Luke Johnson writes in the Financial Times,
...wheezes such as conferences, workshops, awaydays and seminars are the biggest waste of time and money known to the business world. ... mostly they are for people who haven't got enough work to do. As Samuel Johnson said: "There is no kind of idleness by which we are so easily seduced as that which dignifies itself by the appearance of business."
Guess what I will be doing tomorrow.
(Hat tip Daniel)