The more time we spend doing something, the less time we invariably have to invest elsewhere. The problem with framing our world by such terms is that it exposes us to the perils of scarcity.
The irony is clear: the fear of underperformance can often lead us to push ourselves so much that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Managing energy, one of the core components to addressing this challenge, requires us to set boundaries that are counterintuitive to most.
But what if people could simply be more efficient and productive during the time they are at work? What if there’s a win-win solution for employers and employees?
It’s also a fallacy that individuals spending more hours at work translates into a more robust economy.
It isn’t realistic to build sustainable high-performing companies by way of unsustainable work practices. Meeting people’s core needs, rather than simply trying to squeeze more out of them, is what makes it possible for them to work more effectively.