So, I guess it’s time for me to make one of these as well! Maybe I should start with a short introduction: Hi, my name is Max! I’m 21 years old and I’m currently studying computer science.
This is actually my second “attempt” at NoSurf, my first attempt happened a few months ago, sometime around last October. To keep this brief, here’s a quick summary:
I discovered NoSurf after realizing that my surfing and gaming habits were getting out of hand. On days where I had lectures, I would go to university, then get home and spent the rest of the day in front of my PC, and when I had a day off, things didn’t look much different. After a little bit of searching around the web, I discovered the NoSurf subreddit, and I was absolutely amazed! An entire community of different people that have the exact same problem I have! I would’ve never imagined that such a community actually exists. So, after lurking for a bit, reading the sidebar and really diving deep into a lot of the posted articles and tips by the various members, I decided to begin my NoSurf journey. And my life changed quickly!
Surprisingly, I had no trouble getting into all the positive habits that were always recommended. I still spent a lot of time indoors, but I spent it actually reading and playing keyboard. I felt great! I was happy.
But then, I slipped back into my bad habits. It’s kind of confusing actually. It happened so gradually, that I didn’t even notice it. I knew something was wrong around December when I found myself playing “Slime Rancher” (PC game on Steam) for about 8 hours a day, even though I didn’t really enjoy it. And before I knew it, I was back to previous self. And more recently, I noticed that it was 3 am and I was mindlessly browsing YouTube and Reddit.
But then recently, after coming to terms with a lot of things in my personal life and again realizing that I need to change, I decided to give this another try and really start to turn things around! First thing I did was create an account here on the forum, so I could actually discuss various NoSurf topics with other people. And now I’m here
Actively participating has helped immensely, especially because everybody on here is great and incredibly supportive!
While that introduction went on longer than I wanted it to, it’s perfectly summarizes where I’m currently at. Stuck somewhere between the motivation to change and me being lazy and unwilling to step out of my comfort zone.
I currently have a few major goals I want to accomplish (besides obviously wanting to spend less time on the internet):
- Get into bodyweight fitness
A few years ago, I regularly went to the gym and I felt great! The positive effects of working out are so immense that I want to get into that habit again. So when I decided to actually do something of that nature again, I was confronted with a probles: I don’t have a job, and therefore not the necessary money to keep up with a 1 year gym subscription. The way I chose to solve this problem is to just work out in my room. I bought a pull-up bar and a other equipment and intend to workout about 3 times per week. The main problem is obviously self-discipline, so it’s gonna be a major challenge!
- Study more
I have a few exams coming up, which I will have to study for. This will probably be one of the more difficult things, as I’m a heavy procrastinator when it comes to studying. But the thing is, and this will sound kind of shallow, but later on, I want to live a good life. I don’t want to be a millionaire or buy several high end cars. I just want to be able to live comfortably without having to worry about money too much. But with the way my grades currently are, I don’t think I’ll be able to get a job, where I’d be in that position.
Currently, I don’t have any lectures or any other regular appointments I need to keep up with (besides a few exams) so until the next semester starts at the beginning of October, I have nothing to do. So what better time to change a few things than right now? In theory, I have enough things to keep me busy during the day, so not spending time no the internet shouldn’t be a problem. But then again, when does our brain ever not tell ourselves that it’s “not a problem”?
I’m not actually sure how I want to “handle” this progress journal yet. Will I update it every few days, weekly, or just when I feel like it? That’s something else I will have to figure out. But I’ll manage it… somehow