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I need to get away from the computer

Is there such a thing as an addiction to “being on the computer”? If there is, I suffer from it.

I sit here staring at a screen for hours with no real goal or plan. I just click things and read things and move things around.

Eventually, I’ll get bored and “go do something” but that doesn’t last long. The whole time I’m off doing things in the real world I’m thinking about getting back to the computer.

It can’t be healthy.

For a while, I was pretty good at following my “no computer after 7:00pm” rule. I’d go write in my journal or read a book or take a walk. For the past few months I’ve ignored that rule completely. I mean, I’m trying to get better at Photoshop so I’ve gotta put the time in, right?

Something needs to change.

I’m thinking of starting with some sort of computer fasting routine. Maybe I’ll work on bringing back the “no computer after 7:00pm” rule and the long-neglected “no computer after 1:00pm on Sundays” rule.

I’ve ordered a copy of Ryder Carroll’s new Bullet Journal Method book hoping it will help inspire me to bring paper back into my day.

Right now I’m going to go outside and take a walk.

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  1. @jack You are not alone. Happens to me too every now and then — would enter that unproductive phase. And I came to a similar conclusion as yours. What I find working for me is the SelfControl app. Or just disconnect the wifi. A walk or biking around is something I have started doing recently.

  2. @amit Glad it’s not just me. I’ve tried apps like SelfControl with limited success. I commented during a recent power outage that I’d be more productive if the power would go out for a couple hours every now and then.