in neuroscience, evolutionary biology and primatology , and I loved to read all the historical data and facts given in the first section of the book However, I would have appreciated to havesolutions, or maybealternatives to those Headlee is offering, because the most important ones, in my opinion, can t be done when you re employed vs self employed I can t work 4 to 6 hours a day I need to work my full hours, or I won t get paid or will lose my job On the other hand, I was already doing some of the tips she wrote about, and I don t feel less stressed nor less overworked I will need to rethink my approach of all of this.Many thanks to Crown Publishing for the complimentary e copy of this book through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own This book might be useful for a small group of people ones who work in an office environment excluding medical offices and such , who are workaholics and also work hard and not smart MAYBE they can get something out of this book.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 This book might be useful for a small group of people ones who work in an office environment excluding medical offices and such , who are workaholics and also work hard and not smart MAYBE they can get something out of this book.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 talks about how important it is to relax and have leisure time, which is different from laziness And of course, not to bring your work home with you She talks about answering emails or, NOT answering them SO MUCH, I wish I could count how many times the word email appears in this book As someone who doesn t use email outside of work, this didn t interest me much.She mentiones Gary Vee and other entrepreneurs and says how they tell you to work hard, but they are wrong I knew I was done with this when she did the same for Elon Musk, but I kept reading because I didn t think it would be fair writing a review without finishing the book It just gave me a feeling of someone who dislikes certain person because that person is successful AND THEN, she praised Thomas Edison TWICE, a man who stole ideas from Tesla and presented them as his own Ok, she definitely doesn t like the same people I do and doesn t like their point of view, I get it But then I rolled my eyes again when she said how important it is to actually take notes with your pen instead of typing them on your laptop or whatever, BUT because she loves trees she uses app on her iPad that allows her to use a pen for iPad or whatever that thing is called, instead of using paper Ok, you re better than us Also, I think the point of the actual writing when taking notes is also NOT to use screen that much and not only using your hand to hold the pen.She tells us about the way she transformed her life, but a lot of people can t really apply that or do what she did, not even close As I said at the beginning it would only work for a specific group of people.There s also part about social media and why it is all fake everything that you ve probably heard by now, but if you haven t, that part might also be useful or interesting.Obviously, this is only my opinion, someone whose reviews I follow on Instagram recommended this book and liked it, but unfortunately, it didn t work for me and I got very little from it Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving


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