They decided I needed a challenge. A concrete goal to work toward. So one of them challenged me to stay off the computer (and thus solitaire games) and write. And I wasn't allowed to come back online until I had ten pages done.
A second one piped up and said she would join me in the challenge. Then a third upped the ante to 12 and the fourth declared her 14.
I'm not sure about the others, but I met my goal - ten pages done. And not one game of solitaire until I finished! :)
A lot of jobs are like that for me. I need challenges to do them or a reward of some sort. Dishes need done? Cleaning? You can't read that book you're drooling to read until they're done. Laundry? You can watch the movie later when you're folding clothes.
We all work better when there's a pat on the back somewhere in the future for a job well done. Yes, I know, sometimes we just have to buckle down and get the danged work done - but it does go better if there's something good to look forward to.
Even if it's only beating my friends at page counts. :)
Birthdays: Thomas Randolph, Jack Anderson, Brian Jacques, Xaviera Hollander
Tips and Teasers: Write a list of ten creative ways to jumpstart your brain when you can’t think of anything to write.
Thought for the day: "I did not want to write, but I had to resign myself to it in the end." - Samuel Beckett