I’m reading on the cloud these days and loving it. I bought a Kindle from a friend and am enjoying the fact that I can read a book “on the cloud.” I can read on various computers, my ipad, and my iphone. Ironically, it is not available on the actual kindle. I am reading The Making of Modern Japan, a massive book that I actually own a print version of. The estate of the author, Marius Jansen, is probably enjoying a few extra cups of coffee thanks to me. Reading on the cloud has become addictive but I am learning to use the addiction.
The Making of Modern Japan is not in Japanese and thus takes me a little bit away from my goal of Japanese fluency. But reading on the cloud has become addictive enough that I have learned to use it. When I noticed how much time and attention I was putting into the book, I decided to use the energy. In order to turn the page, I do a rep of electronic surusu flashcards. (What I really appreciate about these cards is that pretty soon after you do a few, it congratulates you on “repset finished” or something like that. You feel a sense of accomplishment and can move on.) You can substitute any short 2-3 minute “push” activity. After you finish you can briefly return to your non-harming addictive activity.
So the next time you find yourself complaining that you just wasted a bunch of time looking at Facebook, think about how you can use the addictive pull towards healthy pushes. After checking a screen full of statuses, slide over to your guitar, tune it, and do one little exercise. Hey, don’t blame me if you end up practicing for half an hour. You don’t have to practice for half an hour. Just five minutes and you can go back to your virtual paradise.
Of course, I could hybridize my crack and find a really addictive book in Japanese and double the pleasure. But this book has been beckoning me for years but because of how large it is and how I have perceived time, I have avoided it. Now that I can read it in so many places, I am enjoying it. (I gloss over the mind-numbing stuff about bakufu administrative structures). So instead of being pissed off at myself for reading in English, I am surfing the pleasure wave and using it as an incentive to push a little more in Japanese.
Use your non-fattening, non-harming mini-addictions. Become a pusher.