There’s a slacker vibe in the air.


Twitter has been overflowing lately with tidbits on working less and with less stress:

@CaliiehLovee good morning hope u have a great stress free day at work today

@DanSchawbel ADVICE: Work Less, Earn More with These 3 Careers

@nnschiller I would like to work fewer hours for more money. I would also like world peace, a pet yeti, and a toilet made of solid gold.

And here’s a sampling of a few new books I’ve recently received:

“Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play.”

“Career Success Without a Real Job: The Career Book For People Too Smart to Work in Corporations.”

“The End of Work As You Know It: 8 Strategies too Redefine Work on Your Own Terms.”

I’m all for empowerment, but some jobs require you to work a lot, provide little to no independence or playtime and are riddled with stress. That’s just how it is.

But most of us just can’t accept that. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss, is still on Amazon’s the top-sellers list.

Ferris was recently interviewed by Newsweek and I got the feeling some of what he espouses is probably not going to work for most of us:

I got a comment on the blog recently from someone who got fired from a well-paying, “secure” job. He said it was the best thing that ever happened to him. Now, he’s snowboarding and skiing his way around the world. The basic assumptions of people’s longterm plans are so unpredictable. I find it very positive that people are focusing on the here and now and that people are making better decisions.

Seems like a good deal for the guy he talks about, but if we all go off and snowboard our lives away, that is if we can afford it, who will run things?

Working more efficiently is a great idea. And leaving a job you hate is something we should all strive for. But sometimes it takes 40 hours a week, or even 80 hours a week, to get our jobs done.

I think about the rescue workers in Haiti right now. Their jobs are the epitome of stress and long hours.

This from Marie Johnston, a Red Cross worker from Shreveport, Louisiana, who is in Haiti:

“It’s awful, really just awful here. We are trying to do the best we can but the conditions are just awful. We have no supplies, I haven’t slept in over a day, there’s almost no food and the people here, and they just keep coming. It’s a total tragedy here and it just doesn’t seem to be getting better.”

Sometimes work is just that — work.

Is your gig stress free? What the heck do you do?

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