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Avoiding Distraction Online

Avoiding Distraction Online

If you’re working on the internet, then you will understand just how distracted you can be. For a large number of you reading this blog, you’re probably procrastinating, that is doing everything you can to avoid something, from a job that you should have completed a long time ago. This can affect many people, whether you work on the internet for a living, or whether you are simply using the resources online to study for your exams.


Firstly, you need to write down everything that you need to do, and when you need to do it by. Once you have done this, then you should find that you are able to make yourself a timetable of work that is easy to follow and means that you’re not struggling to rush with your deadlines right at the end of a project. You should set alarms for when you wish to start each piece of work, and this means that even if you are working on the internet at the time, you can’t simply let the time run away with you.


The thing that you have to be sure of is that you have self-control. This is the main reason that things that should take just a few minutes often end up taking hours or even days to see through to completion. If you don’t think that you have this amount of control, then it can sometimes help to let other people know what you’re trying to do. If you have somebody who you live with on hand, give him or her your timetable, and ask them to encourage you to stick to it wherever possible. This means that you will have their control as well as just having to trust yourself.


If you’re finding that you surf the same websites all of the time when you should be working, then you do have the option to block them from your computer. Most browsers let you choose the times when you are allowed to use certain websites, and this gives you the chance to get the work done that you have a deadline for. It might also help to give somebody else the passwords of your websites and only use them when they log in on your behalf, although obviously this would have to be somebody that you trusted.


No matter how old we are, we always like to be rewarded. This means that you should set up a series of rewards that you can give yourself once you have finished work. If you like to relax with a glass of wine in the evening, then you should tell yourself that you’re not allowed to do this until you have written 1,000 words on your latest assignment, for example. This means that you would be thinking about your reward, and this should give you the motivation to get the work done that you need to.


Ultimately, you are the only person who has the ability to get your work done. I find that the best attitude is that if you do it today, you don’t have to do it tomorrow, and that means that you can do something that you have been looking forward to. Self control, time management and meeting deadlines is something that you need to get used to both for student life and your working life in the future, so it makes sense that you should do this while you can.

Written by Gemma

Gemma is a 22 year old graduate in Psychology and freelance writer who has been writing online since she was 16.

  • Stephen

    Very great article Gemma. Writing about the psychology of success here at Young is a really valuable contribution in my view.
    All the best,

  • Eve Rosenow

    I have a tendency to get distracted really easily while doing my studying work. I often end up looking at facebook or something. I have to do the Internet for my studying sometimes (such as research) so I can’t just unplug the Internet durign that time. ANy advice?
    BTW, I’m unschooling.
    |I tend to get REALLY bored during the day / night and my first instinct is to go eat something.
    I want to break this bad habit but I’ve run out of things to distract me.

  • Angie

    I am always distracted online. I will start my work and then find a good deal on a site and ponder on that for a while. I like the idea of knowing what you have to do, and writing it down. Then you can cross off what you get done and see what you have all accomplished.

  • Patrick

    This is a great article Gemma! I find myself distracted every time I open the internet. I get on to do one thing in particular but wind up on Facebook, forums, or anything but what I got on to do. I often end up going to bed without ever doing what I initially got online to do in the first place.

  • lucasbytegenius

    “For a large number of you reading this blog, you’re probably procrastinating”

    Ha, that’s the truth.

    To be honest, I do procrastinate a lot, mostly by constantly checking Twitter and other random websites I’ve bookmarked. Reddit is the worst.

  • Xyphien

    Distraction is something I am bad at. I get easily distracted with things, rather if it’s starting a new website, or joining someone elses. I can never truly focus on one thing at a time, and keep at that, which is why I think most of my sites have not gotten big. Though I have been cutting down on the distractions, and I’m becoming more, and more focused on just 3 websites. 2 are mine, the other one is to make funds to pay for the 2 websites :)