Cal Newport, Study Hacks: The Neuroscience of Busyness

There was a time, not that long ago, when the standard response to the query, “How are you?”, was an innocuous “fine”; today, it’s rare to encounter someone who doesn’t instead respond with a weary “busy.”

Does the wiring of our brains play a role in this reality?


Like the subjects in the experiments reported in this recent paper, however, the best solution to these problems might often instead be to do less.


Also, I don’t subscribe to see the responses but this question made me think:

What work would you do if your industry was required to treat you with respect?