Why you should not start the day with youtube or some high dopamine producing activity

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by goodnice 2.0, May 23, 2021.

  1. You know that feeling when you start the day with youtube or netflix or social media, and then you are lazy for the rest of the day... The whole day gets wasted and you just can't get over my boring tasks , especially with pointless internet surfing?

    Well, I realize thanks to eagle rising and reflecting on my own experience of wasted days that it really is all in how you START the day.

    Always start your day with yoga (or light exercises or a simple jog) and meditation, much better than coffee. When starting with video entertainment you are hitting your brain with a whole bunch of dopamine right away, now the rest of the day is going to have to match that in some way, so remedial tasks get boiled down to nothing of value.
  2. Eli6899

    Eli6899 Fapstronaut

    Really true, for me it was browsing reddit memes right before I even made my bed and went to brush my teeth. And then I would wonder to myself why Im not satisfied with myself in the morning, which later snowballs to the evening and eventually, relapses.

    It takes quite the discipline to just stare away from your phone and relax. I know it took me a lot of time in my reboot to discipline myself to be a bit more productive and healthy in the morning.

    Now my routine is waking up, making my bed, brushing teeth, 1 glass of water is a must!
    Then I either go to the gym or I do some alone walks in nature parks I have in my small town, it has such a soothing effect of calmness and it helps me being more positive about life and reflect on what my life should really be about.

    Great post, morning routines cant be underestimated!
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  3. greatvortex

    greatvortex Fapstronaut

    This morning, instead of browsing on Reddit which I would do every day, I got up and ran on my treadmill for around 30 mins on 7km/hr and I feel so good. Later today, planning to study Japanese for a few hours and calisthenics.

    Also, I would like to share this video from Kurzgesagt:

    which motivated me to stop wasting my time, e.g. to stop pointlessly surfing on the Internet. Our time on this planet's limited and we got to make the most of it.

    Thanks for this post!
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  4. good job man!
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  5. thank you man well done! i will have a look at the video you sent. This pointlessly surfing the internet habit has afflicted millions of people. Its too much consumerism, too much dopamine
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  6. jimmyclear

    jimmyclear Fapstronaut

    Dopamine Fasting. Yeah, it works.
  7. AperolShpits

    AperolShpits New Fapstronaut

    I can't call myself a person with tremendous willpower. And I'm not an average person either. But I do like to procrastinate and take advantage of every opportunity I have, such as watching memes or meaningless videos on YouTube. Over time, it became more and more stressful and interfered with study/work. When stressed, productivity tended to fall to zero, and other things took up all my free (and non-free) time. Thus began my struggle with the Internet. How did it go?

    The 20 second rule. If you want to do something, you have to start doing it within 20 seconds. A great rule if you want to start a new habit (like playing guitar, reading a book, etc.) is to make it easy to get started. This also works the other way around - if you want to get rid of a habit, you need to make it as inaccessible as possible. Consequently, to get rid of the habit of watching memes and not-so-smart videos, you need to make it as difficult as possible for yourself. Then I started to promote my content using the same methods that youtubers use - SMM Laboratory's.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2021
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  8. Zapp Brannigan

    Zapp Brannigan Fapstronaut

    A good tool is a scheduled ‘do not disturb’ on your phone. I block internet etc. on my iPhone for at least an hour after I wake up (even better, turning you phone off at night and/or keeping it in another room!!). It not insurmountable, but, at the very least, it makes you conscious of bad habits. For me, looking at the news first thing is a great way to start the day if I want to be in a bad mood all day.

    Another neat trick I’ve learned is, if you want to exercise in the morning, to put your gym gear in plain sight and just set yourself the goal of getting dressed in said gear. You feel obligated to exercise once you’ve put it on!
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  9. Quezatolah

    Quezatolah Fapstronaut

    Great post, I've been guilty of starting my day with youtube videos and such, I've been very unproductive lately and I can feel I'm losing my attention span.
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  10. I usually start my day by surfing NoFap a little bit

    Maybe I tend to escape my inner void (addictive personality) that I spend so much time on NoFap.

    NoFap isn't high-stimulating, but it's still... unproductive for me (especially when I spend time surfing [reading stories/posts] but not offer support or journal on my thread).

    I sometimes think I'm dead inside. :emoji_upside_down:
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  11. I used to surf this site a lot too. Lately I really cut back and its quite nice. Its better to surf this site than watch porn obvi... but i would recommend you try not to come here too much merely out of boredom. Instead, come here in those moments when you need encouragement, are struggling or need a dopamine hit. This strat works well for me. Good luck!

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