The power of taking time off

In Think Tank class, Zahra was thinking about relaxation and how much we should value really taking time off. In school, we tend to be extremely busy and don’t have a lot of time to truly relax and take time to pursue our own independent projects to their full extent.

When asked, only a fraction of the class had actually did what it was they wanted in the past few weeks (e.g. go a for a walk in the leaves, make sushi, write a letter).

We were shown a video of a TED Talk by designer Stefan Sagmeister. Every seven years, Sagmeister actually closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical. Why? To rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the value of time off, which we often overlook, and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time off in Bali.

Below is the full video of Sagmeister’s talk on time off (direct link):

Another thought we were asked about in class: With such pressure to be successful, get a job, do well and climb the ladder, when do you plan to stop? It’s a challenge to find the right point to do so.