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Displacement activities...

Doing three loads of washing, tidying my desk, copying chunks of the MP3 collection from one firewire disk to another, making various LJ posts (including this one), fighting recalcitrant computers, chatting on two IRC channels, and using Google for fun and profit....

Yup. Today's article writing isn't going too well.

You'll know it's going really badly when I start adding invoices and payments to the spreadsheet...

So how do you waste time when you should be doing something else?

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pickledginger
Dec. 14th, 2003 10:03 pm (UTC)
Other than on LiveJournal and elsewhere on the Internet, you mean?
wendyg
Dec. 15th, 2003 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: your brain on tea
OIne must be more specific -- lots of stuff one can do on the INternet is actually work.

I have a Sylvia Wright hierarchy of displacement act6ivities ("Concentric sloth: new hope for the perplexed:). I read Usenet as a displacement for starting the day's work. I read the WELL to get over the amount of annoyance I build up reading Usenet. Reading the WELL requires me to check several fine points of TV series and news on DVDs and on the Web. Reading news sites on the WEb displaces the fact that I've now spent three hours achieving nothing. Lunch displaces the feelings of failure over that fact and can be used as thihnking time for planning what to do with story leads found while reading news sites. Obviously I can't make phone calls while I'm eating, so that calls for watching a TV show. Cleaning up the desk after eating displaces the telephone calls. And unearths a bill that I can't remember whether it's been paid. Which reminds me to start some laundry. But first it has to be sorted...

...and then it's just about time to check Usenet again before starting the afternoon's work...

see?

wg
bibliofile
Dec. 16th, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: your brain on tea
You see, I just don't have time to read the WELL regularly anymore. It's too easy to stay online all the time and play parlor/word games throughout the day. Of course, my renewal just got me a Salon.com membership, too...

As for that hierarchy, you know you're avoiding stuff when you're caught up on all household chores (including laundry) and you've read all the books you already own. (Not that I've actually achieved either of those things, myself.)
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wendyg
Dec. 16th, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: your brain on tea
No! No! No! Absolutely *vital* not to go out. That breaks the chain that leads eventually to work. Plus, if you're out, you can't be *about to start working*, which is really the most important thing.

You guys are *amatchoors*.

wg
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sbisson
Dec. 17th, 2003 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: your brain on tea
Weeeel... it was actually about how you waste time when you should be working, and how you avoid doing the work, but I can see how it can be read both ways.

My fault for not being clear enough, I guess.

(But then, that's what I was having problems with at the time, so I guess i have an excuse!)
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sbisson
Dec. 17th, 2003 03:15 am (UTC)
Re: your brain on tea
And we all know what happened to him...

...Philip Glass scored his suicide!
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