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The Power of Breaking the Routine and Taking some Time Off

Work-life Balance 1 min read

When was the last time you took consciously some time off?
We often read about routine and habits, about workflow and rituals and how to optimise our days and maximise our output. The better our day is scheduled the more we will get done.
This might be true for some cases, but you might as well get stuck in your routine.

In order to think creatively and to innovate you need to take a step back and try to see things from a different angle. Many creative thinkers know the power of taking a break and how to disrupt the work routine.

Stefan Sagmeister, New York-based graphic designer and typographer, takes every 7 years a full year off. What he and his team will create the following 7 years, will be the results of this one single year (off). Watch the video here “Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off”.

Maira Kalman, american illustrator, writer, artist, and designer, goes for long walks during her working hours. She says, “Wonderful things happen if your brain is empty.” “Walking clears your brain and fills your soul and makes you quite happy actually.”
Watch the video here “Maira Kalman: Thinking and Feeling” or read the full story here.

Pico Iyer, british-born essayist and novelist, says “It’s precisely those who are busiest, who most need to give themselves a break.”
Watch the video here “The art of stillness | Pico Iyer” or read an excerpt of his book “The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere” here: here.

It’s important to take the time to think…to think about what am I doing? Why am I doing this and not that?
If you’re too busy you might be running, but you’re running blindfolded.
If you’re stuck, you have to stand up and start moving.

In both cases, take your time and go for a walk.

– Your Noisli Team

Written by Sabine

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