“ It doesn’t have to be crazy at work” — Is this book good for academics?

  • “Hustle”, “grind”, “no pain no gain”. All expressions far too common in todays work culture. More often than not, this is the enemy of good work. The fact that we have our minds constantly busy, leaves little room for creativity, reflection and critical thinking. This is specially import for research where I feel like a few hours of reflection can make my work easier for several weeks.
  • SLEEP. This is a big topic for me. Why sleep 8 hours when I can function perfectly with just 5/6 hours? This is what I use to think. But more often than not, I was not functioning perfectly, I just thought I was. There’s plenty of evidence that sleep deprivation not only crushes your productivity now, but also harms your health.
  • 8h day, 40h a week. If we think about it, 8h a day is plenty of time, but it feels little because we usually don’t spend all that time working. We have distractions that fracture our schedule into pieces and prevents us from working for a long time without interruptions. The cool thing about research is that you manage your own time. The bad thing about research is that if you’re like me, you probably manage your time poorly. It’s rare for me to stop working before 6pm and I spend several evening doing “this extra thing”. I clear sign of poor time management. Sometimes because I procrastinated in the morning and now need to stay late to finish what I actually need to finish. Other times it’s because I over promise and now I have to work over hours to finish want I promised. Which brings me to my next topic.
  • Say NO. I’m a people pleaser, if people ask me to do something, more often than not I’ll say yes without hesitation. Without reflecting on the time it will take me. And it might no be only the small thing people are asking you — is everything that comes attached. It’s ok to say no and prioritise your time.
  • Office hours. This idea is actually “stolen” from academia 😋 The idea that the experts have a designated time where people can ask questions. This way they can provide guidance without jeopardising their time.
  • Vacations! And vacation means, away from everything — email, chats.This is something that should be cultivated in every workplace. Create the habit of not contacting people to small meetings. Whatever it is, it probably can wait.

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