Reading List: Why naps are the solution to most of our work problems
Check back later in the week for a more complete post with the full narrative; for now, here are some longreads to keep you busy!
Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
The initial idea came from this article* on Darwin’s working habits which also contained a initial critique of Gladwell’s 10,000 hours assertion.
*This article is actually a chapter of a book which I have been meaning to read, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. Clearly I have to rest more so I can get around to reading this book.
The 10,000-Hour Rule Was Wrong, According to the People Who Wrote the Original Study and The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Wrong. How to Really Master a Skill. These two articles both critique the 10,000 hour rule — but they only focus on the working structure or method, not on the rest times. It’s still a valuable perspective, but it’s important to recognize the conceptual limit there.
How many hours per week should we work?
Problems in the Valley
How a better working culture will create a better world
The importance of idleness, rest, and play for creative thinking
How to redesign everything so it’s better
Next: Protestants, Puritans, and self-punishment — examining the history of our morality of work