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53 Post author: John_Maxwell_IV 20 June 2010 06:25AM

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Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 27 June 2010 07:08:15AM 0 points [-]

If you don't mind sharing, how has this been going for you?

(I'm really interested to hear how well my life hacks work for other people.)

Comment author: nhamann 27 June 2010 10:00:49PM 0 points [-]

Not much of an effect so far. The major flaw is that I disable the task whenever I want to do a non-procrastination task, which for me consists of studying math. The math textbooks I have are pdfs, and it's irritating to have the procrastination page pop up when I'm not procrastinating. However, when my mind does wander while trying to study, I'll open up a browser window and suddenly I'm procrastinating with no pop-ups to stop me.

A clear workaround would be to buy dead tree textbooks so that this doesn't happen, but I don't have the financial resources for that. Perhaps the solution is to resolve to re-enable the task whenever I open a window, but that's a bit tedious. I may look into making a Firefox addon for this, so that it happens automatically whenever the browser is open. That's likely the optimal solution (if it's possible to do).

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 28 June 2010 04:46:28AM 0 points [-]

You could unplug your computer's ethernet cable when you're studying.

One thing to watch out for if you try this is getting in the habit of plugging it in real quick whenever you want to do something on the internet. You could mandate a one-minute delay before re-plugging or something like that.