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The Importance of Doing Nothing (2014)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"In search of introspection and reflection"

In today’s networked society we are at risk of becoming victims of information overload. Introspection and reflection have become lost arts as the temptation to ‘just finish this’ or ‘find out that’ is often too great to resist. But working harder is not necessarily working smarter. This blog entry explores how slacking off and setting aside regular periods of ‘doing nothing’ may be the best thing we can do to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination and improve our mental health.

INSEAD Knowledge, 2014

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