Natural endings for activities
I spent some time on this forum yesterday and found this idea: it's harder to procrastinate with an activity that's naturally limited and has a specific ending. I don't remember whose idea this was but it struck a chord and I've been thinking about it a lot today. The activities I get stuck on -and thus waste hours at a time- are things that are open-ended. Eating breakfast while on the computer ends with hours of my time lost. Surfing the net for random information has no time limit. I won't get to the last page of the Internet any time soon. A book has an ending but it takes me the best part of a day to get there. When I don't have an appointment in the morning, I spend an hour pushing the snooze button. When I do have an appointment I get up when the alarm goes off.
Managing procrastinating with things that have natural endings is a simple idea, but I think it could be quite effective when applied to typical time wasters. I don't mean using a timer since an alarm going off does not naturally end an activity. Perhaps making only one chapter of a book available would be one solution to getting stuck reading a book etc.
This thread is for ideas about how to apply defined natural limits on activities. And how to manage time wasting habits with this. I have some ideas but do feel free to add your own and join me in this experiment :)