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Breaking the Internet Trance

June 27, 2009

When I get on the Internet, it is easy to fall into a trance and lose track of where I’m supposed to go. 

 I was sitting in front of my computer the other day I answering emails, responding to comments and reading blogs.  Before I knew it, an hour had gone by.  I stopped what I was doing to go get something to eat and then a very familiar feeling hit!  I felt myself fading back into the reality of my day.

 I had been so absorbed in the Internet world, I lost touch with reality, and time.  

I feel this other times too:

  • Playing video games
  • Watching TV shows
  • Seeing movies
  • Reading books
  • Listening to music or podcasts

video_games_on_page When I was heavily involved in Internet porn, this would happen a lot.  I would start clicking and get absorbed in looking at images and sites.  Then 2 or 3 or 4 hours would fly by.  Here’s the official, scientific, PHD formula for it (I think): 

My alone time + lust + searching stimulating sites = BAD NEWS 

Even if I’ve got my filtering and accountability software in place, I can still fall into a searching trance.  I’ve got to have a strategy in place to keep me from the trance. 

1.  Do your other important work first – Your job and important work has to come first. 

 2.  Set a timer – Get a real timer and put it by your computer. 

 3.  Go to the Internet with specific goals only – Think ahead of time the specific sites you want to go to.  Only go for work purposes.  Only go for making a certain purchase. 

 4.  Have a checklist – Take 30 seconds to write down what you need to accomplish and check them off. 

 5.  Only go online when someone’s in the room

 6.  Only go online at a set time each day – Structure it.  Make it part of your routine. 

 7.  No idle searches – When you’re done, your done. 

 8.  Internet should not = Entertainment – You can’t afford to “chill out” on the computer.  It’s too dangerous.  We are too prone to giving in to problems.  Find something else to “veg” out one and to entertain you. 

9.  Give your spouse the password – If your spouse has to log you on he/she is conscious of your being on the computer.  It will take care of a load of problems. 

I’m sure I’ve left some good ideas out.  What advice would you give to others that would help them stay focused when on the Internet?  Leave your suggestions in the comment section on this blog.

One Comment
  1. sandraraven permalink
    June 30, 2009 2:59 pm

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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