22 episodes

Rest is essential. Unplugging in today's busy world is both a skill and a competitive advantage. Is it possible to get more done by working less? On this podcast, we talk to those who have developed a solid "rest ethic." They are people who successfully take time off through sabbaticals, active vacations, more play, fascinating hobbies, and other methods for becoming more interesting without burning out.

Time Off John Fitch

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

Rest is essential. Unplugging in today's busy world is both a skill and a competitive advantage. Is it possible to get more done by working less? On this podcast, we talk to those who have developed a solid "rest ethic." They are people who successfully take time off through sabbaticals, active vacations, more play, fascinating hobbies, and other methods for becoming more interesting without burning out.

    Thinking Slow with Derek Sivers

    Thinking Slow with Derek Sivers

    People say that our first reaction is the most honest, but Derek Sivers disagrees.  He believes our first reaction is usually outdated. Either it’s an answer we came up with long ago and now use instead of thinking, or it’s a knee-jerk emotional response to something in your past. By thinking slower, we can foster more intention, inner-peace, and direction with our lives. Derek is a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher. He started CDBaby and HostBaby long ago. He has learned a lot while starting, growing, and selling the business. Derek has since been on a semi-sabbatical for several years. What has he been up to? Listen here to find out...

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Digital Wellness With Tommy Sobel

    Digital Wellness With Tommy Sobel

    We chat with Tommy Sobel, the founder of Brick. The Brick movement is a grassroots movement for people who are dissatisfied with their relationship to screens and social media, and who are looking to spend more time engaged in the real world. They throw phone-free events, retreats and private habit coaching for motivated people who want to take control of their phone use. They also challenge our community to turn their phone into a “brick” for a little bit every day, which means to set it down, put it in Brick Mode, and go do something engaging in the real world. 

    On this episode, we discuss..


    The history of The Brick Movement and how Tommy has evolved it
    How to read 28 books in one year
    He evaluates me in real-time to assess my own phone dependencies
    Types of moments in real life that can give your neurochemicals that your smartphone can’t.
    The topic of making out. You will have to listen in to find out the romantic details. :)

    • 50 min
    How to Not Work With Marlee Grace

    How to Not Work With Marlee Grace

    Marlee Grace is a dancer, writer, artist, and shape maker. She also knows how to not work. :)

    She wrote a book called How to Not Always Be Working : a toolkit for creativity and radical self care as well as zines about sobriety and phone addiction. She teaches improvisation as a dance form in real life, online classes on art making and rituals, and sees one one clients who want to unblock their creativity and small business practices.

    Marlee and I talk about one of her new hobbies (skateboarding), why it is important to separate your work activities from your not work activities, why you don’t really need a vacation responder, the importance of dancing, inspiring people to follow on instagram, and how our creative generation is carving a healthy path for the future of our society.

    • 46 min
    Working on Quantum Computing with Terry Rudolph

    Working on Quantum Computing with Terry Rudolph

    Terry Rudolph has been a professor of quantum physics at Imperial College London. He is now leading a startup in the field of quantum computing. He also wrote the book "Q is for Quantum." We discuss his journey in the field of quantum computing and how he leverages different time off strategies to foster the ability to solve really challenging problems. 

    • 54 min
    The Future of Work and Leisure

    The Future of Work and Leisure

    In the age of automation and the knowledge economy, we believe the deliberate practice of time off will be one of the key skills and competitive advantages. In addition to our work ethic, we should seriously start thinking about our “rest ethic.” In this episode we read you one of our recent articles that explores the relationship between work and leisure.

    • 16 min
    The Time Off Action Guide, burnout, and rest in the restaurant industry.

    The Time Off Action Guide, burnout, and rest in the restaurant industry.

    Hear about our new action guide that inclused wisdom from successful people on how to achieve more by working less.

    We update you on the World Health Organization's recognition of "Burn-Out"' as a legitimate syndrome. We also look at a two successful restaurant companies that are providing more time off to their employees who are historically known for being overworked. 

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Alice_Rabbit ,

Your eloquent clarity!

I enjoy so much how you view the simplest things and how you deconstruct them for yourselves and us. Thank you 🙏

BootleggerCam ,

Great Podcast!

This is an awesome podcast. John asks very thoughtful and precise questions that really cut to the heart of the matter. He is a natural interviewer, and clearly he has a sharp intellect and wonderfully curious mind. Incredible slate of guests right out of the gate, and I can’t wait to see who he has on next!

Trevor S.C. ,

Mandatory listening

Happy to have discovered Time Off and love the balance between big ideas and actionable tips. I devour podcasts, and this is one of the most thoughtful and thought provoking on my list. Keep ‘em coming!

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