When I am at the computer writing for lengthy periods of time, I do do the right ting and break up the tension by leaving my seat, walking about, doing stretches, etc. I also do plenty of the wrong thing: I click on over to a backgammon site and play away.
When first I discovered the joy of online backgammoning, I would pay complete attention to each and every move, mine and my opponent’s. When my turn had ended and the other player had rolled the die, I would count the various moves open to him and see if he chose the moves that I would were I in his position. Normal stuff, nyet?
Now, I do the opposite: when my turn is over, I close my eyes and wait for my opponent’s turn to end (there is a dong sound when each move is completed on the game that I play).
So now, when I open my eyes, I am in a completely new game!
This forces me to rethink the positions of all of the pieces on the board but also my strategy.
I know: meaningless stuff, no? But give it a try and see if it doesn’t add a wee bit o’ the spice o’ life to a sometimes predictable game playing . . .