less meaningless work

“Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.”
– Timothy Ferriss

Taken from The 4-Hour Workweek

8 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Time wasted that you enjoy―is never truly wasted.

  2. I blame the Protestant Work Ethic. :)

  3. This is why I’m not cleaning the bathroom this week.

  4. doing less work at all is not laziness, which his hard for most to accept because we somehow got to the feeling that selling yourself to whatever company is not only the meaning of live, but also a general judgement on a human beings worth…

  5. Not to be picky, but isn’t “less meaningless” actually meaningful? It’s a double negative.

  6. @ Gail Jacobson
    “less meaningless” ~ “fewer meaningless tasks” (could have been worded better)

    @ Bernie
    It’s time to protest the Protestant Work Ethic. :-)

  7. if it wasn’t for the protestant work ethic, our country wouldn’t be one of the greatest nations in the world. it’s our lack of respect for it that’s making us start to lag behind other nations.

  8. There are no shortage of opportunities to combine your work life with your social interests these days. I run a design company that works with values-driven brands—each is interesting and doing something meaningful.

    There are certifications like Bcorporartion that reward and support organizations with a purpose bigger than their bottom line.

    And groups like Small Giants that work towards growth for your reasons, not for it’s own sake.