The Other I

October 5, 2012

Grasping the nettle

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 2:18 pm

My productivity recently has been seriously under par.

Well, that’s a nice way of putting it.  In the old days, I dare say it would have been called not paying attention, procrastinating, or maybe just plain laziness.

None of those labels would bother me very much, but in truth, I’m not enjoying frittering my time away with games of Free Cell and Spider. It’s just that I keep compulsively clicking on the icon to play “just one more game before…”  If feels eerily like the excuses I used to give myself not to stay on a diet.

So today I removed the games icons from my computer desk top.  If I’m really desperate, I can still get to them, and I could always go online and download more free games anyway.  But still it’s a statement to myself about how I really want to spend my time in front of my computer screen.

I don’t find that going cold turkey is usually my most effective way of changing my behavior.  I stopped smoking gradually over a period of several months.  Ditto in relation to reducing my alcohol intake because it was making my joints stiff.  So drawing a sudden and complete double line under my computer game-playing might lead to too much backtracking.

I will report back in a week or so.  If I’ve lasted that long, it’s working.  However, by “working,” I mean being more focused and actually getting something done that’s a little more worthwhile than earning a message of “Congratulations, you’ve won!” from Free Cell.



  1. free cell reminds me of the battelheim story – you know the one – lecturing at his school of orthopsychiatry in chicago he endured a student in the front row of a lecture hall knitting away as he flung his pearls of wisdom out to what he wanted to be an attentive audience he endured the first lecture but there she was at the second. he interrupted his own lecture walked forward and glared at the offending knitting student. do you know, he bellowed, that knitting is a substitute for masturbation. not a sound could be heard. then clearly and steadily came the response. dr. battelheim, i would like to say that when i knit, i knit and when i masturbate, i masturbate. is knitting a waste of time? or is a binder of anxiety?


    Comment by kateritek — October 5, 2012 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  2. And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.


    Comment by pianomusicman — October 5, 2012 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

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