“Work” is anything we are committed to make happen.

This commitment is generally a function of obligation rather than intrinsic interest. Work and family obligations are obvious units of work, while more subtle things like electing to improve the exterioor of a home can come from a sense of obligation to the neighborhood or one’s financial future. Activities like gardening could either be work or play, depending on the reason one is taking on the activity and what one gets out of it.rB5rA1

  1. David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Revised edition (New York City: Penguin Books, 2015). (See notes.)

  2. William Burnett and David J. Evans, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, First edition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). (See notes.)