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Niksen is a Dutch verb which means "doing nothing",[1][2] which can be roughly translated as "nixing".[3] It has been explored as a method to combat work-related health problems such as stress and burnout.

This concept is the focus of a book by Olga Meching entitled "Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing," published in 2021. Mecking has gained prominence in the Netherlands as an authority on this subject, based on this book. [4]


  1. ^ Mecking, Olga (April 29, 2019). "The Case for Doing Nothing". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Gottfried, Sophia (July 12, 2019). "Niksen Is the Dutch Lifestyle Concept of Doing Nothing—And You're About to See It Everywhere". Time Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Can Doing Nothing Unlock Your Decision-Making Superpowers?". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2021-03-29.
  4. ^ Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing,by Viv Groskop, February 7, 2024, The Guardian website.