Take a Break from Your Computer

bigstock-Interior-of-Working-place-54242042It’s so easy to get caught in the web: The world wide web.

There are so many tempting ways to completely waste your time. You start by looking for a smoothie recipe, stumble across a news items about food fights, watch a video of the Tomatina, the tomato throwing festival in Spain, then watch another video on the running of the bulls, look up beach resorts in Spain, go on Expedia to see if you can find a cheaper vacation closer to home, visit Facebook to find out where your friend stayed in Mexico, start ranting in the Massage Therapists group, stumble upon a Trunk Monkey video… Before you know it you’ve been online for 90 minutes and you still don’t have your smoothie made, so you grab a glass of wine instead.

Surfing on the web is almost as deadly as turning on the television. You have to be super vigilant to make sure you don’t get caught up in all the shiny objects that are dangled in front of you on the Interwebs.

Hopefully, you’ve been using your kitchen timer for the Pomodoro. Now use it to control your Internet obsession. Put it beside your computer and every time you sit down at that keyboard for any reason, set the timer for 15 minutes.

If you want to continue doing what you’re doing when the timer goes off, feel free to do so. Set the timer again for another 15. At least now you are aware of the time you’re spending instead of wasting it mindlessly.

When you take a break, do a few easy back bends. Then reach up to the sky with your arms going up on the balls of your feet. And let your body roll down let your head and arms hang loosely. Do that a few times to wake your body up, release tension from your muscles, get your circulation flowing and some blood back to your brain.

You may want to consider downloading either the free or paid version of RescueTime to monitor your activity. It will track your online activity and give you a report at the end of the week.  It’s easy to fool yourself, but it’s not so easy to fool a computer. I mentioned this tool last week. If you’ve been using it, what have you found? Are the results surprising? Here were my results from earlier in the challenge.

There are even apps, like StayFocused for the Chrome web browser that just won’t allow you to spend anymore time on a particular site once you’ve reached the time limit you’ve set for yourself. I’m sure there are many more out there as well.

Do you use any specific techniques to remind yourself to take breaks?

I’m also super curious how your TV use, your phone use and your social media use has changed over the month. Has anyone made any big changes? How has that impacted your life. Let me know in the comments below or in the Facebook group.