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In his TED Talk titled The Power of Time Off, designer Stefan Sagmeister shared how he closed his studio for a creative sabbatical once every seven years. During this period, his team would not take on any commercial clients, but engage in a whole year of experiments.

Not stepping away from your work can affect its quality: he chose to structure his business this way when he noticed their creative ideas getting repetitive. Refreshed from pursuing their own creative projects, the quality of their work improved and as a result, they were able to command higher fees, giving them a return on the time and money they invested in themselves.

The power of time off is accessible to all of us and our teams: a creative sabbatical can be scaled down. Even something as simple as a day of volunteering helps. Anything that takes us out of our usual routines and ways of working.

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