I don’t have thirty-something browser tabs open just for the fun of it, okay?
It happens disturbingly often that I get distracted by something while trying to focus my efforts on a single unit of work. Maybe there’s a discussion somewhere I want to read deeper into, my mind will wander, or I recall I was trying to get something else done instead. Don’t get me wrong, I like being able to jump from one thing to the next to combat monotony, but there’s also a line that can be crossed.
And sometimes, when I get distracted, it takes a long time for me to return to what I was originally doing. Off the top of my head, at least ten of these tabs are things I was going to look into. It just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe their priority isn’t high enough, maybe they were just forgotten entirely.
Some would say it’s a bit of a problem, and I’d be inclined to agree. But in an effort to make myself seem less sloppy than I am: it also has its perks! If I ever find myself getting bored, there’s always something to do. A task to pick back up, an article to dive back into. Piled work helps stave off aimless wandering.
Proud to say I didn’t tab out a single time while writing this post. That really shouldn’t feel like an achievement though.