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 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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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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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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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 ...
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How to stop mind from drifting off while reading?

Lets say I'm reading a text on programming language which has some example on poker. As soon as I read it, my mind drifts off about some related things around poker, like probability, last time I won, ...
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How do I increase my concentration in classroom?

I am in first year of my undergraduate university. I find it very difficult to concentrate in class and 90% of the time I do not know what is going on in the class. I am getting a bit low grades and ...
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How to deal with problems associated with dyslexia?

I think I might be dyslexic . Here are the reasons why: I seem to forget the same words over and over again (don't we all?). I find it difficult to remember names of people after six months (even ...
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Staying concentrated during small pauses

My workflow includes some steps that make me wait for 0.5 to 2 minutes to complete: long remote git operations, creating / rebooting an instance in the cloud, etc. It's safe to assume that these ...
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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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How much time the brain can keep on learning some subject through reading?

Almost all things I read on internet about studying, are just tips on how to improve concentration, improve performance and other stuff you probably already read. But, I stumble on a difficulty very ...
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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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how can i always be in the present Moment?

I have often heard meditation is good and calms your mind,i have also enjoyed the benefits of it and but it just lasts several minutes,i know that meditation means present moment but i always keep ...
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how can i design forms like this [closed]

i see such awesome personal productivity forms here. http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ How can i design a form like this?
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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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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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Why am I not able to motivate myself to code?

I have got an idea that can make a good app for web and mobile. I tell myself to design the prototype so as to see how people take it. The problem is when I sit to code, I can't get things done. I ...
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My open office is not effective in increasing my productivity, how can I counter this?

We have an open office (no cubical walls) that is intended to increase productivity. However I find that the increase in distractions, both sound and visual negates this due to the difficulty in ...
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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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How to focus on long boring task?

Not all tasks are easy to do. From some tasks mind tries to run somewhere else. How to avoid distractions during the task that I don't like?
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Downside of energy drinks [closed]

I usually drink a few energy drinks during a week, because it really helps my productivity, I can focus on tasks easily, even on those boring ones. I'm better in processing information too. I prefer ...
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What's the most effective studying method?

I study at a high school/college and I'll soon have my exams period. I was wondering what is the best way to study, given that I want to get the most use out of my time. What should I pay attention ...
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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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Dealing with distractions during wait

The biggest problem for me are distractions that slow down my progress. Too often instead of pushing the main task forward I switch to the other task/check my email/etc. It doesn't mean I'm ...
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How to concentrate (read a book or work) when other people are talking instead of listening to their conversation?

I find it very difficult to concentrate on a task, if people are talking in the "neighborhood", e.g. reading a book in the tram or train or in a doctor's waiting room where other people are ...