How to stop procratinating on the internet
October 20, 2011 3:16 PM Subscribe
Help me break my internet addiction and stop procrastinating.
posted by raeka to Education (20 answers total) 90 users marked this as a favorite
I've always gotten away with starting papers/studying/projects no more than a day in advance and usually not until late the date before. I have pretty much accepted for years that if I have something due, I will be up really, really late the night before. If it's something short, that just means I can go on the internet more, not that I can finish it earlier. I feel like I literally can't not go on the internet unless I reach the point where I'm not sure if I have enough time to finish the project.
This works well enough that I get close to straight As in college but I'm sick of being exhausted and stressed out at least one night a week. This semester is much harder than the previous year and I know I'm reaching the point where projects literally cannot be finished in a single day. Recently I've gotten completely furious at myself for nearly screwing up projects that I really care about and actually enjoy doing once I start.
My main problem is that I use the internet as a way to relax and when I get stressed about a paper, I just go online. I've tried things like setting timers to do work for a specific amount of time and I just ignore it. Or the first time I give myself a break, it gets extended.
I've lately realized that while all college students procrastinate and go online, not everyone does it to my extreme. It's actually possible to start stuff ahead of time and finish papers before 3 in the morning. I want to do that. I managed to do better last semester when my friends' dorm room didn't have internet, but that's not an option now and for a lot (but not as much as I pretend) of my work, I need the internet.
I'm looking for a few specific suggestions along with any advice.
1. What are good internet blockers that prevent me from reaching specific sites and are really hard or complicated to get rid of? It has to be something I pretty much can't turn off because I know I will try. At this point, I'm willing to cut off practically all extraneous online activities to stop doing this.
2. I know part of the reason I get so distracted by the internet is that I know I can find something that will interest me and hit the reward button in my brain. This will make me forget about the stress over the paper and I feel much better. What are other ways to distract myself that aren't such time wasters? My other ways to destress are activities like running which also is timeconsuming and it's hard to transition from physical activity to brainwork.
3. How do I get myself to work on long range projects that either don't have an outside deadline or have one deadline for work that will take much, much longer to do?
4. I know I have this habit of using the internet as a way of transitioning into doing work, it just takes forever. How can I break that?