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Jan
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comment How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?
Thanks for the reply. I've tried blocking too, and it worked. But the problem is, as you pointed out, with sites that can be useful if you do not spend too much time on them (this site, for example). So the big question is: how to learn a new attitude to this unwanted behaviour? How to make yourself 1) realize and 2) actually stop doing that?
Jan
17
comment How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?
I liked the book too :) And your blog post is interesting. Personally, I don't read news almost at all, except occasionally reading football news and watching matches every once in a while. The problem with those is that I'm not 100% sure I should stop tracking what's going on in football world, because I really find it interesting. Maybe I should limit time devoted to that or try some other tip.
Jan
17
comment How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?
Big thanks for that. I'll try to use your tips and report if they work for me or not.
Jan
17
comment How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?
As to the second part, I hope time tracking will work. Actually I started tracking time of my entire life a week ago, using new smartphone and a good software. So far it didn't increase my productivity, but at least drew my attention to this big problem. And sometimes, yes, I'm looking at the phone and see that I've been doing unimportant things for 2 hours...should stop that now. Your advice is great, thanks.
Jan
17
comment How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?
Thanks for a good answer. I'm afraid the first suggestion will not work for me. Suppose I want to check my inbox on StackExchange (easy goal). I do it in 1 min, check comments to my posts, but then I see some interesting related questions to the right and start browsing the site for 1 hour, getting into the trap. How can your advice help in this situation? Am I missing something?
Jan
17
comment How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?
@Martin, thanks, I see your point. If fact, I added the item about spouse deliberately to emphasize that the problem is not doing 'bad'/unimportant activity, but when tasks that are important or at least acceptable (ask a question on this site, read a particular interesting news article, write a message to a friend via social network, hug you spouse for some time) turn into addictive activity that you can't stop. Hugging can be important, but hugging too much is not better than watching TV too much. The problem is in amount of time devoted and unclear goals.
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