I often get annoyed at myself for the amount of time I spend playing games on my computer. This was happening again while Hubby has been home recovering. Then one night I realized something. The games I play may be fun, but whenever I meet a goal in a game I don't feel very satisfied. But, if I meet a goal that I've made for the day, such as doing laundry or the dishes, when I accomplish that goal I feel much more satisfied. I'm also a more pleasant person to be around. It drives me nuts when Ethan comes in and bugs me while I'm trying to do just one more thing in a game. Ethan starts to act out. I get angrier and angrier. Nobody wins in that situation.
So, this past week I've been trying to remind myself of that whenever I play a game. It's been much easier for me to walk away and accomplish a 'life goal'. I get less angry at Ethan. Ethan gets more attention from mommy. Everyone is happier. (And I still get to play my games!)
Before, when I was depressed all the time, it was all I could do just to get out of bed and drag myself to my computer chair. Now, I have so much potential that I need to work extra hard not to fall into old habits.
Things I'm getting better at:
- doing the dishes every day
- making the bed every day
- remembering to snuggle and tickle and play with Ethan
Things I still need to work on:
- wiping off the kitchen counters every day
- cleaning the bathroom every week
- vacuuming much more often
What are some life goals you are working on?
My friend Monica posted this on her Facebook status today and I thought it went along so perfectly that I had to add it here:
"In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." - Robert Heinlein