“Every time you reply to an email, there’s a good chance of provoking a reply to that email, which itself may require another reply, and so on and so on, until the heat death of the universe.”
We’re not suggesting you ignore your emails indefinitely. And we don’t even want to think about the heat death of the universe (though, as a group of mostly native Houstonians who manage to survive every August, we’re familiar with the concept.) But we do suggest you pick up Oliver Burkeman’s newest book. It’s less about the business side of time management and more about how you, as a human being on this planet, can improve your practice of prioritizing the things that matter most to you and stop trying to master the myriad “life hacks” that are suggested to us by our productivity-obsessed society.
As the book’s title points out, if you’re lucky enough to live until you’re 80, you’ll only get about 4,000 weeks to live. So, this week might be a good one to reconsider your relationship to hustle culture, stop the glorification of busy and do things a little differently. Maybe a little slower? With more meaning? Or, maybe, don’t do that thing at all. Especially if it’s not something you really want to do in the first place.
Purchase Oliver Burkeman's book here.