Think about it. How much time are you really working and how much you are doing unproductive things?
You do the scheduled tasks for the day (if lucky) and then you lose the rest of the day doing unproductive activities: talking to your partners, sending emails, chatting, surfing the internet, thinking about what you’ll do when you leave the office or just waiting that time to come. Admit it, it’s impossible to spend all your time at the office doing productive tasks.
Too much time, too little productivity
As stated in a BBC article, ‘the real time we spend at work is totally disproportionate regarding the tasks we have to do’. That is, our working hours would be much shorter if we knew how to properly organise ourselves and manage our time.
But it’s not all about organisation. We are meant to look like a worker more than to be one. In the culture of addiction to work in which we live in, free time has died and not having anything to do is frowned upon. So we spend a huge part of our day ‘occupied in being occupied instead of doing useful things’.
A matter of culture
Jobs have stopped being a way to survive in order to become a symbol of social status. It’s stopped being a necessity to become a cultural device that brings everything else with it. Not being able to separate personal and professional lives has as a result occupational burnout, workers frustrated and unsatisfied against working conditions that produce great levels of stress.
We are doing something wrong, don’t we? We should reconsider they in which we understand work, don’t we? Flexibility may be part of the answer.