OK Google, how long left on the timer?

On the subject of timers are they good? Good for productively I mean. I use a timing app and a Google timer in conjunction. This may seem excessive but for me… I was about to say it works but it doesn’t really…allow me to explain.

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When you have a regular job there comes a time when the day is over. The shutters come down, you do the necessary straightening out, and the boss lets you go. When you are doing your own tasks it is difficult to get the feeling of things being complete.

Things will never be complete. If you finish a chapter (reading and writing) there is another chapter – if you ‘finish’ the house work there is always the little niggling job that doesn’t need to be done all that often. What I am searching for is what is enough.


On my day off I never know how, or when, to say I have been productive enough. That I have read enough, or written enough, or cleaned enough, or excised enough, because there is always more to do. The beeping of the timer is intended to give me that feeling. It doesn’t tend to work but I am doing my best to find a way to get that feeling. If I was in a position that I didn’t have to go to work and my only work was my writing I wounder would I manage that? Would I manage to say to myself: ‘That is enough. You can stop. It is okay to write no more and take a walk. It is okay to go to the cinema and not worry about how to write a character out of a tricky situation. It is okay to stop. I need to know how to get that feeling of it being okay to stop.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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