Performative busyness

The most interesting part of Slow Productivity is his discussion of pseudo-productivity, which has flourished, he writes, because we are hopeless at measuring knowledge work — unlike manufacturing where it is easy to count the number of widgets made in a given time. In lieu of concrete metrics, Newport says, people use “visible activity as a crude proxy for actual productivity. If you can see me in my office — or . . . see my email replies and chat messages arriving regularly — then at the very least, you know I’m doing something.”

Such performative busyness, Newport argues, stops us from doing the most meaningful work.

Länk: Financial Times skriver om Cal Newports nya bok Slow Productivity.

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