Mind Games I'll Play

Mind Games I'll PlayOccasionally, I'll play little mind games with myself. For example, a couple of days ago the Raptors took a big lead in the third quarter. When the lead exceeded 20 points, I made a deal with myself. I'd watch as if 20 points were shaved from our total. So, instead of a 26-point lead, I'd treat it like a mere six-point lead. My reasoning was that this would somehow prevent me from assuming the game was in the bag so I wouldn't be devastated if we somehow managed to blow it.

I admit, that sounds stupid, especially since I wasn't playing the game, I was just watching. It reminds me of my high school years when I'd set the alarm for 30-minutes earlier than I had to get up, just so I could lay in bed with that wonderful feeling I had another half-hour to go before jumping in the shower. As I'd learn as an adult, that was valuable time I could have been actually sleeping.

As a young adult, it was tough financially, but I'd put $200 a month into RRSPs as if I never had that money in the first place. By having that money taken directly from my payroll, I essentially tricked myself into budgeting with what was left over. That $200 a month, as far as I was concerned, did not exist.

More recently, I've been increasing my bike ride distances as I train for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. If I'm aiming for 30 km, and have 10 km to go, I'll tell myself I just have to do what Usain Bolt does in 9.58 seconds, but 100 times. Somehow, that makes the 10km seem like almost nothing.

What mind games do you play with yourself?

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As an adult, I set my alarm clock ahead 20 minutes, and my alarm back 20 from when I am getting up according to real clock time, then hit snooze every nine minutes for 36-45 minutes. On waking to the alarm, I immediately have to do the math in my head to figure out what the actual time is and how much time I have.
At night, I count the snooze time as sleep time so I can stay up another 40 minutes without losing any sleep time
I wish I'd thought of this system when I was a kid.

May 2, 2014 @ 6:10 PM


I am a software developer. I always set when I need to complete my development well in advance of when it actually needs to be done in my head.yes, I may end up panicking if that internal date gets close, but in reality, I really do have a buffer.

May 3, 2014 @ 8:25 AM

Blind Dave

As far as time goes, I play the punctual game too, and I am never late when I am in control of a situation. When I was in IT support, I would also tell someone their task would take an hour when I knew my normal time would be 40 minutes etc.

As for other undetermined things, I stay positive (for the most part) but never assume or get too high/low.

With the Leafs, I joke with my wife that they will blow the lead/game/season, so when they do it's no big deal. When they actually win or have brief, fleeting success, we say the universe must have been misaligned, or we were in a parallel universe, or we were watching "doppel-Leafs" and so on...

May 4, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Above the 49th

Had to have the sound down for Raptors game 7 but even that could not help against the WWF ref's they were using today because if Raptors won the T.V. ratings in the U.S.A. would have bottomed out for next series.

May 4, 2014 @ 4:53 PM


When I run, I estimate how many songs will play on my iPod, then I keep track of the songs. I always forget to keep track at some point, so running through all the songs in my head kills some extra time. If a song comes on that is longer or shorter than average, I do a re-estimate in my mind to see how close to my actual running time I can get. Just a little something to take my mind off the actual running.

May 4, 2014 @ 10:08 PM

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