One of our new designers is fresh out of school and exudes talent and potential. She also spent her first few working days instant messaging her friends and watching TV shows WHILE doing her assigned design work. She was doing what might be called visual multitasking.
My art directors, who range in age from their mid 20's to their mid 50's, were shocked by these work habits.
During the first 5 seconds after I arrive on a website, I need to know that I have arrived at the right place.
In my working career, I have taken many types of vacations. They have ranged in duration from a rather luxurious 6 weeks to nothing at all, and experience has shown that a contiguous period of at least two weeks is the most valuable.
Probably the two most valuable things that have happened to me as a business person were:
1) Being laid off from a corporate job and having to start a business on my own, forcing the question of how to survive and support a family without a regular salary, benefits, or anything to rely on but myself.
2) My former business partner's choice to walk off with all our clients, leaving me with the company debt and virtually no business.