Reminder to writers: Don’t forget to take regular breaks!
I love my work. The one downside: I tend to work WAY too long without taking breaks. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, I find that taking regular breaks from the computer makes me MORE productive, not less.
Taking a few minutes to stretch helps prevent repetitive stress injuries. Forcing yourself away from the keyboard to get some fresh air can also help put things in perspective and spark new ideas. While writers need to write, they also sometimes need to NOT write.
Right now I’m looking for Mac software that will remind me to take breaks from my computer throughout the work day. I used to have a great little application, but the developer no longer supports it, sadly.
I have tried several types of programs ever since, but so far I haven’t been completely happy with any of them.
I’d like the reminders to be customizable and to not interrupt a work task in progress. I’d like the option of scheduling mini computer breaks as well as longer breaks. I want to be able to end any computer break sooner if I need to. The last application I tried drove me crazy because the keyboard was completely inaccessible at times.
What about the rest of you? Do you have any system in place to make sure you aren’t punched over the keyboard for hours at a time without a break?