Hello, this is John Fitch and Max Frenzel. We decided to write the book Time Off after both of us experienced transformative effects thanks to breaking away from commonly held beliefs around busyness and productivity.
Both of us have spent time working in software startups where many are worshiping the mantras that are so pervasive in our current working culture. It is unfortunately common to hear phrases like "We just have to keep grinding it out!", "We need to dominate the market ASAP!", and "You will succeed by outworking the competitors on the weekends!”.
It turns out these beliefs aren't effective. Far from it, they are actually destructive.
Driven by this realization, we began a quest for finding a better approach to living. Is it possible to achieve more in life without being overworked and overwhelmed?
We are thrilled to say the answer is yes.
In fact, many of the methods and tactics — understanding and utilizing the immense value in practicing time off - have existed for a very long time and have been practiced by some of history's greatest minds. We have made it our goal to curate this wisdom that most of us have forgotten.
Despite common misconceptions, time off isn't just the typical vacation after a chunk of hard work. It is harnessing the benefits of prioritizing and practicing playfulness, leisure, aimless walks, idleness, and careful thinking on a regular basis.
We will introduce you to the originators of the practice and the many people around the world that still practice and study this sacred art.