Picture this: You are supposed to do some work online but you are procrastinating. You are just not ready to start work just yet. You think to yourself, “I’m just going to play this game for a few minutes and then I’ll get down to work.” Hours later, you are still playing the game. The hours have slipped through your fingers, and it’s only when hunger sets in, that you get up from your computer and get away from the enthralling game. The trouble is, you still have to do the work.
This happens to just about everyone. You get captured by something online, ditch your work task and get lost in the online fun. You might try your luck at the slots, listen to some music, or watch the latest YouTube videos. In the meantime, work suffers, and that evening, you kick yourself for having wasted so much time.
The Downside of Social Media
Social media platforms like Facebook and twitter are just as time-greedy. You go on to check what’s happening in your immediate circle and end up watching and reading countless posts. The time vanishes and when you are done, you have a strong sense of having wasted a whole lot of time. Dissatisfaction sets in and you wonder why you did it, particularly because you know that the stuff you are after, reading and watching was neither stimulating nor educational.
Lots of people simply stop. They take the decision to close their social media accounts or simply stop logging on. This is perhaps an extreme move, but it’s certainly one that I have seen many people make.
Too Much Good Stuff
I’m certainly not going to knock the internet. On the contrary, the internet may feature a lot of useless information, however, it is also packed with highly informative and inspiring content. Perhaps, we ditch work and lookasitesmore stimulating than our work tasks. In any case, you can spend hours on end watching and reading awe-inspiring content on just about every subject under the sun.
Self-Discipline is Difficult
The obvious answer to this problems is self-discipline, or perhaps an ultra-strict boss or super sensible partner. Ultimately, you got to leave whatever site captured you and get back to your daily chores. Ideally, you’d only start surfing when work is completed, however, none of us is 100% dedicated 100% of the time.
Being aware of the potential pitfalls of online surfing fun is probably the first and most important step. Once you are conscious of the fact that work is best completed first, you’ll find it easier to be disciplined and sensible.
Perhaps, we should all limit our online pleasure outings to evening and weekends, just like we do with other leisure activities. After all, you don’t take off in the middle of the afternoon to go to the gym. You do your work first and workout subsequently.
It’s all pretty much common sense, the only trouble is, sometimes we leave our brains behind!