How do you discipline yourself to step away from the computer?

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  1. btrbell profile image91
    btrbellposted 6 years ago

    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.

  2. carol7777 profile image87
    carol7777posted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Carol! I think maybe not so tongue in cheek. An alarm may help me!

  3. lburmaster profile image83
    lburmasterposted 6 years ago

    I look my daily planner and realize what else there is to do. Or sometimes, I set a timer.

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      a timer is a great idea! Thanks for answering!

  4. mikejhca profile image93
    mikejhcaposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for answering! I wish I had your discipline! Good job!

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      a woman after my own heart! Thanks for answering!

  6. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. btrbell profile image91
      btrbellposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much. I love your ideas and look forward to trying them. I'll let you know in 40 days how that's going!


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