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How to use free time productively

Use downtime between projects to improve your craft.

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Recently one of the editors on my team came to me with six words that no manager is excited to hear: I don’t have enough to do.

At first, I panicked. Was it my fault? Mentally I scanned through our upcoming deadlines. Did we forget to assign a story? Would we have a big gaping hole in the next issue of our magazine? But no, we were on track. Had I been tough enough? Should I have sent her copy back for a few more rounds of revisions? Again, the answer was no. Her work and process had improved with each issue we had put out since our team came together less than a year earlier to relaunch a food and cooking magazine.

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