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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing…

An article in the Wall Street Journal discusses several research studies that strongly suggest that professionals work better when we work less. I believe this is especially true of creative professionals.

I have to say I’m not surprised. Creative people must honor the cycles of work AND rest. Go, go, go all the time just burns us out. Inspiration vs. Perspiration is a key polarity creative people need to learn to manage, something I discuss at length in Volume 13, Issue 3 of Imagination InkLinks.

So in the interest of working better and to honor the fact that my spasmed back needs rest and stretching, this is quite possibly the shortest post I’ll ever write.

Check out the two links above for more info. Or just take my word for it and go take a break. Enjoy!

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4 Comments on “Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!”

  1. Laura Sommers April 12, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Hi Rosanne, Thanks for the inspiration! When I left a job in which I had to fill out a timesheet accounting for 40-50 hours a week, and went freelance on my own, averaging 20-25 hours billable a week, both my productivity and creativity spiked like crazy. When I don’t feel responsible for “filling” every hour with a company task, I can do about twice the work in half the time it used to take me!


    • rosannebane April 12, 2010 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks for sharing your exerpience, Laura. Sometimes less gives us so much more.



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