Saturday, April 19, 2008

Getting Started: Preamble-ing

Setting up your space--formatting documents, rearranging bookshelves, renaming files, etc.--is important. As important as clearing out your mind of other distractions so that you can focus on the task at hand.

I need to add such "preamble-ing" activities to my routine. I find them relaxing and helpful for getting into the work. Much better than just walking around the room or internet surfing randomly because I can't seem to shake off the anxiety associated with getting started.

Do you do have such preamble-ing activities in your routine? Or do you do something different to get yourself into a work mode?

1 comment:

Scholar Wannabe said...

Sorry for my slow response. I've just been thinking about my preamble-ing activities.

If I'm reading, then I sort the material by interest and then length : stuff I'm interested in or short articles get read first; longer or less interesting stuff goes later. (Having completed some material motivates me to read the latter material.)

If I'm writing, then I need to end the preceding session at a point where I know exactly what I'll be saying next. Then when I sit down at the next session, I can get started right away by writing what was on the "tip of my pen." (This way I don't spend the first hour trying to figure out what I want to say.)

And no matter what I'm working on, I need to start by making a cup of tea!