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Over the past six months I have become extremely lazy and no motivation for growing my website. I have gained 60 lbs over the past 2 years.
Maybe it's a good idea to dedicate an hour of free time each day to walking or some other kind of good, aerobic exercise to help shed those new pounds ;)
It's so easy to get caught up in spending time sitting in front of the computer... time flies by and before you know it, three or four hours has passed and nothing has been accomplished.
I'm glad to hear, though, that your Adsense business is going so well :)
i did the same but my life has never been fuller, i no longer stress out or have to answer "yes,sir" but spend less and less time at the PC as the sites run themselves.
i am too busy socialising, going to the gym or travelling (this month 3 weeks on a pan european tour) i've also lost about 14 lbs in weight and have never felt healthier.
it may come to an end any day if i get the dreaded banned letter but meanwhile, i am enjoying life for what it's worth and doing things i could never dream of doing if i was still a 9 to 5 boy.
not trying to offend but it may be you have become lulled into a comfortable sense of security with the adsense income which leads to apathy and complacency. make a list of things you want to do and then do them..you have the money and the time now so no excuses :)
My web site used to be a paid product but now it's free downloads with Adsense/YPN. It has been slowly ramping up since Dec to the point where it can totally support me now with no problem.
I get up everday at 6am (my girfriend goes to her day job, four blocks from the house) feed the cats water the guarden and check my mail and numberes (and see if anything funny happened here, like I joind a scam site and got a nasty letter, oops).
By 8am I am out till 10am
Tues climb a mountain
Wed Bike riding
Fri climb a mountain
Sat Bike ride
Comeback eat work 4hrs take a nap for 2hrs work for 2 hours more and kick back.
Lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks it will take another 6 weeks to loose the rest.
And I am going to stay like this, not going back to work in the fall, I've had it!
It seems to me that you traded one rut for another. You need to put together a list of stuff you'd like to do - ask your friends what they would do if they didn't have to work. That'll give you some ideas. Most importantly, pick thinks that are going to challenge your mind and body. Try Salsa.
Don't have too many friends either because I work at home.
I did join a gym last month so I can exercise more and get into shape.
I found that cycling about 1 hour a day keeps the wieght off Smitty so try to make it a daily routine. I lost 50lbs. doing this over several months and feel great.
You have to keep yourself motivated at something or your brain turns into slush.
Another thing that is a positive for me is that Im able to work out everyday. I was overweight before adsense, eating out because i never had time between two jobs and web design, no exercise at all. Now that im home most of the time and have free time, I always make it to my apartment complex gym and run a couple miles, lift some weight etc.
I've only recently moved to using AdSense (as my post count would reveal).
I am a work-at-home person. I run two main businesses, with quite a lot of minor sub-projects within. A lot of the time most people are getting 'bogged down' in the job when there isn't enough diversity -or- there's something much bigger on their shoulders weighing them down (debts?).
In no way does AdSense currently bring in enough for me to quit my other two businesses (email content filtering softare and model aircraft design) but hopefully if I can build up enough good content with one of the businesses there's a possibility that I could switch.
Definately if there's bit pressure from above I find myself unable to do real work, instead I sit at the PC watching AdSense tick over every hour and constantly am hitting "Check email" in the vain hope that someone will be sending me a miracle. In reality, you have to go out there and make that miracle happen.
What this reminds me of is how AdSense has made discounts for direct advertisers on my site less likely, unless they pay 1 1/2 times of what AS makes I won't take them, I have been thinking a lot about it lately, and I think I should take on more advertisers even at less than AS earnings to diversify, but as the OP said, it does tend to make you lazy one way or the other.
I'll look into that lunar real estate, I was considering the Outback but that sounds better. So you know the neighborhood and can hook me up with nice interplanetary broadband, cool.
I guess you EFT? or do you land at the GooGplex each month and pick-up you check. (you are probably getting paid first now)
Turn the computer off, get out of the chair and go take a walk for an hour (do that every day), then progress to other things from there. Lower your food intake by 25%, don't change what you eat just lower it. One other thing, make sure you eat within one hour of waking up in the morning. Go past that the body thinks you are starving it and turns most of the food you eat the rest of the day into fat.
[edited by: Khensu at 2:35 pm (utc) on June 3, 2006]