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Do Nothing

How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving
Lu par : Celeste Headlee
Durée : 7 h et 41 min

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“A welcome antidote to our toxic hustle culture of burnout.” (Arianna Huffington)

“This book is so important and could truly save lives.”(Elizabeth Gilbert)

“A clarion call to work smarter (and) accomplish more by doing less.” (Adam Grant)

We work feverishly to make ourselves happy. So why are we so miserable?

Despite our constant search for new ways to optimize our bodies and minds for peak performance, human beings are working more instead of less, living harder not smarter, and becoming more lonely and anxious. We strive for the absolute best in every aspect of our lives, ignoring what we do well naturally and reaching for a bar that keeps rising higher and higher. Why do we measure our time in terms of efficiency instead of meaning? Why can’t we just take a break?

In Do Nothing, award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee illuminates a new path ahead, seeking to institute a global shift in our thinking so we can stop sabotaging our well-being, put work aside, and start living instead of doing. As it turns out, we’re searching for external solutions to an internal problem. We won’t find what we’re searching for in punishing diets, productivity apps, or the latest self-improvement schemes. Yet all is not lost - we just need to learn how to take time for ourselves, without agenda or profit, and redefine what is truly worthwhile.

Pulling together threads from history, neuroscience, social science, and even paleontology, Headlee examines long-held assumptions about time use, idleness, hard work, and even our ultimate goals. Her research reveals that the habits we cling to are doing us harm; they developed recently in human history, which means they are habits that can, and must, be broken. It’s time to reverse the trend that’s making us all sadder, sicker, and less productive, and return to a way of life that allows us to thrive. 

©2020 Celeste Headlee (P)2020 Random House Audio

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"Do Nothing is a welcome antidote to our toxic hustle culture of burnout. Through deep research and evocative storytelling, Celeste Headlee shows us how to break free from constant pressure and live the life we truly want." (Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global)

"This book is so important and could truly save lives. Despite working harder than ever, people have never been more depressed, anxious, and unhappy. Without a doubt, our modern way of life is not working. In fact, it’s killing us. But what is to be done? With intelligence and compassion, Headlee presents realistic solutions for how we can reclaim our health and our humanity from a technological revolution that seems hell-bent on destroying both. I'm so grateful to have read this book. It delivers on its promise of a better life." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love)

"Celeste Headlee makes a powerful case that productivity is not an inherent virtue - if you're not careful, it can become a vice. If you've ever felt compelled to work harder, this book is a clarion call to work smarter instead. Sometimes you accomplish more by doing less." (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife

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  • 11/04/2020

Perfect (Coronavirus) Read

I'm a person doing. That's where I place my value, my time, my energy. Doing. Always doing.

Headlee shattered that for me.
2/3 of the book imparts the "Why" through the historical path and psychological make up of our work ethic in the US. 1/3 of the book provides solutions.

What was most helpful: Knowing that I'm not alone in my compulsive nature to work. That my worth, pinned to productivity, is a battle I will always lose. That I need to break free.

Headlee's solutions worked for her. I discovered that while they didn't necessarily apply to me, that this is a personal journey. I'm developing my own solutions and pioneering my new way of thinking.

I'm grateful I discovered this book just before the "Stay at Home" orders. It helped me navigate those hard first weeks and settle into myself. Here's to taking these principles back into the post-pandemic world.

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  • 16/03/2020

A refreshing take on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur

I am SO happy I read this book. It has made a dramatic improvement in my mental health! I am perfectionist and never feel like I am doing enough and am constantly stressed. Since reading this book, I have allowed Sundays to be my mini-vacation days. I forced myself not to clean, work, or do anything stress related on that day and it has increased my productivity and creativity! I finally feel like time is on my side again!!

I highly recommend to anyone who feels overworked and like there isn’t enough time to do anything fun anymore. This book changed my life(: I hope it changes yours too.

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  • 03/07/2020

Fascinating and timely

Useful and interesting information that turns everything we’ve been taught about work on its head.
One of the few books that doesn’t suffer from being read by the author.

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  • 02/07/2020

Required reading for the “working world”

I loved this book. Reading it during a pandemic and a large layoff, while considering making some big life changes - this book couldn’t have come at a better time. It has helped me already to refocus my energy and goals for whatever is next in life.

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  • 19/06/2020

Wonderful read for busy people

loved it! super important read for the doers amongst us. great insight and excellent narrator!

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Insanely introspective look on the American concept of “work”

Modern work culture (especially in the United States) fetishizes “hard work” above all else, often to the detriment of the people doing the work. This book does an amazing job of summarizing why we have a weird (sometimes subconscious) need to constantly be doing and working. It helped me realize why I always feel on edge on my “days off”. An excellent read no matter what you think of modern work culture, and how we might make steps to fix it.

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  • 07/05/2020

Everyone, Listen to/Read this book!!

I hung on every word. no just to get the nerve to follow her lead. I've personally recommended it to several friends. Now to get my Manager to listen to it! I will listen to it again.

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  • 28/03/2020

just what I needed

I've worked hard for 40 years and valued productivity very highly. Yet there was something missing. This book describes the'something' and offers tactics to attain it.