Finding the Time

Well, my habit of near-daily posting ended with my unemployment. I guess that’s the price one pays for solvency. I’m hoping that I can start to write during lunch breaks again when the job settles down a little, as I did before. And I will definitely need to make use of evenings and weekends as much as I can in the meantime.

I’ve also been thinking of working on breaking my writing habits. I will be experimenting — can I write in the dining room if I close all the doors and ignore any dog, phone, and electronic interruptions? Will music on the stereo help? Should I brew a pot of decaf for that sbux experience? We shall see.

The last few nights have all been write-offs, though. I haven’t been sleeping well and I’ve been coming home from work exhausted as a result. I hope to reverse that trend soon as well.

The big question is, where does the time go? I’m not spending hours in front of the TV, and the xBox has sat lonely and unplayed. The answer is that my productive time has been squandered mostly on things like the web, and casual games.

There’s something insidious about the PopCap model of gaming. If I fire up the xBox, I’m committing to a solid half-hour, at least, of gaming time. But if I sit down at the laptop, I cam deceive myself. I’ll just get a decent score for the week in Bejeweled Blitz. I’ll just check up on the non-word-heavy blogs in my reader. I’ll just… fritter the evening away, in the end.

So with the horror of paid work taking up a considerable block of time each day, I will need to spend my time more wisely. A moratorium, if I can, on all the little casual things I waste hours’ worth of minutes on. More time cooking and cleaning, and as a reward, a little writing too.

And maybe the xBox will get a little attention, too. Poor thing is just forlorn nowadays…

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