Yes, we glorify being busy . . .
My friend Gavin was telling me about a conversation he had with some Dutch colleagues. Gavin, and his compadre Georgina, find that the sheer volume of work they are confronted with on a weekly basis is just un-doable within the confines of a normal 8-hour work day. So they regularly put in 10-hour days at the office. And another couple of hours at home picking up emails. This causes all sorts of problems: they’re tired all the time, their spouses feel ignored, they don’t want to go out at night or over the weekend and they lose touch with friends.
Hmmfff…”, said their pals, “In Holland, if you were to work like that we would think you were not coping.”
“Am I”, he wondered, “not coping? Or am I doing more than I should? And if I am doing more than I should – what should I stop doing? And…
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