Whatever Happened To Leisure?

Matthew McFarlane
8 min readAug 24, 2021

A manic focus on productivity has replaced every other way of thinking about our lives.

Girl Reading by William Baxter Closson, courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Museum of American History, Division of Graphic Arts, Smithsonian Institution

The four-day workweek is coming. At least, so say many of our esteemed business publications. They report that companies around the world are implementing trial runs of this radical strategy with surprising success. Workers are happier and, amusingly, no less productive than they were with five days on their hands.

Matthew McFarlane

Reader, writer, content provider. Fan of hand-made guitars, racket-based sports, and houseplants. You can find me in St. Louie.