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Issue #179  (The Anti-Work Trend) 07/18/22

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The "anti-work" trend is something that's grown in popularity over the past year or so, in particular due to the /r/antiwork subreddit on Reddit. I can certainly see why so many are on that bandwagon at the moment. There are a lot of people in positions of power in the work environment that don't treat their employees with respect or dignity. In many cases they expect your soul for a low-wage job.

No bad days at work

But I don't think the answer lies in pushing back hard when you feel overworked and underpaid. Below is my advice on anti-work.

  • Do you best to show respect for those in authority. This might be hard when you feel like you're being mistreated, but I think it's better for your state of mind to not harbour animosity against your superiors.
  • If you're legitimately being mistreated at work, use any government resources that are at your disposal. Trying to handle things in a vengeful, personal way is likely not the best option for anyone.
  • If your boss is unreasonable or irrational because "you're expendable", then look for something better, if at all possible. Stay as long as you need to but if you can go somewhere else, do it. You'd be surprised what opportunities can arise.
  • Always do good, honest work. Maybe you're not being treated the way you want to be treated, but if your bosses decide there are going to be cutbacks and layoffs, the honest, hard-working employees will often be the last to go.
  • Generally, don't do more than what's required in your contract. Of course, there's nothing wrong with being the good one who picks up a little slack once in a while. But if you're regularly expected to do stuff that's not in your job description, maybe it's time to move on or speak up about it. Nobody has the right to fire you for not doing someone else's job.
But of course, please take the above advice with a grain of salt. Everyone's situation is different, each part of the world has different laws and protections in place, so you'll have to do what's best in your own circumstance. So overall, while you don't need to obsess over work (see one of the article links below for more on this), there's nothing wrong with doing a good job. Balance is key.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!


Tools & Apps

SiYuan — A local-first personal knowledge management system that supports complete offline use, end-to-end encrypted synchronization, and Markdown. — Security-first diagramming for teams with the option for online storage or you can use the desktop app.

UPDF — A free PDF editor that supports editing text and images in PDF files on Mac.

Sked Social — An Instagram-first social media scheduler that lets you easily cross-post to Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and more.

GetCam — Mac, Windows, or iOS app that enables you to use your iPhone as a webcam for video meetings.

Marklog — A privacy-first bookmarking service with a focus on high-volume bookmarking that lets you categorize via custom tags or AI-generated tags that are suggested for you.

Malthus — A B2B platform to source extremely high quality leads. They have thousands of handpicked companies that have just raised millions and are likely to outsource and engage in B2B sales.   sponsor  

Articles & Resources

The Rut Principle — A good read if you feel like your habits and routine were better in the past and now you feel like you're in a rut and have trouble going back to those better days.

Slow Down, It’s What Your Brain Has Been Begging For — Some timely encouragement to overcome our modern obsession with speed by achieving a new rhythm through observing nature.

Slow-Paced Learning: The Most Effective Way to Retain 90% of What You Learn — The argument put forth here is that there's no purpose in trying to learn something if you've forgotten it a year later.

Why Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones — Bit of a longer read looking at a topic that a number of blogs and newsletters have touched on in recent months.

7 Benefits of Temporary Habits —  If you had the idea that switching up your habits is a bad thing, this post puts forth the case that it's beneficial to do this, not a sign of failure.

Why Being Passionate About Your Job Isn’t Always a Good Thing — Research suggests that there are two types of passion you can have about work and one of those may be harmful for you.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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