The “lazy” people we have lauded in the past

On Darwin:

But at the same time, his days don’t seem very busy to us. The times we would classify as “work” consist of three 90-minute periods. If he had been a professor in a university today, he would have been denied tenure. If he’d been working in a company, he would have been fired within a week.

Today I worked from around 6am – 9am. Took my three kids to the park for a bit. Had some lunch. Back in the office at around 11 and then I was in and out till 2pm when my wife had to go out and I hung with the kids that didn’t go with them.

Is that a lazy schedule?

When I read these articles about Darwin or…whomever from the past that made big contributions and yet didn’t work all that much I wonder:

  • did they have “money” in some form so that they’re work didn’t need to generate income thus they were free to do what they wanted?
  • did they buy out of consumerism in some fashion?

Finally, like most others I wonder how on earth I can emulate this schedule of working a reasonable amount of time and having leisure time? I’ve got it better than most, but I’m still working on it in many ways.

Of course, I have reviewed the author’s book Rest. Yes you should read it.

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