Reading List: Why naps are the solution to most of our work problems

This is a list of resources I used to write my talk for the 2017 Design and Content Conference in Vancouver, BC. It will be livestreaming it on Facebook at 3:45pm-ish Pacific time, July 18 2017.

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?

Why Working More Than 40 Hours a Week Is Useless

Slacker success: Why working 20 hours a week is more effective than 90

The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week (This Is Not a Joke)

Problems in the Valley

Trickle-down workaholism in startups

Watch a VC use my name to sell a con

The Gospel of Hard Work, According to Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Arrogance

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

How a better working culture will create a better world

For an Inclusive Culture, Try Working Less

Long work hours don’t work for people or the planet

Working less would slow climate change, group argues

Save the world with a 3-day work week

The importance of idleness, rest, and play for creative thinking

Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy.

The psychological importance of wasting time

Even Work-Life Balance Experts Are Awful at Balancing Work and Life

The Busy Trap

The Data-Driven Case for Vacation

The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time

How to redesign everything so it’s better

As a counterpoint to all the doom and gloom, check out the Signal Vs Noise blog. Their book, Rework, is a great read if you’re interested in redesigning how your company functions.

If Not 40 Hours, Then What? Defining the Modern Work Week

21-hour work week, a full analysis

Next: Protestants, Puritans, and self-punishment — examining the history of our morality of work