Slow productivity is a team sport: A critique of Cal Newport’s Slow Productivity

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Slow productivity is a team sport: A critique of Cal Newport’s Slow Productivitylibrarianship, management, slow librarianship, Time, Work, Work-life balance

by Meredith Farkas on 6/12/2024 with 8 comments

Image credit: Dolce far Niente by John Singer Sargent  This is the fourth in a series of essays I’ve written on time. You can view a list of all of them on the first essay. This was going to be a somewhat different essay before I read Cal Newport’s Slow Productivity. I read the book …

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Slowness, disability, and the art of losing

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Slowness, disability, and the art of losingabout me, career, slow librarianship, Work-life balance

by Meredith Farkas on 1/8/2024 with Comments Off on Slowness, disability, and the art of losing

A few weeks ago, I had what honestly felt like a perfect day. It was a bright sunny day in December that felt almost stolen from the jaws of our long, cold, gray Portland winters. I woke up with almost no joint pain for the first time in ages and tons of energy. I worked …

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Slow librarianship and prioritizing life over work

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Slow librarianship and prioritizing life over worklibrarianship, slow librarianship, Work, Work-life balance

by Meredith Farkas on 8/8/2023 with 6 comments

I recently wrote an essay for CHOICE’s LibTech Insights blog entitled “Building a Better Library Tech Future with Slow Librarianship.” It provides a brief introduction to slow librarianship, how it relates to library technology, and how our profession’s reification of innovation has kept us from really focusing on the needs of our patrons. I know …

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Stop normalizing overwork

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Stop normalizing overworkcommunity college libraries, instruction, librarianship, mid-career, slow librarianship, Work, Work-life balance

by Meredith Farkas on 10/23/2022 with 5 comments

In the years that I have been trying my best to avoid overwork, I’ve become more attuned to the signs that I am indeed overworking. I usually notice one of three things: an inability to slow my brain down and not think about work during my off-time, difficulty with problem-solving (where my brain becomes like …

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Universal design for work?librarianship, libraries, management, slow librarianship, Work, Work-life balance

by Meredith Farkas on 5/12/2022 with 3 comments

I’ve had migraines for over 20 years. I didn’t seek workplace accommodations for them until this year. The biggest barrier to getting accommodations at work was my own internalized ableism, but of course I came by it honestly in our society. There were two elements holding me back. The first was shame about my limitations. …

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