Even the most successful project managers need an occasional break. And doing so often provides them with the focus they need to resolve long-standing problems. This article discusses the significance of taking loosely planned breaks from work. It explains the advantages of such time off and suggests how project managers can arrange for such breaks in ways that fuel their creativity. It describes how time off helped two project managers acquire new perspectives on what they do. Accompanying this article is a sidebar looking at how one project manager used his time off after losing his job to build his confidence.