Importance of Taking a Break from an Edit

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Importance of Taking a Break from an Edit

You have to love those projects you work on that you absolutely look forward to editing. The story that just comes together and you become glued to the monitor. It’s awesome to be this passionate about anything but be sure to take a break here and there.

Sometimes you end up being a stereotypical computer nerd. Hey it happens. Soda and chips (or your favorite snack) next to your mouse, face lit up by multiple monitors, and ignoring the outside world. Hey, if you have a deadline, do what you have to do but be smart about it. After doing this on many projects I have a few tips on things you can do to not only get away from a project, but to keep the project fresh and allow for new ideas to keep flowing.

Exercise. Time consuming in some ways but this is the best way to stay healthy, relieve stress, and keep you looking good! This isn’t always ideal but something as simple as push ups or even a door gym can get the job done. Another idea is eating away from your computer. Simple enough but doesn’t always happen. Just getting away from the computer can give you a bit of a refresh. What if you are on such a time constraint that you can only think of something else during a render? I am a sucker for poker such as Party Poker. I realize some aren’t fans of gambling but to each their own and it works for me. Other options out there.

These are just a few things I’ve learned from those long edit sessions. Hopefully it’s something that can help you out with your next project. Look out for the next post which will be my view on Magic Bullet Looks!

2 Comments

  1. Adam
    July 18, 2012

    I must agree, taking a break is very important and it is not easy to learn. After seven years of professional editing I build a few rules for me, which I am trying not to break.
    When I am thinking during process and do not need to click, I´m standing or walking in the room. When I stuck with some problem I am never trying something on blind. Editing is not clicking, it is rational and emotional process. When possible, I make my phone silent – all colleagues and friends are used to it now and they know I call them later. Making calls destroys my focusing. During small breaks I never work with computer, checking email, Facebook etc.. (and yes, iPhone is a computer, too.) I am eating slowly, regularly. During breaks I try to think about somethink else then work. I never work during nights, computer does. Nights are good for rendering, exporting, I sleep or party. Any sports activity before or after working day is the best what you can do. I am avoiding to work on weekends.
    If you learn how to rest, your work would be much more effective and joyfull. Good luck!

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    • Rob Ruscher
      July 18, 2012

      Thanks for additional points Adam! Appreciate you stopping by. Agree that moving around is a great way to refresh as well. Haha haven’t been able to silence my phone but will sometimes disconnect my computer from the internet so I’m not tempted.

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