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Wasting Time!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I am absolutely awful about wasting my time on the computer. It's a kind of self-medication I do, when I'm feeling depressed or anxious. Even if nothing else is going right, I can play a game or read articles and sort of distance my head from my problems. It's very much the same impulse that leads me to snacking excessively.

And...that is a TOUGH habit to break!

I work from home, so I don't have a hard and fast schedule. What this tends to lead to is other people interrupting me, which then makes me feel anxious because my work-time isn't being respected, and then I feel so anxious I need to "self-medicate" with some ice cream and mindless internet surfing. And then, naturally, that makes me feel MORE anxious because I know I'm not being productive, and it just turns into an endless cycle.

So what can I do about that? Well, I'm going to be trying a little trick: I have a floor peddler under my desk and a yoga mat on my floor. When I start feeling that urge to try to escape from my worries through wasting time online or snacking, I'm going to peddle through a song on my playlist or do a little bit of yoga. That will (hopefully!) help burn through the anxious energy and then get me back on track again, while also eating up a few minutes I would have used later on working out. A few minutes I can turn back to work without worry.

We'll see if it works.
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