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Slow Productivity

The central goal of Slow Productivity is to keep an individual worker’s volume at a sustainable level.

When our work volume increases, so do the accompanying overhead and stress, reducing both the time remaining to actually execute the tasks and the quality of the results. If we can work more sequentially, focusing on a small number of things at a time, waiting until they're done before bringing on new obligations, the rate at which we complete tasks might actually increase.


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Rewarding Productivity

As long as the economy rewards productivity and efficiency, there will always be people:

  • piling on the work
  • working on the weekend.

It’s nice to think that some companies might adopt anti-burnout measures—minimizing those small tasks, and doling o...


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Self-Esteem and Productivity

  • When only one basket holds all of your self-esteem eggs, bad things happen. If we feel like we need to do something or prove ourselves in one area to feel good about ourselves, our self-worth is based on something.
  • Contingencies of self-worth represent specific domains on which peopl...


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When there’s too much for us to imagine actually completing, we short-circuit our executive functioning mechanisms, resulting in a feeling of anxious unease.

The autonomy that defines the professional lives of those who toil in fr...



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Burnout Is On The Rise

Burnout happens when, over a period of time, our resources are depleted faster than they’re restored. It’s partially explained by exhaustion at work, cynicism toward the meaning of work, and a sense of inadequacy at work.

It’s mediated by workload, control...


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