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Monthly Archives: January 2012

I’ve been sick with a nasty cold for the past couple of days.  I say that I’m too sick to work, but I still spend the whole day at the computer: doing all the goof-off things that usualy creep into my work days, only without the work.  I feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon; I’m worried that I’m practicing a bad habit, and that I won’t be able to focus on work when I’m well again.

I could spend all day, every day, signing petitions, writing letters and spamming my friends about important issues.  It’s important, but all things in moderation, right?  Making a living is important too.  So, what will be my strategy when I’m “working” again?

  • Use the timer for everything I do at my desk, starting right at the beginning of the day.
  • Prioritize non-work tasks.  Activism will have to compete for my time with all of life’s other demands.
  • If something really big and important comes up, that’s what evenings are for.

It’s too easy for me to put off work to do other “important” things – because I don’t like working!  If I have to balance those “important” things against other pleasurable pursuits (books, movies, games, getting to bed on time), then I think we’ll see some real prioritization.

-J

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Here’s an interesting idea.  Stop having more faith in your future self than you have in your present self.

  • I’ll just eat this candy bar now, but then I’ll eat no more desserts this week.
  • I don’t feel like working out.  I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.
  • I’ll just read articles today, and I’ll get down to the real work tomorrow.

Stop believing that you’ll magically be a stronger person in the future.  The evidence is in: however you are behaving now is how you will go on behaving.  You have to BECOME a stronger person.  Start now.

Ask yourself: what I am about to do, am I willing to live the rest of my life like this?  Do I want the consequences of eating dessert after lunch every day, of always skipping the work-out, of alway goofing off?  Decide how you want to live your life, and live that way RIGHT NOW.  Your future self is saying: “You first.

source: Kelly McGonigal via Daniel Pink: How to Make a New-Year’s Non-Resolution. (thanks Suzy :))