I love asking people when they get their best ideas. Never, never, never, never, never has anyone ever, ever, ever, ever, ever answered, “When I was working real hard.”

Hard work is important in getting things done. But stepping away from work is important in getting things done better.

A constant immersion in day-to-day work will trap you in a mind-set that eventually works only for the past. If you are not getting experiences from outside your normal workspace, you will not be finding better solutions. And, for internal audit, that means better solutions for our problems as well as the problems we identify during our audit work.

Mike Jacka, an Internal Auditor with Farmer’s Insurance Group, reminds us about the necessity of life beyond auditing. And, we suppose, many other lines of work. Read more here.