British journalist, essaist and non-fiction writer
"The Best Time-Management Advice Is Depressing But Liberating" (2021 August 11) edit
The Atlantic's Joe Pinsker in his article "The Best Time-Management Advice Is Depressing But Liberating" (2021 August 11)
- [W]e’re living in a world with effectively infinite inputs—emails you could receive, demands that could be made of you, or ambitions that you could have. Getting better at moving through them is not going to get you to the end of them, so the promise of reaching a point at which you feel on top of everything is flawed on a math basis from the beginning.
- On time-management
- [T]he more efficient you get, the more inputs you attract. If you get really good at processing email, you’ll get more email because you get a reputation for being responsive on email. The same idea applies elsewhere: If your reputation in the office is that you’re good at getting through work fast, you’re given more things to do.
- A life spent chasing the mythical state of being able to do everything is less meaningful than a life of focusing on a few things that count.
- I think the reason that we seek distraction is that working on stuff that we care about is often scary. It brings us into contact with all the ways in which we’re limited—our talents might not be up to what we’re trying to do, and we can’t control how things will unfold.