Work is good because it gives a person meaning and self-respect.  Beyond this, I have witnessed that people who work seem to be happier and better adjusted to their circumstances as compared to similarly situated people who do not work.

Since work is good for us, how can we be most productive at work? Nicolas Cole suggests the following:1

First of all, stop checking your cell phone.  This is a bad habit that becomes a compulsion for some people. In addition, it is rude to do in the company of others.

Second, listen to what others say.  This takes discipline. Make eye contact.  People know when they are being paid attention to.  It makes a difference.

Third, don’t multitask.  People who multitask have divided attention and lack clear focus.

Fourth, find a suitable place to work. Not all environments are conducive to getting work done.

Last, prepare.  You must be prepared for the work at hand.

In conclusion, productivity at work is important.  “You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.  For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.”2

by Patrick Gaffney

by Patrick Gaffney

1 Cole, Nicholas. “It’s called work for a reason”.  November 20, 2016.  Tampa Bay Times.

2 Gibran, Kahlil.  The Prophet.  Alfred A. Knopf, 1923.