Time Off

Time Off

By John Fitch
Rest is essential. Unplugging in today's busy world is both a skill and a competitive advantage. Is it possible to get more done by working less? On this podcast, we talk to those who successfully take time off through sabbaticals, active vacations, more play, fascinating hobbies, and other methods for becoming more interesting without burning out.
More places to listen

More places to listen

The Future of Work and Leisure
In the age of automation and the knowledge economy, we believe the deliberate practice of time off will be one of the key skills and competitive advantages. In addition to our work ethic, we should seriously start thinking about our “rest ethic.” In this episode we read you one of our recent articles that explores the relationship between work and leisure.
16:34
July 16, 2019
The Time Off Action Guide, burnout, and rest in the restaurant industry.
Hear about our new action guide that inclused wisdom from successful people on how to achieve more by working less. We update you on the World Health Organization's recognition of "Burn-Out"' as a legitimate syndrome. We also look at a two successful restaurant companies that are providing more time off to their employees who are historically known for being overworked. 
17:33
June 22, 2019
Joyful Living With Yasmin Nguyen
 Yasmin Nguyen isn’t on your typical road trip. He is traveling around the world studying joy through his Joyful Living project.  A theme of his work is taking the time to be grateful. Talking to Yasmin simply calms me down, and I hope our conversation does the same for you. We talk about how to practice retirement, your kick ass jar, kindness showers, the servant leadership of women, and Yasmin’s road trip to share and understand joy and kindness. 
55:21
May 7, 2019
Your Life in Rhythm With Bruce Miller
Rhythm goes beyond instruments and music and can be applied to us making the most out of life. Bruce Miller is an author and pastor. He wrote a book called Your Life in Rhythm. In his book he helps us understand what it means to live life in sync with our surroundings and natural rhythms. We discuss how to realize our limits and create a realistic foundation for intentional living. If we are looking for balance in your life, you might be looking for the wrong thing. Trying to balance it all can be an endless burden that we aren’t capable of handling. Bruce’s concepts of rhythm give me hope for escaping the frenetic pace of modern life and help me fully engage in the variety of rhythmic moments that life sends my way.
32:35
April 11, 2019
Less Phone, More Real Life With Tim Kendall
The Moment app helps people disconnect from their phones and get back their time. The app is growing at an impressive rate. Everyday, all Moment users combined get back around 49 years of time to spend on what really matters to them — meaningful experiences with friends and family, exploring their passions, and living life in the moment. This episode is a wonderful conversation with the CEO of Moment. We discuss the origins of the Moment app, the analogous connection of a food diet with a social media diet, how the same algorithm tools that are grabbing our attention could be used to reverse the effects, and the awesome company culture that the Moment team is building.
45:25
March 3, 2019
Swedish Time Off With Maddy Savage
In Sweden, people are expected to have a balance in their employment – not just in terms of balancing their personal lives, but also balancing other things that are of importance to them or create personal growth. Starting a new business is sometimes a part of that. Swedish businesses are giving their employees up to 6 months off to start a new business. If it doesn't work, they can have their job back.
42:31
February 15, 2019
Graduate Wisdom
I love watching commencement speeches. They are shortcuts for gaining the wisdom one can gain through a college experience. This episode highlights one of my favorite commencement speeches that is still relevant today. 
18:55
January 28, 2019
10 Actions From 2018
I learned a lot from the 2018 lineup of podcast guests. I benefitted most by putting some of their ideas into practice. Here are 10 actions I have been trying out that bring me more meaningful time off. There is also a gift at the end of the podcast episode. 
38:41
December 31, 2018
Time Over Money With Cassie Holmes
What if you had a bank account for your time? If we were more time aware, what would we do differently? Do you keep track of how you are spending time? Are you finding time for what matters or mainly focused on money? Cassie Holmes is the Associate Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Decision Making at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She studies happiness, highlighting the role of time. We discuss how choosing time over money will make you happier, why experiential gifts are important, and how this coming weekend can be treated like a vacation.
48:58
December 20, 2018
AI = More Rest With Max Frenzel
Max is a Quantum theorist turned AI researcher. We discuss how Max wrote his Ph.D. thesis while resting on a Greek island, how AI has the potential to be becoming our creative sidekick, and restful habits we can all implement starting tomorrow.
48:38
December 14, 2018
Quality Working Time With Jonas Downey
Jonas is a designer for a calm company called Basecamp. He is living proof that things don't have to be crazy at work. We discuss how we can focus on quality working time rather than just clock time.
52:40
November 13, 2018
Work-Life Harmony With Mike Sturm
Writer Mike Sturm believes “Work-Life Balance” can be replaced with something better. Rather than balancing our career and our personal lives, we should aim to harmonize them. When done right, the benefits can be truly great. Mike and I discuss how you can benefit from "Work-Life Harmony" and treat loved ones as stakeholders in your work.
41:02
November 2, 2018
Learning How to Learn With Kevin Kelly
Why should you travel and have a beginner's mind? What will be left of humans given Artifical Intelligence is rapidly growing? Why would anyone build a 10,000-year clock? Kevin and I discuss the answers...
48:55
October 20, 2018
Sailing Time With John Zeratsky
John is a successful technologist and a co-author of both "Sprint" and "Make Time". He had a comfortable life in San Francisco, but he and his wife decided to quit their jobs, gave up their apartment, sold their stuff, bought a sailboat, sailed out the Golden Gate, turned left, and began cruising the Pacific coast from California toward Panama. They have been on an amazing journey since. We talk about how they prepared for this time off, what the experience has been like, and practical steps from his new book "Make Time".
52:14
August 13, 2018
No Tech Zone With Ivan Cash
Ivan and I both believe that strangers are one of the most untapped potentials around you every single day. We discuss a number of Ivan’s fascinating experiments and why silence can help you get out of struggles in your life.
49:50
July 10, 2018
Thinking Straight With Darius Foroux
How can we live a useful life that matters? Over 4 million people have been seeking this answer, and many of them have come closer thanks to Darius’ advice.
39:21
June 10, 2018
Tech Shabbats With Tiffany Shlain
What would happen if you went without digital screens from Friday evening to Saturday evening? If you had any anxiety while thinking about it, you should listen to what Tiffany has to say.
26:18
June 10, 2018
Making Time With Jake Knapp
Make Time is Jake Knapp's new book. It's about creating time and finding focus in daily life. We discuss how you can be more like a caveman, the value of a walk, and how are in control of your day's highlight.
1:05:17
June 10, 2018
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