In a society obsessed with productivity and constant hustle, how much work is too much, how much rest do we actually need, and how can we work more productively while working less?
Ever since becoming a full time digital nomad, I'd become somewhat of a hunter-gatherer in that I don't really have "normal" hours or "normal" weekdays anymore. If I have a big, important project, I'll work seven days a week putting in ten hours daily or more, and if my assignments are more spaced out, sometimes I'll do zero work for days, take afternoons off, or completely unplug and disappear for whatever period of time feels necessary. I can sleep in, ignore Mondays, shut all electronic devices off, ride off into the mountains to recharge, take up a completely new project if I feel I need a fresh direction, read a lot, workout, enjoy life on the road, and discover something new about the world or myself daily. About 65% of the work I do I love so much that it doesn't even feel like work; my goal is to get it to at least 85%. At the same time, I still do work a lot.
I would find it extremely difficult to go back to a 9-5 job now. It's not that I work less now, but I do work very differently and there is very little structure. I used to be anxious about it but in the long run, I am actually significantly more productive, active and creative working on inspiration and natural energy levels rather than hours and schedules.
So, how much do you work, how much do you rest, and what are your top hacks to work less but better?