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Positive feedback for a resolution [Jan. 5th, 2008|11:32 am]
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This morning I have a ton of work to do, but I also had to do a big backup of my files, which included backing up some programs that I wanted to use. So work had to wait.

Just a couple weeks ago, the hour I waited for the backup would probably have been devoured by playing solitaire - after all, I just had to wait. It might be done any time now....

This morning, I made an LJ entry and then put in 40 minutes on the NordicTrack. Before, I might have vaguely thought, "I'll go work out after just one more game..." until such time as the backup was done and then thought, "Oh, I should get to work; I'll work out later" and later would never arrive because I was tired and thought "I'll play just a couple games first - whoa hey, it's bedtime, darn it, I'll work out tomorrow."

This is not just a today thing. Almost every day I have at least once hit the "Program" button reflexively, looking for a "Games" folder that no longer exists. Sometimes I've sighed heavily and felt that slight tug of withdrawal, but then I've asked myself how I could be better using my time and done something better with it. I've worked out every day but one since the beginning of the year, and finished reading two books.

Being a bit OCD, this is working so much better for me than just telling myself I won't play or limiting my time.

[User Picture]From: norda
2008-01-05 05:04 pm (UTC)
Structure, structure, structure.
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2008-01-05 05:14 pm (UTC)
Go you! This really seems to be having positive effect!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-05 06:07 pm (UTC)
I know!
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From: dsgood
2008-01-05 08:48 pm (UTC)
Good for you!
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2008-01-06 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm really proud of you. Always an inspiration... :D

(You earn my Number 1 Super Guy icon more than anyone else on my flist!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-06 02:59 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2008-01-07 08:07 pm (UTC)
Woot, I'm all for resolutions that give us more posts from you! :)
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[User Picture]From: practicallyfame
2008-01-30 08:02 am (UTC)
On the resolution front -

I tend to run late for things, and one of the biggest reasons, weird as it sounds, is because I hate to wait around if I'm early.

I also tend to waste a lot of free time, like you, when waiting for things (prescriptions to be filled, backups to be completed, laundry to be done).

My resolution? Always carry a book. Because I'm a smart, well-read individual who doesn't read nearly as much as I should, and now I can use all my spare-time opportunities to do what I never have time for.

I'm early for work? Not allowed to clock in yet? Cool, I'll sit out back and read for 10 or 15 minutes. I have a break that I'd normally spend window shopping? Cool, I'll read for half-an-hour. I'm waiting for an appointment? Read. I'm stirring soup on the stove? Read.

I started with easy stuff, some childhood books I loved and haven't read in ages (Chronicles of Prydain). But hey - I got through seven books this month just in spare-time reading.

Next, those books I read for my Humanities/Philosophy major and forgot about after college.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-01-30 11:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for the reminder! I have been trying to do the same, and was about to head out my door without a new book in my briefcase, having just finished the last one that was in there. It's a good resolution.
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