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I started my personal development journey about 18 months ago, this involved having goals as to what I wanted to achieve over the course of the next year or two.

I have been learning along the way and trying new things and getting rid of things that don't work for me.

However, over the past few days I have been reflecting on the last year and half. My personal explanation as to why I haven't achieved as much as I should have is due to my current working setup:

I live in a shared house, so have my own room but share the bathroom and kitchen. My room is fairly small. Perhaps the size of a large bathroom. I don't work in the day (still looking for employment), but have a job in the evenings 4 days a week. So during the day I am free to work on my improving myself.

I feel that I don't achieve very much whilst in my room. As soon as I get up I land on the computer, do some pointless browsing, procrastination and 2 hours go by. I might attend a dew to-do lists tasks, God forbid they require the computer, then I'll most likely also spend more time doing 'other research'.

I found getting away from my home allows me to focus better. There are no distractions in the library, for example.

Now, I don't know whether my lack of progress is attributable to my lifestyle, or current setup, or simply down to laziness. If the latter, how do I tackle it?

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Some people are more productive at the library regardless of their home setup. I don't see anything wrong with that. What are you concerned about? It is a problem getting yourself out of the house to work on improving yourself? –  Jeanne Boyarsky Jul 30 at 0:54
    
Well yes. I can't get my self out my comfort zone, even if it's something small like going to a place where I know I will be better off than staying at home. I often convince myself in the morning that today I am going to get things done, no matter what, at home. But the first few hours of the day are typically a good indicator of how the rest of the day will go. For me mood is often correlated with productivity, as it might be the case with many people. –  User_2313 Jul 30 at 7:52

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I think you should pay attention to starting of your day in the right way. You will need to get into the right mindset. I will give you two pieces of advice to achieve this: First, make a runway, second, eat a frog.

So first, the runway. The runway is a setting which makes it easy for you to get started. If you want to go for a run in the morning, put your running wear next to your bed so you are ready to run as soon as you wake up. If you want to get some work done, make your todo list the only thing open on your computer the next morning.

So now comes the frog. Instead of starting the day with pointless browsing, try eating a frog first. That means, do the fat important task that has been sitting on your to do list for ages already. You might notice that completing one task motivates you to work on other tasks. For me, I have a number of frogs, like doing some exercise and taking a cold shower. Do them first in your day and it will energize you.

I would recommend you to start with the runway and the frog. While there are countless of other techniques to become more productive, these two are what has had most impact on my life until now.

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Very nice first contribution, +1! Welcome to productivity.SE.com! –  Stephan Kolassa Jul 30 at 9:16

It is a very good thing that you even reflected about yourself. That's a good start. To bring in any change in oneself, we need to have a mindset for change. Human mind is not very fond of "Change".

Setting up a proper eco system is important to bring in a change. Knowing more about yourself, what you like and what you want to be would certainly help you to arrive at a goal. I think reading Human Mind section in Personal MBA by Josh Kaufmann would give you a clarity.

Rather than just pointless browsing, a quick meditation, a walk or exercise would be good way to start the day.

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