The Unique Conditions for Knowledge Work

A great quote, I think from Scott Belsky:

In a knowledge economy it doesn’t make sense to use time as a measurement for a job well done. Knowledge work requires a different set of assumptions about productivity. It requires fluidity (ideas can happen at any time), concentration (being rested and engaged is more important than being on the clock), and creativity (regardless of the hour).

  • Melissa

    This IS great. It’s one thing to start thinking in terms of tasks/projects instead of minutes/hours, and another when those tasks/projects take on lives of their own and stay with you. I keep waking up and finishing something I was working on two or three days prior, or even years — that’s exciting, but unnerving that it “came out of nowhere.” I think adjusting to knowledge work involves relinquishing a lot of habitual control that we develop through hours-thinking.

  • Antone Goyak

    Relevant quote for today – the problem I find is that there is too much of a mindset (at least in me) that translates work as “doing.” In other words, what can be checked off the task list and has tangible outcomes. But the more I am in leadership, the more I understand that I must spend time reflecting and synthesizing thoughts and putting mental effort into planning and creativity. A packed out daily schedule does not lend itself to this – it must be intentional. Fluidity, concentration, and creativity do not just happen on their own, typically, in the busy environment in which we find our lives.