The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Taking a break: how taking a step back could reinvigorate your indexing career and work-life balance

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2020), 38, (3), 307–317.

Abstract

Freelance indexers, usually working from home, have a responsibility not only to run their businesses efficiently but also to take care of their physical and mental health. For any number of reasons they may at some point be forced to take a break from indexing. The latest in our series of occasional articles focusing on the working lives of individual indexers looks at how one indexer dealt with the challenges this posed and explains how taking a break and reassessing priorities can help to both reinvigorate one’s career and improve well-being. It concludes with some reflections on the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, living and working under lockdown, and the ‘new normal’.

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Dobbins, Dawn

Dobbins, Dawn