Let me tackle digital hygiene first. Stimulation addiction is a drug
. It's an insidious, addictive drug that will be hard to kick. Going cold turkey won't work; you need a plan. I'll share some things that I've been doing:
1. Delete social media accounts. This is the easiest yet most effective step. You can't post or endlessly scroll on social media if you don't have an account. Social media is doing ZERO for you; seriously, go to whatever social media accounts you have and delete them right now. It'll be easy and dramatic first step towards your journey of digital hygiene.
2. Block websites. Firefox and Chrome have extensions. I use leechblock for FireFox. I permanently blocked 4chan, as it was a complete braindrain. Somewhat similarly, I block /leftypol/, Reddit, and YouTube for most of the day; I allow the evening because I'm still "tapering" off so to speak. /leftypol/ and YouTube are OK in heavy moderation IMO, but I am hoping to completely quit Reddit as it the most addicting social media for me—it's bad in the sense that one can still browse it even without an account.
3. Make your phone a dumbphone—delete useless apps. That isn't to say to throw away your smartphone for a Nokia, but to use your smartphone only for critical functions such as calling, texting, directions, quick duckduckgo searches, etc. Delete any app that doesn't serve a functional purpose (e.g., social media apps).
4. Try to avoid digital stimulation at night and in the morning. I bought a physical alarm clock and leave my phone in my living room when I go to bed. That way, I'm not instantly blasting my face with an electronic screen when I wake up.
Note that this is all prescriptive, and I don't like the prescriptive. This list may help you, but ultimately we all have to find what works for ourselves. So, if you really want to quit electronics, then you need to put in the effort to find out what best helps *you* quit.
Now for study habits, this is easier to tackle. It's in the name: habit
. Do a small bit everyday, and by everyday I mean *everyday*. I personally make a to-do list in the morning which details everything I want to study/practice/write/do, and I try my best to finish my to-do list before it's time to go to bed. For example, today I planned to write 500 words of my essay, read around 10 pages of Capital, practice 30 min on guitar (ended up doing 45), and read a bit of Stirner, and I'm pleased to say that I did all of that. >>6386>Reading isn't the only activity you want to be doing.
Agreed. I'm currently writing an essay on the importance of focusing on cultivating useful knowledge
over useless knowledge
; it argues against the "Learn, learn, and learn!" maxim of this board. I wouldn't say that reading is per se useless, but it's not a *creative* pursuit. But reading is a much better habit to have than say binge watching Netflix. Indeed, I encourage all to pursue creative hobbies—make things!
It's good for your brain.