Anyone who works from home will probably agree that while it’s often stressful, taxing, lonely, and emotionally draining, it’s also super awesome because you can do anything you want. Most of the time this works to my advantage because I can wake up without an alarm clock, work in lingerie without breaking the law, pee during work meetings without anyone knowing I was gone, and eat whenever I want without a scheduled lunch break, but sometimes I wonder if it’s giving me dementia.
Like today I was writing an ad that needs to get done before 5 and I got up to get some iced coffee. I still haven’t had that coffee because on the way I threw a pile of clothes in the closet, lit a coconut candle (it smells like sunscreen and who wants to go to the beach?), decided to do like half the dishes and then got bored, and then decided to do a hot oil treatment in my hair and pluck my eyebrows. All things that need to get done, but once I realize the order in which all this happened and the trail I wandered to get there, I wonder if it’s good that I can get up and get shit done out of nowhere, or if I’m losing my mind and soon won’t be in on the joke anymore.
When I don’t make a list of everything I need to do that day I feel like I’m putting my brain on a treadmill and giving it a good workout, but I also wonder how long that skill is going to last. One day it’ll go from wandering aimlessly but still getting things done, to wandering aimlessly and every time I go to do something, noticing something else that needs to get done and at the end of the day realizing I accomplished nothing but was super busy all day. Is this why people do Sudoku?
I guess it could be a new brain workout. Get up to do something, but instead go do something completely different and in 30 minutes see if you can remember what you originally got up to do. We’ll call them brain kegels.
I mean, I’m 25 and I moisturize and eat lots of spinach. My brain will be young forever, right?April 26, 2012
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