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HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) by Harvard Business Review

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CHAPTER 21

How to Forget About Work When You’re Not Working

by Art Markman

When was the last time you got away from work?

I mean truly got away from it: didn’t think about it, didn’t worry about it, didn’t have a to-do list rattling around in your brain.

Most of us know there are benefits to getting away from work. We know we need time to recharge each day in order to be able to sustain our attention in the office. We know time away from complex problems allows us to find a fresh perspective. We know if we work too many long days in a row we’ll find ourselves doing what I affectionately call “fake work”—sitting at our desks without actually accomplishing anything.

The hard part is that while you may agree with all of these benefits of getting ...

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