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Last Tuesday, my boss finally got tired of watching my screen flick when he walked past. It was obvious by my productivity and that flicking screen (alt-tab - so useful, that) that I was doing something illicit.

I was. I was reading and posting to LJ. Oh, I was doing the stuff that had to be done then, but I had this enormous backlog of work that I hadn't caught up on.

So he yelled at me (in private) and told me I was not to do "my own stuff" at work. Or, well.

I took him at his word and told him that I would no longer do "my own stuff." I defined, to myself, "my own stuff" as LiveJournal and

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Last Tuesday, my boss finally got tired of watching my screen flick when he walked past. It was obvious by my productivity and that flicking screen (alt-tab - so useful, that) that I was doing something illicit.

I was. I was reading and posting to LJ. Oh, I was doing the stuff that had to be done then, but I had this enormous backlog of work that I hadn't caught up on.

So he yelled at me (in private) and told me I was not to do "my own stuff" at work. Or, well.

I took him at his word and told him that I would no longer do "my own stuff." I defined, to myself, "my own stuff" as LiveJournal and <a href="http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com>TWoP</a>, plus writing and <a href="http://www.ucomics.com">uComics</a> - anything that was not actual work. He didn't need to know that. I did.

It's been three workdays since then. On Wednesday, I cleared off all the backlog - which shows how much time I'd wasted. And made myself not go on to the websites even though the work was done and I was bored and no one was there. I managed the same yesterday.

Today wasn't so great - I found myself doing make work of retyping lists and copying forms and so on just to not go nuts, and I did read some TWoP and a couple of online magazines.

Next week, when I go in, I'm going to block TWoP and LJ. I just don't know what I'll do when the work runs out. I always have the phone, of course, and people do have rental listings for me to take care of, and I can sometimes get away with handwriting a bit of a story. I'll manage. Because he's right. It's not fair for me to do "my own stuff' when they're paying me to work.

(Also, they need to have a receptionist and so on, but they're going through a tight spot moneywise right now, which is when he gets testy.)

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From experience, blocking websites in the browser can be very useful when temptation strikes. Obviously, you have the ability to unblock them at any time, but that extra step really makes one think about what one is doing, usually enough to catch onesself and stop the habit.
[Of course, without my more addictive sites, I then started writing fanfic, which was equally timeconsuming and more difficult to "block" on the computer.]

I've written fanfic at work.

I'd rather not take the chance right now. Maybe when business picks up.

Understand. I'm ADDled, so my mind finds distractions. Was worse because I was working tech support, a position that has a lot of downtime waiting for the phone to ring.

Oh boy, do I know the temptation...

Hey... alt+tab, cool! Thanks. :)

I made a similar resolution last year, though it wasn't because my boss caught me on it. Basically I resolved to not read any comics during office hours. (Lunch break does not count. )The first month was tough, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Good luck carrying yours through. Maybe you can catch up on some print reading? I always carry at least one book with me, and of course a little notebook where I can write down story ideas.

However, I do think you're entitled to surf at lunch or take a quick break every couple of hours.