NoSurfTV&Music®: A more encompassing reboot journal

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by SuccessInRebooting, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. What I mean by Surf: web surfing, including all social networks (except forums like this one, with a specific function).

    What I mean by TV: films, TV series/anime, documentaries, and video streamming services (YouTube, Netflix, Twitch, etc).

    Music is self-explanatory. Hopefully you can imagine what I mean by NoSurfTV&Music.

    I want to try this out. Do you know of anyone that also tried abstention from basically all modern media on these forums? Let me know so I can read about their experience.

    I will log all the exceptions I make to this lifestyle during my day (as I'm an university student, sometimes I need to watch some videos to extract valuable information), none of this exceptions involve entertainment as the sole or main object of the consumption of the media (be it a video tutorial, documentary, interview, etc). It's all for educational/productive purposes and I'll detail that when in need.

    Why do I do this? It's a very important experiment concerning the nature of my cognitive experience.

    Day 0.

    Edit: I added web surfing. Now this is the ultimate dopamine preserving lifestyle. I'll basically log all my web browsing of the day and publish it here to help me with this. I'll finally put my browsing history to good use.
     
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  2. FellatiousD

    FellatiousD Temporarily Suspended

    I'm trying to limit these things too. It's harder than quitting porn I would argue.
     
  3. Yeah, I'd think so because these things have been with us for almost as long as we have been able to breathe. We have a very low tolerance for boredom and solitude nowdays. I want a purer, more powerful mind. That may sound cringy, but it's the truth... a better mind would be able to create a better quality of life for yourself and the people around you. That's what I think.

    I will be posting updates at the end of each day, ideally.

    EDIT: your name is funny af, @FellatiousD
     
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  4. DesBeingSad

    DesBeingSad Fapstronaut

    I have a web surfing addiction where I constantly binge the internet on my computer non-stop. This leads me to procrastination towards my work and hobbies, sleeping very late at night like around 1 AM to even 3 AM, and relapses. Since I'm an intern website developer working for a company right now that requires me to search the internets for certain codes and stuff, it's pretty hard to avoid.

    I recently read the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport which I recommend. He suggests we perform a 30 Days Digital Detox where we abstain from technologies we considered are optional for 30 days. Not gonna lie, this detox is just as tough as NoFap, especially for the first few weeks. I relapse the detox challenge many times just like NoFap.

    I recently deleted all my social media accounts and apps on my phone and block them from me accessing them using some website/app blocking software. This surprisingly makes my abstinence a bit easier.

    I also limit what I watched. Back in my days, I binged a lot of animes and dramas. Now, I only watch documentaries. If I were to watch a movie, I make sure I'm with at least one friend of mine sitting beside me to watch.
     
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  5. Cal Newport is great. You're invited to copy this journal idea and to tag me in it, I'd follow your progress. I think this is more important than doing NoFap alone.

    So far this is my second day. Basically, 0% of my time have been invested in listening to a song or watching a random video. This is good.

    But I've had problems with web surfing. Fortunately, it's not completely bad web surfing. This is what I've done: This morning I spent several hours reading a lot of articles about neuroplasticity (it was a very narrow search focused on this topic). In the middle of that, a thought popped up in my head, it was a new idea for my undergraduate thesis (wtf?!), I researched that for several hours more. Good investement for the long term as I like that idea a lot, and I think I'm going to use my "new-found" free time to pursue it... but I have dead-lines for this week and they're giving me a lot of pressure.

    That's all, summary:

    - I didn't touch TV or music.
    - I did web surfing like crazy but about two important topics, I procrastinated.

    My new goal for the rest of the week is to keep away from TV and music and to stop randomly surfing the web.

    I have more cravings for music than for PMO.

    EDIT: I added video streaming services to my list of what I consider as TV. Also specified social networks as web surfing. I deleted all my social media accounts long ago. I don't play video games anymore, and I don't plan on start playing then ever again. That's why I don't include them in this reboot, the stuff listed in this thread are my last vices (that I'm aware of) and I'm going to crush them slowly but unavoidably.
     
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  6. DesBeingSad

    DesBeingSad Fapstronaut

    All the best to you on your journey.

    I have no problem with music since I always used it whenever I study or work. It motivates me to go into the state of "flow", a term by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I usually have a ritual if I were to perform Deep Work.
    Here's mine and I hope you can find your own way to go deep.

    I'm currently reading Atomic Habits and according to James Clear, a way to make good habits attractive is by doing what's called a Motivation Ritual. Basically you do something you enjoy immediately before a difficult habit.

    When I'm working in my office:
    • Open up my laptop
    • Brew Green Tea
    • Check NoFap forum for a minutes
    • Take out my phone and turn on the "Forest" app (Recommended to download) to prevent myself from checking my phone when I'm working - 2 hours maximum.
    • I put on my earpiece and go to YouTube
    • I play on my favorite music playlist and start working deeply

    When I want to write a blog, write my report or write a book every Friday night or Saturday:
    • I head to Starbucks
    • Order the Raspberry Blackcurrent drink
    • Turn on my laptop
    • I put on my earpiece and go to YouTube
    • I play on my favorite music playlist and start typing
     
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