Last Thursday I decided to try -- really try -- to pull this off. I rose about three hours before I've been getting up. I showered, shaved, brushed my teeth, FLOSSED my teeth, got dressed, left my apartment, stopped for a doughnut and ice tea -- then I went back to my apartment to my fake job. Yes, as an experiment I decided to act as if I were at a job in my apartment. I got quite a bit done -- applied for a real job, typed 500 words on my novel, read that article on the F-22 fighter, paid my bills, cleaned up my work tables, took those books to the consignment store, got the dishes out of the sink, found those references on quantum gravity (but not on the Palace of Nestor in ancient Mycenaea -- not in the "Archeology" file and not in "Gryphons") . . . wanted to take off my shoes, but you don't get to take your shoes off at work -- it's -- WORK!
In my case it was an experiment to cure procrastination, and I think it succeeded. But a lot of these self-help ideas work on the first day. Could I keep it up tomorrow and the next day?
Friday I followed the same schedule. Up, dressed, out, got potato chips and chocolate bar, back to the apartment. Applied for a job, looked for the Palace of Nestor Xeroxes again ("It flourished 1200 BC! Where else would it be except the Archaeology file?").
Decided F22s are so expensive and tabs are kept on them so well, they couldn't just go off the map in my novel, so I read about the F15 instead. Typed 500 words on my work-in-progress "Other Realms," finishing the bits on wormholes and Zero Point Energy. Practiced Excel spreadsheets. Washed laundry. When's quitting time? "Only two hours in? This fake job is hard!"
On Saturday I could have declared it the weekend, but I didn't want to lose my momentum. More job searching, more reading, more typing (both on my novel and my non-fiction book), cleaned out and cleaned up my new car to keep it snazzy. I felt exhausted at some points, so I had to go "off the clock" to rest for a while in my armchair -- yet I ended up working an hour past "quitting time." Maybe there's something to this fake work ethic!