The Downside to Being Busy

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We’ve been led to believe that being busy – even frenetically so – is a good thing. People who are busy consider it a virtue. They believe it enhances their social status and self-worth.

I was in that category for most of my life.

But does being busy always equate with being productive?

Does it come with a downside?

A study from Iceland

A fascinating study from Iceland reached a surprising result: Working less doesn’t impact productivity.

The study assessed the performance of 2,500 employees in Iceland who had reduced their work week from 40 to 35 or 36 hours, without a reduction in pay.

It found that “participating workers took on fewer hours and enjoyed greater well-being, improved work-life balance and a better cooperative spirit in the workplace – all while maintaining existing standards of performance and productivity.”