out of office manifesto

Guide for Work & Play

Inspire your day job with what you do in your downtime.

For many of us, work has become an obsession. We have embraced the “hustle culture” of previous generations, putting in long hours at work in the hopes of accelerating our careers. In this spiral of work, it’s easy to let work take over our time. Spending time on hobbies or taking a few hours for ourselves often sounds like a waste of time. 
 

We believe that downtime provides a creative portal for us to imagine, restore focus and energy, to invent, to create and allow us to reconnect with ourselves and the world around us. With this guide, we want to offer some actionable steps and rituals to help you transform your routines, integrate downtime and with it, find inspiration for your dayjob.

Take control of your day

“Either you run the day or the day runs you” (Jim Rohn)

Getting caught up in the whirlwind of daily life has a strong effect on our productivity and personal well-being. 

Instead of taking on tasks inefficiently, it is of most importance to schedule our days strategically.

Set 

Boundaries

Freedom and flexibility that comes with working remotely does not mean you have to be in work-mode 24/7.

 

It is important to actively set boundaries for work and for recreation. Vocalize that it’s ok to take breaks and to block time in your calendar. Try out meeting-free time periods. 

Take

Breaks

Giving your brain occasional breaks keeps you creative and sane, so don’t feel guilty about it.

 

Set aside specific times for lunch, dinner, coffee breaks, or workouts by creating an event on your calendar just to eat — no work allowed.

Make time for play


“Play” has the power to significantly improve personal health relationships, education and innovation. 

Extracurricular activities can be a great way to develop new skills, experiment, connect with people or decompress.⁠

 

What is something you always wanted to do, but never took the time for? What did you do as a kid that excited you? 

Stay Connected

Feeling a sense of belonging is a basic human need. If you collaborate with different people, make sure to keep those conversations flowing.

 

For new inputs, many event organizers are providing virtual hangouts/streaming instead of their IRL events right now. Attend a virtual huddle, online event, or facetime with a group of likeminded people.