You know that you’re in trouble when you start fantasizing about work, and not even work per se, but being more productive at work. This has, we are a little embarrassed to admit, been happening to us with increasing frequency. Maybe if we woke up earlier? Or should we go to bed even later? There’s a lovely quietude at 2 or 3 or even 4 a.m., a clarity and focus that comes when the world is asleep and the streets are quiet, but rising late means starting each day feeling like a slugabed.
On the weekend, the problems expand: work from home, go to the office, try to focus amid the distracting chatter and cutthroat outlet competition of a coffee shop? Would we be more productive if we logged more hours in front of our computer, or less, the tonic of relaxation reviving our creative energies? The cruel catch-22 of it all is that thinking and worrying about productivity makes us even less productive. Read More