It's been 80 years, nearly a century since the Industrial Revolution and Labor Movement.
The tme in which the standard "9 to 5 grind" was set. Yet, still here we are, in the year 2021, following the same work schedule as our great great grandparent
I mean WTF man!
And you know something? It was Henry Ford, who initiated this sort of practice, during a time in which 12-14 hours was the typical "on the clock" time for you average employee. That's right he cut those hours down by a quarter and guess what?
Huh? What? How?
People worked less hours and produced_ more _results. They were being....lazy, at least lazier than "working" over a dozen hours, but being more effective.
More recently through companies like Tower Paddle Boards in California recently cut their full time schedule down to just 5 hours a day, and it's become one of the largest growing retailers in the country. Like Ford, they found that their employees were being MORE productive working LESS hours.
You see, there's value in Leisure, the big "L" in L.A.Z.Y. we always talk about. There's value in taking time off and relaxing.
Fact of the matter is in the typical 9 to 5 grind, we don't have time to relax. By the time we start settle down, after doing all the chores and taking care of the kids, it's time go bed, wake up the next day, and start it all over again.
There's no "me" time. There's no time to do what you want. There's always another task that must be done. And we're constantly moving around, being productive, doing something, rather than sittin' around doin' nothing and just enjoying ourselves.
We end up binge watching Netflix only to get some sort of synthetic form of Leisure, but even after that, still feel drained. We don't get real free time. We get the artificial flavor of it.
The weekend barely counts as Leisure time. It's spent catching up with friends, running your groceries, completing chores you didn't finish during the work week. No time to just sit and rest.
The workload keeps growing and the wages, well, as we covered before, are just remaining stagnant.
We're literally just running on caffeine at this point. Dead on the inside with our corpses trying to push through the next work shift.
Fortunately, I know as well as you do that being lazy is okay. It's okay to be lazy once in a while, despite the stigma, despite the criticism, laziness is a good thing. You see, you would think that someone working less hours is lazy, and while that may true. because they lazy, because they have the time to rejuvenate themselves, they become motivated to work harder and be more productive.
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