Why Hyper-organisation Can Backfire

We all want to be more productive. But research shows that schedules don’t suit some tasks – and can even make us enjoy them less. … Structuring our lives too temporally robs leisure of its innate spontaneity and enjoyment…Malkoc’s research has also shown that when people schedule roughly – by drawing lines outside the confines of the calendar grid, adding question marks or shading in large blocks of time, people perceive the activity to be just as fun as a spontaneous, impromptu one. Yet this doesn’t lend itself to the digital world; as Malkoc points out: “There isn’t a real way to schedule roughly in a calendar.”

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