Rahaf Harfoush

Hustle and Float

As we struggle to keep up in a knowledge economy that never sleeps, we arm ourselves with life hacks, to-do lists, and an inbox-zero mentality, grasping at anything that will help us work faster, push harder, and produce more.
There’s just one problem: most of these solutions are making things worse. Creativity isn’t produced on an assembly line, and endless hustle is ruining our mental and physical health while subtracting from our creative performance. Productivity and Creativity are not compatible; we are stuck between them, and like the opposite poles of a magnet, they are tearing us apart.
When we’re told to sleep more, meditate, and slow down, we nod our heads in agreement, yet seem incapable of applying this advice in our own lives.
Why do we act against our creative best interests?
The answer lies in our history, culture, and biology. Instead of focusing on how we work, we must understand why we work—why we believe that what we do determines who we are.
Hustle and Float explores how our work culture creates contradictions between what we think we want and what we actually need, and points the way to a more humane, more sustainable, and, yes, more creative, way of working and living.
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    Ирина Осипенкоhar citeretfor 4 måneder siden
    Our quest for more efficiency is harming our health and our creativity.
    Ирина Осипенкоhar citeretfor 4 måneder siden
    Work-life is a useful model to help us take a holistic, macro view, and hopefully achieve an alignment between our work, our communities, and our private selves. A big risk, of course, is that in a work-obsessed culture, work-life integration becomes a way of rationalizing behavior without addressing the underlying beliefs that led us there in the first place. So much of the literature we’ve been reading offers tips to managers like “Have programs and systems in place so that whenever an employee feels overworked or spent, they can fall back on the idea that at least their company appreciates them for their extra time and hard work.” Is this really going to address burnout?

    We have outlined two distinct responses to burnout: stepping back and leaning all the way in. But in both there appears to be a strong sense of denial, as though the fix to this real and quantifiable problem is as simple as a shift in mindset or developing a meditation practice. There’s still an implied stigma that goes along with admitting that you are struggling to keep up with job descriptions and tasks that are no longer anchored in any semblance of a balanced workday. We turn the lens back on the individual: what do YOU need to do to cope? We ask them to take responsibility for economic, organizational, and cultural systems that they have zero control over, and we ask them to be happy about the whole thing, to boot.
    b8357857258har citeretfor 8 måneder siden
    Have we become so focused on working hard that we’ve lost sight of why we’re doing all of this in the first place?

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