Never before in history, have we had so much “streamlining”, “efficiency” and “digitalization” with a promise of releasing more time for the core task – and never before have we spent more time on unnecessary things than now. At least according to Dennis Normark who together with philosopher Anders Fogh Jensen in 2018 publishes the book “Pseudowork – how we ended up being busy, doing nothing”
Based on interviews, statistics and research, Normark focuses on all the unnecessary tasks we fill the working hours with. All those meetings, reports, emails, registrations, PowerPoint presentations, metrics, policies and other self-employed tasks that prevent us from creating value, innovating and, above all, creating a meaningful working day.
In other words, we are drowning in unnecessary work and wanting to spend more time with our families, all the while 430,000 Danes are on sick leave due to stress. Ridding ourselves of pseudo-work is, in fact, easier than you would think. Start the journey with Dennis Normark.
We are all busy, but what are we really busy with?