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But it's kind of a time suck, yeah?
I can't say I've solved that, but here are a couple of things I've found that have helped me tremendously:
1) Take an internet sabbath.
Some people say you should unplug for a couple weeks or a month. Maybe that's right for you. To me, a month-long break just means 600 e-mails I'll have to slog through when I come back online.
But one day a week? I can totally do that. I have been for nearly a year now. It's not always easy, but it definitely reminds me that I don't have to be All Online, All The Time.
2) Study (and limit) your internet usage.
There are lots of browser extensions that can help tell you how much time you
For Firefox, I used Mind the Time to track how much time I spend and where, and once I know that, I use LeechBlock to cut off my usage after a certain time. Safari and Chrome have a similar extension (that I've never used, but it looks solid) called WasteNoTime.
They're not perfect, but these things definitely help me pay attention to why I'm on the computer.
Do you manage your time? How do you do it?