7 min read · Jul 29th · Like it or not, the way we work has already evolved.
future of work
Remote work makes who does and doesn’t actually do work way more obvious.
It removes the ability to seem productive (by sitting at your desk looking stressed or always being on the phone), and also, crucially, may reveal how many bosses and managers simply don’t contribute to the bottom line
In fact, your position at a company becomes more difficult to justify if all you do is delegate and nag people.
5 min read · Aug 11th · You can make time for things that matter, or you can make time for more email.
Several years ago, the journalist and author Oliver Burkeman asked some of his friends to guess, off the top of their head, how many weeks make up a typical human lifetime.
the more efficient you get, the more inputs you attract. If you get really good at processing email, you’ll get more email because you get a reputation for being responsive on email. The same idea applies elsewhere: If your reputation in the office is that you’re good at getting through work fast, you’re given more things to do.
we will die not having done a tremendous number of things we care about
Aug 9th · Grief, conspiracy, and one family’s search for meaning in the two decades since 9/11
“It felt like she was saying my grief was less important than hers,” Jen said. “I remember thinking, How does she know I’m going to be okay?”
It’s the damnedest thing: The dead abandon you; then, with the passage of time, you abandon the dead.
There are people that need me. And that, in itself, is life. There are people I do not know yet that need me. That is life. To me, that is the most profound quote from the recovered diary. That is Bobby as Yoda. That is Bobby at his very finest, his most humane, his most mature. He understood that our commitments to one another are what we’re here for—and that, in itself, is life. Even when those commitments are hard. Even when they cause us pain.
~15 min read · Jul 27th · A six-month wait for unemployment insurance. A paperwork nightmare over an insurance reimbursement. Drug tests for cash benefits. Why is there so much red tape in American life?
And very little attention is being paid to making things work for the neediest—people short on time, money, and mental bandwidth. The time tax needs to be measured. It needs to be managed. And it needs to end.
The time tax is everywhere.
“time tax”—a levy of paperwork, aggravation, and mental effort imposed on citizens in exchange for benefits that putatively exist to help them.
8 min read · Jul 5th · I’d rather have gone out on a champagne bender or bet the house on a poker game than let myself be undone by an addiction to social media.
You know what finally took me down? Fucking Twitter.
The simplest definition of an addiction is a habit that you can’t quit, even though it poses obvious danger. How many people have lost their jobs over ill-considered tweets?
Twitter is a parasite that burrows deep into your brain, training you to respond to the constant social feedback of likes and retweets. That takes only a week or two. Human psychology is pathetically simple to manipulate. Once you’re hooked, the parasite becomes your master, and it changes the way you think. Even now, I’m dopesick, dying to go back. Twitter did something that I would not have thought possible: It stole reading from me. What is it stealing from you?