Hi NoSurf! I’m excited to join this community.

About myself:
25 M, currently trying to learn web development with a background in computer engineering. Ever since I was 12 I’ve been addicted to video games and porn. In the past 4 years I have been able to quit games, quit porn, and really start working towards some interesting goals. I got a certification in personal training, and became a personal trainer. I really got into bodybuilding, and self improvement(meditation, learning, etc).
However, this past year has been hard for me. I was recently diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in my shoulder which has hindered my ability to workout, I’ve also started working an overnight shift which has made me succumb to jumping on reddit/netflix/youtube for endless entertainment. I find myself feeling empty some days and sort of hopeless. I’m hoping that I can bring down my internet usage to get back on track to learning full stack development, and bring in some mental clarity.

I look forward to interacting with you all!



Hey man welcome to the forum! I think we talked in the past in the commitment thread about your shoulder injury. Is there any treatment for it outside of resting it? Also, I’m sure the affects on your sleep cycle from the overnight shift are to some degree affecting your internet use. Maybe optimizing your sleep schedule to maximize hours might play a big role in going forward. Blue light glasses and black out curtains might help.

Having the goal is really important though. Keeping that locked will give yourself the direction going forward. The problem is that it’s really tricky to learn web development without getting distracted by all the stuff that’s at your fingertips. Meditation is definitely a good idea and it’s good that you’re looking into it. If you haven’t done so already, “Mindfulness in Plain English” is a great starting point.


Thanks for the reply! I definitely agree with having goals. I used to be very goal oriented and would follow the SMART approach. I just fell off the band wagon and need to jump back on. I’m currently reading ‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business’ which has been very insightful on the psychology of decision making, motivation, learning, and focus. It’s also really helped me to understand why or when to use SMART goals, and how to incorporate stretch goals. Thanks for the book suggestion I’ll give it a read!