9-to-5: A Guide to Finish on Time
Written by Raisa Nabila
Photo by Nadya Natasha
Illustration by Yudit Halim
Picture yourself on an 8 pm Friday, opening the Instagram app. Tap, tap, tap—you absentmindedly tap through all your friends’ Instagram stories. Some post to show they are still stuck on a traffic jam, some are having a fine dinner, while there are always a few that post a picture of their work desk situation with a caption like “Weekend? Apa itu weekend?” added with an animated text GIF reads “hustle”.
The hustling culture (or the culture of overwork) is so appealing partly because it is so massively idolized and glorified. Take the great Elon Musk, for example, who LA Times called the poster boy of a culture that celebrates obsessive overwork. On my Instagram’s Explore tab, from time to time I would stumble upon that one “motivational” quote from Elon Musk: “Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success.”
Crazy, isn’t it? Deep down we all know that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and that obsessive overwork is not going to be good in the long-run, physically and mentally (I often wonder myself if Elon lashes out from time to time). Yet, we will not stop working overtime and being proud of it because we still believe that putting more hours do increase the odds of success. Is it true or have we in fact been doing it wrong this whole time?
Our team interviewed 3 people to explore this question. They are all Jakartans working in a typically demanding industry.
The full article is available on Contentment Magazine Issue 001 - Nine to Five.