I wrote last week about television being a distraction, but I feel I should admit that I can be distracted such exciting things as paint drying. The internet is a major danger zone.
I start each day with an ambitious To Do List
1 – Write next great Irish/Turkish/expat novel
2 – Blog tremendously witty posts
3 – Post inciteful comments on Twitter and a range of blogs
4 – Arrange and clean house to reflect that domestic goddess resides within
5 – Have deep and meaningful conversations on Skype with friends and family
6 – etc., etc.,
But first, I say, let me just check my email. From email I go to Facebook.From Facebook to news websites. From news to Magicmum. From Magicmum…, actually I usually end up stuck there.
And all of a sudden (rather, not so sudden) my To Do list becomes
1 – Make the dinner QUICKLY
Making the dinner, like all housework, is immediately consumed, dirtied or destroyed. There is a small chance that a very tasty meal will live on in the memory but that’s not much good for eating. So you have to make the dinner again, at regular intervals. The day’s achievement narrows to a repetitive, mundane task with no lasting value.
So the next day I start with an ambitious To Do List…