I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to playing games, and reading random things on internet that does not matter.
Most basic step towards losing an addiction is to get rid of the trigger. I cannot get rid of the laptop. I have unsuccessfully tried to refrain from doing all of this multiple times. I have tried uninstalling VLC, flash and even browsers at one point. But it lasts for a few days and then somewhere the temptation sets in to reinstall them again. I use linux, and installing all is just a matter of one command.
This problem is worsened because I have a heavy use of laptop for my programming, projects and more. I cannot do away with programming responsibilities. I have tried to gain self control but somewhere its not happening. Somewhere the temptation gets better of me, and I keep wasting multiple precious hours on useless things on laptop.
The problem is so bad that I have started questioning the ability to self-control at all, have started questioning my character, and have started believing that my life will be ruined due to this habit.
What can I do to still program but get rid of this habit?