Time to learn how to stop (working)

Timely reminders of why rest is vital to our best creative work.
A man's legs outstretched over a cliff by the ocean

Many of us are looking forward to a few days off and some extra sleep-ins over the break… Or are we?

Creative workers can view their work more as a vocation than a job, which can make it harder to switch off and rest.

But some of the best ideas can arrive while we’re in off-mode. Think of Lin Manuel Miranda’s picking up an airport copy of the biography of Alexander Hamilton to read on holiday that led to one of the most successful musicals in recent history.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).