There's been a bunch of good commenting lately. This comment by "jojomonkey" on "Conceding Defeat – The Internet is Stronger Than I Am" I thought is especially worth learning from.
jojomonkey wrote -
It is funny reading this. I have been doing the same thing for quite some time. I don’t put quantified limits on myself but instead qualitative limits. Overall, technology (not just the internet) has the power to zap time away from us when misued or overused. I used to read tech blogs like every hour – waiting for the next update. I used to fiddle with my Android phone downloading apps, customizing, etc…I used to download all the popular TV shows with bittorrent because it was easy.
The question I finally asked myself was the same you asked yourself – what am I getting from all this? Does it make sense to even read about a whole sector of a particular technology if say you’re not interested in buying a product from that area? Of course not (unless your job depends on it). This is because in 6 months something else will replace it. Did I get anything from watching this ridiculous yet popular TV show? Does my phone work/look better?
I hope your travels are going well. My time tracking has been going
great. I added a whole ton of stuff as well as a journal. I'm trying
really hard to track my energy levels and figure out how to increase
that since it is pretty much the deciding factor in how much I can get
done. The whole process has really been helping me out. Just the
fact that I know I am writing each block of time down makes me want to
use it in a way I would be proud of.
I could use a bit of advice though. The whole system seems to break
down whenever, i am busy especially if it involves running around of
place to place. Any suggestions on how to deal with this?
Great questions here. Well first, congrats on getting onto time tracking, it's one of those things that's potentially life changing. I've gotten huge mileage out of it.
But yes, this is something I've realized lately - probably the #1 way people get off-track in their habits is by having some sort of hard time happen. Stress, illness, being overwhelmingly busy, something like that.