I just noticed a bad habit I have: whenever I’m working on something and I get to a tedious, annoying, or difficult part, my eyes glance away, looking toward the taskbar, seeking out something easier or more interesting.
I physically felt it happen today, but I know it’s been going on for a long time.
I know now more than ever that I really need to keep “up” (active) only those things I am currently working on.
If I need a break, I can take a break. I’m valued where I work, and my supervisors know that a lot of the work I do takes a lot of skill, focus, and mental energy.
But I won’t be at my best if I’m constantly flitting from task to task, from analysis to email to course shell.
I’m sure I’m much worse about it at home on my laptop, when I’m on my own admission have video games, Facebook, Netflix, and other such entertainments to distract me.
Maybe this is why George R. R. Martin and Dean Wesley Smith write on computers with no internet access.
So here it’s my new role, for work sends at home: only keep those Windows up that are needed for the current task. Finish it, then move on.
We’ll see how it goes. Maybe this trick.will help on my home laptop: