New Here, Admitting to Myself and Others...
I must have written 100,000 journal and forum words in the last year about my battle with "obsessive-compulsive escapism". I know the effectiveness of 12-step programs from my experience in Emotions Anonymous, so I was thinking I need a face-to-face Computer Addiction Anonymous if such a group exists, because I fool around on the computer, although I'm a relatively light gamer. Can one be addicted to Photoshop? But the light bulb went on when someone over at Online Gamers Anonymous referred me to Procrastinators Anonymous. Thanks, John O. You may have saved my life -- my one wild and precious life that I am frittering away.
A procrastinator with the best of them, I often wonder how I get away with my unproductiveness at work. The cost is shame and guilt. I have been lucky so far but any day it could all come crashing down around me, and I would be in early retirement or job-hunting at age 60 with tepid recommendations. Why aren't I scared into of my right mind???
At home, things could be so much more comfortable, and I could pursue my creative passions so much more fully. Everything here is relevant. I commit myself to limit to one hour per day the amount of time I use this forum to work on the problem, and do it on my own time. Boy, that will be tough. I'll have to start tomorrow. :-D
I'm happy to have found this community. Sounds like I should start with bracketing 20 minutes.
Would you fill me in on the acronyms you all use, the terms specific to this forum, cultural norms, etc? Or refer me to appropriate stickies.