Creativity Inspiration

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

Under­stand­ing the val­ue of time off.

The two week break is effec­tive­ly use­less, get­ting your head out of work and being hap­py with let­ting go takes the first week, fol­lowed by a cou­ple of days of bliss­ful relax­ation before three days of anx­i­ety about what will need to be done before get­ting back to work.

I have been very for­tu­nate over the past ten years to have been able to take extend­ed peri­ods of time off. Two or more months off, puts your head in a dif­fer­ent place and allows you to re-eval­u­ate your life’s pri­or­i­ties. The only oth­er peo­ple I meet with these feel­ings are usu­al­ly liv­ing with can­cer. I love work, it enables me to live a life I enjoy.

Every sev­en years, design­er Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter clos­es his New York stu­dio for a year­long sab­bat­i­cal to reju­ve­nate and refresh their cre­ative out­look. He explains the often over­looked val­ue of time off and shows the inno­v­a­tive projects inspired by his time in Bali.