Devil’s Advocate: The Case for Planning More “Executive Time”

Like many, I have had lots of fun mocking Trump’s predilection for a day packed with “executive time” rather than actual work.

Which does a disservice to the concept.

Because while whether Trump is a “staple genius” is up for debate (okay, only certain circles would argue it at all),  creative geniuses have long used unfettered free or “executive time” as well as “working less” to achieve higher creativity.

In an article @The Guardian on a book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less,  Pang says that this camp includes Charles Darwin, who worked for two 90-minute periods in the morning, then an hour later; mathematician Henri Poincaré who labored only from 10am till noon then 5pm till 7pm.  Spy-turned-writer John Pang le Carré is mentioned as well as  Virginia Woolf and her husband who apparently worked on average 3 1/2 hours a day.

As well as no other than Thomas Jefferson.

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Too bad Trump doesn’t pick up a book or magazine (other than ET) once in awhile, or tune into a t.v. program NOT on Fox News. Then, he might have been able to play devil’s advocate himself, countering his image as “buffoon” for all those non-working gaps in his average day.

“An 8-hour workday only make sense if you’re screwing in widgets on an assembly line.

Damn. I like the sound of that.

Of course convincing employers that it’s in their best interest to allow us lots of  “Executive Time” during the workday might be more difficult.

Especially as most of us will still expect the salary we’re getting for an 8-hour one.



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