Alvin Kerber

math and computers and stuff

I really should stay off the internet. This probably doesn’t need too much elaboration, but it’s just too difficult for me personally. Reasons include:

With all that in mind, there are some good reasons to stay.

With all that in mind, I’ll be keeping a timer on my study/goals page of how many days I’ve successfully gone without wasting time on the internet. This is a pretty loosely defined thing. Last time I tried this project, I made it about 40-50 days before my definition of “wasting time” started slipping, and about 70-80 days before I quit. I would like to make this a permanent lifestyle choice, not just a sprint. It is healthier for me. Really, when it comes to wasting time, I know it when I see it – but here’s a quick list:

The following are NOT wasting time:

And when I’m tempted to go surf the web, here are some things I’ll do instead:

Finally, the hardest part of avoiding temptation is persistence over time. Nowadays, friction to start surfing the web is very low, especially when I’m at work. Luckily work is when I have the most willpower and motivation to focus. As for the rest of the time, here are some ground rules / strategies I’ll follow to keep the internet “at arm’s length.” Think of this as being like a dieter choosing not to buy junk food at the store (so they have to go out and buy it each time).

I look forward to a happier, more productive, and more relaxed life.