Several years ago I read “Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency” by expert computer scientist Tom DeMarco. It reminded me that the times when I was more innovative were also characterized by times of having slack in my schedule to be influenced by new sources and different thinking. A recent Opinion page in the New York Times summarizes research on the value of relaxing to be more productive – relaxing to be better at your work. In my case, my work is innovation and I know relaxing and creating slack is helpful. Take a moment to “relax” and review the New York Times article.