You ever have those moments when you simply cannot continue working? When absolutely no fresh or usable ideas come to mind? That’s when it’s time for a break. Heck, you probably need one right now, don’t you?
Everybody has their vice - something they love that fills them up, if even for a moment. I’ve had the opportunity to work with all different types of artists and programmers over the last few years, and every single one of them had a passion for one or more of the following activities to unplug and get away from their work: family, guitars, coffee, the great outdoors and/or exercise.
Another artist I know has a mandatory rule: lunch outside the office EVERY day without fail. He says that if he doesn’t take some sort of a break for lunch, then he’s no good for the rest of the day. Guaranteed. For as long as I’ve known him, never once have I seen him brown bag it for the day. He ALWAYS heads out to some restaurant for an hours or so. (Evidently he’s got something against eating at your desk and working through your lunch hour. Lord knows I do that. Do you?...)
Personally, I love all these things. But, lately, most all of my time outside of the office has been spent training for an upcoming triathlon. Though I currently have no business doing a triathlon, hopefully I will soon. What I’ve found, though, is that after every training session completed, my mind is much, much clearer and and my attitude is much, much better. After a half-hour run, 500 meter swim or 12 mile ride through the country, I’m always ready to clean up and go back to work. Plus, it’s amazing how many ideas start to come your way when you finally have some solitude.
So, I guess my point is this: for the sake of your work, STOP. Take a break. Do whatever it is you enjoy.
Then, when you are ready, head back to the keyboard and monitor and make some magic finally happen.