|“How are we going to find pictures of sound?!?
I’m too sleep-deprived to approach this calmly!!!”
And that’s just the editors–the designers can take things to a whole new level. Seriously, we’ve all been there. And we all should spend less time there.
Aside from being unhealthy, these habits don’t serve books well. I make more mistakes when I’m tired and hungry and harried. So from all angles, it’s wiser to turn down the obsession dial. And the holiday season is an especially good time to start.
Here are some tried-and-true strategies that I use to refresh my thinking cap in the midst of book-making.
- Go across the street and buy that bagel. Or that orange. Or that fancy herbal tea that’s supposed to energize your soul.
- Tape a list of puns to the bathroom stall doors (if you’re my colleague Kris) or (if you’re not Kris but admire her), just read said puns when you have occasion to encounter them.
- Take five minutes to enhance your office/cubicle decorations. A picture of an adorable baby sloth or of Benedict Cumberbatch wearing a party hat may not improve your focus, but it will improve your mood, and grumpy editing is nearly always bad editing.
- Chat with a coworker for a few minutes about something non-work-related. Baby sloths and Benedict Cumberbatch are favorite topics here. Oranges, too.
- Spend a few minutes reading a book that you’re not working on (at least not currently; published books you have worked on in the past are fair game). Be reassured by the solid existence of this book, its good quality, its finished-ness. Return to the grindstone knowing that your current books will someday share a shelf with the one you were just looking at.
|My golden rule: chill out once in a while.|