I am glad to hear I'm not the only one to get sidetracked from actually urgent tasks by faux-urgent tasks. And if anyone has any suggestions for how to stop derailing brain from derailing, I'd love to hear them!
My only suggestion is to make sure the derailing task requires at least a partial rerailing task-- I often get sidetracked by sorting change, which means having at least enough desk space to sort change. The office is cleaned from there outward.
I think this might fall under the category of "why did we have to evolve from frickin' monkeys?" but I may be mistaken.
My dog provides some evidence that wolves would not have helped as an ancestor, when it comes to useless fixations.
You have just described my general panic mode at work. "But I need orange highlighters. ORANGE! What, we don't stock them in the supplies cupboard anymore? Obviously it is time for a trip across town to a stationery store! ...what do you mean, I have work backed up from here til Tuesday? ORANGE HIGHLIGHTERS!"
2013-01-19 07:24 am (UTC)
May I just say how much I like your icon?
Ha, thank you! I think I got it during November, though really my nocturnal state is year-round.
2013-01-19 01:23 pm (UTC)
I think for me it's some weird glitch that happens when I'm tired. Those are always the times when I think "sure, I'm running a bit late getting out the door for work, but it's very important I stop and find all the shoes in the house and organize them on the shoe rack."
Or that I clean combs, or something.
Combs! Must clean combs!
Do all the things!
When I do that sort of thing, it means my fish brain is working on something and needs to distract my neocortex.
It's entirely possible that's the case here also.
But...but...it needed to be done! What a good thing you can now rest easy knowing that desk drawer is clear.
It's true! There's nothing more irritating than needing a cartridge and finding that they're all dried up.
Excuse me, I have a shortbread tin to clear out.
(When I do that kind of thing, I tell myself it's a form of productive catwaxing.)
Mine today was at least vaguely necessary, in that "put farmers' market acquisitions away" turned into "scrub off the shelves of the refrigerator" by way of "must clean junk out of fridge to make space." But yeah. Scrubbing the fridge was not actually high on my list of things to do -- or even anywhere on said list.
Yes, these things happen. I had a long list of things to get done this weekend and ended up doing mostly other things. Sometimes conquering one little annoying thing is a lot more satisfying than slogging away on a bigger, more important project. My composite list for 2013 could be described as "sort every item I own and find a place for it in the new house or get rid of it". That puts nearly everything on the list somewhere. I try to rotate between tackling the important, annoying and satisfying-to-me tasks on my list.