Concentration in general may be defined as an active state of mind wherein the whole of attention, with all available energy and talent.

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Deciding what to study while job hunting

I'm job hunting again. When I find a tempting position, one that looks great in every way except it requires some skill "ABC" I'm not familiar with, I get a book or find online tutorials, and study ...
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Preparing questions when studying some topic

I noticed that I focus very well and do not forget the topic for months when I am told to prepare some questions for problem session (recitation) hours of the course I assist. On the other hand, I ...
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how to stick to something

I am very curious. I can spend days on stackexchange, wikipedia, coursera, plenty of tutorials. I often start projects with very big ideas in mind, but don't really do anything concrete. There are ...
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Do noise cancelling headphones block human speech and PA systems?

Often, when people have wanted to reduce sound from nearby conversations, people have recommended noise cancellation headphones. However, I have heard that they cannot block this kind of noise. They ...
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How to avoid mind drifting while listening?

While talking to someone at work or even on the phone I often find myself drifting off where my attention wanders off. This happens even during short say 5 ~ 10 minute conversations. If while talking ...
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Separate personal life from work: deal with distracting emotions

Is there any established technique to deal with distractions coming from personal life? For example, how to concentrate after a discussion (not work-related)?
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How to retain focus without coffee?

I would like to limit my coffee intake, which is about 5/6 glasses a day. I want to do this for health reasons and I think I'm more deppresed due to strong coffee usage (coffee makes me very tired in ...
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Why is my productivity the lowest in afternoon?

Is it just me or is productivity low in the afternoon for general population? I find that I'm unable to do simplest of tasks between 1pm and 5 pm.
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Too lazy to do programming?

I am a programmer, or could be called so because with my laziness with programming I am more often doing half a job and then start gaming. The other half I do tomorrow, next week or next month. What ...
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Does sitting with back straight really improve focus (and productivity)?

As part of my work, I am required to sit on pieces of furniture without any back support eg. Bar stool. My teacher reprimands me when I slouch saying that my focus will suffer if my spine isn't ...
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How can I make my evening work time more productive?

I have always been at my most productive in the morning. However I have recently had a child which has required that I rearrange my schedule somewhat. I still wake as early as possible and get work ...
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How do I concentrate while I work on a computer?

My job requires me to work on a computer, which I do fine because maybe I fear my supervisor might pop in. But when it comes to doing personal projects on a computer, I totally slack off. It usually ...
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Putting limits on one's time online

As per Piers Steel's "procrastination equation", Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay) I find that most of my own procrastination tends to involve the Internet and the easily ...
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Is there an adopted strategy for dealing with cell phones ringing in the office?

I work in office with a kind of a cubicle farm arrangement where sound propagates no-problem. When a cell phone not in silent mode rings it can be heard in at least 10-meters range and therefore ...
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How to do intellectual work pressed by deadline under extremely bad emotional conditions

Which strategies can help you get your intellectual work done, under these conditions: Work of an intellectual nature (e.g. PhD thesis, scientific paper, etc) Strict deadline because of life ...
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How to track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
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How to get to back to your goals after a stressful project or period of time at work?

well, I have goals that I work for, but frequently, let's say every few months, I get consumed totally by job stress, and this stress may long many weeks because of the nature of our job, so that I ...
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Did the pomodoros help or the fact that I was doing something?

I was blogging about me using Pomodoros when proofreading a book. It worked in that it kept me disciplined and focused. In the conclusion I wrote "I'm not sure if it was the Pomodoros themselves that ...
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Erratic productivity

I consider myself a productive person. I get most of my things done to a level which I'm happy with. But sometimes my productivity just goes down the drain. I sleep in to the point of oversleeping ...
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How can computer programmer relax his mind and replenish his mental powers? [closed]

It is said that computer programmers (dealing with complex abstract problems) can stay highly productive only for a short period during the day, soon experiencing mental fatigue that makes further ...
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Massive amounts of books to read and audio books to listen to

I have a huge list of books I want to read (around 70) some of them related to Computer Science (mainly programming) and most of them self-help (various topics). I also have a list of audio books that ...
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Single tasking vs Mulitasking

I'm a student and hoping to be an entrepreneur. Besides study I spend most of my time working on software development and recently thinking of organizing a team to work on the field of software and ...
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How to concentrate on only one thing?

I have a problem. I can't concentrate on one thing at a time. I can't read a whole article, I can't read a whole book, I can't watch tv without reading news from social networks for example. Could ...
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Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...
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Hating sleep at night because of inadequate feeling of no achievement during the day

I've been having a hatred for sleep and when i mean hatred i mean a feeling of not wanting to fall asleep because i feel i've done nothing during the day to achieve my goals. How can i stop feeling ...
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Artifical sound generator for counteracting the workplace sound

I was wondering if there are some generator of sound (such as white noise, or other kinds of sound for the following purpose) for counteracting the sound in working environment? The generator can be ...
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How to have less blackouts while working under pressure?

I'm a 17 year old high school student. I try to explain my problem using a short example: During a maths test I have tried to remember a formula, which I just learned a few days before. Normally I ...
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Concentration+calmness vs curiosity+distraction

I often find it hard to concentrate on uninteresting details (programming bugs etc.) where I already know the outcome, but it takes time and concentration to fiddle. Sometimes I procrastinate and ...
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Hacking sleeping pattern and increasing productivity

I plan to develop my own 'customised' sleeping pattern. My idea is to reduce my sleep to about four hours (up to five) per day. I read about polyphasic sleep, especialy uberman's and everyman 3. The ...
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What is the most effective way to get into 'the zone'?

The zone: "A place were you do focused work without the existence of time." You have been in 'the zone' when a couple hours have passed without you noticing it. When you're into the zone: you work at ...
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How to solve problems while walking

I'm a university student, and I've recently moved to working while standing, and walking instead of sitting. I read a lot through the textbooks while walking(reading in kindle is very handy), and it ...
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How to increase awareness about present/now?

Our thoughts tend to wander off to the past or present, and our awareness of the present is reduced. This indirectly promotes or reduces our perception of reality. As a regular habit, we tend to live ...
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How to stop myself walking away from the desk and focus?

I think I may have an odd habit. When I'm working, particularly on something intense or that involves a lot of writing (e.g. a detailed and/or stressful email), after a while I tend to walk away from ...
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How do I concentrate, feel comfortable and be productive? [closed]

I've recently been using my computer while laying down on my bed with a monitor arm extending my monitor in front of me from the side of the bed. My keyboard and mouse are wireless, and I can use ...
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How to focus on small periods of time that I find available for my personal projects every day?

During a day I schedule a lot of things, including work, entertainment, routine things, house stuff etc, plus unexpected tasks that usually can't wait. So, there are not a few times that I find some ...
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Does it make sense to continuously listen to some sounds to avoid mind wanderings?

Are there studies or evidence that suggest that continuously listening to sounds helps prevent the mind from wandering or increase focus and productivity during activities such as studying or ...
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How do I increase my concentration and attention on a difficult/technical subject?

I have trouble reading programming books and doing and understanding their example code. I have trouble understanding advanced math and even basic math concepts. I have trouble to learn new things on ...
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Peer review: my personal productivity system.

I would like to tell you about my personal productivity system and get your opinion, since I think it could be enhanced, but right now I do not know how would I do it. Ok, so I have all information ...
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Effective method of thinking beyond the first idea

As the title says, do you know any effective ways of escaping the trap of thinking about a problem only in the terms of the first idea/solution that came up? I have encountered this issue both in my ...
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How do I maintain consistency when learning a new skill?

Sometimes, I find it difficult to maintain focus when learning new skills, especially when I'm just getting the hang of it. Most times, it's due to being distracted by learning another skill. How do I ...
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How to refocus after being distracted?

I practise pomodoro technique and for the most part it works pretty well. However, sometimes when I do get distracted (today it's been bitcoin, and Tinder), I find it hard to get back in the zone. ...
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How to cure my grave fear for examinations?

How to eliminate my grave fear for examinations which is associated with the tragic end of my academic career due to some of my family matters? I am totally unable to withstand the fear of failing in ...
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How to easily change activity and switch focus to it?

I found out, that sometimes when I change the activity, I can not fit to it and I still think about the previous one. For example, when I am really excited due to a call (or great weekend), it is hard ...
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How to safely and effectively ignore irrelevant external stimuli?

I have come to realize that a lot of mental energy and focus is wasted on the intake, filtering, and processing of what ends up considered completely useless sensory input. Things like various types ...
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How to engage those dreaded tasks on time

I am an MS student and I also have a part time job. I am facing the same producticity problem that has bothered me during my Bsc. As to organization, I have a calendar on my desktop showing important ...
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Good resources to try Mindfullness technique [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to avoid mind drifting while listening? While reading answers to few questions on this forum I read about "Mindfulness". I have problem staying focused during ...
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Is it normal that I lose focus and concentration when programming?

I'm a teen, I don't have a job as a programmer. I study programming at my school, though I didn't learn it in my school but through YT tutorials. Anyway, I've been doing programming for about 2 years ...
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Thinking about romance interfering with productivity.

Last night I went on a first date with a girl I met on a dating app. The date went well, and we've organised a second date. However, I've started over thinking the text game, worry about screwing ...
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Converting work (studying & coding) into constant stimulation

I have an addictive personality for activities with constant stimulation. videogames - call of duty reddit/youtube - always changing I struggle with keeping focused and interested in work ...
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Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...