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TV can sit on it

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I'm starting to write up my doctoral thesis, at least I'm supposed to be. I've been an expert procrastinator since before I knew what a deadline was. It doesn't help that the more stressed or anxious I get, the more difficult it is for me to actually start things. I have a couple methods designed for getting me going at the lab (with moderate success). My biggest problem at home is the TV. At the beginning of the year I declared war on TV for TV's sake and vowed to stop wasting my evenings in front of it.

I'm giving this week a B- at best. The days that there are shows that I actually wanted to watch I ended up not being home and days that I could have accomplished a lot I spent watching TV marathons until way too late at night. I need to find a way to take care of my responsibilities at home with minimal distractions and make sure that I'm taking care of my body so I can get up on time for work.

I decided on an idea I got from ERICADAWN1986 when she was combating evening snacking. She made lists of things to do instead of snacking and worked her way through the list if she had a urge to snack. I changed it up a little bit and made three giant lists of things to do instead of watching TV that are all productive on a chore, fitness, emotional, or personal level and taped them in front of the screen. I divided up the ideas by major triggers for me to park it and zone out to mediocre entertainment. There's a list for boredom, being upset, and "excuses" which is a hodgepodge of everything other reason I could think of in 5 minutes. Most alternative activities have a time limit on them so I don't end up staying up till unwittingly staying up till 1am doing something else since keeping a schedule is part of this exercise.

I'm hoping the physical reminder will help make the habit stick better. Now to see how it works this week.
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