One thing I’m constantly battling is procrastination, and I’ve discovered that I avoid tasks by engaging in several activities that bring me joy, although the time, money, and/or calories may or may not be good for me. So this week, I asked my fellow bloggers “What are some of your small guilty pleasures?”
I would say that snacking is one behavior that consumes a lot more of my time than it should. No, I’m not a slow muncher, but when you add in the time I spend thinking about food, going to the kitchen, talking myself out of it, returning to the refrigerator, repeating the last two steps several times, finally deciding on “just a little bit,” preparing a healthy portion, consuming the calories, and then berating myself afterward, then snacking takes up a LOT of time. Chocolate, of course, is my number one choice, so I try to have very limited quantities in the house. Holidays tend to crush that strategy, and my waistline is proof of that.
Online word games are another way I tend to avoid doing what I should be doing. Word Crossy and Words With Friends are my current favorites. I used to keep a puzzle book with me (crosswords, sudoku, word puzzles) to keep myself entertained when in waiting rooms or in the car, but now I simply open these apps on my phone or ipad. I probably spend a half hour or so each morning, another half hour at lunchtime, and a good hour each evening on them. If I didn’t indulge in these, I suppose I might have a cleaner house or maybe better sleep, but what would be the fun in that?
Reading has always been an escape for me. From the time I got my first library card, I’ve loved to learn about other places both real and imagined. Since I have so many other things I like to do, and many more that I MUST do, I need to keep myself from reading for pleasure until after 9 or 10 pm. That gives me a good two to three hours of reading on days when I have no evening plans (since mid-March, that’s every day!). If it’s a good book, midnight comes and goes and I read a lot longer. Whenever I finish reading a book I tend to sleep well, because I’ve lived through a journey, enduring whatever trials the main characters have fought against, and seen them through to the other side. When reading a romance, there’s almost always a happy ending that has me sighing and drifting off into peaceful slumber. So in essence, reading is necessary for my well-being, although the amount of time I spend doing it might be considered unusual.
What are some of your guilty pleasures?