I think the core of all of this is my Internet addiction. The amount of time I spend doing productive or creative things has dropped severely since I started using the Internet (five years ago).
Now, I can't cut out the Internet, computers or LiveJournal out of my life - they are a necessary communication tool. LiveJournal and the Internet are how I communicate with all of my friends, boyfriend and so on. It is also how I find out about world events, etc. since I don't have any television channels.
Turning off the computer also isn't a preferred solution, since I need to have music playing to concentrate on anything, and while I have plenty of non-computer music, I infinitely prefer random playlists rather than one specific CD.
I have very little self-control when it comes to indulgences and luxuries, so telling myself "no" rarely seems to work.
I've also tried paying people to motivate me to do things, and this also hasn't worked.
So... my question.
How do I build up my self-control so that I can cut down unproductive Internet/computer use and do more creative/productive things?