Every morning I open the laptop to get my work done. Before I open the laptop, I have specific tasks set up in my mind. But after I open the laptop, I get easily distracted.
I either open my e-mail client or surf Facebook. If not, I just play around the files in the name of organizing it.
I have to-do list where it's written that I need to organize my files. So I open my laptop and play around with files fooling myself that I'm trying to organize it. Instead, I'm just going through it trying to find something to fill my time or entertain me.
I figured it's either that I slip onto consumption mode or I feel energy less. I'm aware that I have very limited energy compared to other human beings. I don't know why. Maybe I was born that way or something's wrong in my body.
Whatever the case, that's one area where I fall short on.
Falling on consumption mode has entirely been my mistake. I fall on it when I'm feeling bored or when I surf the internet. I have subscribed to many blogs. As soon as I open my e-mail, I start to skim through the subscribed list to see if there's anything interesting. I then click on some articles and then enter their website.
After that, I start to click on other links and then .......... BOOM! 4 hours gone!
I realize it then but there's nothing I can do. I start off with those things and then end up like that.
It all starts when I feel bored or after I complete a set of work. I get that urge to do reward myself for completing specific task from my to-do list. But, it ends up against me.
I don't have much control over this because there's nothing I could do except to try and eat healthy & stay fit. I stop working when I feel energy less. But since, I'll be low on energy, I take it as an excuse to surf the internet. I then watch YouTube videos, Facebook, and all other social medias.
I even end up to the point where I scroll Facebook from top to bottom every second for no reason.
The Rule to Leave
I realized that the only reason I start to surf the internet mindlessly is because I keep using laptop even after I complete my work. Or, after I finish a set of work. Most of the time, I don't even reach that point. I just open and start to surf without working on anything.
I can easily avoid all the above mentioned problem by leaving my laptop as soon as I complete a set of specific task. That way, I'll only work on my to-do list while I'm using my laptop.
Instead of rewarding myself with YouTube videos, I should consider leaving my laptop to read books or go out and enjoy fresh air.
I have been using my laptop as a tool of entertainment, not a tool for work.
So, I've developed a rule for using it. I will only open my laptop to work on a set of task which should be pre-defined before I even open my laptop. Pre-defined because if I open my laptop to see if there's anything I can work on, I'll surf mindlessly.
For this, I need to keep a robust to-do sheet. So, that I can open my laptop with a pre-defined set of goals. I am, for example, writing this blog post only because I had pre-defined goals set before I opened my laptop.
I have tried many to-do apps, but nothing has worked yet. I tried 'Things' but wasn't satisfied because I can use it only in my laptop and not in my mobile phone. I tried to search for something which I could sync on all of my devices and follow the GTD workflow.
I even tried using SimpleNote since it would sync across all device and web. But it doesn't have proper interface. It's just like a plain notepad and I can't use it properly.
So, I'm thinking of keeping a pen and paper to write my to-do list and as soon as I open my laptop, keep it in 'Things' app.
I think leaving my laptop after I complete a set of work will help me from surfing the internet mindlessly and not getting things done.
What do you think? Do you have any similar rule set up for yourself?