[ update: I made up my mind at the last possible moment. Decision at end of the post. ]
Iâ€™ve been trying to decide something. Not anything important, mind you. Something silly and trivial, but itâ€™s vexing me.
Iâ€™m trying to decide if I should call it quits on my NY Times Crossword puzzle streak.
Iâ€™m up to 499 days in a row doing the NY Times Crossword, most days on my phone. Sometimes (thanks, Pacific time zone!) I can finish the puzzle the day before. That gives me some flexibility if I need to skip a day. But most days, I do the puzzle (for tomorrow) near the end of the day, and itâ€™s a nice respite from other work stuff.
Iâ€™m still starting to wonder if this attachment to a puzzle streak is something I want to continue.
One perspective â€” Iâ€™m pretty cross at the NYT of late. Do I want to keep putting my energy into them? Another perspective â€” itâ€™s only a puzzle, and it often makes me happy when I finish it. So whereâ€™s the harm?
500 days in a row feels like a good place to draw the line. Though it also feels arbitrary.
Tonight, I have been putting off the Saturday puzzle, which will be number 500. I know that putting it off is so I can buy some time and make a decision laterâ€¦ I just donâ€™t yet know what that decision will be.
These days, itâ€™s often difficult for me to feel like Iâ€™m getting traction or accomplishing things. Thatâ€™s on the side of me sticking with it. I also donâ€™t like feeling attached to that arbitrary number, though. Count that one on the side of breaking the streak and doing the puzzle whenever I want to.
This should be simpler, but somehow it isnâ€™t. Maybe I will flip a coin tomorrow. Or maybe Iâ€™ll just do the damn Sunday crossword.
UPDATE 11 Feb 2018 / 5:50PM: I’m gonna let it go. I’m going to break the streak, skip the Sunday puzzle… and then we’ll see how I feel about Monday. Decision made!