On one hand, this site is a blessing because we can all learn a lot quickly looking at some technical questions/topics being discussed. On the other hand, this could also be addictive. Maybe set aside 1/2 hour every day for this? What time management strategies have you all used and can you suggest?

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    $\begingroup$ No, you are not the only one :-) $\endgroup$
    – Aryabhata
    Mar 21, 2012 at 20:47
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    $\begingroup$ It's very addictive. I remember someone just staying off it a bit because of that. Perhaps I should do that too! $\endgroup$
    – lhf
    Mar 22, 2012 at 1:25
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    $\begingroup$ From Wikipedia article on Mathoveflow, which is very similar site: Jordan Ellenberg comments that the website "offers a constantly changing array of new questions" and is "addictive" in a "particularly pure form", as he compares it to the Polymath Project. Th article gives this blog as the source of this quote. $\endgroup$ Mar 22, 2012 at 7:01
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    $\begingroup$ Very willing to join an MSE-holics non-anonymous support group, if one exists somewhere? Occasionally I get the feeling that it is under control, but ... let's check the site one more time before going to bed. Should I get enrolled in a 12-step program or something? $\endgroup$ Mar 22, 2012 at 8:58
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    $\begingroup$ Not sure that this really helps, but there also is productivity.SE - a site about personal productivity. (It is in beta.) $\endgroup$ Mar 27, 2012 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ I like to use ProcrastiTracker to monitor my habits. But Leechblock is great too, thx David. $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2012 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ Quit your job. Sell your house. Hang out all day in an internet cafe, and stay on stackexchange full time. No need for sleeping! $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Sep 21, 2015 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ This is not a problem. It is, simply put, normal. $\endgroup$ Oct 1, 2016 at 0:09
  • $\begingroup$ hahhahhaha... +1, to the group of MSEholics i mean. $\endgroup$
    – Brethlosze
    Jun 4, 2017 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak I guess productivity.se was insufficiently productive. Clicking on your link took me to stackexchange.com/site-not-found $\endgroup$ May 3, 2020 at 0:06
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Yes, it was closed, see here: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/4296/personal-productivity One of the things which remained from that site is this chatroom. $\endgroup$ May 3, 2020 at 6:29

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I recommend Leechblock; this is a browser add-on for Firefox that blocks certain sites during certain times of the day.

To avoid future link root, no link is provided. It is available from Mozilla's site. The easiest way to find it is likely to search for the name.

Presumably similar things exist for other browsers.

  • $\begingroup$ Does that really work for you? Do you consider yourself addicted to MSE? $\endgroup$
    – lhf
    Apr 3, 2012 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ @lhf I think the current state of D.S.'s profile answers your question. :) $\endgroup$
    – 40 votes
    Jul 25, 2013 at 22:23
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    $\begingroup$ It was signaled that the original link was broken, thus I took the opportunity to expand a bit. Obviously feel free to remove or correct. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    May 2, 2020 at 18:23

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