Why is it important to take breaks during the day? Your brain gets tired of staring at the screen and requires short recharges. Taking a few minutes per hour to look out a window, get a drink, or talk to a co-worker is all it takes to be able to refocus and allow your brain to rest and settle. When color editing, it is always surprising how when I have been color editing for multiple hours, I feel like my work looks good. After coming back from a short time out, I watch the video and wonder if someone was playing a practical joke on me with the colors.

The creative process requires new experiences and alternative sources of imagery to renew the brain’s ability to generate new content.

Despite the fact that people can edit for hours upon hours, there is also a creative factor that takes a toll. The creative process requires new experiences and alternative sources of imagery to renew the brain’s ability to generate new content. So, when you get the chance to take that break, take it. I hear over and over again how people fail to use up all their vacation because their work is too important. When you take a vacation, or even  stay-cation, take a break from computers, photography, video cameras, and everything you use day in and day out. Allow yourself to enjoy family, new places, new tastes, experiences, and look up a few new sources of inspiration.

So, the next time you are thinking about skipping vacation to try and get ahead, you could actually be getting behind. When on vacation, be on vacation, and when you come back, you’ll be ready to work again.

 

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