Elements of Health · Computer Time

1,009 people have taken on rules to modify this element of their health.

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MaryAnn has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 2,529 pts

Here’s a question for y’all. (Um, for both of you.)
Which is your preferred browser?

I’m still mostly using Internet Explorer (11), but increasingly it can’t read some websites/newsletters – so then I switch to Firefox.

But I’m used to the features of IE, so it’s hard to get over the hump of switching to something else. I also have Chrome and Edge installed, but don’t use them.

Some time ago, I googled comparisons of browsers, but ended up reading about a bunch of tradeoffs and gave up.

Wondering what y’all are doing?
That is, if you’re using a PC, I guess. Not sure how Mac use would muddy the waters.

:) xiaolongbao
3 months ago

I use Google Chrome and would recommend it, especially if you use other Google services. If you’re signed in with your Google account, it’ll automatically sync your bookmarks and such across different machines, pretty handy. Has a healthy amount of extensions available. Firefox isn’t a bad choice either, I used to use it before I switched to Chrome. IE is actually now officially retired by Microsoft and has a lot of issues (security and rendering and otherwise). I’m not too sure about Edge (replacement for IE), but it wouldn’t be my first choice if I was looking to switch browsers.

:) dasmith
3 months ago

I’ve used Firefox for years. My version’s pretty outdated, though, and heavily modified so I don’t have to deal with ads or trackers. I like how flexible it is (or was; I’m sure it’s changed for the worse, like software often does).

:) MaryAnn
3 months ago

Thank you both! I appreciate your comments and thoughts.

3 months ago

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Nikkha has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 4 · 1,361 pts

The category, because of lack of option

I don’t understand, Healthmonth said I am all set to start the next month, while I haven’t even tried to set the rules yet. And now, I couldn’t change the rules. Anyone have the same problem?

:) HoopingFran50
about 4 years ago

The rule thing seems to be funky. I tried to edit my next month’s rules and the first time I went through it, things went fine. Then when I went back to double check how I did it, I got a completely new page. I hope someone can help.

:) MaryAnn
about 4 years ago

You can report the bug, and then others can vote on it and add comments, here:
http://healthmonth.uservoice.com/forums/68357-general/category/46820-bug-site-error

You can also get to that page by clicking on “More” in the black band at the bottom of the screen, then on “Idea Tracker”, then on “bug/site error” (the latter is at the top right).

Items there are ranked by the number of votes.
To see what people have reported recently, click on “New” in the row of blue text above the column of comments.

It’s a good idea to check under “New” first, before you report something, so you can see if someone else has already reported it. If they have, then you’d add your vote and your comment to the report that’s already there.
But in this case, it doesn’t look like anybody has reported a bug in setting rules for February.

:) Brooke
about 4 years ago

Hi Nikkha,

Three years ago,
I worked for days
with Buster Benson,
the father of Health
Month, to NO avail.

He gave up.

I gave up.

We could not fix
what was happening
at that time. And
I don’t remember
what the issue was.

Clearly, I really
wanted to be back
on Health Month,
so I struggled
and thought and
struggled and
thought, until I
got it.

Below is what I
did to finally
make it work.

YOUR issue may be
MUCH simpler, but
I put all this
here so if anyone
may need it, it
is here.

1. Deleted my Health Month account

2. Opened new GMail account with new GMail username

3. Re-signed up on Health Month with new GMail address but SAME, original Health Month username

4. Set up automatic Forward from new GMail account to actual, and original GMail account I currently use

5. Kept my old Health Month user name so I could be found by Friends/Followers

6. and has been fine after that to date….

7. Occasionally I go into the “new” GMail account opened just for Health Month and delete weeks and months of Health Month notifications

YOUR issue may be
MUCH simpler, but
I put all this
here so if anyone
may need it, it
is here.

:) Nikkha
about 4 years ago

I can edit the rules at my phone, but not on PC. I don’t know how to adress this issue, but well, I will just bear it for this month :)

:) Nikkha
about 4 years ago

Thanks for your suggestion, everyone!

:) MaryAnn
about 4 years ago

Madame Alto / Hooping Fran – are you listening?

about 4 years ago

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cnd has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 3,350 pts

I like how many of their struggles involve wrestling with computers. Feels like my life. :)
https://twitter.com/LegoAcademics

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

Yeah, tell me about it!

over 4 years ago

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tuna has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 3,219 pts

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over 5 years ago

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tuna has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 3,219 pts

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over 5 years ago

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Geceyar has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 736 pts

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:) Geceyar
over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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Nitram1986 has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 4 · 1,595 pts

Hey yall. I’m excited to start this thing. Any advice for other morning rituals besides surfing the web? I’m thinking about journaling a few things I’m hungry for out of each day. Hoping it doesn’t feel too forced.

:) MaryAnn
almost 6 years ago

Journalling that way sounds like a great idea.
Much better than surfing the web. :-)

Other ideas:
Enjoying a quiet cup of coffee/tea, in silence.
Meditating.
Looking out the window.
Petting and talking to your cat/dog/rabbit/canary/fish/lizard/etc.
Talking a 15-minute brisk walk.
Stretching.
Doing pushups/planks/etc.
Calling your mother/father/grandma/grandpa/the old lady next door.
Writing down things you’re grateful for and/or happy about.
Journalling about anything.

:) Liy
almost 6 years ago

I like recording my dreams first thing in the morning :)

:) Nitram1986
almost 6 years ago

Thanks MaryAnn, lovely list. I’m petting my partner’s parents cat as we speak and it’s very nice. Liy, I love talking about my dreams in the morning, I wonder what it would be like to write some of them down. I’m also thinking that I’m hungry for working some more on a big project.

almost 6 years ago

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nakis has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,663 pts

Using computer may lead to Repetitive Strain Injury. Use a software tool to avoid it, like Workrave, that warn when it’s time to take a break.

about 6 years ago

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Caron has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 4,096 pts

There’s a free App for Mac called “Time Out Free”. You set how long you want to work at the computer and how long you want to break. When its break time, your screen will slowly fade out (as a reminder to take a break) but also gives you the option to continue working. http://www.dejal.com/timeout/

over 6 years ago

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Cloudhand has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 1,041 pts

Has anyone found a specific amount of time that works for them?

:) Cloudhand
almost 7 years ago

Or to quantify it, an amount of time that still leaves you with your sanity and general well being. :D

almost 7 years ago

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CatsRats33932 has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 1,196 pts

Just wondering, what do you usually do online? Do you get distracted easily like I do?

:) SusanT
almost 7 years ago

I check Facebook several times a day. Sometimes do some research on this and that. Update online accounts and stuff. Yes, I do get distracted, but I am ok with that because I feel like I am productive even though sometimes I jump from thing to thing.

almost 7 years ago

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aavilamo has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 739 pts

6 hours in a day

almost 7 years ago

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Cancelled has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 6 · 1,755 pts

I sometimes work on my laptop and I set it up on a bar-height counter in my kitchen. This way I’m standing up throughout my work day. It helps with posture, circulation and I burn more calories because I’m moving around a lot more.

about 7 years ago

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diegolee89 has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,612 pts

2hour/day

about 7 years ago

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ardikurnia11 has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 13 · 956 pts

work or browsing

over 7 years ago

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hondata77 has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 1,114 pts

i spent a lot time here…

over 7 years ago

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crazichrissy23 has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

If you have problems with FB and being unproductive, there is an extension through firefox called leechblock and on chrome it’s called stayfocused. Works like a charm!

over 7 years ago

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crazichrissy23 has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

If you have problems with FB and being unproductive, there is an extension through firefox called leechblock and on chrome it’s called stayfocused. Works like a charm!

over 7 years ago

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ardikurnia11 has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 14 · 528 pts

weekly report..aye :(

over 7 years ago

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ukrityoke has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 132 pts

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over 7 years ago

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mismatched has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 2,235 pts

I’m using this rule for the first time, because I definitely do too much mindless-staring-at-the-computer — but all my times are wild estimates. How do you guys separate out productive computer time from time-wasting computer time?

:) bosiazee
over 7 years ago

I check all of my regular non-work sites once during the day, and I don’t refresh after I’ve checked them. So Twitter, Facebook, Metafilter, etc get checked once in the morning, and that’s it. I check my personal e-mail in the morning and evening. I find that limiting the amount of times I visit sites as opposed to the amount of minutes I spend on them seems to help.

:) k8lin
over 7 years ago

I’ve used RescueTime with great success in the past. They do track everything you do (although you can blacklist certain sites so they aren’t tracked) but it’s a nice program if you don’t mind the privacy problems. It’s especially helpful for you to determine a baseline of “this is how often I use Metafilter,” or “this is how much I am actually writing in Microsoft Word.”

Leechblock is an extension for Firefox that allows you to limit the amount of time you spend on certain sites, or you can block those sites entirely. It’s good for Internet use but not any other goofing around that you might do on your computer (like playing Solitaire or something).

:) webgoddess
over 7 years ago

I stopped tracking computer time and instead set up the rule to “Do meaningful work” a certain number of times a week. I found that the two were in direct opposition, and the days when I felt I did meaningful work were naturally the days I spent less time on the computer.

:) drlith
over 7 years ago

I’ve got a computer time rule, and mine are also just rough (probably under-)estimates. I guess I mostly go by how the day felt—did it feel like I hardly spent any time randomly surfing? .5-1 hour. Did I spend some time surfing but refocus quickly back to work or other pursuits, with no blocks of more than 1/2 hour at a time? 1.5 hours (which is my goal). Did I spend a couple 1/2 hour or longer blocks during the day? 2 hours. Did I get online at 8 am on Sunday and not go do anything else for the next 2 hours? I probably blow 3+ hours on days like that.

In other words, I focus on the spirit of the rule. On days when I feel like I am doing less mindless surfing that I would otherwise do, I give myself a score that reflects meeting or exceeding my arbitrary numeric goal.

over 7 years ago

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Jugglenaut has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,056 pts

If you are a pc user that takes 1+ minute to boot, then do 20 pushups while you wait.

:) Tiia
over 7 years ago

GREAT IDEA!

over 7 years ago

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elpellegrini has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,791 pts

when working at the computer try to stretch out yourself every 45 minues

over 7 years ago

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mrnitsa has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 763 pts

hey guys how not to spend much time in internet at home?

:) AniKarenina
over 7 years ago

Turn off the Internet connection. I shut off my wireless when I really need to get some work done offline.

:) mrnitsa
over 7 years ago

Andrea and Stephanie Lynn – thank you so much for your responses!

over 7 years ago

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greenmama has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

не сидеть за компьютером больше 9 часов в день

over 7 years ago

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Kseniaaaaa has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 29 pts

45min

over 7 years ago

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abbeemonster has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 2,131 pts

2

over 7 years ago

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Jesso has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,367 pts

ohhh no take a break and eat an apple

almost 8 years ago

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deirdreh has a question about the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 214 pts

Any suggestions for not having my life sucked into the internet (as distinct from the computer)?

almost 8 years ago

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donaldkks has a tip for the Stop using the computer rule.

Heart.full.16 13 · 1,583 pts

Limit yourself with important social networking hours and online working hours, to protect your eyes and also mental.

:) Dani K
almost 8 years ago

Good suggestion. I’m getting better at that one.

:) donaldkks
almost 8 years ago

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almost 8 years ago