Scent of a Gamer

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The creative break

I’ve been working at home for some weeks now, and if there’s one flaw I’ve noticed it’s that lunch breaks can get easily crunched into nothing.

When I was at the office I didn’t mind buying lunch most days since doing so gave me the chance to establish some physical distance from the office. When my home became ‘the office’ getting that distance became more difficult.

This week I hit upon the concept of a ‘creative break’ of not just having lunch but properly downing tools and doing something creative.

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One Monday and Tuesday, I painted miniatures. On Wednesday I created new banners for articles in my Explore MtG art series. Thursday was a dumpster fire of a 15 minutes lunch taken while starting at spreadsheets.

Today, we’ll see. I should start in a few minutes.

The creative break remains a work in progress but on Monday and Tuesday especially I felt refreshed not just after lunch but also more so at the end of the work day. On Thursday that feeling was definitely missing.

Today I will hopefully be taking my creative break within a few minutes of this post. We’ll see.

Either way I’m hoping to make the creative break a regular part of my day while working at home.

Also, it was really hard to find a stock image of a cup of tea featuring a man. I had to settle on the above image of ‘possibly tea, but probably coffee’.

5 comments on “The creative break

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    May 22, 2020

    Based on the time zone difference between us, I’m assuming that lunch break has already finished! 🙂 I think it is a good idea to take the time out for the break though and half an hour painting minis or doing other stuff sounds good to me!

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    • davekay
      May 22, 2020

      Yes, unfortunately Friday’s ‘creative break’ turned into a trip to the bank, but it least that got me away from the desk!


  2. ericritter65
    May 22, 2020

    I hear what you’re saying, my issue is that I have been furloughed, so there isn’t even ay “work from hime” option! However I have had to set aside time for creative hobby, if not, hours can be lost to sitting looking at paint chips! It’s all about balance.
    Stay healthy and get some coffee!

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    • davekay
      May 23, 2020

      It’s a good point Eric, scheduling even when you have ‘infinite time’ seems important otherwise the hours just get lost to… not much. That’s definitely happened to me more than once.


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