Like all of my family, and most people I know, I get easily addicted to computer games (currently it’s various word games on facebook, but it changes). I can also get very into TV shows, a few video games, and all sorts of books. All of this combines, at times, to make me incredibly unproductive. And then I have to think of creative ways to get myself to do something other than play stupid computer games. I’m kind of like a little kid that way. Here are some of the things I do (or have done):
- There’s a particular computer game I was playing a lot last week. So I decided I had to write 200 words on my current writing project before I could download it, and 100 words for each level I played (before I played it). It actually worked pretty well. I wrote 900 words in 2 days, which is more than I’ve done in quite a while.
Sometimes when there’s a book I want to read I set writing/reading limits (like write 100 words for each chapter I read). This almost never works for the whole book, but it does generally get me to write 500 or 600 words I might not have written otherwise.
When I’m watching a TV show I try to pause every commercial break and clean for 5 minutes. Because cleaning is much easier 5 minutes at a time.
I’ve made up chore charts, complete with stickers to put on when I’d finished the various tasks. I always tried to break down the tasks as much as possible, so I could do a little bit and still put up a sticker. For instance, I’d put rinse dishes, load dishwasher, empty dishwasher, wipe counters, wipe table, and sweep kitchen floor rather than clean kitchen. I like more stickers.
Does anyone else have to do things like this in order to get things done? Or rather, does anyone else choose to do things like this to help get more things done? If so, share your ideas. I can always use more self-motivation.
- 5 August 2008