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Day 2

May 28, 2013 - 2 comments

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I've arrived at Day 2, and I have 2 friends on this site. Maybe that's auspicious :)  

I'm off to work shortly. In the past, I've consumed on my phone at work, so here's my reminder to myself that it's not an option. Consuming on the phone is still consuming. (Actually, I think it's more harmful because the small type ends up giving me a headache.)

The rule for the day is: No Perfectionism. I have a big project due today at work that I should have worked on over the weekend. I didn't, because I consumed 2 full weekend days this past weekend. And I can still get this project done; I just need to throw it against the wall and let it stick, so to speak.

Also, I've decided to try to refer to this habit primarily as "consumption." I don't want to obscure what I'm doing by using jargon, but I felt as though I were sullying the word "reading" by using it throughout this post, and I've changed all of those uses to "consuming."  Language choice is obviously a big thing for me, and maybe I'm framing this incorrectly, but that's where I'm at for now.

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by tsbookworm, May 29, 2013
That's a good mind set - calling it consumption. Because it has become more than just reading. I'm a huge reader of regular books, too, and I still read those (I read them more now!), but it definitely not the same as when I would read fic.

I also have a problem with wanting everything to be perfect! I'm still working on that, but I try to remind myself whenever I get upset about something not being perfect: Sacrifice perfection for progress. That's my mantra! It helps!

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by isomer, May 30, 2013
Oh, I like that mantra! Another that I'd forgotten, but it reminds me of, is "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." And then there's one I've got printed out on an otherwise blank sheet of paper, no adornment, from I don't remember where, "Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still."

Thanks for making me remember and consider these sayings. And, thank you for all of this encouragement. I feel a sort of lovely mixture of bemused pleasure, gratefulness, and admiration that you are here helping others with a problem you've succeeded in overcoming.  It's just really, really kind. So thank you.

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