How Much Of Your Job Is Fake Work?

I remind myself that all work isn't created equally. Just because I'm busy doesn't mean that I'm being productive.

I imagine that every kind of work has its fake-work and make-work. For example, as a writer, I remind myself:

  • create, don't fiddle around with italics and formatting
  • typing isn't the same as writing
  • cruising around the internet isn't the same as "research"
  • answering emails, checking Twitter and Facebook, and similar tasks, while important, must not be allowed to get in the way of writing and thinking
  • if I'm finding it very hard to write, I should stop trying to write and instead, start thinking harder
  • if I'm finding it very easy to write, I'm probably falling into cliché and should start thinking harder

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Of course, one of my Secrets of Adulthood is that the opposite of a great truth is also true, and I have several resolutions aimed at helping me not to worry constantly about being efficient, but instead, to force myself to wander and schedule time for play. Sometimes, I work best by doing things that don't look like "work."

In your job, do you have to fight the urge to do fake-work and make-work? What form does yours take?

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Article fails to mention one point. As a writer, writing fluff and filler pieces is not really productive writing, and it is certainly not journalism.

July 19 2013 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Lewis

The main page that directed to this story has the headline "Two Letters That Got This Man Hired".

It's disappointing that there's so little checking and quality control. I'd really have liked to read the article that the headline alluded to, rather than this thinly-disguised effort to promote a book and/or the author in this fluuf piece.

July 19 2013 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow. What an enlightening piece of journalism.

July 19 2013 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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