Couldn't read the whole article, I'm too busy.
Do people really read these articles anyway?
A lot of us either skim them, or instantly jump into the comments. Comments tend to provide a decent-ish overview of what the article is about, what's good about it, and what's bad about it.
Absolutely! It goes hand in hand with the "I'm so busy I have absolutely no leisure time" brag.
Fun thing to try: ask your coworkers if they've played any video games recently. You'll almost always get some variant of "I'm much too busy to play video games." Immediately follow up by asking what TV shows they're currently watching—you'll probably get a long list!
The same applies to being 'busy' – like you say, people brag about being busy, I'd rather brag about being able to do what I want, when I want.
'Busy' is a perception too. People think they're busy, when they're not.
Have you read Essentialism?
There is a definite difference between video games and TV though. I get sucked into strategy games, I don't start playing them because I'd get obsessed and they would become a real time sink. I don't watch a lot of TV, but when I do it is basically to get the code out of my brain so I can go to sleep without dreaming in PHP or CSS or something :D so it's not a time sink, it's a wind down, the opposite really of what games would do for me.
Well you're not too busy then, you just lack self control! Haha, I do get your point though.
Plenty of self control - that's why I don't waste time on them :)
Haha, touche. I do hope you didn't take offense, I was 100% kidding. :)
You can watch TV/movies while you code/design at home. Not anything with deep story telling, but it's the only way I can get by working 80+ hours a week.
80 hours a week? Do you have any time left for things that aren't work? :/
Not only is not a badge of honor, it's provably less productive. I'm a big proponent of the 32 hour workweek for a number of reasons. Then again, I'm also an entitled millennial, so...
I think having one extra day to recharge, or if you still feel super motivated, time to chip away at personal projects, is really important. Three day weekends make a huge difference in how I feel the next week.
I like the idea of it being a flexible 32. I.e., I can work six ~5.5 hour days or four 8 hour days. Makes life easier for those with children, etc. Not sure at all how that would work in practice, but it does sound nice doesn't it?
Tests suggest it results in more productive employees compared to those working the more common 37.5h.
We really need to reverse this type of thinking, it's simply not an efficient way to live your life. As a society we should be a lot more concerned with our overall wellbeing and happiness than with our individual output. I'm all for working hard and putting hours in when necessary but not at the expense of having a well balanced life. I think in the long term I'll end up being more productive because of that.
I see this on my team a lot as well. The problem with setting a habit like this, especially if you're leading a department, is that it ultimately creates more work for the rest of the team. It creates a pile of work for other colleagues to comb through the next day, and so on. It also inflates the notion of capacity or bandwidth to unrealistic proportions and can lead to precedents and expectations outside the limits of the team.