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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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 to work on multiple projects effectively?

I'm working on 2 projects, both investors are in a hurry, and I'm a computer sciences student. It's summertime now but in fall, I have no room to breath. Sometimes I feel like not doing anything, ...
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Activate your brain

Especially for programmers, designers, engineers out there. Say you are having a day or two when you are just tired. (Went drinking night before, been working hard for 2+ weeks, or watched that movie ...
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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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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 ...
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DIfficulties working when I am not at home

I have a job where I work mostly with my laptop. I sometimes work with my laptop from home, and feel this environment is perfect for me to work in because I can wear my comfy jogging trousers, ...
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Reducing procrastination / Incentivising work completion?

Though working, going to college and working on startups... I still have trouble staving off procrastination such as television shows, movies and online multiplayer gaming. How do I reduce this ...
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How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
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How to schedule leisure time for productive work

When it comes to fun activities, is it best to do those before work or wait until after you have accomplished some work? I'm asking in terms of which arrangement leads to higher productivity while ...
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Reducing fragmentation: App to focus on single task

There are a few apps (like Rescuetime) that track what you're doing with your computer. And there are some tools that can help you when you decide you want to eliminate distrcations (StayFocused ...
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Distracting thoughts while doing Yoga?

I have been doing yoga for a long time every morning. But there is a problem with my thoughts while i am doing yoga. These thoughts distract me and breaks continuation. After few minutes i have to ...
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Productivity trainer audio similar to fitness trainer

When we go to workout with a trainer or use a fitness training video, the trainer goads us on to train harder and push ourselves even further. This helps us to push ourselves beyond the limits we ...
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How to focus on reading while the TV is on [duplicate]

My girlfriend loves watching TV but I like to read. I have a lot of trouble focusing between the noise and visual of the TV. I still want to spend that time relaxing with her because we're lucky to ...
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How to control the urge of refreshing the forum pages to see if someone has replied?

That wastes time. Huge time. I also tried setting up mail notifications so that I don't have to keep on refreshing tabs, but in this case I get dragged to keep a parallel eye on the Gmail as if my ...
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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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I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun

I always end up playing a game or something when I'm supposed to study. Hey, having fun is a lot more fun than studying, right? What can I do to make the consequences of my action seem more real? I ...
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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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How to setup linux as a pure working environment

I am a freelance programmer and I suffer from procrastination - a lot. When I manage to dive into work I really enjoy it, but then after a while something crosses my mind, and I have strong urge to ...
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Be able to focus and read books when your partner watches TV

I like reading books a lot. Usually have only time for that at night, after work, but at that time my wife likes TV a lot and specially zapping; continuously jumping from one channel to another. I ...
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How to stop misplacing things?

I have a big problem of forgetting where I have put things. I always seem to forget where, for example I left my papers, keys, etc. Is there a way I can remember all the objects and where I have ...
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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 concentrate without external stimulants? [closed]

I'm a programmer and my work requires intense mental focus. My goal is to get 8 clean, productive hours of programming per day. I tried this yesterday, and I managed to get only 2:35 hours of clean ...
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Mind keeps wandering during conversations

I have trouble remembering instant things in mind. It really feels weird when I am talking about something and then I ask the person talking to me as, "Excuse me! Where were we?." I have been told by ...
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How to remain calm during a tense period?

I am working in a bank as an assistant of one of my seniors. One day one of the bundles of account-opening forms was lost. I became much anxious and was thinking about an way out. I was continuously ...
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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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The rules or training: how to behave in open space?

I work in open space so I am in one room with about 15 next persons. Many times they are talking together and it is hard to concentrate to work. I can partly solve it by headphones and music or noise ...
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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 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 concentrate again after getting stuck at some point

I'm a self-employed IT guy at the moment. My self discipline is quite decent usually, I plan and think a lot before implementing something. I got stuck at some point now, because I didn't foresee a ...
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How do I get motivated to study hard things?

Nowadays I study Logic and Philosophy. I think a lot in order to generate new ideas and try not to just know what other's ideas are. This is hard, and I know that Mastery/Autonomy/Purpose help in ...
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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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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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Struggling in coding [closed]

I have a problem that whenever I struggle with a programming problem, for example in computer vision or game programming, I try to look for an existing demo or some code that does that job. I always ...
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Forgetting of concepts

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
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Keeping focus in the now during intense situations

I have read Eckhart Tolle's, The Power of Now. I saw value in the idea that when your focus is completely present, there is quality in what you do. I've applied this and it works for me, where I ...
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Best headphones/earplugs to drown out loud nearby conversations [closed]

I'm a programmer in an environment where people talk loudly. Nearby passionate conversations can be distracting when i need to concentrate. I'm sure I'm not alone. What headphones/earplugs would ...
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Improve productivity in a non will job

I need help. I am a software engineer but i didn't opt for this career by will. I did it because of family pressure. I wanted to be a cricketer. I have got good results in all my exams and also been ...
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Which is more productive: doing lots of work in parallel or one by one?

I always feel hesitant about this particular problem of mine. Sometimes several ideas come to me, and I feel, I should start doing all of that once. But then I have a problem, I get lost in Where I ...
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How to keep focus in a loud environment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Loud conversations in workplace I need to work in a loud environment and I can't move into another place. It's hard to focus because of all that noise. What can I do ...
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How to set targets for two equally important tasks?

I always find it really difficult to set my targets, from my perception as both works are equally important for me. My situation is- Currently I am working on a project that really needs my ...
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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 focus without bad habits?

I have a terrible habit, Whenever I am deeply concentrating on something I chew my fingers, Not just a slight munch, but enough that i am splitting the skin. The issue is that I am so focused on ...
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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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How to get rid of distractions and focus on what I am reading?

I need to study hard for a month, more than 10 hours/day. The problem is, I cannot concentrate on what I'm reading more than 15 minutes. I lose concentration easily while reading. the most important ...
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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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Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk?

Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk? One that folds up. I enjoy working while standing up but I can't find a portable stand up desk. I want one I could fold up quickly and put in my car ...
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534 views

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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What is the best way to approach large tasks, such as reading scientific papers, that require intense focus?

I'm in graduate school, and part of my job is to read widely in my field. Scientific papers are very dense and I tend to read slow, so I average around 2-3 pages/hour. Consequently, long papers can ...
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One hour a day or 4 continuous hours a week for an activity?

Should I practice an activity, say drawing, programming, or even sport, in short day-sessions of one hour for example, or do it all at once in a week? If I choose to do one hour a day, I might waste ...
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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 ...