13 September 2006

Rest Beta

"It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest." Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Nobody can work 24x7 for 365 days without a break. People are only flesh-and-blood human beings, and need rest in order to refresh and recharge, and more importantly avoid burnout.

Workaholic keeps working, blindly believe that this is the most effective way to get things done. However, working long hours is ineffective. Productivity drops. Pressure increases. Performance suffers. The idea of "the longer hours one works, the more one achieves" is simply not true.

Effectiveness is about getting right things done. But what are the right things? Defining them is already a time consuming exercise. People seldom plan before act, and don't like to invent the wheel. Invention is about trial and error. Who likes to be judged and critized by others on a regular basis? In order to save face, almost everyone chooses to be a follower instead of being a pioneer. It's better to be a winning follower than a losing pioneer.

Most people are good at doing things right, and they rather do things right than do right things. As long as something is done right, people will get recognized. Right things? It is difficult to identify right things, but it is not difficult to do things right. Solutions are available everywhere. Even if the solutions are not available, they are sooner or later made available.

Commitment is more important. Workaholic may not be effective. If effective, then why keep working?

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