I replied that these are the steps I take:
- I move away from my desk for a few minutes and do some physical task or go outdoors for a while.
- If I had been sitting when I finished the first project, I stand up to start working on the next one. And if I had been standing, I sit down.
- When family members are home, I try to get them to give me total silence for a few minutes while I start the new project. With my husband and two sons having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, I don't always get that silence, so sometimes I use my cabinetmaker husband's hearing protection (which looks something like this) for a little while.
If you're an editorial professional, how to you switch mental gears? Please share your techniques in the comments. Maybe some of your tips will be helpful to a colleague.
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