Out of Office

Tim Kreidler: The Busy Trap

The following is a quote from Tim Kreidler’s opinion piece The Busy Trap in the New York Times:

Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.

Out of Office workers are particularly prone to the “Busy Trap” because our homes are often our workplaces. This makes it all too easy to spend all our waking hours working.

In the “Finally Free” chapter of the book we offer a few tips on how Out of Office workers can separate work from play. These include taking short breaks during the working day, planning social appointments at the end of the day, and, as Tim Kreidler suggests, unwinding and letting our batteries recharge.

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