I listened to “The Power of Time Off” by Stefan Sagmeister. His talk focused on how important it is to get away from the work place to rejuvenate yourself and your mind. In the beginning of the talk he pointed out that the first twenty five years of a person life is spent learning, the next forty is spent working and the next fifteen is spent on retirement. Instead of following this pattern, he decided he would cut out five years of retirement and disperse them in between the working years. So, every seven years he completely closes his art/design studio and takes a year off. Stefan went to Bali for a year and spent time thinking and trying to figure things out and he did just that.
In the talk he explains how after the year off he came back a new, more energetic person. Stefan mentions how he fell back in love with design, he enjoyed himself and in the long term the year off ended up being financially successful. Everything he did in the next seven years after returning from Bali originated from ideas he came up with when he was taking time off and saw this as a great accomplishment.
While listening to this talk I completely agree with Stefan that time off is important. People cannot constantly go full speed day after day without stressing themselves out. However, something I struggled with during this talk was the feasibility of being able to take a year off. It sounds great to be able to close down your business for a year and travel somewhere, but this requires money and job security, something many people do not have. If most people left their jobs for a year they would come back unemployed and struggling financially. So, I began to think about how to make it possible for people to rejuvenate themselves like Stefan stressed in the talk. I feel that people should take time off, but probably for only a few weeks to a month. It is much more realistic for people to pack up and leave for a shorter period of time while still rejuvenating themselves. Overall, the topic of the talk was good because there are too many people who “kill” themselves at work and need to take time to relax.