How many hours do we really need to work?

…​ a study that found managers couldn’t tell which of their employees worked 80 hours per week and who just pretended to work 80 hours. So if you’re overworking in the hopes of impressing your boss and landing a raise or a promotion, you may be wasting your time.

Studies have shown that working more hours increases your productivity only to a point. That point seems to be around 49 hours. So if you’re working 60-, 70-, or 80-hour weeks, it’s very unlikely your output is actually much more than you’d get done in a 50-hour week.

From http://blog.rescuetime.com/2017/05/09/how-many-hours-should-we-work

Lazyness

Here is a short list of important questions that lazy people ask of themselves that other people don’t:

Why am I doing this?

Why am I doing it this way?

What am I trying to get out of this?

Is this the best way to get this done?

What would happen if I didn’t do it at all?

The scary part of being lazy is it leaves you naked. You no longer have your insulating cone of busyness to make you feel productive. The work you do actually has to mean something in order to get done. Instead of relying on willpower you rely on drive.

From https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2007/05/08/the-laziest-solution-possible/

Double your output (while working fewer hours)

​Dedicate time off. For me, that meant one day off per week and evenings were no study zones. I did not study during a single evening the entire year, even the day before a hard exam.

Never sacrifice sleep. Giving up sleep to study more is the stupidest thing you can do as a student. Stop.

Constrain your working hours. Don’t try to work more hours, in the hopes you’ll be able to focus. Work in smaller, more intense chunks and you’ll greatly increase your productivity.

From https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2012/10/26/bootcamp-2012-day-1/

Elon Musk says he may have depression

… ​it’s better to steer clear of alcohol and meds to soothe anxieties. Instead, she recommends unplugging and escaping from the daily grind. She regularly gets away to a remote cabin on Lake Manitou in Ontario, Canada where there is no cellphone service or internet. She only has a satellite phone in case of emergencies.

People at all stages of life have a feeling that they need to earn more and accomplish more

From http://www.marketwatch.com/story/elon-musk-says-he-may-have-depression-like-millions-of-overworked-americans-in-their-40s-and-50s-2017-08-01

Honesty by Ben Horowitz

​How is it possible that everybody believes that they are honest yet has a difficult time identifying anyone else with the same characteristics? Are we all so dishonest that we are lying to ourselves?

If I trust you completely, then I require no explanation or communication of your actions whatsoever, because I know that whatever you are doing is in my best interests. On the other hand, if I don’t trust you at all, then no amount of talking, explaining or reasoning will have any effect on me, because I do not trust that you are telling me the truth.

From https://a16z.com/2017/07/27/how-to-tell-the-truth/

Improving remote camaraderie with social team chat channel

After reading http://blog.rescuetime.com/2014/05/14/a-little-hack-that-made-our-remote-team-not-feel-so-remote-anymore/ a great idea came to my mind.

Create separate group (team) chat channel just for “social” purpose where the team members shared stories would flow in. For example new blog post, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter post, Foursquare check-in, etc. Every team member would provide his own shared stories via the services APIs. All stuff would be mainly automated.

I would like to know an automated solution for the scenario of leaving and coming home. Maybe the AFK set by the chat app is the ideal (privacy concerned) solution 🙂