Friday, 9 September 2011

Health Warning. Do not read the following if you suffer from any of these workplace disorders: procrastination syndrome, willingness to be distracted at every opportunity, internet addiction, obsessive behaviour, etc etc
Particularly dangerous to the idle self-employed.
Oh dear, in the last few days I have discovered a wonderful time-wasting game that is an even bigger distraction from what I should be doing at my desk than reading other people's blogs.
I have signed up as a tagger, as part of this scheme to catalogue the nation's oil paintings in little-known public collections.
What do you see in this painting ... ? Boats, sea, fishermen's cottages, a church clock ... tag it, then on to the next painting which might be an abstract, or an 18th century portrait, or a still life with flowers. It is seriously difficult to log off.
I gave myself a scolding and told myself enough was enough. But like all the best computer games, I got promoted to the next level ... which is estimating the date of paintings, where that is unknown. Is cold turkey the only option? Sometimes I hanker for the days when there was no distraction but the crossword and making paperclip boats.

8 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

In that case, since I am retired, it is just as well that you didn't leave a link.

Now, do tell - paper-clip boats?

mary said...

Patience, Toffeeapple ... I was doing the link! But I warn you, it's seriously addictive.

Lucille said...

Yellow tagger. I'm doomed. So much to do, so little time. What have you done?

Toffeeapple said...

Hmm, do you think that I might have to ignore your blog for a while, just so that I don't get tempted?

mary said...

Lucille, you can't say I didn't warn you.

Cornflower said...

Oh no, you've got me at it now (well, just the trial tagging so far, but later ....)

mary said...

What have I started! Karen, I thought you said you were busy today?

Darlene said...

Slowly now...back away from the keyboard and splash some cold water on your face, Mary.