So learning the ropes for CM still feels a bit like drinking water from a firehose.
Thank heavens for our content!
I love all of it but Antonio’s recent collaboration with Thomas Frank has been especially helpful, not only in organizing my tasks in order of priority but in allowing me to take breaks often enough without guilt.
Whether practicing flute, cooking, or managing RMRS’s content, my MO is to work until the job is done, which isn’t always productive. After a few hours it not productive at all, in fact. I’ve found it far more effectve to implement Thomas’s “pomodoro” hack, affectionately named after his tomato-shaped timer.
I set my timer for 25 minutes, shut out all distractions, including email and social media, and do intentional deep work. When the timer goes off, I reset it for five minutes and take a short break, during which I look at dank memes, message a friend, refresh my coffee or take a REALLY quick walk.
I repeat this process three times, after which I take a longer break, at least an hour, to recharge, focus on something else, grab a larger meal, read, or just rest.
This is working beautifully for all aspects of the job, from editing to the deluge of email correspondence I’m receiving now. I imagine it will continue to serve me well.