Knuckles, this works for me--perhaps it will work for you.
I, too, like to spend time on the computer, and I value that 'escape' time (not as much as you do!). I like to feel like I have had time to play and relax every day--before I do anything 'useful'.
So, I set a timer. I do 30 minutes of goofing off (I started with 45, but I shortened it to 30, and still found it satisfactory). I immersed myself in my games for that time. If I get interrupted (even for a bio break), I pause the timer, and finish out my 'fun' time.
After that, I can say 'I had time to play and I'm a bit relaxed... I can do a bit of work'.
I then set my timer for 15 minutes of exercise--usually walking, because I can think while I walk. While I exercise, I think of a few things to do when I am done for the home. My mental list has to be short enough that I can remember it (and I may use part of that 15 minutes of exercise to recite the list a few times), yet long enough to be about 15-30 mins of work. If that doesn't work for you: set a timer. :)
I then go do those things, and when I'm done, I return to the computer, repeat this cycle:
30 mins play
15 mins exercise
15-30 mins on the home
This way, I get my 'fun' time in, but it doesn't take over the evening.
Hope this helps you.
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