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Less is More

i’m the kind of guy who eats for the next bite. i spend so much time thinking about how the next mouthful is gonna taste that i don’t take the time to enjoy the food i’m chewing on.

This is part of what i’ve come to recognize as the alcoholic mentality.

Linked to that is the idea my daily life has a finish line. i tell myself all i have to do is accomplish all my tasks as fast as i can and then i’ll be able to coast for a couple hours / days / months / years.

So i work through my to-do list as quickly as i can but instead of getting a moment’s respite, i realize there’s other things i should do before i rest. So i work faster and do more and have time to do even more so i work faster to do more and that gives me more time to get more done before i can take a break until i’m working so fast that i crash and burn out. This wall i run into is, in all probability, my original destination anyway because hitting it means i can get angry and berate myself for not getting enough done.

What i have to start working on, is working less. You cover the same amount of ground no matter how slow you go.

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About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home. http://about.me/AlKHall

Posted on September 7, 2011, in Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hmmmmmmm I’m the exact same way. I’m wondering if it’s the alcoholic in us or the humanity?

  2. Oh and WOW on that picture!

  3. I’m not alcoholic, but you have pretty much summed up my at work ethic. I bust my butt at work to enjoy “earned screw-off time” (problem is, there is always more work). The up side of this is that I am highly valued as an employee (and it off sets the fact that I’d be fired otherwise for my anti-authoritarian additude). When I get caught enjoying my well deserved “screw-off time”, I am told that with they know that I busted butt, the casual passer-by simply sees me screwing off and thus I am victim of the visual impression and the need to maintain an image (identifiable as I wear a uniform).

    While I am not alcoholic, that is not to say that I do not exhibit addictive behaviors towards other psychological crutches, so this behaviorcould be simptimatic of adictive behavior in someone prone to addiction of some sort.

    Ok yeah, I’m reaching with this one….

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