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We are currently out of office -
The beauty of being out of office is that it can mean something unique to each of us. A two-week expedition, a visit at the gallery, twenty minutes of playtime with our pets or solving a new puzzle.
To us, the magic lies in stepping away from routine in order to slow down time. To trade control for mystery and schedules for serendipity. To give ourselves permission to play and experience a full range of emotions and thoughts.
If we can let go of being always on, we’ll uncover what it means to be open. We’ll grow our understanding of ourselves and each other. And as we begin to forget - our phones, our worries, our plans - we’ll land unmistakably in the present.
Slowly and unintentionally, clarity will flow in, new ideas will take shape. Our downtime will inspire our day job. And when we return, we’ll do so with ease.
We’ll see you then.
Here is what we believe in:
Nothing fires up the brain like play.
As children, we pick up play naturally and instinctively. Growing up, the idea strengthens that play is trivial and a waste of time.
This becomes even more obvious when entering the working world. Very few companies foster play, many unintentionally undermine it. Studies, however, show that play has the power to significantly improve personal health, relationships, education and the ability to innovate.
Play leads to brain plasticity, adaptability and creativity. By expanding our minds and fueling exploration, play broadens our perspective and allows us to generate new ideas and see old ideas in a new light.
Good rest is active.
We often connect leisure and downtime with being lazy. Rest is often just something we do in order to recover for more work, as the Greek philosopher Aristotle warned. But that’s not how it should be.
“We mistake leisure for idleness and work for creativity. Of course, work may be creative. But only when informed by leisure. Leisure is not the cessation of work, but work of another kind, work restored to its human meaning, as a celebration and a festival.” as Josef Pieper puts it in Leisure: The Basis of Culture.
It’s the time that we get fully engaged in a passion, a hobby or something that fulfils our hearts that gives us new inspiration.
Being in the Zone.
People are happiest when they experience a state of flow. Based on the popular "Flow Model" the theory outlines the idea of being in a state where you are fully immersed in what you are doing. "Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."
The necessity of downtime.
Our culture tends to look at doing nothing in a negative light.
Downtime is necessary for problem-solving. As Jonah Lehrer states "it’s commonly assumed the best way to solve a difficult problem is to relentlessly focus, this clenched state of mind comes with a hidden cost: it inhibits the sort of creative connections that lead to breakthroughs.”