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The Hamster Wheel

By: Michael Blankenship |

“Doing less is not being lazy. Don’t give in to a culture that values personal sacrifice over personal productivity.” 

– Tim Ferriss

“Stop whining,” some meme shouts from its proverbial rooftop, “start hustling.” 

We see it all around us.

“Hustle culture.”

The demand to do more if we want to be more. 

But a bit of research from Stanford University has found that those 12-hour workdays might actually be less productive than we think. CNBC sums up the research like this… 

“In his research, economics professor John Pencavel found that productivity per hour declines sharply when a person works more than 50 hours a week. After 55 hours, productivity drops so much that putting in any more hours would be pointless. And, those who work up to 70 hours a week are only getting the same amount of work done as those who put in the 55 hours.”

Of course, you can always find stuff to do. 

But what we have to ask ourselves is how much those overtime tasks actually move us forward

Hamsters love the hamster wheel.

And many people are addicted to doing things… regardless of if those things move them toward their goals.

So take stock. 

What actually needs to be done to make progress? 

What doesn’t need to be done? 

What can someone else do?

And what is your most important priority TODAY? 

Do that thing first.

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