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Title: The sweetness of doing nothing
Authors: Nio, Francesca Hui Shan
Keywords: Visual arts and music::Design::Product
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Nio, F. H. S. (2021). The sweetness of doing nothing. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Project: ADM17.21.U1730194D
Abstract: Singapore is well-known to be a fast-paced and competitive society, with many Singapore working adults being caught in a rat race – always striving to be better of others (Goh, 2016). As a result, working adults in Singapore are known to sleep the least and work amongst the longest hours in the world (Goh, 2018). This prevalent workaholic culture is detrimental to the wellbeing of working adults in the long run (Goh 2018). Ironically, even when working adults are given the opportunity to take time off work, they cannot help but feel guilty and stressed at the prospect of doing nothing (Ong, 2019). It has come to the point where work is second nature for working adults in Singapore and the idea of relaxation is uncomfortable for them. As a result, this project proposes a paradoxical idea – that Singapore working adults have to go slow in order to go fast and be more productive. In the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’, a character mentions an Italian phrase that goes, ‘dolce far niente’, which means pleasant idling or the sweetness of doing nothing (Murphy, 2010). This phrase is one that Singapore working adults should start embracing, instead of resisting. Hence, the main purpose of this project is to encourage Singapore working adults to take their minds off work and ‘dolce far niente’, even if it’s just for a brief moment. Through this project, the author hopes that Singaporeans will choose to take the first step in prioritising their well-being instead of burying their lives in work. The expected outcome is to be a space within space that provides refuge for workers, where they can leave their work behind for a moment and have the permission to be alone. It will be quiet, free from auditory and visual distractions and interruptions, so as to facilitate the 'dolce far niente' process. Specialisation: Product Design Keywords: emotional wellbeing, stillness, idle, workplace, work-life balance
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