The No Screen Challenge

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  1. Philosophical_Dad

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    1/30

    Got one last night! Instead of reading websites or watching YouTube, I massaged my wife's sore knee and read a couple pages of John Updike's Rabbit, Run. (I would have read more, but by 9 p.m., I generally start nodding off after two pages...)
     
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    Mistakes happen. It's cool that it only took you ten minutes. Before I started this challenge, that kind of thing could have cost me much longer. (Work leads to browsing the web leads to YouTube leads to porn leads to...)
     
  3. Force Majeure

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    Yeah I was the same before I created this challenge 16 months ago. I could easily sit up to 02:30 or even later, then have a lousy and short sleep followed by too much coffee. After 16 months of practise I’m quite happy it only took me ten minutes this time :)
     
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  4. I'm taking on this Challenge!
    I need this for the following reasons:
    I want to sleep early, sleep well (sleep hygiene) and preventing me from being online when I'm getting tired (trigger)

    0/30

    EDIT: oh, my time limit is 10pm.
     
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  6. Yesterday I shut down my PC before 10pm. However I didn't feel well after my relapse. I needed to caress my soul a little bit before sleep and so I used my PC again to listen to an audio book. It helped me to feel better and to fall asleep very soon.
    In the future I want to avoid even this practice- because 1. No Screen means No Screen and 2. I don't want to program my brain so that it needs artificial means for good sleep.
    Since it was the first day I'll bend the rules a little bit and count it: 1/30
     
  7. Did I mention that I'm using my PC way too often?
    Today I shut it down before 10pm and did a nightly walk to calm down and prepare for sleep. BUT THEN I once again turned the PC on to join the forum once more.
    I don't like to use a wording like "nofap addiction", but in fact it looks like one.
    I really have to work out something here. Really!

    This is a reset.
    0/30
     
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    Great reasons. Those are the main reasons I took this challenge, too. In addition, though, I find I'm wasting way less time on things that don't make me happy or help me achieve a goal. For example, I haven't gotten stuck in YouTube's recommended videos since I started this challenge! In the evenings, I listen to records, CDs, or the radio while I clean up and prepare for the next day.
     
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    2/30

    Last night was a rough one. My kiddo (sixteen months old) was wide awake and in the mood to play from 12:30-3:30 or so. And when mom and I didn't want to play, she got very upset and very loud. After something like that, I need to unwind a bit before going to sleep. In the past, I would have tried to do so by watching Netflix or YouTube. Sometimes it might have worked; other times, I'd watch something too stimulating or transition from those sites to something that would work me up, like online political debates. Even if I stuck to relatively relaxing content, it would often be so engaging that I'd keep watching well beyond the point when I was adequately unwound to go to sleep.

    Anyway, last night I read my book--Run, Rabbit by John Updike--for ten minutes or so then went to sleep. It was a horrible night and I didn't get much sleep. But it probably would have been even worse if it weren't for this challenge.
     
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    Lately I've re-discovered the power of a good book before bed. I'd always known it was a good thing. But lately I've been appreciating its power to draw me to bed and away from screens. But it's gotta be a book you enjoy and that keeps you turning pages. If a book isn't doing it for you from page one (okay, maybe two), give up on it and try another one.

    That's been my experience lately, anyway.
     
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    By the way, I was totally in the same boat--way too much PC use. I was living my life on screens. This challenge has helped me a lot with that.
     
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  16. My second day and because of urges to do porn I decided to come to the forum. It was important. It was helpful.
    I won't count today but I won't reset either.
    So 1/30

    Now it's 22:50 and I'm logging out and shutting the comp down.
    Good night :)
     
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