This guide is for students in high school or college that like to randomly surf the web instead of do homework. I have successfully implemented these methods, and these are some tips that might help you if you fit this category. First, if you use Facebook, Instant Message, randomly surf websites, read Digg or reddit, or any other nonproductive doing on the internet for more than two hours a day and almost always much longer, these tips may help. If you find that you are starting work late, these tips may help.
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Productivity starts with banning websites that kill it. I always have Facebook, Flickr, Digg, reddit, and other websites open which take up time when I want to “just check it for a minute.” Of course, this is never fulfilled and often one exceeds their time that they gave themselves to a large magnitude. Therefore, banning websites will help. Lifehacker’s great guide on banning time-wasting websites helps, especially Gina Trapani’s excellent Invisibility Cloak Greasemonkey userscript. This userscript allows one to block websites until a certain time, and resets at midnight every day. For these purposes, I suggest entering 22 or 23 as the time (10 or 11, respectively) to only allow yourself two hours of nonproductive surfing time. Also, I suggest blocking every single site with the * wildcard, by adding http://* to the sites included in Greasemokey.
But sometimes you need to visit websites that are productive, such as calendar planning via Kiko Calendar or something of the like. Add this to the excluded sites list in Greasemonkey.
I, myself, block Wikipedia because of a want to read random articles (strange, eh? Don’t call me crazy–even the website following mentions it) but sometimes I need it for work. For the reason that I refrain myself from hitting the disable Greasemonkey button, I install another userscript and disable Invisiblity Cloak, Webolodeon. (This was also mentioned at Lifehacker.) This userscript allows me to go on websites for a short amount of time, and after about five minutes the program will pester you about why you need to keep surfing. It is, however, your responsibility to say your reason and not write in “research for stuff something” and continue reading some Digg articles; if it does pop up, know that your time is done and you don’t really have any more reason to use the internet, therefore you get back to work.
Lastly, this brings up the issue of talking on IM as a problem. While sometimes you need to “check the homework with Mike” other times you’re just wasting time saying “yo sup nmu nm ya so ya… yup.” Therefore, be sure to close your Instant Messaging clients as part of your preparation of getting work done.
Of course, the easiest way to stop procrastination online is to unplug your ethernet/phone line, or disable your wireless connection; you also must say to yourself the exact reason you need to plug it in again if there is a need to do so. It’s all in your mind and moral behavior, in what you want to get done and how much ambition or passion you have to get the work done. If you really don’t care, you’ll probably fail this, plug in the cord and start playing some online games or something. But if else, follow these steps to start achieving productivity.
Do you have any good tips for ending procrastination online? Do share in the comments. Thank you.