Are you working your brain too hard? Take it easy – like Charles Darwin, Alice Munro or Thomas Jefferson
I suspect part of why it works is that it causes you to focus on what needs to be done. I find this happens when I'm traveling. It feels like I do in a hour what would normally take me all day . I know I only have a limited time, so I don't let myself get distracted.
Our jobs have become prisons from which we don’t want to escape
The last two paragraphs are the real meat of the story:
"I get hung up on as easily. The writing I could do as easily, just about. Building my career, away from our London headquarters, would not be so easy. As I explain this, a circularity threatens to overtake my point: to build my career is to make myself indispensable, demonstrating indispensability means burying myself in the work, and the upshot of successfully demonstrating my indispensability is the need to continue working tirelessly. Not only can I not do all that elsewhere; outside London, the obvious brilliance of a commitment to this course of action is underappreciated. It looks pointless – daft, even.
And I begin to understand the nature of the trouble I’m having communicating to my parents precisely why what I’m doing appeals to me. They are asking about a job. I am thinking about identity, community, purpose – the things that provide meaning and motivation. I am talking about my life."