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The Case for Slacking Off

Sometimes the best way to get anything done is to just disconnect. Ignore the email, or, better yet, get a personal assistant to go through it. That’s what the executive in Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries’s article for Harvard Business Review does. If you can’t get a personal assistant at this point in your career, make sure you are taking time to recharge. In other words, it’s ok to slack off. Today’s society expects us to be online at all times, answering emails and networking with clients and coworkers. However, if all your time is spent answering email, no other work is going to get done.  Remember what it is that you are actually getting paid to do. It’s probably not answering email (although, that can be part of it). The core part of most executive jobs requires a lot of creativity, and thus a lot of quiet time to think. It’s ok to close the door of your office. What might seem like doing nothing at first glance is actually an important part of the productivity process.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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