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.