If you’re being serious, then you’re not exactly alone. I’m not as obsessed as you are, but I must admit I check this forum way too often throughout the day. As well as my Twitter feed, Bnation, Btoday and so on…
During this time, though, it almost makes sense considered we’re stuck at home (I hope you’re staying at home too).
But the problem exists and I think there are two reasons for that:
- It’s in Blender’s nature. We are used to so many updates from the Blender community. It’s a great thing, don’t get me wrong: all the developers, add-on contributions, tutorials, news… I’ve never experienced such a crazy amount of information on a 3D community. It’s a great thing indeed, but of course, it can be overwhelming and it can cause issues like the one you (and myself) are experiencing
- The nature of the Internet. We tend to spend too much time on our computers, phones, tablets anyway.
I’m still able to control the time I spend and get my job done. But for my personal work, it’s not working. As soon as I’m done with my day job, the rest is a waste of time.
You know already what can help: trying to seriously focus on personal projects. Give yourself a deadline. Maybe start with little tasks, nothing too pretentious. One thing that helped me a lot was to create simple scenes. I would take inspiration from photographs and I would focus one or two basic tasks at a time (maybe just the lighting, or the texture, or camera lens and so on). I would personally stay away from the 365 thing though: if you miss a day it can feel like a failure. At least for me. That is why I’d rather try to be consistent but without stressing too much. Plus, if I start having fun with a scene I can keep finessing it.
I’m not sure that helps
I hope it does.