Stop Surfing the Internet Now

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How much time do you spend checking Facebook, sending and reading Tweets, and buying things you don’t need online? If the answer is “too much,” try these two ways to battle your internet addiction:

  • Eliminate temptation. Choose specific times each day when you’ll turn off all technology. Mornings are ideal, when you’re likely to have more energy to get challenging tasks done.
  • Carry a notebook. Write down ideas that come to you, things you want Google or emails and Tweets you want to send. Keep this running list rather than opening your browser whenever an idea strikes you. Later, at a designated time, you can knock several things off at once.

Adapted from “Battling Your Online Addiction” by Tony Schwartz.

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12 comments
antonmarq
antonmarq

Gee, now if you can come up with some good alternatives to the Internet, like having a job, real parks with real attractions, stores that sell products not made in only China, politicians who really fix the streets so you car won't get damaged, etc.

BRONCOBAMA
BRONCOBAMA

I wish I had the internet in 1965, when I was 12!

DanielM.Clark
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"Stop surfing the internet now," says an article that can only be found on the internet.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

How does this drivel get published??


notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace like.author.displayName 1 Like

@mrbomb13  I agree mrbomb, and ask,  what is the problem anyway?  Some people watch tv, read, snooze, play with pets, do crosswords, knit, daydream..........when it becomes a problem with your job performance or interferes with "normal" (whatever that is) relationships then maybe you should unplug the damn thing.  Common sense.

its_Joby
its_Joby

If you use Chrome, you can block out the internet or certain sites for a specified period or time of day—the app is called StayFocused and it's free!

And I'm not on their marketing staff, I'm just someone who grapples daily with technological ennui and postmodern angst

zaglossus
zaglossus

Mornings are when I DO use the internet. It's my morning paper with a cup of coffee. Besides, it's too cold to go outside then.

feeleez
feeleez

busıness world let us spend too much money on smart phones and smart pads and now we are told to stop usıng them? the only thing they want us to do is to spend money for the things we never gonna be allowed to use? genius! even your site asks me to post this comment through facebook or twitter and I havent signed in any of them yet TODAY! this is contradiction!

HeatherEbert
HeatherEbert

The idea of carrying a notebook is so simple and old-school that most people these days wouldn't have thought of it. It's a great point. The only way I can keep from being distracted online is to stay off the computer or the phone all together. 

resulay
resulay

I am so stupid to think the way which you suggested.

OwenMatthew
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seriously, what genius wrote this and can i have their job?? in order to get stuff done, stop doing some other stuff.