📍 I’ll finish the edit I’m on by Friday, then it’s a change of pace for the next two weeks.
🐰 My son is off for Easter. Whether I work while he’s off is up to me.
Experience tells me that it’s not a great time for me to be doing focused work. That’s why client edits are out.
But he’s getting older and he doesn’t need me to hover around him 24/7, so there are some peripheral business things I can get on with.
🖥️ At the time I know he’ll be vegging out on his Switch, I’ve scheduled in some Zooms. One a day, between Monday and Wednesday next week.
These Zooms have a variety of purposes and contexts. One is a ‘pick your brains’ conversation where I’m the one having my brains picked. One is a Zoom I’m paying for where I’m the one tapping into someone else’s expertise. And the third is about collaboration.
☕ And then there’s an IRL meet-up with a fellow editor. I’m really looking forward to that. From past experience, there’s usually a lightbulb moment where getting an insight into a colleague’s way of working illuminates something I could improve in my own workflow. And hopefully it’s the same for them. More importantly, it’s just nice to go for a cup of tea with someone who understands the work I do.
So that’s a short business-related activity planned for each day of the working week (Friday is a bank holiday), but otherwise I’ll be out and about with my family doing various Easter holiday fun things.
📚 The second school holiday week, I’m planning to make sure I have a rest. No Zooms. Just a bit of light reading, and other than that, it’ll be quality family time.
🔎 Then my lad will be back to school and I’ll be raring to go on my next edit. A crime novel for a repeat client. It’s a sequel and I can’t wait. I’m really invested in this story.
🐣 Whether you’re a writer, an editor, or something else, I’d love to know: is Easter a change of pace for you, or is it business as usual?