In his book Choosing to Cheat, Andy Stanley asserts that in most professions there’s not really that big of a difference in production between a 40 hour work week and a 60 hour work week. This came up in a conversation with friends, along with the Boomer generation, careers, and what we value in life.
Do you agree with this?
Putting it to the test, I began trimming. What I’m finding so far is that yes, the production doesn’t seem to be that much greater. But a new set of problems have cropped up:
- It’s really hard to hold up the boundaries of a shorter work week, especially when I never trimmed my responsibilities.
- I have to say “No” more; and responding to emails gets put on the back burner.
- (the real issue) I have to be OK with not being available for everybody all the time, and disappointing them.
- (also the real issue) I have to rely more than ever on God. After all, I do believe that God is working, right? Seriously though, when did I start behaving like an agnostic?
What are your thoughts on this? And do you think expectations will be brought back down to earth as the Baby Boomers continue to retire?