As the third leg of the stool I appear to be building about doing less and being happier, I submit this article from the Financial Times. The article is really a review of Morten Hansen’s new book Great At Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better and Achieve More. There is a better review in last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal (January 13, 2018), but it requires a subscription to read. If you have one, I recommend it.
The gist of this is that as workers we try to take on too much because we have been indoctrinated to believe that the more we do, the more hours we put in, the more projects we manage, the better we will do and the higher in the business we will rise. Hansen pops that balloon and has research that shows that working ridiculous hours to impress your bosses is, generally, not the way to get ahead. Rather, and here is the rub (there is always one), engage in fewer things at work, but do those things better. As he puts it, obsess about the few things you take on.
Ok, I know that a lot of what gets written about in the FIRE community is about how to disengage from work (the point of early retirement), but honestly, for the folks who enjoy their careers, the “work less, do more” notion is a better one. Work for works sake needs to die. Having those with the most hours in the office (or on the road) be the more successful needs to end. Perhaps this is the way.
I hope you are all successfully surviving Winter!
Until Next Time, FIRE On! – Oldster