When life is work

Thanks to Tim Bradley for sending this article about the science of work – specifically how much time you spend at work and HOW you spend that time.

The columnist, John Brandon, was set off by a comment from Marissa Mayer, who boasted that the recipe for Google’s success was people who, in the early days, worked 130 hours a week.  As Brandon says, “[That] recipe is seriously flawed. Working 130 hours does not lead to success. Working smarter leads to success.”

Research shows that in order to do quality work breaks are critical – they prevent boredom, help us reassess goals, and most importantly help us retain information and make connections.

Perhaps the people at Google did work 130 hours a week, but the company’s success may have come in spite of that herculean effort, not because of it.