How Getting Rid of Your Home PC Could Actually Improve Your Life

How Getting Rid of Your Home PC Could Actually Improve Your Life

Technology can be an incredible boon to your productivity, but when used improperly, it can also be a hinderance—and the same goes for your personal life. Reader Atommic shares his story of ditching his home PC for good.

Check out the post below for the full story. Obviously not everyone needs to get rid of their PC entirely—you could just as easily squash the bad habits like constant facebooking, mindless surfing, and other things (though they can be useful). For some of us, though, taking a serious break altogether may be the answer.

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Original post by atommic on atommic

Get rid of your home-PC for a life-changing impact



We are constantly looking for the easiest tricks to get the biggest impact. Some require us to build stuff, others - to adopt new habits. But every once in a while we come up with a simple and easy solution for life's toughest challenges. Such a solution I found about two months ago, when I stopped using a computer at home. My life has taken a huge turn for the better ever since.

I was surprised at how fast the effect was. In two days I started sleeping better, eating healthier, I became more productive during my working hours, I was more social and had significantly much more free time on my hands. I kept up with my choirs, read much more books and generally - felt much much better.

Long time ago, I figured that much of our time online is wasted on checking our social media, and the re-checking it every five minutes just to make sure we don't miss out on anything. But it comes with a huge price - lack of sleep, hours of wasted time, and becoming socially passive. I spent hours playing computer games, and surfing the web aimlessly, looking at cat videos or keeping up with the latest memes.

Because of my previous job I found it hard to simply disconnecting myself from social media, and shut down all of the information-clutter. So I have decided to take a bold step, and to disconnect myself from the use of a computer at home - I threw away my old desktop PC, started using only my laptop and religiously kept it inside the backpack whenever I got home.

Yes, it was very uncomfortable at first. As a student I found myself staying long hours in libraries and cafe's just to keep up with my reading. But I also found that during that time I was much more focused at work, felt more motivated to finish it and go home. Knowing I could not continue my work deep into the night, actually motivated me to work harder and spend less time procrastinating.

Get rid of your home-PC for a life-changing impact

Whenever I was at home I finally found I had so much more free time than I previously thought - I had more time to eat healthier, keep my apartment tidy, keep up with old hobbies and go out with friends.

The biggest impact though was probably on my sleep hygiene. I realized how hard it was going to sleep when I had the computer in, when all of a sudden there was very little to keep me awake at 2-3 a.m.

I started using the computer at home again only recently, but I already feel the regrowing effects of sleep deprivation and reduction in productivity. When Sukkot (a week-long Jewish holiday) ends I definitely am going back to the strict no-computer-at-home policy. It may be hard to maintain but the benefits are well worth it.

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