Convenience for Orwell is a form of social control, and work is the struggle to achieve and experience a singular life.
But the human addiction to automation, he predicts, will inevitably lead to total disempowerment and dematerialization, from which there is no opting-out:
"In a healthy world there would be no demand for tinned foods, aspirins, gramophones, gaspipe chairs, machine guns, daily newspapers, telephones, motor-cars, etc., etc.; and on the other hand there would be a constant demand for the things the machine cannot produce. But meanwhile the machine is here, and its corrupting effects are almost irresistible. One inveighs against it, but one goes on using it."