Stage 1: Optimism
You awake to greet a new day, (or come home from work/school) your chest filled with hope and ambition and your head full of all the things you plan to get done today.
Stage 2a: Distraction – the beginning
This is going to be a highly productive day, you can feel it. Today is going to be different. So why not begin with a little break. You deserve it and, after all, you are going to be very productive. So you settle down with your device of choice and your favorite games. Perhaps a cup of tea to go along with it.
Stage 2b: Full Distraction
You only meant to spend ten minutes on that game, or half an hour. But then you found some funny videos, or one of your very helpful friends or family members put on something interesting on TV. It has now been at least three hours since you woke up or got home, and you still have not done anything.
Stage 3: Frustration
You begin to become irritated with yourself. This was going to be such a productive day. But just look at the time. There’s still hope. You have a good chunk of time between now and your favorite prime-time TV shows. You could still salvage this day. If you could just get off the couch.
Stage 4: Depression
The time you have left in the day to be productive is waning away and you still have not done anything. You were wrong. Today is not going to be different. You’re not going to get anything done.
Stage 5: Acceptance
It is too late now, you know that. Reluctantly you give in and continue being unproductive. What’s done is done, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Best just enjoy those prime-time shows in peace. Besides, there’s always tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow is going to be different. No, really.