Remembering to take breaks
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I stop forgetting to take breaks?“
“Let’s take this situation as an example.
In twenty minutes, you will have been writing for one hour. It will be time for a break. Naturally, you will want to keep going. ‘Just another half an hour.’
Break the pattern. Pause, and say to yourself:
The ‘on’ is as important as the ‘off’.
Remind yourself that oscillation [<link; medium read] is an essential aspect of Energy recovery, Learning and Creativity.
Repeat it over and over and over again, until you deeply internalize it.
The measure of success is when you look forward to taking your breaks.“