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Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Product More

If you work, like me, in a large international company and work with colleagues from many other countries, you are regularly confronted with the prejudice that Germans work so few hours and have so many holidays/vacation days.

Well, some of it is simply wrong (like having many public holidays, but thats a separate article), and then … could it be that this is part of why we are so productive? Because we really work, when we work?

Although this article is already from 2014, I just stumbled across it a few days ago when browsing some of the blogs that I follow:

Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Produce More: A Study In Culture

Reading this takes you about 10 minutes or so … interestingly, the comments section below takes more than 90% of the web-page… some interesting stuff there also and the usual debate about “what is wrong” and “why its right”… didn’t read too much of it…

As I am German, I am by nature sceptical and do not have a tendency to be overly proud of myself or country. But I do think that some of that may be true… isn’t it?

… will do it tomorrow – procrastination

The term “procrastination” is now around for some time and became something like a fashionable thing, kind of scientifically used “term” to describe what most procrastinators are a bit ashamed of.

I think I’m a normal guyhere. From time to time I procrastinate… but I tend to be aware, and so I have a certain level of control. Actually, at work I installed a anti-procrastination plugin on Firefox to prevent from internet surfing when I shouldn’t… it works for me.

For a few months now, I regularly read the blog of Tim Urban: waitbutwhy.com, he writes fantastic, very long and thoroughly researched, articles about interesting, usually scientific, topics. He seems to be a master procrastinator, he wrote an Article about this some time ago.

TED is another source of very interesting, usually 15 minute long, often inspiring Talks, often presented in a entertaining and fun way.

And in March 2016 the two crossed the way, Tim gave a TED Talk … about procrastination 🙂

… very much worth reading: his preparation for the TED Talk.

And very worth watching: the TED Talk.