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Clever Infographics That Tell You To Take Some Time Away From Work

A smart response to Microsoft 365's #GetItDone campaign, which encourages all work, all the time.

  • <p>In response to Microsoft 365's <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/nov13/11-06getitdone.aspx#infog" target="_blank">#GetItDone</a> campaign, 37Signals, the people behind the popular productivity chatroom Campfire, have launched a <a href="http://37signals.com/remote/workcanwait" target="_blank">#WorkCanWait</a> campaign. "Work can wait. Don’t work every waking hour, sunrise to sunset. Enjoy Life 365."</p>
  • <p>"No matter where you are -- the office, airport or the gym -- the need to get things done away from the office has never been greater," Microsoft <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/nov13/11-06getitdone.aspx#infog" target="_blank">says</a>. But is this really how we want to live our lives?</p>
  • <p>"We don’t think it has to be this way," responds <a href="http://37signals.com/remote/workcanwait" target="_blank">37Signals</a>. "True work-life balance doesn’t have to be a myth. So here’s our Life 365 idea compared to Office 365."</p>
  • 01 /07
    | 37Signals work/life campaign

    In response to Microsoft 365's #GetItDone campaign, 37Signals, the people behind the popular productivity chatroom Campfire, have launched a #WorkCanWait campaign. "Work can wait. Don’t work every waking hour, sunrise to sunset. Enjoy Life 365."

  • 02 /07
    | Microsoft's version

    "No matter where you are -- the office, airport or the gym -- the need to get things done away from the office has never been greater," Microsoft says. But is this really how we want to live our lives?

  • 03 /07
    | 37Signals's version

    "We don’t think it has to be this way," responds 37Signals. "True work-life balance doesn’t have to be a myth. So here’s our Life 365 idea compared to Office 365."

  • 04 /07
    | Microsoft's version
  • 05 /07
    | 37Signals's version
  • 06 /07
    | Microsoft's version
  • 07 /07
    | 37Signals' version

Microsoft Office is a name tinged with enterprise, effort, availability, access, work, excess, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the smell of cold hard sweat as you travail with the spell checker beneath the office's fluorescent tubes of doom. Or, well, something like that. A part of its recent campaign, Microsoft's Office 365 tells people to "get things done anywhere, sunrise to sunset." The campaign does all but recommend you work in your sleep. "No need to record your favorite show when you can work on the couch," it says.

In response, 37Signals, the people behind the popular productivity chatroom Campfire, are appealing to the overworked with its own #WorkCanWait campaign that tells you to step away from the computer. "We don’t think it has to be this way. True work-life balance doesn’t have to be a myth. So here’s our Life 365 idea compared to Office 365."

Bearing in mind that many an article here at Fast Company right now is begging you to #WorkSmarter, which doesn't necessarily mean harder, we have to agree with 37Signals on this one. But which side of the PR campaign do you fall on? Are you a "47% have worked when they're on vacation?" type, or a "53% enjoyed every breathtaking minute of their vacations (without their coworkers)" type?

Slideshow Credits: 01 / 37Signals; 02 / Microsoft; 03 / 37Signals; 04 / Microsoft; 05 / 37Signals; 06 / Microsoft; 07 / 37Signals;