Our culture celebrates the idea of being a workaholic. Workaholics are people who pull all nighters, they sleep at the office, and they kill themselves over projects.
And they do this because, typically, managers and employers praise individuals who sacrifice their time instead of rewarding individuals for personal productivity.
If one individual, for example, takes 8 hours to finish 8 hours worth of work and another individual finishes the same amount of work in 4 hours but then goes home after, the latter employee is often times considered the more lazy of the two.
This is because few managers choose to measure the results of their employees’ actions and instead choose to measure the contribution of their time.
However, it’s more important to focus on being productive rather than on being busy because not only is being a workaholic unnecessary, it’s stupid.
Working more doesn’t mean you get more done. It just means you work more.
In the book “Rework,” Jason Fried, who is a founder of 37signals, says,
“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done.”