Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job by Bruce Daisley is a book attempting to get you to change your time at work from boring to more exciting, backed by research. Mr. Daisley is the vice President of Twitter Europe, as well as hosting a podcast, called Eat Sleep Work Repeat for more research based work hacks.
- 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062944509
I’ve read several books attempting to get people to make a positive change in their workplace environment, they all have good ideas, and certainly good intentions. The problem with many of the suggestions other books give is that one needs to be in a position of authority to even attempt to make these changes.
In Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job by Bruce Daisley the author does not only concentrate on cultural changes which, let’s face it, most of us are not in a position to implement, but also on little changes you can make to make your work life more manageable. Many of the ideas are research based and are contrary to popular logical fallacies. For example, the assumption that working longer will get employees to accomplish more. That fallacy has been proved wrong by Henry Ford in the 1930s who doubled production in his factories by doubling his employees’ wages from $2.50 / hour to $5.00 and cutting the workday to 8 hours, yet many still think this is the case. Working longer to finish a project before, or on, a deadline does happen, but we are talking about constantly working all the time week in and week out. Luckily it is now taught in project management classes that throwing more resources at a project (either time or people) will not guarantee success, and sometimes even impede the project.
Resources, however, is a management issue and many people, even those who are in management positions, are not authorized to implement a change. Mr. Daisley goes into insights that people can attempt to implement on a personal level, such as not looking at work email outside of work hours (this, in my experience, is the fault of the employee who creates a bad precedence by doing so from the start), and getting more sleep. In her excellent book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, author Mary Roach also brings up this point, where soldiers concentration and performance went down 25% for every sleepless night.
I’ve read this book with my cynical hat on, to be frank though it rarely comes off, and got a few good hacks and ideas from it which I can try and implement. Some of my ideas were not in the book, but were certainly inspired by it afterwards. The author does write about the age old notion that good ideas come when the brain is at rest (sleep, shower, sitting under an applet tree, a dubious story by itself) and not while busy at work. The book is divided into three sections: Recharge: Twelve Performance-Enhancing Actions to Make Work Less Awful, Sync: Eight Fixes to Make Teams Closer, and Buzz: The Ten Secrets to Energized Teams. Mr. Daisley smartly chose to keep all those sections, as well as sub-sections independent of each other so the reader can skip around to read what they are interested in, or what is relevant to them.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours.
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