What about productivity?
These words seem to come up often.
Curious if we know what they mean.
Curious if we know what the essence the word evokes, does to the human spirit.
Satori, at 11, talked of not being very productive. Going deeper into the conversation, we came to find out, she had misinterpreted a turning in of assignments/worksheets (that she couldn’t remember much from), for a sense of accomplishment. At the time she brought the subject up, she had been reading a book a day, was immersed in writing her first novel, among many other things (we had to pull out of her mind/heart), along with, going on more walks with her parents.
Sierra, at 14, said that the curriculum was stressing her out. She was in the be you house, and had no said curriculum. Going deeper into the conversation, we came to find out, she had added her parents’ wishes to a calendar she created to represent her own structure of the day/week/month. She was calling their wishes, her curriculum. And it was stressing her out. The video below was one of her/our revelations from these types of experiences/conversations.
In 1911, the American engineer Frederick Taylor delivered a paper in which he announced that workers’ natural laziness and propensity for underworking was “the greatest evil which the working-people of both England and America are now afflicted.” His solution was a system of “scientific management,” wherein work would be divided into the smallest repeatable tasks and assigned a time limit. The aggregate of these tasks would then become the baseline for the workday, and “those who fail to rise to a certain standard are discharged and a fresh supply of carefully selected men are given work in their place.”
Almost a century later, Amazon hit upon a similar approach to worker productivity. Yet, whereas Taylor’s genius was in super-charging the assembly line by reducing all skilled work to tiny micro-tasks, the genius of Mechanical Turk is in creating virtual assembly lines.
wasting time on the internet:
Distraction and split attention will be mandatory. So will aimless drifting and intuitive surfing. The students will be encouraged to get lost on the Web, disappearing for three hours in a Situationist-inspired dérive, drowsily emerging from the digital haze only when class is over. We will enter a collective dreamspace, an experience out of which the students will be expected to render works of literature. To bolster their practice, they’ll explore the long history of the recuperation of boredom and time-wasting, through critical texts by thinkers such as Guy Debord, Mary Kelly, Erving Goffman, Raymond Williams, and John Cage.
the prize ness.
In old age the emphasis shifts from doing to being, and our civilization, which is lost in doing, know nothing of being. It asks: being? What do you do with it? – Echart Tolle
Margaret Heffernan: Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work http://t.co/pd4ZIIy1bA
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/FiddleNP/status/612262784429125633
9) #recalibration : The business case for mindset as competitive advantage https://t.co/ji9AVxvZpQ v @ribbonfarm HT @petervan deep thinking
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JenniferSertl/status/693759054250950656
Productivity as we know it is based on delayed gratification, which described a world that was predictable and structured. It was clear what you had to do and in what order — it was just a matter of scheduling and pain tolerance. But delayed gratification is obsolete in a world dominated by VUCA, because the pain you’re pulling into the present might not even be necessary, and the gratification you’re pushing into the future might never materialize. It is not at all clear what must be done and in what order; in fact, it becomes ever more clear that most of the tasks we execute don’t make much of a difference, while a tiny percentage randomly and dramatically influence the course of our work and our lives. It makes sense to invest more and more resources in making that distinction, because the absolute fastest way to complete a task or reach an objective is to realize you don’t have to.
almost didn’t read this article because of tweet calling for competitive advantage…
perhaps we call out competitions/advantages as @fortelabs calls out delayed gratification ie: as irrelevant if living antifragile (more notes from this here)