Post # 1
I find myself surfing the web aimlessly at times, and that few minutes turns into an hour etc…there is usually something I could be doing that would bring more joy into my life.
Here some ideas I had:
– Put on a ten minute timer, when that’s done, no more aimless surfing for the day
– only do it while I am brushing my teeth, that way at least my teeth will stay super healthy
Any other suggestions would be welcome.
Post # 2
I also wanted to add that it is not a ginormous issue…I don’t miss meals or not go to work or live in squalor…but at the same time putting that time towards volunteering or learning new skills or enjoying nature would be better
Post # 3
Setting a daily time limit is a good plan. Just be sure that the time allotted is realistic, so you don’t set yourself up to fail. I would do it in baby steps, gradually expanding my time away from the computer.
The good news is, it only takes 21 days to create a new habit. After that, sticking to your time limits will become much easier.
Post # 4
I deliberately have a tiny data allowance on my phone. Of course that doesn’t stop me browsing when I’m near WiFi, but it does stop me aimlessly reading rubbish when I’m on the bus etc, so I read actual books more.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK
I’m really bad for browsing forums, but over and over again in case anything new has popped up. So when I first log on my PC, I try to open up all the posts (and I only ever look at front pages) that interest me in new tabs and then once I’ve read them I don’t open up any new ones. At that point I’ll have to move on to other things!
Sometimes I’ll approach from the other angle, and set a timer for 15 mins to do something productive. I tell myself that I’ll ‘reward’ with some PC time after, but often end up doing more productive things first. I might also think ‘it’s 6pm and we’re having tea at 6.45, so I’ll be productive until then, and I can PC afterwards’.
If you really want to volunteer, could you commit to it on a regular basis so you almost have no choice?
Post # 6
Thanks for posting this! Right now I have a blocker set up on my browser at work. If I catch myself on a website too long, I add it to my blocker. It’s easy to disable though, but it’s building a small feeling of guilt whenever I go against it.
Post # 7
I also block off time on my work calendar for my morning and evening routines. I have a list of websites to look at (bank accounts to check on balances, news, career blogs, daily bible verse and a new word in German). It takes a full 30 minutes each morning to go through everything, but they are websites that fuel my productivity.
Post # 8
Deleting apps helps if most of what you’re doing is on apps. Stuff on the browser is just pure willpower. But it’s helpful to find a hobby or something else to fill your time. I have a bit of a problem with it too. When I’m just at home watching tv it’s instinct to pick up the phone even if I’m not looking for anything in particular.
Post # 9
Good idea with the volunteering, etc but have you done anything to make it happen? Just getting a timer or blocking off time won’t get you to your hobby or volunteer space. Best idea would be to sign up, and make plans and committments so you can’t ditch or put things off anymore.
Post # 10
I think it kind of depends on what you’re meant to be doing instead.
My job is really unstructured right now so it’s the worst for me when I’m bored at work (which is almost all the time lately) or when I’m procrastinating school work. In those situations I can’t actually leave the computer so the main thing that works for me is using “BlockSite” which is a Chrome browser extension. Obviously it’s easy to disable, but often I’ll just find myself typing in the distracting sites on impulse (facebook, weddingbee, jezebel etc) and getting the ‘blocked site’ page gets me back on track.
Making lists for what tasks I need to get done helps too because looking at the list reminds me how much I need to do and pulls me back to reality. That works whether I’m at work or not.