Dearest friends and darling readers, I need advice.
I need to take a vacation from my own head for a bit if I am going to survive the rest of this semester. See, I have this problem that when something intrigues me (a novel, an album, a person, a television show, etc.), I allow that something to take residence in my thoughts so that literally nothing else exists in my world (see: 5th grade and Harry Potter; 6th grade and Harry Potter; 7th grade and VHAMA; high school and hormones [actually led to failing a class]; college and VHAMA/work [actually led to dropping out of three independent semesters and failing several classes; I have no idea how I am not on academic probation]).
Here’s the problem: I have a job that I love, a novel I am dying to finish, and classes that I probably should try not to fail (institutionalized education is slowly killing my soul, however, so I’m on the fence about actually completing my degree). I also have something that intrigues me so much that I go to sleep thinking about it, wake up thinking about it, and go through my day thinking about it. My ability to become obsessed with puzzles is not something I am proud of, but definitely something I need help with.
This is where you come in, dear readers. When something takes up residence in your thoughts that you should not be thinking about (I know a few of you have this issue with certain videogames and television shows), how do you trick/convince yourself into focusing on the proper things? I am trying to develop my own habits to cope with this issue, but I have found no working tactic that I can use anywhere at any time. Any advice would be gratefully welcomed, friends.