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I don't know that it's counter-intuitive at all. I've burnt out before on urgent projects which ended up delayed and of marginal importance. I've seen people culture urgency and watched them value doing something over doing something right. The apparent urgency of a task trumps the mental and physical well-being of the people appointed to it. It's downright unhealthy.

What it really is though is unpolitic. Especially in the USA, suggesting that something can wait, or that the morale boost from working less will end up in more productivity angers a lot of people.




"Especially in the USA, suggesting that something can wait, or that the morale boost from working less will end up in more productivity angers a lot of people."

"They're out of their minds! They suggest that it can wait and the morale boost from working less will end up in more productivity... Blasphemy! They're just lazy! I've worked 90 hours a week for 7 years, and because of that I'm ill and borderline insane, but IT'S WORTH IT, I'M PRODUCTIVE!!! Sure, I'm chronically stressed and made 3 burn-outs, but I get stuff DONE. Those no-goods can't understand what it's like. They don't understand what sacrifice means! Grumble."


I saw an interesting statistic that while Americans work the hardest in the world they are not the most productive in their time use. Instead, Europeans are the most productive.

That being said, this doesn't mean Americans aren't the most productive overall, since Americans do work insanely long hours compared to Europeans.




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