The culture of overwork argues that we should be working on something all of the time. However, since we place such a high value on overworking, we overlook the advantages of not working. Having a work-rest cycle allows us to perform at our optimum at home and work. Because when we spend time off from work, we make a place in our life for white space—time for relationships, hobbies, or exercise—and our thoughts have the opportunity to roam. This may seem paradoxical in terms of performance, but it pays off big time in the end. Ideas, answers, products, and even a complete company can originate from times of rest as you let ideas ferment away from work, whichever activities you fill your white space with.
The Crossroads of Special Operations