If You Want to Be Proactive, Slack Off

How to introduce “productive idleness” and improve your mental health.

Vishal Kataria
Jun 28 · 6 min read
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In 2012 essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider wrote a column in the New York Times, entitled The Busy Trap, which was a rallying cry against the culture of incessant busyness.

In the months leading to writing the column, Kreider’s own aversion to busyness…