I end this book with a reminder of the goals of productivity. Why are you reading this book? What’s the point of getting more done in less time? In my view, the point is not just to build a more rewarding career but to enjoy a more rewarding life. The more efficient you are at work, the more time you’ll have for your family, your friends, and other aspects of life that you care about.

When I was a child in the 1950s, the relationship between home and work was quite traditional: a man was expected to be his family’s breadwinner, and a woman was expected to take care of the children and the home. Today, the gender balance at work has roughly equalized,1 but traditional gender roles still persist to some degree. Although ...

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