Saturday, 6 June 2009

Planned spontaneity

A really good piece in today's Guardian by Oliver Burkeman on the ever increasing blurring of work/leisure boundaries. Sadly, he opines, this leaves us with the awful term coined by US sociologist Dalton Conley, 'weisure'.

That's surely beneath contempt.

Anyway, Burkeman concludes that, though it may seem a contradiction in terms, we should pay as much attention to 'scheduling' a productive weekend or evening as we would our work. This way, he contends, we won't end up 'spontaneously' watching TV of an evening and entering a "half focused, barely enjoyable state of passivity. Or, as I shall henceforth be calling it, 'peisure'."


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