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TAMING TIME: Time Management, FR Addiction-Control Tips?
Prayerful Musings | 9/20/04 | Daniel J. Phillips

Posted on 09/20/2004 5:58:27 AM PDT by BibChr

As the big 4-9 looms this Thursday, and I anticipate entering the fiftieth year of my pilgrimage, I took a day to pray, evaluate, think, regroup, analyze.

One particular shortcoming that leaps out is that I need to get a grip on how I invest — or waste — my time. There's a Bible verse that calls for "making the best use of the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16). I realize that I don't. (You will note, at this point, that this is not a Breaking News essay.)

And while I don't at present share my species' particular habit of sitting in front of a TV, remote in hand, doing the click-click-click rumba, I do dance that particular dance with FR. Far too much! Only here, it's F5, F5, F5. Yes, FR is a good thing; but for me it is a classical illustration of when a good thing becomes a bad thing because of its misuse. It too often is, for me, an addiction, and I need to get a grip on it — which, I figure, will be deucedly hard as the election approaches. But I must.

So I am asking you, the FR-populace:

I know we have a wide variety of FReepers here, including some very busy and productive folks who nonetheless do manage to FReep some. Lay your ideas and plans and "testimonies" out here, if you would, that all may profit.


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KEYWORDS: fraddiction; imafreepaholic; time
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Jokes will be inevitable, of course; but I also thank you in advance for your serious contributions. I really do need to get on track.

Perhaps after the thread has been well-populated, I'll try to cull what I think are the best thoughts, edit them into manageability, and post them separately.

Dan

1 posted on 09/20/2004 5:58:27 AM PDT by BibChr
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To: BibChr
All jokes aside, people can get hooked on the internet because of the "feedback"--it's not too different from gambling, because the win-lose is feedback. And probably most FRs have wondered about the time sink.

When there's some really great story happening, I find it hard to stay away.

Do you have a woods with brush to clear? (g) It's calling me right now...

2 posted on 09/20/2004 6:04:58 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Pajamamama)
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To: BibChr
Has any particular book, method, approach helped you manage your time more effectively?

Yes!
Free Republic RSS feeds!
Just hold the bookmark and all the latest stuff comes up!
Very efficent! Love it!
3 posted on 09/20/2004 6:06:36 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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To: BibChr
My name is SuperSonic and I am a FreeRepublic addict.

Seriously though, I am looking forward to some thoughts on this so that I can manage my own time better.

Thanks for starting this thread.

4 posted on 09/20/2004 6:08:12 AM PDT by SuperSonic ('W' stands for winner!)
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To: BibChr
Here's my list...

As the old saying goes, "No rest for the wicked...and the righteous don't need none!"

P.S. Having a Franklin Planner and an IPAQ (or PalmPilot) can do wonders.

5 posted on 09/20/2004 6:08:48 AM PDT by mattdono (Chris Matthew is Zell Miller's b*tch! (and the MSM is FR's b*tch!))
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To: BibChr
How the 1976 Olympic rifle gold medalist does it.
6 posted on 09/20/2004 6:09:05 AM PDT by gobucks (http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/classics/students/Ribeiro/laocoon.htm)
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To: BibChr

I stay away from the Hobbit Hole threads, thus limiting my FReeping time to only several hours a day. :)


7 posted on 09/20/2004 6:09:27 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Pay no attention to the Nattering Newbies of Negativism)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; BibChr

Hey! He never wastes time on our threads!


8 posted on 09/20/2004 6:11:45 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Republicans are better at balloons - It's a simple kind of competence. ~Chris Matthews)
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To: BibChr; shaggy eel; mhking; rdb3; EternalVigilance

I find I'm spending less and less time on FR. In fact, I'm thinking about leaving anyway. Politics and social issues are getting less and less interesting the more I realize I can't do anything about it. Frankly I find it to be downright depressing. There's some much of life to be lived, places to travel to,etc. No more time to sit in front of the computer and debate the undebateable. I've been reading more good books, discovering classic rock music and soul music, getting fresh air,etc.


9 posted on 09/20/2004 6:12:20 AM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; BibChr

....anymore.

He gave us up a long time ago.


10 posted on 09/20/2004 6:12:27 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Republicans are better at balloons - It's a simple kind of competence. ~Chris Matthews)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I just realized from the volume of posts, they were Hobbit forming.


11 posted on 09/20/2004 6:14:53 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Pay no attention to the Nattering Newbies of Negativism)
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To: BibChr
I have gone long periods away (weeks or months) from FR. But it was due to Family or personal comittments. I have dropped in to see what is going on, at times. Then there are times that I stay on for several hours a day. It is according to what is being discussed. Try to focus only on the things that you personally fell very strong about or have the wisdom through experience to help others.

It is very important to share your knowledge with others. You are doing Gods work, when you participate, I believe. <p. We can not leave the world to the lies of the Godless.

12 posted on 09/20/2004 6:14:57 AM PDT by marty60
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To: BibChr
Don't tell my wife about this. She periodically insists that I cease Freeping and go to work!
13 posted on 09/20/2004 6:15:06 AM PDT by The Great Yazoo (Hey! Hey! J-eFing-K! How many Vets did you Diss today?)
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To: BibChr
Wait a second...... Come to think of Free Republic HAS helped me to manage my time better. Where it used to take me 5 minutes to make a bed, now it takes 3 minutes. Where it used to take me 15 minutes to clear dishes, now it takes 7, where it used to take me 10 minutes to fold a load of clothes, now it takes we 6 minutes. I do things much quicker and more effectively SO I CAN get get back here as soon as possible.

Free Republic is your Time Management Special Assistant.
14 posted on 09/20/2004 6:16:44 AM PDT by Esther Ruth (W - So hot he's Smokin - Smokin Em Out!! All out!!)
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To: BibChr
I'll leave the jokes to my more witty brethren, as always. I've noticed the same problem--chunks of time missing out of my day--and I too looked at it from the perspective that God expects me to use the time He grants me wisely. Perhaps it's self-justification, but I think of it this way: it's fair to devote a certain amount of time each day to relaxation and recreation. No one should be obliged to work during every waking moment, and I'm sure the Lord doesn't expect me to. I decided to inventory my forms of recreation and to consider this as one of them, as someone else might sit down with a beer and the remote.

The question then becomes how much time to devote to it? I settled on an hour and a quarter a day, with one quick visit in the morning before work, another after I get home in the early evening, and another before bed.

It helps that lately I've been forced to share my computer with my teenage daughter, so I don't have the time to get on it all evening! "Mom, I have to be IMing with Timmy, he's helping me with my French homework." Right.

15 posted on 09/20/2004 6:17:20 AM PDT by Capriole (DO NOT WRITE IN THIS SPACE. FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY.)
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To: BibChr

Limit your time to freeping at work.


16 posted on 09/20/2004 6:18:33 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance ( "Stay safe in the "sandbox", cuz!)
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To: BibChr

Hi Dan,

I'm almost your age, and I'm also a Christian (I noted your reference to Scripture).

Whether it's FR or another site, I spend WAY too much time on the Internet. When my computer broke down a few months ago, I purposely didn't get it repaired right away, as I wanted to see whether I'd miss it. I didn't miss it that much, plus I got a TON of work done around the house and accomplished a lot of other things I had been putting off. I probably would have been better off not getting it fixed at all. After all, we all lived without PCs as recently as a few years ago.

Don't be down on yourself; lots of people are online way too much. I think we must realize that it is an addictive behavior, and like all addictions, must be eliminated or brought under control.

My most productive days are spent when I heed Matthew 6:33: "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." When I spend a good amount of time in prayer at the beginning of the day, God seems to "order my steps" and I seem to accomplish more on those days than ever thought possible.


17 posted on 09/20/2004 6:19:28 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Mamzelle
Feedback can be a problem. People tend to get angry if you don't stay and answer for hours on end. But, I don't mind getting answers the next day or several days for that matter.

I have developed the habit of just checking for the little red notice. If none I continue with my day.

18 posted on 09/20/2004 6:19:43 AM PDT by marty60
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To: BibChr

Bookmarking

19 posted on 09/20/2004 6:22:11 AM PDT by Samwise (Kerry's convoluted speaking style correlates with his convoluted thought processes.)
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To: BibChr
, has anyone come up with a plan for managing his FR-time

It's called a husband and a gift for speed reading.

20 posted on 09/20/2004 6:23:54 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-1986)
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To: Esther Ruth

There ya go. Give this girl a gold medal for time management. I don't buy the reply "payoff" for most of us. I don't post very much and rarely stay around for an answer. I read FR for news. I have an insatiable appetite for what's going on in the world. I like having one place to get a condensed update on the important issues. As you say, FR is a time management tool. (I don't require a great deal of sleep anyway)


21 posted on 09/20/2004 6:23:59 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: Esther Ruth
I do things much quicker and more effectively SO I CAN get get back here as soon as possible.

Two words: WiFi, Laptop.

Take your FReeping with you.

:-))

22 posted on 09/20/2004 6:24:46 AM PDT by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: JohnHuang2; jmstein7; Republican Wildcat; Lurking Libertarian; Dataman

Pinging some busy folks.

I'm appreciating the feedback, a lot. Remember: it's not JUST about FreeRepublic; I'm talking an overall time management strategy as well.

Dan


23 posted on 09/20/2004 6:25:13 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr

Julie Morgenstern books on organizing are really good. Some of the Franklin Covey books on time management are good as well. When I get up, I limit myself to two hours in the morning and maybe two hours at night. That sounds like a lot but I used to be on the computer for a minimum of eight hours every day.


24 posted on 09/20/2004 6:28:27 AM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: BibChr
I have the same problem and concerns, although for me it comes more in "binges" when things are happening that are more serious.

One thing I think is important though: you are assuming via your concern that a significant portion of your time spent on FreeRepublic is "wasted" and I suspect that that is not the case. Look at education: if you go through grade school, high school, college, postgraduate studies, how much of the time you spend in class and on "studies" is actually productive and has a detectable effect on the central push of your life? Not much. In fact, since we are mere humans there is little choice but for us to apparently "waste" some time whenever we are accomplishing something serious. There is no way around it. It's the cost of doing business. In your time on FR you are educating yourself, educating others, reinforcing the good ideas and ideology and inhibiting bad ideas and bad ideology. others benefit from it even if that benefit is hard to detect.

Nonetheless, we all are searching for balance and it is an individual issue for us all.

In terms of time management, first of all, you are NOT likely to miss anything important if you do not read all the threads, especially the "vanities." Set up your "settings" to reduce filter out the threads that are not really important.

Second, when you look at an article, scan quickly and if it seem unimportant, then drop it and go on to the next one. If it is really important you will see the same issue popping up in other forms and you will end up reading it.

Third, realize that very often whatever you feel the need to say on a thread has usually been well stated by someone else in another comment. Sometimes we all have something to add, but other times there is a little vanity involved and we want to be recognized as having the same or better thoughts on a subject. If you feel that you have to do something in those situations, maybe a simple "bump" or word of agreement will suffice.

In terms of reading, there are a number of technical steps that you can take. One thing I do is to choose all the articles that i want to read at one time instead of reading them one at a time. I do this two ways. I use the Opera browser which is very good at opening links in a new window BEHIND the other windows. I go through the posts and choose then from the top down based on the "teaser" only, and I click on the links holding down the "control-shift" keys and eventually I will have a number of windows open behind the main list of articles. I then CLOSE that main list, and read those articles I have pre-chosen one at a time. I close each when done, but if I feel that I have to say something I leave it open. When I am done with that, I do replies on any that are still open, and then I usually open the list of articles again and hit F5 (refresh) once and then pick up any newly added articles.

Also, I do one thing that probably many people do not: I actually save the text of virtually every article that I read in a database. I use a program called AskSAM and I copy and paste the text into that. It has very advanced text search capabilities and can maintain massive databases. I can therefore find if necessary anything I have read and it makes me less concerned that I am going to miss out on something. I let my last database get up to 300 megabytes before I moved to a new one, and since 4/5/04 the next database has grown to 76 megabytes. I am very fast at the cut and paste process and it takes me virtually no time to keep articles. AskSAM has a product designed to work with Internet Explorer called SurfSaver which uses the AskSAM engine which FReepers could use in the same manner, although I prefer using raw AskSAM.

Finally, avoid reading articles that ask how you keep from spending too much time on FreeRepublic, or you might end up writing a reply like this one. I should be working on something else right now!

Keep praying and trying and don't give us up completely!

W
25 posted on 09/20/2004 6:30:18 AM PDT by Weirdad (A Free Republic, not a "democracy" (mob rule))
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To: BibChr
Seriously, if you need to take a sabbatical, choose a trusted Freeper to report back to you daily on a summary of what would interest you. They can point you to the threads they know you would want to go to and add contributions, all I can come up with.
26 posted on 09/20/2004 6:31:53 AM PDT by Esther Ruth (W - So hot he's Smokin - Smokin Em Out!! All out!!)
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To: BibChr

I use the Franklin Day Planner system. One of my bosses made all of us take the seminar. We all looked pretty silly running around our office building with our leather binders. Hubby made sooooooooo much fun of me. A few years later he had to take the Covey system. Payback is fun! A few years ago Franklin and Covey merged. We are no longer a mixed marriage. If you seriously wants to develop some organizational skills, I recommend the Franklin system. It is all about organizing your life.


27 posted on 09/20/2004 6:35:30 AM PDT by Samwise (Kerry's convoluted speaking style correlates with his convoluted thought processes.)
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To: BibChr

BTTT


28 posted on 09/20/2004 6:38:03 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (I'll vote Republican till the day I die then I'll vote democrat.)
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To: BibChr
Dan:

I too have considered what you are saying and struggle with the time vs the information, feedback and knowledge I gain or inpart.

I'm glad you are also looking at this from a biblical perspective.

29 posted on 09/20/2004 6:49:26 AM PDT by joesbucks
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To: BibChr
All jokes aside, this really hits home for me. I've spent far too much time in front of the computer -- time that really doesn't belong to me.

It's all in the idea of who or what you're serving -- are you serving yourself, or perhaps God, or an employer, or as in my case, a husband? (that's the job God gave me, to be a good wife.) So, if I'm wasting time that doesn't belong to me, you could almost say I'm stealing from my husband when I sit here and let things that are important to him go undone.

I know I'm rambling here, and some may think what I said was a little bizarre, but I've really put some thought into this lately.

I think setting a time limit per day might help.

30 posted on 09/20/2004 7:03:55 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
No, what you say makes sense. Truth is, a Christian recognizes that nothing that he has ultimately belongs to him; it's all a stewardship. And that includes time.

One specific I'm thinking of is something like saying, "In the morning, no FR until I've done my morning devotions [in my case right now, read Spurgeon, Bible, John Piper]; after work, no FR until I've done HS, spent 45 minutes on my doctoral program, and done one chore."

That's just an off-the-top-of-my-head f'rinstance. But, hm... maybe it's not really such a bad idea after all. And then maybe on top of that, "Only fifteen minutes of FR, and then no more until I _____."

Dan

31 posted on 09/20/2004 7:36:05 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr

I'll send you an email.


32 posted on 09/20/2004 7:59:01 AM PDT by Dataman
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To: BibChr
I have struggled with the issue of time management as long as I can remember.

The weird thing is that FR has made it a lot less unmanageable. Before FR I got many magazine subscriptions, i.e, The New Republic, National Review, American Spectator, The New Yorker, New York magazine, First Things, and probably others. For 15 years or so, I was also getting the New York Times delivered on a daily basis.

In those days I read copious amounts of stuff I had marginal interest in because the material was there and the writing was interesting. I might read a 40 page article about some guy starving to death on a trek through Siberia or long articles about gay theater in Prague, restaurant/movie/theater reviews, anything on psychology, etc. It's not that I was *disinterested* in the subject matter, it is that I was *marginally* interested. And I had piles and piles of reading to catch up with. So I read all the time.

With FR I read what I am obsessed about -- politics -- and granted there is a lot of politics on FR, but I don't spend a lot of time on stuff I am not interested in. I read very little about movies or religion or sci-fi trends.

There are subjects that consume me, like Memogate, where last Sunday I was online for 7-1/2 hours (this was also the day of the Vets Against Kerry rally), but yesterday I was only on for 3 or so hours.

Politics is my obsession and hobby and I don't begrudge myself the time I spend on it as long as other priorities are accomplished. There are times when I have to stop after 45 minutes to clean and exercise and then when that is done I can freep to my heart's content. Since I can also watch TV or listen to the radio while I freep, that time isn't wasted.

The time I spend on FR has also helped me to make mincemeat out of liberals who are clueless enough to bash President Bush in my presence.

I guess if I weren't interested in politics but spent this much time on FR I'd be looking for a way out. But this is *my* golf, tennis, scuba diving, travel, carousing, porn habit, etc.

My conclusion: If there are other things in your life that are being neglected because of FR and you are unhappy about it, accomplish your other priorities and then go on Free Republic with a free conscience. If you have too much to do and cannot accomplish your other priorities and go on Free Republic decide how much time you feel is proper to devote to your hobby and set that as a limit. If FR is but one hobby among others (I do not have that issue!), you might have to set an even lower limit, maybe 20 minutes over coffee in the a.m. FWIW.

33 posted on 09/20/2004 8:35:03 AM PDT by HateBill (John Kerry -- the only hope for suicidal jihadists.)
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To: Weirdad
LOL. Thanks for taking the time to give such a thoughtful answer. Yeah, though, in my case it is a bad thing, in that I'll go off with 30-60 minutes to study or work on something, look up, and have ten minutes left. Hm, where'd those 50 minutes go? Oh, never mind... I know.

/c8

Dan

34 posted on 09/20/2004 8:44:59 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr

The trick with breaking an FR/ computer addiction is the same as breaking the TV addiction: stop turning the beast on. My McAffee at home is frequently annoyed with me because of the lengths of times it doesn't get the chance to update the virus file, because it's not on. Once the beast is on it becomes a harpy cry, luring you to the rocks, so leave it off.

I've taken it all the way to something I call "bubble time". During bubble time I completely ignore the outside world, no TV that might accidentally present some news, no internet. Only pre-canned entertainment like books, DVDs or offline computer games. Let the world spin a day without you, more than likely it'll still be there tomorrow, and you can always hit FR to catch-up on what you missed ;)


35 posted on 09/20/2004 8:55:34 AM PDT by discostu (run faster run faster you fool you fool)
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To: BibChr
Let me finish FReeping this morning then I will get back with this issue. Seriously though....real time management begins with tools to help you manage time in blocks and order of importance. I agree with other posts as to the Franklin/Covey time management system. Have used it for years. Lately I use my Palm PDA with the same program only digital form. Which ever form you use paper/digital has to be used you have to input the data on a regular basis to make it work. It does get to be a good habit each day or as I used to do, set up the next work day the night before. For my work the journal keeping part of the program was the most important. Now I can do it digital. Works great. With all that information..now back to FReeping. :)

Red

36 posted on 09/20/2004 9:29:16 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I love the 1st Amendment...Zell Miller can speak the truth.)
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To: Mamzelle

I agree. I think it's the "feedback" that the sight offers. It's like being an active part of the story in a book or on television. Why would you want to turn away? You may have something worthy to contribute and get an attaboy for it.

I have a porblem with FR and time management myself. I don't have a solution. Except to put an alarm clock by the computer and limit the amout of time you spend on it to an hour or two a day. When the alarm goes off, put the mouse down and slowly back away from the computer...


37 posted on 09/20/2004 9:36:20 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BibChr

When you are done with this thread could you post another asking for tips on how to exercise while sitting in an office chair? ;-)


38 posted on 09/20/2004 10:36:54 AM PDT by Tamzee (Ted Koppel --- "....the media will need a stepstool to rise to the level of used car salesmen.")
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To: BibChr

If we were liberals, we could sue Jim Rob for getting us addicted :-) I just make a conscious effort to turn off the computer and go do something else. I do try to schedule my free time so that I make time for exercise, house chores and other things in the evening. I try to make FR the last thing I schedule in and I set the evening limit to an hour, unless there's a hot topic that demands my attention.


39 posted on 09/20/2004 10:45:05 AM PDT by rabidralph (Doing the gloating that Republicans won't do.)
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To: BibChr

I'm with you on this one, Dan..... I learn an awful lot here, but FR does tend to work its way into one's autonomic actions.


40 posted on 09/20/2004 10:47:01 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: BibChr
Specifically, has anyone come up with a plan for managing his FR-time so that it you don't constantly note 20, 30, 40 minute time-gaps, never to be seen again?

I'd say your already successful. Any advice on trimming down from 2, 3, or 4 HOUR gaps?

41 posted on 09/20/2004 10:47:07 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Grand Poobah~Benevolent & Protective Order of Irascible Fellows. That's right, I'm a Curmudgeon.)
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To: BibChr
Dan, its a good question you ask. For myself, just having been here lurking and posting for a few years now has caused the amount of time spent here to decrease. BUT, election time is a bad time to try and spend less time here or anywhere on the internet.
The passion of politics.......

Also, I don't think there are any magical words to stop this dance except maybe~ discipline. (not an easy word)

Badray and some other freepers started up a think tank that is akin to what I'd describe as FR Live! Such a blast to have face-to-face dicussion/interactions talking about the issues of the day. You might consider joining something like that or starting one yourself.

Now, see, I've been on here too long answering this question.....;)

42 posted on 09/20/2004 10:54:51 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: Mamzelle; Timesink
And probably most FRs have wondered about the time sink.

You should ping him when you mention him. ;)
43 posted on 09/20/2004 10:59:15 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Samwise
I took the Franklin seminar several years ago (before the merge), and at one point I needed to visit the ladies' room. I stood up, and the teacher chided me for not having planner in hand.

I sighed, took the planner to the restroom with me (where it proved utterly unuseful) . . . and managed to leave it on the washstand, just as I knew I would, instead of having it back at my seat.

I can't bring myself to take it to the bathroom even now, but I'm lost without it being in the same building as me.
44 posted on 09/20/2004 11:08:37 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
The time limit seems too rigorous and not flexible.

Why not get up, do everything around the house that needs doing, and then get online? No guilt that way.
45 posted on 09/20/2004 11:09:24 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Xenalyte
I can't bring myself to take it to the bathroom even now, but I'm lost without it being in the same building as me.

:^)

I also went to an assertiveness seminar. They told us to use the men's room. Nope. Not gonna do it. Won't happen.

46 posted on 09/20/2004 11:13:25 AM PDT by Samwise (Kerry's convoluted speaking style correlates with his convoluted thought processes.)
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To: cyborg
getting fresh air,etc.

,,, there's a lot of etc. out there. Great idea! Grab some.

47 posted on 09/20/2004 12:40:53 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: Samwise

I did that a few years back. The Guy and I were at a Halloween party at a local joint, and the ladies' room was jammed. Several Pink Ladies and I were not about to put up with that, so I led them into the men's room, which fortunately was deserted at the time of our sortie.


48 posted on 09/20/2004 12:51:51 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: BibChr

Many thanks for being so upfront about this. As you can see, "FReep addiction" is not uncommon and your thread is serving a great purpose.

I often tell people that I was "ADD" looooong before it was trendy. One technique I picked up for changing a less productive behavior is to establish a very simple log or journal. In this case, the simple act of writing down how you spent your time gives you a baseline for change. Log a week's worth of activity (say, Sunday - Saturday), then sit down with the log and determine what you want to change. Don't get down on yourself for what's in the past; focus on what you're going to do in the future (specifically, the next week) and treat yourself as you succeed in making changes. I'm told that many folks who succeed with diets employ a similar tactic.

It ain't easy, I know. I struggle with "FR-binges" all the time. Blessings to you!


49 posted on 09/20/2004 2:11:24 PM PDT by macbee ("Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: gobucks

Stuff to buy. /c8

Did you buy and/or attend? Which, and with what result?

Dan


50 posted on 09/20/2004 2:11:59 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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