New policy for Falcon
Hi fellow procrastination warriors,
I often have that familiar feeling of "never having time" to do a lot of things. I'm also aware that I spend a lot of time surfing the internet that could be spent in other ways.
Part of the problem is that I don't focus or function all that well when I'm stressed. And I've noticed that I tend to go online and surf when I'm frazzled, frightened, or wanting/needing to distract myself from some unpleasant emotional state.
To some extent, it works. It distracts my mind, and often does help me calm down if I'm stressed. But the downside is that it's hard to stop, and it becomes a huge time sink.
Meanwhile. . . I have a weaving project on my loom that's been there for, oh, about three years now. And that I "never have time" to work on. Now, weaving is a very grounding activity. When it goes well, it's rhythmic, calming & relaxing. And even when a warp thread breaks or something gets tangled, it's absorbing enough to be a good distraction from stress.
I don't want to give up web surfing altogether - it can be a great source of entertainment & information. But I want to break the habit of doing it mindlessly, and turning to it reflexively.
So. . . new rule! Starting tonight, I will only surf the web AFTER I have spent 20 minutes that day weaving. If I "don't have time" to weave, then I don't have time to surf. Once I've done some weaving, then I can go online.
Some exceptions to the rule. . . it's o.k. to go to these sites before doing any weaving:
- Procrastinators Anon., anytime, of course!
- O.k. to look up weather or directions
- O.k. to watch my favorite TV show online while I eat breakfast
- Edited to add -- o.k. to check & reply to email
Tonight I will get my weaving project re-started so it will be set to go. I'll check back in here soon to report on how it's going.
Edited to add. . . hey, that felt good! I got some yarn untangled, re-started my project, had to unweave the same inch several times to get the ends-per-inch right, but finally got a little bit of weaving done.
I'd forgotten what a great "flow" state weaving puts me in. Doubtless much better for my brain than surfing. Only I'll have to be sure & use a timer, because it's one of the few activities that makes me lose all track of time.
Now I am going to go online. . . to look up how to solve the sticking shaft on my loom.