Whoever is stingy loses life time
Recently, my laptop quit its service after several years of running: The hard drive was no longer recognized, total failure can be said. In the course of the brief frustration with the defect, I thought about how much time the device cost me.
Because the computer never really ran smoothly: Windows was unusable on the small screen. Ubuntu, for example, was not really compatible with the graphics card, I couldn't get newer versions of Ubuntu to work at all. And in the end I was at Joli OS, which was reasonably reasonable after I figured out how to operate it as a non-cloud system. In short: an odyssey.
Chasing the best deal
I chose this example because it is so illustrative. Why didn't I buy a decent laptop right away? Maybe because I don't really believe that problem-free devices exist. But also because I got this (alleged) luxury category laptop as a “free” test device and the task of somehow getting it to work optimally spurred my ambition.
That is just one of many examples - not only in my life, by the way - how the desire for economy determines our life to an extent that is no longer rational, because the costs outweigh the benefits. I'm thinking, for example, of people who shop in five supermarkets because they want to take advantage of the offers everywhere. Or hours of Internet research to save a few euros. But also to people who eat cheap meat and not only ruin the environment, but also their health.
The main thing is to win
That is exactly the aspect I am aiming for. A few years ago, Saturn shaped the lifestyle of an entire generation with its striking advertising slogan “Geiz ist geil”: Saving, not because you have to, but because it feels great to have saved money again. Even if this saving effect significantly reduces the quality of life and costs an incredible amount of time.
Cornelia Topf has described this aspect very nicely and aptly: Our brain releases dopamine when we gain an advantage. Apparently it's just about winning - for example by making a bargain. Then the happiness hormones boil over. Resourceful marketing strategists have long recognized this and pretend that it will save us money, but that's another topic.
Free up capacities thanks to outsourcing
We quickly forget in a frenzy about the great deal or the great bargain that this also costs us something: namely, pure lifetime. Productivity. And creativity. We often do not consider that we could have had 10 good ideas in the time in question to make more money than we saved - we don't know about the good ideas either, because we didn't have the leisure to have them.
If you do not believe this, I recommend that you give it a try and let the annoying, time-consuming little tasks of everyday life be, or outsource (for a fee, of course). For example, I've had a cleaner for a long time. True to the motto "You can do the little bit of household with your left hand", I struggled with myself for a long time to take this step. The result amazes me: Not only has it become much easier to keep order; I don't always have “I still have to clean” somewhere in the back of my head. Thanks to the freed-up capacities in the brain and in life, I have already been able to implement some projects better.
From Business to Being: To Have or To Be?
The documentary film “From Business To Being” by Hanna Henigin and Julian Wildgruber from 2016 is about exactly this better use of life time. Three executives are looking for ways out of the “hamster wheel of being geared”:
A former investment banker at Lehman Brothers, a major project manager in the automotive industry and a regional manager for the dm drugstore chain. Get out of the hamster wheel of digital acceleration, switch off and come to yourself, to “being”: that's what this film is about. And he asks the question: How do we want to live and work?
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The busy society: overemphasis on doing
“To have or to be” is a popular socio-critical work by the social psychologist Erich Fromm from 1976. In it, Fromm explains the differences between the two character orientations of having and being. In addition, the trailer of the film says very nicely: "In our society there is an overemphasis on doing and little importance of being". And maybe that's exactly what our working world needs:
Away from the constantly busy, perfectionist, fear-driven race in the hamster wheel and more appreciation for the moment and being in the here and now. Or as one of the managers interviewed says so nicely: "What is tomorrow is not so important for my current well-being."
Social change desirable
The film produced by Concadora Verlag together with MadeVision apparently hit a nerve at the time: it had its premiere at the “International Documentary Film Festival Munich” (DOKFEST). He was chosen among the audience favorites. The film was funded entirely by foundations and crowdfunding. Almost 90.000 euros were collected for this. The filmmakers Henigin and Wildgruber are not only interested in insights into human emotions, but in societal change. In a statement on the website, they wrote:
“We want to live in a society in which we meet each other as people, in which we feel loved and in which we do what interests us passionately. We believe that this is not a utopia and we know that we have to start with ourselves to make this happen. In our search for ways and means to make this vision a reality, we were guided by encounters with inspiring people. These encounters have developed into a film. From Business To Being is therefore an experiment to invite everyone to ask: “How do I want to live and work? And at the same time it is our answer to this question. ”
How do we want to live in the future? questions and answers
Most people are concerned with the questions raised today. In search of answers, the filmmakers let experts from business, science and meditation practice speak, who build a bridge between “business” and “being”, among others: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Janice Marturano, Arthur Zajonc, Tania Singer and Rudi Ball empire.
- How do we live and work?
- Can meditation and awareness training help us free ourselves from stress-generating patterns of thought and action?
- What skills do managers need in the future?
- How do organizations in a globalized world have to be redesigned and designed to enable people to work together better?
And how do you want to live in the future? What do you want to outsource soon? Or would you prefer to stay stingy in business mode?
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