Sunday, May 19, 2013

More On Your 30-Minutes-a-Day Internet Trial

Readers, here are two more options to consider when executing your 30-day trial of reducing time-wasting internet use:

1) If you have a traditional full-time job, and you normally check your personal email and browse a few websites first thing in the morning, skip that morning check-in. Instead, use that time to schedule in a 30 minute writing session. Then, when you get home from work, complete another 30 minute writing session before rewarding yourself with any internet use.

Think about it: in this trial, you'll build a reward system around writing for 30 minutes every morning and 30 minutes every evening, even though you have a full-time job. You've created these writing sessions from nothing, just by reallocating previously wasted time.

2) One other option: use the "cheat day" technique. Compress your undirected internet use down to one 30 minute session per day, six days a week. However, on the seventh day, relax, and allow yourself as much extra websurfing time as you want.

The knowledge that you have a cheat day coming up makes it easier to control your internet use during the week. One more thing: I'm betting when your cheat day rolls around you won't want to waste all that much time websurfing. You know you've got better things to do.