surprising science of why you'll get more done by having fun
emily kate moon stashed this in success
Bertrand Russell said it best, writing In Praise of Idleness:
There was formerly a capacity for light-heartedness and play which has been to some extent inhibited by the cult of efficiency. The modern [person] thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.
Overworking comes at a cost and fails to provide us with essential skills for professional success. Taking breaks from work makes a person happier, healthier, and more successful.
Specifically, make time to:
- Do nothing. Resting, dreaming, hiking, and other similar “get your mind out of work” activities clear space in the brain for new thoughts and insights.
- Be social. Socializing deepens relationships and strengthens bonds in our professional network.
- Serve others. Exercising empathy and compassion for others increases our well-being (and that of others!), our opportunities, and our luck.
Most of all, enjoy your time. Remember the words of Bertrand Russell in praise of idleness: “the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
i LOVE this article! nice work, adam! :)
Thank you Emily -- I actually co-wrote it with Emma Seppala and she did most of the work so I will pass along your kudos. :)
looks like both of you are giving the other full credit. classic givers. :)