Tricking myself into working

It’s the first day of spring, but completely freezing. I think they’re calling for snow later this week. I had an exhilerating day at work today. A day in which I watched my boss be the best boss I’ve ever seen her be. Seriously, it was kind of cool. I also got to work on lots of different things–video, podcasting, screencasting, and some web conferencing. Kind of cool.

I also went to a professor’s house to help them with a computer thing. Don’t let that get out. (Ha!) It’s a long story but believe me, it made sense. On the way to her house, my phone rang. It was my dad, but I ignored it and then when I called him back, it turned out he had a technical question. I was unsuccessful at helping either the professor or my dad. Both were hardware issues. Things were broken.

So anyway, I got home, and I was a little wound up and had my head in these technical things and was thinking, man it’s cold outside; I don’t want to go to the coffee shop and work and besides it’s just going to make me think about the irb issues I’m having. So I decided I’d take a bath and read at least one article and then try to get through two more in addition to doing a search for some more to read tomorrow. I decided I would work until 10:00 or through the 3rd article, whichever came first. I swear I was like a kid, telling myself I just had a few more minutes or a few more pages or whatever. And it wasn’t like I wasn’t interested in what I was reading. I was. It’s just that there were so many other things that seemed so appealing–tv or hanging with the kids or eating more chocolate.

How do you all trick yourself into working when you just don’t feel like it? Does it work?