Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Stepping Semi-Away

There must be a zillion articles out there that say you should step away from your job for a while to refresh and really think deeply about problems you're facing at work. This is your big picture moment.

Here's where I get confused.

I'm supposed to get away from the office, from email, from phone calls. I'm with it so far.
And I'm supposed to be doing something not related to my job. Okay, I'm probably in a museum or in a park watching the ducks.
And this is supposed to help me think about my job. Uh... you just lost me. I'm thinking about ducks. Or possibly art.

I think what is really needed is to step semi-away. Take the vacation day, but don't go do something else. Make thinking about your job - or at least the bigger picture of your job - something you do explicitly. That makes a whole lot more sense to me.

1 comment:

  1. Hi.

    I think you're discounting two things. One is the value of the work the unconscious mind does on problems and perceptions, in the background, specifically when we focus on something else. And the second is the perspective about what really is important that is more easily achieved with distance.

    The big picture moment comes, then, not while you're feeding the ducks, but when you return to your desk refreshed and with a different point of view.