Too playful for GTD
Hi again folks,
I've found that one of the basic assumptions of GTD, that the best work comes from being relaxed, presents a problem for me. I want to be relaxed, being relaxed is nice and essential for any real concentration but I find when I am relaxed I often become playful.
For instance after having breakfast this morning I felt nice and relaxed so when I saw that the bin was full of trash I decided that I would see how highly I could stack the trash to get more trash in. I didn't do this because I hate emptying the bin -- I'm happy to do that. I did this just because it was fun. Once I was bored of that I started trying to psych out my cat who likes to follow me around my apartment. I go to a door he expects me to open and don't -- I just stare at him. He stares back at me and meows lots. Then I chase him around for a while and give him cuddles to make up for all the torment I just caused him.
Total time wasted: 40 minutes.
If I remain in my playful relaxed mood my productivity could be interrupted with play 5 to 8 times each time taking as long as I allow it to.
It's not that I don't want to be playful. I think it makes me more interesting. It's an asset in creative tasks and allows me to be experimental when I'd otherwise be a very by-the-book kinda guy. What I'd like to do is store up my play for times when I'm bored and genuinely on top of things. Those times just don't seem to happen often enough. Being too playful in social situations often leads to me annoying people so I limit that but sometimes I can't help myself. I've really pissed people off before. And then I'm sad, it's like I can't be myself.
I think there's a close relationship with being relaxed and being happy. Too much happiness and I start to muck around.
This isn't really a GTD thing at all but you guys are smart and I don't know anywhere better to go. Any thoughts are much appreciated.