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To connect or not to connect?

It’s assumed the ‘always-on’ mode of constant connection is detrimental for creativity, but in this age of technology is it realistic to assume people can switch off? Should we embrace it instead? Tony Reeves argues that we must find a balance between the real and the virtual if we are to maximise our creative potential.

I dare you to watch this entire video

This video is pretty annoying, but maybe that’s half the point. The challenge is to see if you can do one thing for three minutes without getting distracted. Did you find it hard to do? Let us know in the comments.

Stefan Sagmeister on the power of time off

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

Why is it so hard to switch off?

It’s clear that switching off email and mobile phones helps us focus on creative thinking. So why don’t we do it more? This post looks at some of the reasons why and suggest ways of beating your online addiction.