Why wait until the end of a project to take a break?
I find taking a break right in the middle really helps with my productivity, and I often do. These mini-breaks are times for me to reorganize, and wind down for a bit, before I plunge right back into the deep end again.
Here is what happened today:
I woke up today and was just overwhelmed by the amount of work I have to get done in three weeks. My house has been taken over by my work and materials, and I couldn’t see past the mess. I didn’t feel like producing more work to add to the chaos, so I didn’t.
I took a step back, looked at the mess, and realized what I needed to do…
A break is not an unproductive way to spend time. In fact, even if you spend your break flicking through a magazine, or staring at your feet, you are still doing something very worthwhile. Stepping away from your work momentarily can do wonders for your creativity, and give you a fresh perspective when you get back to it.
I took the morning off to put things in order around my house. I cleared up my work-space (which happens to be the whole house), bought large flat boxes to file away finished work. I reorganized my drawing materials and wrote a plan of attack for next week. All highly exciting and heady stuff, I know 🙂 (aren’t my blogs so exciting?)
Now that everything is sparkly and organized, and I have finished my crazed cleaning, I feel excited about working again. I even have a few new ideas based upon some old pieces of worked that I spied while cleaning up.
Words of Wisdom
When my daughter was 3 years old, and I was pregnant with my second child, I remember weeping with exhaustion one day.
“Mommy what’s wrong? asked my daughter. “Honey, I’m just so tired” I answered.
“Mommy listen to me: if people be tired – need to take a break. Ok?”
Smart girl. I’ve remembered that piece of baby wisdom ever since.
That break was definitely worth it. I encourage you to take one. Go on, you know you want to.
Brilliant. Made me smile. i have these days too! i don’t know how you find the energy, I struggle and I don’t have kids!
Excellent advice. Your daughter is brilliant! No really… out of the mouth of babes. 🙂
Thank you, on her behalf. She really is the smartest person here 🙂
Great writing. Keep it up. Why dont you take similar breaks when yo are here? It will be of great help
🙂 I promise to do that this summer!
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