As per Piers Steel's "procrastination equation",
Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay)
I find that most of my own procrastination tends to involve the Internet and the easily accessible distractions that it brings (the
Impulsiveness in the denominator)
Unfortunately, I can not totally give up the Internet, because I sometimes actually need it for work, or to stay in touch with friends and relatives.
I think the perfect compromise would be if my time online was somehow limited to 1-2 hours per day. Are there reliable solutions that can enforce that?
Solutions that I've already thought about (please don't repeat them as answers without a good reason):
- Software-based Internet/site blockers. These are too easy to disable, and/or they won't work with my OS (Linux).
- ISP plans. I'm not aware of any that only allow you to use the Internet 1-2 hours per day, although there are some "mobile" plans that limit the total amount of data transfer per month. This is not my goal.
- Taking the modem/router/cable to work with you, and leaving it there until the next day. This is quite effective, in my experience, in limiting my Internet-related distractions for the whole evening, but I'd like to be online for 1-2 hours instead. Also, this won't work for those who work at home.
- Leaving the modem/router/cable with a friend, or neighbor, or in a safety deposit box. Unfortunately, this won't work, as this solution doesn't automatically shut off the Internet after an hour - nothing is stopping you from staying online. You can tell your neighbor "I'll bring this back in 1 hour, or I'll owe you $100", but this gets a little embarrassing.