This is the 3th new 30 days challenge, and I want to reduce the time online to 3 hours per day!
I do not know about you, but I spent too much time on line and sometimes I spent the whole day online unproductively.
When I was in college, I found that I need a computer to get more information online to keep me up to date and to save many useful things online which was interesting for me. And also I found that the computer is a very useful tool for me to learn the knowledge about computer and some useful software.
But when I got the computer, I found that I did not do what I expected to do and I did not get much knowledge. Especially, when I worked, I found that a lot of things I need to learn, but I always found that I have no time and surfing the internet become a part of my life.
With the internet there came many achievements, such as the fact that it allows you to stay informed about recent events and trends from all over the world, you can find help and solutions for problems of all kinds and whenever you feel just the slightest approach of boredom there is a video/game/story/etc. that entertains you in these situations. Besides all these positive side-effects of the internet, I noticed that I spend a lot of time online in an ineffective and unproductive way and with activities that simply waste my time. Rather than just searching for the information I was seeking for I started to also stop by at some blogs I find interesting, read some title stories on online newspaper sites, had a look what the people I was logged into Renren or Qzone to get in touch with all my friends from all over the world and see what they were up to do at that moment. There was so much more, such as reading forums, researching information I absolutely didn’t needed to know and in the aftermath it feels just as a complete waste of time, especially when making myself clear that I could have spent that time in an more effective way, even if I just met a friend in “real-time”.
After realizing that I might have used the internet mostly unproductive – I decided that something needed to be changed… Here is how I was able to stop wasting my time on the internet.
1. set a limit
Spending too much time on the internet is just like a habit and whenever I sat down on my desk I turned on the computer, if it wasn’t already turned on. That didn’t just distracted my from what I had planned to do, but it also started to become a habit to start the day reading online newspapers and seeking for the newest information about what was going on in the world. So, I want to set a time limit (3 hours per day!!) to change the situation.
2. make a list
make a list before turning on my computer, list what I want to do and I need to do with the computer and the internet. And do not wasting time on the information that I don’t really need.
3. stop checking my Emails so frequently
after I change my website host to Openshift from ixwebhosting, I think I will have less emails from the host, so there’s no need to check my emails so frequently.
This is the 3th challenge for me for the last days of November of 2012 and January of 2013.
So, watch me!