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January 2nd, 2015

"…few words we use are as misunderstood as the word ‘leisure’…Are the two poles of activity really work and leisure? If this were so, how could we speak of leisurely work? It would be a blatant contradiction. We know, however, that working leisurely is no contradiction at all…What then is the opposite of work? It is play. These are the two poles of activity: work and play" – David Steindl-Rast

By Ron Nakamoto

The Strategic Coach program is known for a concept called The Entrepreneurial Time System, which divides an entrepreneur’s schedule into free days, buffer days, and focus days. The major benefit of this structure is that it breaks the workaholic pattern that entrepreneurs often fall into as they build their businesses and become more financially successful.

Perhaps a more useful distinction might be David Steindl-Rast’s above. Thus, a “free day” might become a day of play; a “buffer day” might become a day of leisurely work, and a “focus day” might become a day of highly concentrated work.

The blog post below by Maria Popova highlights some of Steindl-Rast’s thinking on the value, even the necessity, of “leisurely work”. The post also delves into the relationship between Meaning and Purpose. After reading Steindl-Rast’s thinking, I suspect that Meaning drives Purpose when it comes to work.

What do you think?

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Why We Lost Leisure: David Steindl-Rast on Purposeful Work, Play, and How to Find Meaning in the Magnificent Superfluities of Life
“A piece of music doesn’t come to an end when its purpose is accomplished. It has no purpose, strictly speaking. It is the playful unfolding

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