Every summer, we take a break as a family—both from work and from business. I also do a social media sabbatical for at least two weeks (sometimes more) based on a series of experiments I conducted and wrote about for Harvard Business Review.
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I want to write about something I’m noticing—and struggling with. I don’t have an answer for it. It is, perhaps, a set of observations.When I was younger: in my twenties, I didn’t realize how much of my free time I spent doing things—things that I now try to do all inside of my limited work hours. There are small projects I used to indulge in that occupied pockets of time I no longer have in the same way. Today I want to talk through how work (and projects) eat our time, and why we have less time than we think. And how to deal with it.
Are you rushing, slipping, catching your breath, urgent, last-minute, adrenaline fueled? Or are you patient, calm, planning ahead, ready, exhaling, easy? The difference between the two matters.