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In Praise of Idleness: The Productivity Secret Nobody Talks About

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“What will be the good of the conquest of leisure and health, if no one remembers how to use them?” — Bertrand Russell

You’re busy from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep. Your life has become so busy that you start missing things. In fact most of us need to schedule time to get any free time. We even take our work with us on vacation!

Kids today are the same. They are “over-programmed” moving from one activity to the next without so much as a break. One family I know well has at least two activities a night and three on the weekend. Sure they have four kids, but really?

I’m sure all of this effort is rationalizable. We work harder and longer hours than ever, in part  because we live in a face-time culture. We push ourselves to get promotions to acquire things, which make us feel like we need more things so we push ourselves harder. Or because we want our kids to get a leg up, we somehow think that the choreography required to get them to piano, French, ballet, gymnastics, and Mandarin class will pay off in the long term. Read More