"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum." -- They Live - (1988 movie)
There is a concept which I've been introduced to thanks to playing online games (corpse-running after a wipe). I don't know where it came from, and I'm sure there are parallel phrases which convey the same meaning, but this phrase speaks to me..
Chewing glass is the idea of doing something that needs to be done. It's "doing" when you don't feel like doing it but you do have the skills and time and nothing better to do. It's sucking it in. It's toughing it out.
Too often I've found myself lounging around, keeping certain tasks in mind but consciously avoiding them. Instead, I'm going to pursue the idea of chewing glass. When I have nothing better to do, I'll pursue whatever comes to mind. I won't lounge - unless it's to rest my mind or eyes.
There are things which I do with a certain kind of odd interest which bore the hell out of other people. Part of my mind has a fun time "going elsewhere". It's not like daydreaming, but there's a sort of casual separation of interests. On the one hand I've got time alone with my thoughts, and on the other I've got a task I can do on auto-pilot. No stress, no worries. What could be better?
"Likes working with data".. yep, that career counselling told me the obvious.