The Leader Learner Podcast

S02E01 The Do You Need A Break Episode

September 12, 2022 Theresa Destrebecq & Vincent Musolino Season 2 Episode 1
The Leader Learner Podcast
S02E01 The Do You Need A Break Episode
Show Notes

Check-In Question:

  • Who is the most likeable person that you know?

Big Ideas:

  • Taking breaks - why we do it, why we don't, etc
  • Real vacation, no work AND vacation, but thinking about work
  • Taking a break means NOT thinking about work
  • Having some location separation between work and home
  • Can't compartmentalize work and personal life 
  • Is separating work and home life valid anymore? 
  • Communication between work and home so the pressure doesn't build
  • Setting permeable boundaries
  • Breaks to process what just happened and what might happen next
  • Creating space to think deeply
  • Distinction between taking breaks and creating space
  • Breaks having no purpose, spaces having purpose
  • Are we taking breaks to be lost in thought?
  • Do we need to give space for our brains to breathe?
  • Finding likeable moments in the everyday
  • Travail (work in French) comes from a word related to torture
  • Create a life you don't need to take a break from
  • Bill Gates and his "Think Week"
  • How our mindset affects our experiences
  • Mindset matters to a point, but if your basic needs aren't being met, it only matters up to a point
  • Freedom outside the pressures.
  • Cultural components of taking breaks
  • Drivers to what success looks shifts among cultures
  • What's best for me at this moment?
  • Creating breaks allow us to create
  • Covid allowed people to see how creating new spaces was good for them
  • How shift away from the idea that taking breaks is a luxury?
  • Accepting what is now, but not necessarily being content with it
  • "The opposite of play is not work, it's depression."
  • So much of what we do is purpose/results oriented, and breaks seem purposeless

Question for Listeners:

  • Why do you take breaks? How?


  • Severance Series
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown

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