Importance of downtime

“Hobbies are for people that don’t like what they’re doing,” said Stefan Sagmeister. Creative genius? Smug git? Here’s a man that seems to sweat creativity and like many creative types he is full of it – contradiction that is.

Every seven years, Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York design studio for a year-long sabbatical to pursue various ‘experiments’ in order to refresh his creative outlook.

After this ‘year off’ he claims that his job becomes his calling again. His work becomes more enjoyable. Everything he produces in the following seven years originates from that sabbatical and, more shockingly, it achieves long-term financial success.

Stephan Sagmeister is one of my creative heroes. Hear more about his methods from his TED talk.

Making time to pursue hobbies or self-indulgences can be difficult, but if managed right, it can refresh the way your mind works. As the saying goes; if you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. Correct use of downtime can benefit the way you think and design and lead to better, more enjoyable work.