Free time is the devil

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Today I had the afternoon off. I was really looking forward to it. Everything was in order: In the past week I had set-up my workspace, I had collected all my loose ends, I had processed al my important inboxes, I had organised all my outcomes, next actions, reference material... (FYI, this is GTD-talk. These are the 3 first stages of the GTD-cycle). I was totally ready to start reviewing and doing!

But then it hit me. That temptation that comes with free time. I didn't HAVE to do the work. I could just as easy have a lazy afternoon, check a movie, watch an episode of The Office... Whatever. Nothing would blow up. However, I know this scenario all to well. I would end up feeling guilty for being so lazy and I would be in my bed with a computer and an internet connection. It would only be a matter of time before I would try to take the guilty feeling away through self-medication (read: Porn). This would obviously lead to more guilty feelings which would result in an afternoon of binging...

But I didn't. I drank an extra cup of coffee, focused on my next actions lists and cranked it down. And after a few hours I realised the list had been reduced by more than half! Instead of guilt, I felt some satisfaction. After that, it didn't take much effort anymore to keep going.

So yeah, I'm pretty happy with my day and proud of myself. I know this temptation is going to come back (and probably, as I go along, is going to get worse) but at least I resisted it today. Let's see what the weekend brings...