How do you discipline yourself to step away from the computer?
I get so caught up between working on hubs, writing posts, checking stats and reading/commenting on hubs that I completely lose track of time. I am often running late and sometimes don't have time to get anything else done.
I get up very early and get a lot done in two hours. Take breaks for other things and get back to it for short intervals during the day if I am home. Sometimes it is really hard to break so I sympathize with you. Set a time of how much you can and...have a loud alarm go off..Kind of tongue and cheek on that.
I look my daily planner and realize what else there is to do. Or sometimes, I set a timer.
I have schedules and time limits that I stick to for the most part. When it is time to stop using the computer I stop using the computer. I turn off the computer and turn on the TV. My TV time is also my exercise time. Since I have other stuff to do it is not that hard to step away. I may lose track of time temporarily but it is displayed on my computer all the time. If I play a game on my computer or on my Wii I limit the time to an hour.
I find that some days if I am not careful, I will end up sitting here most of the day. I have to turn the darn thing off and walk away and find another project to work on. Then something will come to me that I have to Google--and I turn it on again.
It is much like an addiction for me.
Well your best course of action is to plan ahead. Plan at least a day in advance what goals you want to set for the next day. Research and write a hub, read and comment on x# of hubs, research and write posts to your personal or pet blogs.. it matters a lot on what your goals are so set them and then make it a habit to reward yourself for reaching a goal. This way, you turn a bad habit of wasting time in front of a computer into a good habit that is productive and conductive for the lifestyle of your choosing.
If you choose to turn your hobby of writing into a career then you need to treat it more like a career. In a real job you take breaks, lunches, quitting time. Do the same with your writing career. It gets real easy to do when you set those goals.
My day planner is a dry-erase board that I have on the wall above my computer. I see my goals and the time allotments I've given them. If I don't make the time for a given goal, I still take the break I need, come back refreshed and continue on until I do complete it.
I've heard it takes 40 days to break a bad habit. In that same amount of time you can be creating good habits as well.
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