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Why Slacking Off Pays Off . . . April 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.

I’ve long been a proponent of the phrase “less is more,” which I find applicable in situations too numerous to count.

And now I’ve found a new application for the phrase.

Turns out that LESS work often results in MORE creative output.

Don’t believe me?

Check out this article ~ Darwin Was A Slacker And You Should Be Too

From the article:

Figures as different as Charles Dickens, Henri Poincaré, and Ingmar Bergman, working in disparate fields in different times, all shared a passion for their work, a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost superhuman capacity to focus.

Yet when you look closely at their daily lives, they only spent a few hours a day doing what we would recognize as their most important work. The rest of the time, they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and thinking.

Their creativity and productivity, in other words, were not the result of endless hours of toil. Their towering creative achievements result from modest “working” hours.

From writing to research, from science to music, from athletics to art, top performers benefit from deliberate practice followed by deliberate rest and downtime.

World-class performance doesn’t come after 10,000 hours of practice, as Malcolm Gladwell claimed:

“It comes after 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, 12,500 hours of deliberate rest, and 30,000 hours of sleep.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

The cited and linked article is excerpted from Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang


1. Jill Weatherholt - April 15, 2017

I’ll admit, I don’t give myself enough downtime. Thanks for sharing this article…off to read it in its entirety.

nrhatch - April 15, 2017

The pace of daily life often intrudes upon necessary moments of quiet reflection. Giving ourselves permission to “take a break” by pressing the *pause* button pays dividends in creativity, peace, inspiration, and general health & well-being.

Stepping away from our “work” allows insights to surface!

2. Kate Crimmins - April 15, 2017

The downtime is the best part!

nrhatch - April 15, 2017

Hope you enjoy lots of downtime this week, Kate!

3. L. Marie - April 15, 2017

I agree with this wholeheartedly! We need time to rest and refuel in order to be more productive.

nrhatch - April 15, 2017

It’s easy to get caught up in the constant push to “GO GO GO” and “DO DO DO” . . . sometimes we need to relax and JUST BE.

4. Joanne Sisco - April 15, 2017

No argument from me! All work and no play / rest makes all of us dull and listless.

nrhatch - April 15, 2017

Here’s to taking time to pause, relax, refresh, and breathe!

5. livelytwist - April 15, 2017

Hmmm. I’ll have to read the entire article… Without adequate rest, we break down anyway and can’t be creative.

nrhatch - April 15, 2017

It’s an interesting article, full of exemplary examples! Enjoy.

6. Val Boyko - April 16, 2017

Good stuff! I’m off to take another break 😎

nrhatch - April 16, 2017

Go you! No, wait . . . don’t go, don’t do, just BE!

Val Boyko - April 17, 2017

Drive – pause – refresh – be – love ❤️

nrhatch - April 17, 2017

Aah . . . that’s better!

7. Behind the Story - April 19, 2017

I love this post sooo much. I feel as though our culture expects us to be busy all the time. It’s hard not to be influenced by that mindset.

nrhatch - April 19, 2017

I agree, Nicki. There are so many choices (and distractions) competing for our attention that we can “Go Go Go” and “Do Do Do” and still feel as if we are barely skimming the surface.

Perhaps the best thing we can “do” is LESS. Time for quiet reflection pays dividends for our health, happiness, and well-being.

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