The Curiosity Bug Infection

How is it possible to have this much to say and not write it down when you have the chance? Can one burst from too many finished sentences floating around inside the brain? Will I burst? I thing I have caught the The Curiosity Bug, and it’s bugging me!

August pile of New Books

I have been trying for days to sit down by my laptop to write some of the pieces that pops into my head when I’m not by the computer. But once I sit down I find it difficult to start. And when I don’t get started right away I don’t get anything done!

It is impossible to start at once because I get sidetracked so easily by the open tabs in my browser window. I think that I’m only going to finish those I’ve already opened before I start writing… (As I’m writing this I have 15 tabs open). I will only read that article, commenting on these two posts that I’ve read already and bookmark a page so I can find it later… In the end, two hours later, I have even more tabs open and I haven’t answered the most important e-mails (with questions that needs an answer) or written a single blog post that I planned to do. I leave the computer feeling frustrated, unhappy and emptied of energy! Why do I do this to myself? Because it is my habit to do so. I need to change that habit!

From my blog book

I want to write about the books I’ve ordered and review those I’ve read, make the tutorials I’ve promised to give you and write about my creations and summer adventures – especially wanted to write about GTD, print design and the digital photo album that I’ve been working on, oh, and mom’s patchwork notebook cover and the button fun I had last week and… all that! well, there is so much to say and yet I procrastinate it.

I recently read an article called The Inefficiency of Being Too Curious. I recognize my own behavior in his writing:

I found I was still checking up on things like blog comments, feeds, ad revenue, sales through my games site, web traffic, watch-lists, and other stats several times per day at random intervals.

On the one hand, it’s great to have up-to-the-minute information available, but taking in that ever-changing information can become a time drain if done to excess. Some days I feel as if I’m infected by the curiosity bug, always wanting to know the very latest information for no particular reason. I’d catch myself unconsciously checking up on various information outlets far more frequently than I needed to. Perhaps this is a strange form of perfectionism.

That is so me, a compulsive clicker – though I don’t have any money coming in to check daily (unfortunately)! When I visit my blog to write a post I get sidetracked every time because there is spam comments to delete, and from there I visit the comments and read those and then I go to my e-mail to see if there is anything new… In my inbox I have some newsletter that I subscribe to and want to read, e-mail from friends, requests, answers to comments I’ve made (often only with a not very interesting “thanks for commenting”). Anyway. Getting sidetracked here…

Now I see that it is the curiosity bug I’ve gotten and I totally need to do something about it. Have you got it? I want to read too many blogs and check too many flickr groups and read too many interesting articles on too many subjects… I know I don’t need to do it, but hey, I want to!? Or do I? It’s all great information and beautiful images – but in the context of life passing so quickly and me wanting to write my own stuff I need to trickle it all through my fingers!


I bought David Allen’s book Getting things done (Fĺ det gjort in Swedish) after I saw it at Sama’s blog last month (in July). It’s the kind of book that I want to have read as a reference – it pops up everywhere on the net and I’ve been curious about Allen’s system (GTD) for a while now. I don’t need it at work, but I thought it would be interesting to know what all the fuss is about. And boy was it interesting! I guess reading it is one of the reasons I’m noticing how not organized my online life is. Not at all! I finished reading it this morning and if I can write anything at all on the computer I’ll write about this book soon.

Reflexion of a dragon - a collage by iHanna aka Hanna Andersson, All rights reserved

After my morning reading session I’ve picked up more books from Amazon at the Post Office in town. I created my Daily Art Card today from the box tag with my address from Amazon. And I also made my first “art tag” because I liked the print on it. It’s for my brother because of the big M on it! I hope he likes it. Making collage on a big tag like that was lots of fun!

Tag Collage I’ve have been browsing through the books today and I think I might start reading the book Happiness:  A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by the French monk Matthieu Ricard. I read the Introduction and I’m already fascinated by this book! I’ll post a review when I’ve read it if anyone is interested?

Or I might just read something even lighter and more romantic? I bought a book by Lani Diane Rich after I listened to and discovered her through a podcast called Will write for wine that I listened to this winter. The episode I listened too where more about these two podcasting authors laughing their head off and less about writing – though it is hilarious to listen to it! Anyway, I found Lani’s website where I downloaded the first chapter of her most recent book called A Little Ray of Sunshine! You can listen too if you’re curious, click here to get the mp3! Isn’t that a smart and fun way to market your book? It got me anyway, I had to know the rest and I loooved her book!

It’s a chic lit for sure (and I love those), but the people feels more real than they do in most romance novels – and the writing made me both cry and smile! So, I might have to read my next buy right now, The Fortune Quilt! Yeah, I’m off to read it now.

And yeah, I know this is a bunch of text
that I produced so don’t tell me that, it’s just not what I was supposed to do. Not what I had planned to do and certainly not the Next Action on my list! Though I don’t know yet what my Next Action should be? Maybe go to bed? But yeah, anyway. If you read all the way down here let me tell you, either you like me a lot (and I ♥ u) or you are infested with the curiosity bug, hehe! Join the club!

11 Responses

  1. oh, I’m definitely infected. I work at home, and I’m at the computer all day long, and I can’t help it. I check news, flickr, blogs, comments, all day long…I know it’s terrible, but I’m not sure it’s something I want to correct right now…I do need some distraction during the day. I guess when you’re at the office you talk to people. I read online. :-)

  2. I can so-o find myself in this! Sometimes I cannot help it, but now I am aware of my own habbits and try to focus when I turn on the computer (or go back to it).
    I can use the livewriter program (free) and have downloaded it to my computer. That way I can write my posts without being online or have to be at my blogs dashboard to get to the writing. If I really want to write something/ make a blogpost, I do that before I take a “break” and read my mail/ my feeds… And the best part by live writer, for me, is that I can save the drafts right here on my computer, so now I have several small bogpost in my files with thoughts I have collected when surfing or during the day.
    I’ve been facinated by GTD, too. Right now I use the flylady dystem and is also getting inspiered by what Lisa Call did this summer (selling a house/ buying a house while doing her artwork and so, – all by herself!)

  3. Hi you!!!, i wish i could, but you make a great artdolls, you must teach me!!! when you came to Argentina we exchange creatives waves!
    Nice to meet you!”
    nos vemos

  4. ?h kul att du ocks? gillade GTD! Allt ?r s?klart inte relevant, mkt jobbsnack, men jag har b?rjat anv?nda mig av en hel del saker och det fungerar ju faktiskt!
    Ett litet smart program att anv?nda sig av heter Things, kr?ver dock mac. Smidigt med inbox, next action, someday och today. Jag gillar det! Du hittar det h?r:

    Intressant inl?gg dessutom, jag ?r definitivt smittad! Just nu tio flikar ?ppna, fast jag egentligen hade t?nkt att jag skulle blogga lite och sedan skriva. Hm..

  5. So there’s a name for this LOL! I’m infected, too … just the other day, I was on a blog that recommended another blog, so I clicked through … and lost 4 hours there! I’ve learned that if I need to get stuff done around here, I cannot get on the computer until AFTER it’s done, or else …

    My worst habit is that I have a routine … I check each tab, then my favorite Yahoo groups, then my favorite blogs, then my email. Well, that’s not bad, but then I find myself starting over again, just in case something new was posted in the last 15-20 minutes! It’s a sickness …

  6. Thank you diagnosing the sickness for me, Hanna, I’m definitely bitten by the same bug. Mine must be even bigger and fiercer than yours, because you seem to get all sorts of crafts done and you blog almost every day, and always about interesting things. My bug have kept me shy of my own blog the last couple of years, even though I really want to. And you’re right, all this checking this and that on the internet leaves you feeling empty and tired, even if I started out looking for inspiration.

  7. I’m infected too! I work from home and it’s very easy to get distracted, especially if I’m working on something difficult. Like Irene, I also end up felling drained after too much time online.

    Thanks for the link to the curiosity bug article. I definitely recognize myself in there!

  8. Hanna,
    This post completely resonated with me. I have felt the way you wrote about so many times. I love your blog and I also have the curiosity bug :o) right now I have 15 tabs open on my browser, too… the number doesn’t seem to get any smaller. I have heard a lot about GTD, too, but haven’t read the book. I’m going to see if they’ve got it in the library. We can improve!! Take care & I hope you are having a beautiful Thursday.

  9. Oh I have a bad bad case of this- I do what Jennifer does and cycle through my tabs once i’ve read things once in the hopes that something new has been posted. And yet all the time I am beating myself up over the fact I am wasting time and not making art. I’ve just spent about three hours just skimming through blogs and have 9 tabs open and yet to start my own blog update for today. I need a cure for this badly!

  10. I’m so infected… 8-S

    Now I even added your site to my RSS reader, which already has more than 20 thousand unread articles.

    It is a pain in the ass to be so curious.

  11. That is so me. The way I’ve expressed it before is that I am interested in EVERYTHING. I even clicked away from this comment to check on an email that messenger informed me had arrived. Like you say, it’s the tabs that do it, I can have two email accounts, blog comments, google reader and 6 blogs that I want to comment on all open at once!

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