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Kelsey thinks I’m pathetic.

Posted: November 29th, 2010 | Author: | No Comments »

In her face... She loves me anyways!

I think I’m showing signs of maturity. Here’s why:

I was just getting ready to go to Starbucks to do some work. I was packing my computer up and I was all ready to leave and I decided I didn’t want to have to leave the house in order to get work done. I’m comfortable here, I don’t want to put on a jacket, I don’t want to warm the car up, and I don’t want to pay four bucks for a cup of coffee. Also, I have a Saranac Winter 12 pack in my fridge, and I’d like to have one of them now, thank you.

I thought about it, and I thought, “Why do I have to go to Starbucks just to get work done? I have a fantastic writing desk (that’s covered with junk at the moment but I can dig out a hole big enough for a notebook), I’ve got two — count ‘em, two! — monitors on my computer, and I’ve got The Board looking down on me in my comfy computer chair.”

None of that matters, though. I go to Starbucks and I buy a four dollar cup of coffee because I can focus there. I turn off Twitter (usually) and bury myself in my notebook and get work done. Changing locations means changing my mindset and changing my goals. “All right, I’m here to work, let’s get some work done.” Way more effective to tell myself when I’ve actually physically transported myself somewhere than when I just pull up a chair at the same place where I surf online and watch movies.

So I just set up a new account on my computer, and when I’m logged in to this account, I’m blocked from Facebook and Twitter. That’s the part where Kelsey thinks I’m pathetic. “You need to do all that [it actually took a bit of work to create the account and share the folders and get everything up and running in a new environment] just to avoid going to a few websites?”

Well… yes. It’s become such a part of my routine that I instinctively check them when I sit down at a computer (or pull my iphone out of my pocket or get bored with a conversation or any number of other situations). I’m not proud, but hey, oh well. I’m trying to do something about it.

I think that’s a sign of maturity.

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