Take 48 Hours Each Week, Let Your Brain Think

Last weekend, FM’s executive team tried an experiment: The three of us were not allowed to send any emails to our FM colleagues from 6pm Friday until 6pm Sunday. I didn’t expect much other than a time-shifting of our email problems, a postponement of our inevitable email bankruptcy. I was wrong. It turns out the emails the three of us initiate spawn email threads that multiply like virus cells in a warm petri dish. If we shut up for two days a week, everybody else can dial back, too. And I found that my brain worked better this past week — rested, refreshed and more nimble than usual — after a weekend offline.

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I wonder what happens if you let your brain have 216 offline hours?? I’m headed off for a wifi-free camping trip with the family. I’ll let you know in a week.

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