I LEARN A LOT from a dashboard view shared with others and I've especially enjoyed reading what's in the viewfinder of Tom Murphy. He shared some thoughts from Paul Graham that caused me pause.
And yet I've definitely had days when I might as well have sat in front of a TV all day—days at the end of which, if I asked myself what I got done that day, the answer would have been: basically, nothing. I feel bad after these days too, but nothing like as bad as I'd feel if I spent the whole day on the sofa watching TV. If I spent a whole day watching TV I'd feel like I was descending into perdition. But the same alarms don't go off on the days when I get nothing done, because I'm doing stuff that seems, superficially, like real work. Dealing with email, for example. You do it sitting at a desk. It's not fun. So it must be work.
It took me 30 years to realise the Protestant Work Ethic was distorting the concept of productive work in my life.