I am currently reading about the importance of “Grit” as a personality trait that leads to success. But, there are downsides. This link suggests that serious creative work need blocks of time and that appearing “lazy or distracted” are useful.
My experience is that I can (could) work full on 16 hour days for about a month but bigger projects need a more balanced approach. And from my reading, the scientists and artists that I respect balance their lives, with periods of intense pushing focussed productive activity, mixed with time chilling out. It is about productivity, rest and balance.
We must remember, as we move to sustainable and beautiful ways of life, that rest is essential.
Ignoring “shallow work” makes one appear lazy or distanced, but its the trait that enables great creatives to do work that matters.