Why time off is underrated
I remember when I first heard that designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio every seven years for a 12-month sabbatical. It made sense to me; time off rejuvenates and refreshes people’s creative outlook.
In the business world, it seems as though the fear of missing out drives a lot of decisions. Take time off and you could miss out on new business. You could be passed over for that promotion you’ve been chasing.
I’d argue that thinking this way is a trap that stops you from realising the true value of time off: that it will make you better at your job. Everyone’s job involves creativity in some way, even if it’s just thinking creatively to solve problems.
And there’s nothing that boosts creativity like stepping out of your everyday routine to explore new directions, have new experiences and tackle new problems – because your efforts will flow back into your day job when you pick it up again.
Sagmeister takes sabbaticals, which are a relatively long period of time off work. But I think the benefits apply equally to short periods of time, and that in many ways it’s about quality rather than quantity.
A week’s holiday can be just as rejuvenating – providing you leave the smartphone behind and switch off from work. Put your creative energy into designing and building sandcastles and you’ll return to the office seeing old challenges in a new light.
With this in mind, we’re shutting the studio 6-10 June to give us a chance to take time off, tackle other projects and maybe even relax.