What’s your go-to snack when writing? Mine is… nothing. Even though my office is literally the kitchen, I don’t eat at my desk. When I’m writing, I need to give all of my attention to that. On a break, I get to focus on my snacks and appreciate them, rather than gobbling them mindlessly.
My Go-To Snack When Writing
I’ve said this before, and I will continue to preach it: When you work at home, you need to clearly separate work from not-work. Eating at your desk is not respecting the division between work-time and you-time. We have been conditioned by toxic corporate doctrines that the goal is to be productive all the time.
Human multitasking is fake. Computers might be able to do it, but you are not a computer. Constant context-switching makes you less efficient. When you’re mixing in something pleasurable (a snack), you’re not only depriving the work of your full attention, you’re depriving yourself of a moment of joy. Stop it!
Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is to have a peaceful moment to yourself, to rest, process your thoughts, and enjoy a snack.
The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.