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Maybe not everything is about productivity as we work from home during the coronavirus pandemic

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View through an empty room of a woman standing on a balcony.
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There’s a lot of advice going around right now about the best ways to work from home: Get dressed as if you were going into the office, stick to your usual routines, do standing lunges in your living room for a break. People are (understandably) looking for ways to stay mentally healthy while they self-isolate in the age of coronavirus. …


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Anyone who brags about a 3:30 a.m. gym routine is sending a clear signal: Time is a thing to be optimized rather than enjoyed

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I am not an early riser. I don’t find mornings invigorating, I don’t do yoga with the sun coming up, I don’t read the paper in a quiet corner or sip on hot coffee as I check my email. I hate that shit. Up until recently, I actually felt a decent amount of shame about it. After all, my husband was getting up at 5:30 a.m. Before my daughter and I woke up, he had already been to the gym and answered all his emails. I, on the other hand, was waking up at 7 a.m., …


Freakonomics Radio

In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict.

Does anyone love office meetings? Their reputation is so poor that many people simply avoid them — Mark Cuban and Elon Musk, for instance. Some companies have instituted “no meeting” days to give employees a chance to do their work without being dragged off to the conference room.

There are, of course, many kinds of meetings, with different rules, customs, and outcomes depending on where they’re held and with whom: community board meetings, family meetings, the weekly floor meeting in a college dorm. Knitting clubs meet, as do rugby teams and religious groups. But for our purposes, let’s stick to…


Meghan Daum

A Gen Xer on the forgotten art of being lost in thought

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When millennials ask me for work or life advice (and this does happen occasionally), I can feel my uselessness creeping in before I even start to answer. As member of Generation X, that oft-forgotten cohort of people born between 1966 and 1981, my work experience, especially in the early days of my career, bears little resemblance to anything a younger person deals with now. For those of us who came of age before the digital revolution, getting a first job meant doing things like making cold calls to HR departments or simply showing up and asking if there was any…

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