We are at a time in which people have progressed faster than the “structures” around us. In a world where public education fails to properly teach our children (see Seth Godin’s excellent TED Talk on the subject) and archaic management approaches don’t fit the people of our companies, I also believe our long-held truths about productivity are wrong.
“Why is it every time I ask for a pair of hands, they come with a brain attached?” ~ Henry Ford
We are not robots building cars, we are extremely complex beings. The productivity equation for humans involves near-infinite components.
Dynamic beings require a dynamic approach.
Start work when you’re rested, focused and ready. Take a break when you need it. If you’re tired, take a nap. If you’re between projects and nothing is pressing, take a few hours off – really off. Go to a coffee shop, walk in the park, eat a slow lunch – and leave the office at the office. It’s in these moments we recharge. It’s in these moments we step far enough from our work to see the forest for the trees. Here is where innovations are born.
This lifestyle is productive AND enjoyable.