After years of trying various methods, I broke this habit by pitting my impatience against my laziness. I decoupled the action and the neurological reward by setting up a simple 30-second delay I had to wait through, in which I couldn’t do anything else, before any new page or chat client would load (and only allowed one to run at once). The urge to check all those sites magically vanished–and my ‘productive’ computer use was unaffected.
The above comic and quote is from one of my all-time favourite comics (I won’t even belittle it by saying web-comic – it’s above most print ones). The comic sums up my daily issue perfectly. Those of us with hyperactive attention spans (ooh shiny!) and jobs that require a computer and constant internet activity probably all run into the same (hey did you hear about Chris Hadfield being named King of Space)?