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I used to be in a very similar place to you. For me, it was movies or the internet. Hours gone. Some people say it’s not wasted if you’re enjoying yourself. But I wasn’t. It was more of a passive, unproductive, numb way to spend my time when I should’ve been doing something else.

Here’s what I learned. Self awareness is the key. What I mean by that is when I would say I was going to quit, I would later find myself back on the computer or on the couch watching tv. It took a long time for me to even realize what I was doing. It was like a habitual auto-pilot for me. You have to wake up. Be aware of what you’re doing and where you are. If you need to, make a schedule. And adhere to it very strictly. Set alarms if you want. But you just have to wake up and be present and plan your time. Know what you’re going to do, and do it. If you don’t know what to do, you’ll fall back into your natural pattern and just say “I’ll start tomorrow.”

Once you’ve got that down, you have to make sure you don’t transfer the obsession/addiction to something else that’s just as bad. The goal is to make positive, long lasting changes. But you also should just take baby steps. That will help the reinforcement. For example, when I first woke up, I would want to immediately turn on the tv or get on the computer or worse: both simultaneously. At first, I did something small. When I first woke up, I would just sit. No television, no computer, no phone, nothing. Just quiet. Allow my brain to wake up, process, slow down, and make plans. The reason I did that is because, like you, I wanted to transfer my leisure time to reading but I was too annoyed/used to a quick fix to immediately start reading all day every day every chance I could. I had to transition slowly away from relying so heavily on screens for entertainment.

Don’t think you’re a failure if you relapse. Don’t say “Well, I messed up a little while today so I might as well go back to my old habits for the rest of the day/week/month.” No. Small corrections. Positive encouragement.

When you do start reading, make sure you are reading things that truly interest you. Don’t read something because someone else said it was great and you just HAVE to read it. If you don’t like what you’re reading, you will stop. Then you’ll feel guilty. Then you’ll go back to your old habits and feel even worse. So if you don’t like what you’re reading, move on. Find something else. It’s okay not to like everything you read.

We are our own worst enemies and problems. But we’re also our solutions. So just be honest with yourself, know and recognize your limitations and weaknesses, and move forward with your head held high.

– Redditor “Peevsy” 

I used to be in a very similar place to you. For me, it was movies or the internet. Hours gone. Some people say it’s not wasted if you’re enjoying yourself. But I wasn’t. It was more of a passive, unproductive, numb way to spend my time when I should’ve been doing something else.

Here’s what I learned. Self awareness is the key. What I mean by that is when I would say I was going to quit, I would later find myself back on the computer or on the couch watching tv. It took a long time for me to even realize what I was doing. It was like a habitual auto-pilot for me. You have to wake up. Be aware of what you’re doing and where you are. If you need to, make a schedule. And adhere to it very strictly. Set alarms if you want. But you just have to wake up and be present and plan your time. Know what you’re going to do, and do it. If you don’t know what to do, you’ll fall back into your natural pattern and just say “I’ll start tomorrow.”

Once you’ve got that down, you have to make sure you don’t transfer the obsession/addiction to something else that’s just as bad. The goal is to make positive, long lasting changes. But you also should just take baby steps. That will help the reinforcement. For example, when I first woke up, I would want to immediately turn on the tv or get on the computer or worse: both simultaneously. At first, I did something small. When I first woke up, I would just sit. No television, no computer, no phone, nothing. Just quiet. Allow my brain to wake up, process, slow down, and make plans. The reason I did that is because, like you, I wanted to transfer my leisure time to reading but I was too annoyed/used to a quick fix to immediately start reading all day every day every chance I could. I had to transition slowly away from relying so heavily on screens for entertainment.

Don’t think you’re a failure if you relapse. Don’t say “Well, I messed up a little while today so I might as well go back to my old habits for the rest of the day/week/month.” No. Small corrections. Positive encouragement.

When you do start reading, make sure you are reading things that truly interest you. Don’t read something because someone else said it was great and you just HAVE to read it. If you don’t like what you’re reading, you will stop. Then you’ll feel guilty. Then you’ll go back to your old habits and feel even worse. So if you don’t like what you’re reading, move on. Find something else. It’s okay not to like everything you read.

We are our own worst enemies and problems. But we’re also our solutions. So just be honest with yourself, know and recognize your limitations and weaknesses, and move forward with your head held high.

– Redditor “Peevsy” 
cleancutcrooks:

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Lana Del Rey’s blog.

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I used to be in a very similar place to you. For me, it was movies or the internet. Hours gone. Some people say it’s not wasted if you’re enjoying yourself. But I wasn’t. It was more of a passive, unproductive, numb way to spend my time when I should’ve been doing something else.

Here’s what I learned. Self awareness is the key. What I mean by that is when I would say I was going to quit, I would later find myself back on the computer or on the couch watching tv. It took a long time for me to even realize what I was doing. It was like a habitual auto-pilot for me. You have to wake up. Be aware of what you’re doing and where you are. If you need to, make a schedule. And adhere to it very strictly. Set alarms if you want. But you just have to wake up and be present and plan your time. Know what you’re going to do, and do it. If you don’t know what to do, you’ll fall back into your natural pattern and just say “I’ll start tomorrow.”

Once you’ve got that down, you have to make sure you don’t transfer the obsession/addiction to something else that’s just as bad. The goal is to make positive, long lasting changes. But you also should just take baby steps. That will help the reinforcement. For example, when I first woke up, I would want to immediately turn on the tv or get on the computer or worse: both simultaneously. At first, I did something small. When I first woke up, I would just sit. No television, no computer, no phone, nothing. Just quiet. Allow my brain to wake up, process, slow down, and make plans. The reason I did that is because, like you, I wanted to transfer my leisure time to reading but I was too annoyed/used to a quick fix to immediately start reading all day every day every chance I could. I had to transition slowly away from relying so heavily on screens for entertainment.

Don’t think you’re a failure if you relapse. Don’t say “Well, I messed up a little while today so I might as well go back to my old habits for the rest of the day/week/month.” No. Small corrections. Positive encouragement.

When you do start reading, make sure you are reading things that truly interest you. Don’t read something because someone else said it was great and you just HAVE to read it. If you don’t like what you’re reading, you will stop. Then you’ll feel guilty. Then you’ll go back to your old habits and feel even worse. So if you don’t like what you’re reading, move on. Find something else. It’s okay not to like everything you read.

We are our own worst enemies and problems. But we’re also our solutions. So just be honest with yourself, know and recognize your limitations and weaknesses, and move forward with your head held high.

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