My books have margins. That’s where I would write things if I could bring myself to write in books. Every businessperson is concerned with the margin on profits: too small and the business cannot weather rough economic times, too great and the competition will undersell goods or services.
I recently ran across a book called Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives. I know, I know–it’s a mouthful. I’ve not gotten all the way through it, but the author’s premise is worth examining. He believes, in brief, that we have done ourselves a disservice by doing away with the margin or space between things, between tasks, between everything and everything else. We plan constantly. We all multitask. We do business from anywhere (and anywhen). No breaks, no space, no margin, no good.
It’s something to think about when you get a chance.