I’m starting to settle into the new place. Once I own a leaf blower, the back yard is going to be an amazingly wonderful place. The thought of writing for a living is returning to exciting, back from “terrifying/am I insane?!!!”. And this is the longest video game ever!
I’ve been (playfully) thinking of the 50 gazillion things to do as parts of a video game: challenging and motivating to win, but I can hit reset for a lot of things. For example, finding the hardware store and buying mini-blinds (tedious chore). But think of it as a video game and suddenly it’s: New Navigational Challenge! Special mini-game: stay under budget! Bonus round: secure all hardware on first trip! If I fail to find the store or they don’t have the mini-blind sizes I need, I can always reset by retrying another day or trying another store. Putting them up is New Puzzle: Mini-Blind Assembly.
This helps keep me in a good state of cognitive flow; the challenges are interesting but doable, there’s enough at stake I care, but it’s not too awfully stressful. I need that good state of mind. Since I’m working a LOT and not sleeping quite enough, there’s very little patience otherwise. Cranky? Who me? Noo-ooo. Anyway, it’s turned a lot of scutwork into the longest video game ever.