Ask Adam: How Do You Cope With Tedium During Projects?

This week — with Tested mascot Alfie along for company — Adam answers Tested member SmithPad2’s question: “What are some of your strategies in coping with tedium in a project with lots of repetition?” Ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

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11 thoughts on “Ask Adam: How Do You Cope With Tedium During Projects?

  1. I did the same math looking at the clock during CD assembly and shrink wrapping. It still works with other tedium. What a great question.

  2. Very similar to my process as an examiner, grading hundreds of exam papers. Wonderful too see the approaches that cross boundaries of task and industry.

  3. I used similar techniques when I was a production glass blower. With a stopwatch on my desk I raced myself to improve my speed, without sacrificing quality.

  4. There have been an awful lot of creepy bots posting on these videos lately. I don’t even remember what the criteria were for creating an account, but maybe they ought to be rethunk…

  5. My question for Adam: How do you deal with the urge to start over during a project? Often I will be working on a project and then get the urge to start over and do it better. Its led to a lot of incomplete projects lying around the house.

  6. I cope by watching Tested 🙂 or other similar things.The extras on the LOTR DVDs were what brought me to making and kept me going.

  7. Audiobooks/podcasts and the like help me. My brain works on multiple things at once, so I’m able to listen to the input while working on the project.

    I picked this up after reading a blog post from Larry Correia, the author of the Monster Hunter International series. He was writing the post about when he works on minis for wargaming (his restorative for creative juices, his current game of choice is Infinity).

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