I need entertainment to relax my mind. Work was so exhausting. I must unwind before I can refocus and attack my side business goals. I should sit down in front of a screen, eat, and numb my mind for a while. Some entertainment to take the edge off.—FAIL.
The moment I focus on pleasure is the moment I surrender to my lazy, comfortable consumerist conditioning; the moment when my dedication dies inside. I better meditate in silence, I better walk outside in darkness, I better breathe and stretch. Passive relaxation is for weaklings. I shall relax not my mind, but my body.
I need information to nurture my mind. My work demands knowledge. I should watch a video, read a book, listen to a podcast, check Wikipedia. This is my research, this is my inspiration.—FAIL.
If I need dead knowledge, I can access all that which I have consumed over the years and decades; it’s called memory. And do I need to be inspired or informed to unfold my creativity? I better trust in my inventive mind’s spontaneous intelligence (and stupidity). External knowledge and motivation will distract me from doing great work. I shall postpone information consumption until after work.
I must first get this over with. To focus exclusively on my goals, I must first finish this other thing; this thing that is sometimes a chore, sometimes a fun activity that I turn into a chore. Thank God that I know how to manage my time, how to plan my day, how to organize tasks efficiently!—FAIL.
Time management does not work as my attention is not flexible enough. I better not manage, but eliminate inessential tasks from my life (or incorporate them into a habitual routine). To enrich my life, I must unrich my day. I shall do less to get more done.