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A Few New Rules.

1. Breakfast before computer. Logging on with my morning cuppa is leading to me wondering why I feel so flat and then realising I haven't eaten yet.

1a. Unless I've taken alendronate. I have to take this half an hour before food with a large glass of water. No ifs or buts. I tend to not take it because I tell myself the half hour wait is too hard, and this is bad for my health as well as being not true - I'm just being petulant and rebellious in a most detrimental way. I need to stop this. So. If it's alendronate day, I can log on straight up. That way, the dreaded half hour will pass without me noticing. No problem, since this is what's happening every day anyway. LIke I said, the arguments I raise in order to justify not taking it are not valid.

1b. Unless I really, really bloody want to.

2. I can start reading as many books as take my fancy.

3. I don't have to finish books that I start. Insisting that I read only one book at a time, from start to finish even if I hate it, only makes me disinclined to read. Especially when I also feel obliged to take notes because it's a serious one.

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queenlyzard
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
These sound a remarkable lot like my rules. Especially the one about the computer, since I have a tendency to get sucked away into the internet and not realize that hours have gone by and I haven't eaten anything yet.

Also, I am NOT Allowed to go anywhere near the computer once I have put water on the stove for tea, since I invariably end up forgetting all about it and coming back later to find the water all boiled away and the kitchen smelling strongly of singed metal. Even though I was JUST going to check my email, just for a moment, and nothing else.
splodgenoodles
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Like the icon!

Yes, I'm getting tripped up again by the computer as a creature that has it's own schedule, rather than a tool to use for chosen reasons.
dragonsally
Jun. 1st, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
3. I have about 5 books on the go at the moment...I start reading something then remember that another book is due back at the library.

I get what you mean about that time lapse...I've got to wait for an hour after taking my thyroxine before I can have my breakfast. Gives me time for one or two cups of tea and a catch up on email.
pondhopper
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Not long ago I decided that I did not have to finish a book I had started just because it felt like an obligation to do so...even if i had *gasp* bought the book.
What a relief that was. reading became fun again.
:)
splodgenoodles
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh, snap!

And if I had a dollar for all those unread books I own that I feel bad about not having read, I'd have a lot of dollars.

A *lot* of dollars!
anicca_anicca
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Haha, reading your entry made me realize I hadn't taken my L-thyroxine yet (which normally sits on top of my coffee maker so I take it first thing but just coming back from a trip it was still in my bag and I'd completely forgotten about it).

Plus, rules 2 and 3 are exactly the ones I made for myself a couple of months ago.
(Getting custom made reading glasses has also helped to make reading more relaxing again, as did setting up a reading corner where there's the stack of current reading material plus a pair of specs. I *can* read without the glasses still, but it's subliminally stressful somehow.)
maju01
Jun. 1st, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
I'm getting a bit better about your no. 3. Have never had a problem with no. 2, and I get around no. 1 by eating the first part of my breakfast *at* the computer. Since it doesn't involve a cup of tea at that stage, I don't have to worry about spilling tea on my keyboard. When I move on to tea and toast I sit at the table instead of at the computer.
braunie
Jun. 1st, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Good rules! I always did #2 (hehe, why yes I did) but thought it was the mark of bad character. I continue to anyway, even if it is.

Rules in general work best when they're more like guidelines.:)
splodgenoodles
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Well yes, I always thought so too. It's taken a lot to get to this stage.

Every rule does have an unwritten one following, which is: unless I really, really want(or don't want) to!
ms_kilian
Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:04 am (UTC)
1a. Unless I've taken alendronate.

May I suggest the use of a kitchen timer. When you sit down at the computer, set it for 30 mins. When it goes off (ideally) it reminds you to go eat breakfast.

2 & 3 I completely agree with.
elmsley_rose
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
I totally agree on the 'not finishing books'. There isn't enough time in the world.
And it may just be that the book doesn't suit your mood atm, but may be fine another time. My most common problem is too many long words/too many characters vs brain fog. Or it may be about family or something, that I don't currently have the emotional strength for.
splodgenoodles
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
I have this bad habit of trying to read books that are ones I 'should' read. Or of feeling that if everyone else enjoys a book, I should too.

A shouldy approach to life is a foolish thing.
elmsley_rose
Jun. 3rd, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Ah, I just read crime novels, with the occasional bit of literature/real writing/non-fiction thrown in. Of course, it's always the 'real writing' that I always remember.

I guess I'm educating myself about historical embroidery, so I'm not letting my brain stultify completely. I still feel guilty about reading mostly genre fiction tho.

"Shouldy" = "shoddy" ?

Be free, be free. We're here to enjoy ourselves! And we more than most, if we can wring any scap of enjoyment out of this.
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