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Career Expert Advises: You Don't Always Have to Be On

Finding the right work-life balance is a lifelong task. The Times Online asked a panel of experts for their tips on keeping the scale in the right zone and their suggestions are inspiring. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who leads the Center for Work-Life Policy in New York and has written two career-minded books, including Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success, offered some particularly sound advice. She says:

It's a myth that successful professionals always need to be "on". Bill Gates takes "think" weeks, without friends, family or distraction. Time to think, without interruption, leaves you refreshed and renewed, with great strategic ideas.

Could think weeks help solve the high number of SavvySugar readers who bring work stress home?

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 5 years
I am fortunate to achieve a "think hour" and probably not alone in that endeavor.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Not many people can just take a think week away from friends, family and distractions, but I agree, sometimes you get your mind off of work problems and the answer just pops into your head.
Angelica Angelica 5 years
That's a relief. It's a bit unreasonable for most of us, but sometimes I do come up with my best ideas when I am relaxed and "off the clock".
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