Eighty years later this work schedule – originally designed for the endurance constraints of railroad depot workers – has become so ingrained that we rarely question it, regardless of profession.
Which is crazy.
The traditional eight-hour work schedule is great if your job is repetitive, customer-facing, or physically constraining. But for the large and growing number of “knowledge jobs,” it might not be.
the only way to do great work, in any field, is to find time to consider the larger questions
“the secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”
— Amos Tversky