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The Art of Doing Nothing (2014)

Manfred Kets de Vries, Alicia Cheak

"Slacking off is a great way to nurture our imagination"

In our current 24/7 society, introspection and reflection have become lost arts. Instead, we are at risk of becoming victims of information and work overload. The balance between activity and inactivity has become seriously out of sync. The authors argue that slacking off—or a conscious effort to do nothing—is a great way to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination. Taking time off to think and reflect may be the best thing we can do for our mental health, as seemingly inactive states of mind can be an incubation period for future bursts of creativity.

European Financial Reivew, 2014

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