Ask HN: How to deal with anxiety around wasting time?

Hi guys, I’m a pathological hoarder. Be it karma points to books, I have a serious issue where if I’m not allowed to hoard digitally, it makes me uneasy.

However, the bigger problem is trying to consume what I’ve hoarded. I know there are urgent topics that I discovered on HN that I’ve raised multiple flags for me to spend time reading (because of it’s potential ROI) but failed to because

If it doesn’t seem like work it seems like a waste of time and if it seems like work it seems like I should be resting.

Meaning, there is a real anxiety around doing anything but work. When I try to get into a good book or an article, the panic starts to set in and I get an overwhelming urge to stop and do something that I perceive to be work related.


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