Hey there! It is very difficult to stop yourself from opening facebook or gmail when you know your internet is connected. You think ” what the heck? I’m just going to check the notifications” but end up spending an hour and realizing you don’t have the will to study any more. Happens more often than you would like? I’ve got some tips to help you out!
1. Don’t save passwords
Saving passwords on your browser can come in handy when you need to check email real quick. But if you want to stop the habit of checking facebook every 5 minutes, make it difficult to log in. The first step is to remove saved passwords to force yourself to enter email and password every time you log in.
2. Use plug-ins to limit browsing time/blocking websites
Facebook, stumbleupon and youtube are the most time-hacking sites in my opinion. An hour seems to pass by in the blink of an eye. So what is the solution? Is there a way you limit your internet browsing or even block the above mentioned sites? Yes. You can install stayfocusd plug-in and set daily limit of internet browsing. Here is a very useful post explaining stayfocusd and how to use it. Firefox users can check out leechblock. Here is a post about leechblock.
3. Block websites entirely and enable notifications on phone
There is a feature of getting email and facebook notifications in every smartphone. Use it to your advantage by enabling it. Block time-killing websites on your laptop entirely and set sounds for the notifications on your phone. This way you will know there is no notification if there is no beep alert and no reason for you to open the website.
You can read my post about managing distractions and using them to motivate you to study here.
I hope you like my tips. Please give your feedback in the comments.