I don't know how other people do it but I have a masturbation routine. OK, not a routine exactly but sort of Best Practices, if you will. I've been doing this for a while now, I know what works. These Best Practices generally include some form of visual aid or reading material. I do love me some erotica. So much of it.
Anyway, I felt the calling the other night but I had been cleaning all day. I have a houseguest arriving today and a party at my place on Friday and I worked all weekend to reduce the clutter to party-appropriate levels so I wouldn't have to worry about it when my friend got here. Pertinent to the whole masturbation thing is that means that all my books and DVDs had been put away. Sure, I could have gotten something out, used it like a two dollar whore, and put it away again but I had just spent all weekend putting things away. Putting things away is the enemy!
At this point the Justification Lobe of my brain started to work. It didn't know if it was arguing pro- or con-getting out some reading material, it didn't even know if it was arguing pro- or con-masturbation but the gears were grinding. It finally came up with, "Do you even know if you can satisfy yourself without these crutches? It's been so long I bet you can't! If you can't achieve this basic goal without assistance then what kind of sex blogger could you possibly be?"
Now, those arguments are, by and large, bullshit but they turned out to be motivational. It started to seem scientific. Could I? Only one way to find out!
I can. It's still awesome.
How about you, do you have Best Practices? Do you ever try to branch out or pare them down to see what you're capable of?