I have this tendency to judge myself based on checklists. For instance, I finished writing my first draft, so there’s a check mark. I didn’t finish studying for a midterm tomorrow, so a big ugly X in that box.
The problem with this method of self-organisation is that when you list “wait a week before reading your first draft”, you have no fucking clue when to put the check mark in the little box. Do you do it at the beginning of the week so you can proclaim your intentions to the world and therefore feel obligated to actually keep your word; or do you do it at the end of the week to reward yourself for not peeking at your little piece of shit cooking in the oven?
And even if you decide when to check mark your list, you have to somehow summon the willpower to not look…
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