Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A labyrinth of ruts

Yesterday, I made my usual round of phone calls to various CVBs as part of my article work. I didn't want to get into anything in-depth so I could be prepared to do an interview on the spot if needed (which often happens). I stayed online, and soon I noticed a pattern: check AW boards, check NaNoWriMo forums, check About.com sites, check blogs, check new stories on Digg, read TMZ. I did this for hours before realizing it, like a mouse in a maze looking for new cheese.

I know I'm a creature of habit, but if I don't make specific to-do lists, I glaze over in front of the monitor and just hit every link in my bookmarks until something takes my attention elsewhere. When I sat and thought about it, I realized that I had an elaborate labyrinth of ruts threading through my daily life, from out-and-about chores (grocery store, discount store, home) to days off (lunch out, thrift shops, lottery tickets). My life lately has been wash, rinse, repeat, but I don't mind the lack of drama. Drama queens have no reign here. I just have to remember occasionally to get off the treadmill and hop out of the rut. And try to quit TMZ, that site is killing my brain cells.


Danette Haworth said...

Oh, well said. I do the same thing on my computer--what's new here? What's new there? Check email! Let's do it again!

Talia said...

Have computer, will surf.

Having said that - don't you just love TMZ? Ooops shouldn't confess to that, but they get some great scoops.

Rebecca Laffar-Smith said...

What's TMZ??? I think we all have grooves in our lives. I admit that I've done the same and even having a "to do" list doesn't prevent me from repeating old, unproductive patterns.

Right now, for example, I have two blog entries I 'should' be writing but I justify my current procrastination because I am making some headway catching up on all the blog entries (1000+) that have built up in my reader. ;-)

Dawn said...

I do the same exact thing online! Doing it right now in fact. It's amazing how much time you can lose, just staying up to date on great sites you KNOW exist, much less finding new ones!

But, what is this TMZ? I'm going to check it out now!


Unknown said...

Inquiring minds want to know: tmz.com is a celebrity gossip site. They also have a tv show now, but I haven't seen it yet. I feel guilty enough for sneaking over to the site when I should be working. ;)