If you feel like your to-do list is never-ending, you’re not alone. Society today has created a culture of efficiency that makes people believe it is their duty to complete more tasks in shorter periods of time than ever before – and for what? Guardian writer Oliver Burkeman scrutinizes the modern obsession with “personal productivity”: completing task lists, emptying inboxes, and the like. He invites you to dive into the history of efficiency and decide for yourself if growing for the sake of growth is fruitless. getAbstract recommends this thoughtful essay to those who never have enough time.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why society obsesses about “personal productivity” today,
- How views on time management have evolved throughout history and
- What the backlash against efficiency looks like.
About the Author
Oliver Burkeman is author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.