How to Stop Procrastinating So that I Am Not a Bum – A Self-experiment

Posted to Self-surveillance  |  Nathan Yau

Clock by ToniVCI waste way too much time doing completely useless stuff when I should be working on my dissertation, reading papers, writing papers, and learning things that will bring me closer to my degree. I’m ready to stop procrastinating.

How I Will Become More Productive

In an attempt to work more efficiently, I am going to take up Seth’s self-experimentation offer that I found via Andrew’s post. I am going to self-experiment; I am going to collect data about myself; and I am going to find out if my two-pronged method to stop procrastination works. Here’s my plan:

  1. I will make a to-do list every night to lay out what will get done the next day
  2. I will enable the Greasemonkey script – Invisibility Cloak – which will block all the sites that I waste too much time on except during lunch and on the weekend

How I Will Judge Improvement

To measure my progress, I will make use of two Firefox plugins – Browser Statistics and TimeTracker. The former keeps track of the amount I’ve downloaded (in megabytes) while the latter is a timer for time spent browsing the Web.

Luckily I’ve had these two plugins enabled for a little over a month, so at the end of this month, there will be something to compare to. From January 27 to March 2, I downloaded 23,524.73 megabytes and spent a whopping 364 hours browsing. That’s about 653 megabytes and a little over 10 hours per day. OK, that’s embarrassing.

Join Me In This Self-experiment

I’ll do this for one month with a midway report on March 17 and a final report on March 31. You can subscribe to the feed to stay updated, and if anyone wants to join me on this, all the better. Just leave a comment below so that we can keep track of results.

Procrastination-free days start now.

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