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I'm trying to express the following idea:

Imagine that I started working on a project and the project turned out to be so interesting that I spent almost all my free time to work on it. How can I express it in a way that is shorter?

When I started working on the project I _____

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A nice poetic word for this is 'absorbed.' I would use it like so:

When I started this project, I quickly became so absorbed in it that I lost track of all my free time.

Other good words that come to mind: obsessed (you couldn't think about anything else), intrigued (unexpectedly interested, especially for the purpose of gaining knowledge), devoted (caring about it more than anything else, emotional attachment).

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When I started working on the project I became obsessed.

CDO defines the word as:

obsessed (adj.) unable to stop thinking about something : The kids are obsessed with video games.

While TFD says:

obsess (v.) To preoccupy the mind of (someone) excessively


It's not uncommon to use this word when talking about projects; here are just a few examples:

From an educator's blog: The students became obsessed with the project. Several of them told me that work in their other classes was suffering because they were so fascinated with this topic.

From a 2015 news article discussing unfinished cinema projects: He [Welles] too became obsessed with the project, talking about it until his death four decades later.

On the building of a canal in the 1600s: A brilliant civil servant by the name of Pierre-Paul Riquet had become obsessed with the project, and he believed he had the solution.

From an artist's chronicle of his work: Obsessed with the project I only cared about it's [sic] progress and my dog.

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  • Are you sure that obsessed is a good word to use in such a context? Why don't we just say something like dive into work... As far as I know it means the same. Jul 4, 2015 at 19:46
  • I gave you two definitions along with four examples – I don't know what else you want. Imagine that I started working on a project and the project turned out to be so interesting that I spent almost all my free time to work on it. Yes, the word obsessed can be used to describe that exact situation.
    – J.R.
    Jul 5, 2015 at 0:10

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