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 (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 ...
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Reading relevant messages from social networking notifications

To stay updated and learn on the happening things around world on topics of my interest, I have subscribed to limited social networking notifications. The daunting challenge mostly such topics ...
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Can stay focus on a book(novel) but not on a Manual book, is i

I can be focus but not in every case. I'm a student in computer science. So I have to read a lot a book or tutorial about it. However I notice that I have some difficulty to stay focus when I read ...
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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 end the Habit of Task-Switching? [duplicate]

When I am learning or reading articles on the internet, I open at least a hundred different tabs and glance through the material on each tab for just a few seconds. As a result, I remember nothing! ...
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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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Is listen music for focus in a noisy environment is a good idea? [duplicate]

I'm student in computer scientist so I need to read a lot a stuff on internet and stay focus when I'm writting code on my computer otherwise I risk to make some error in my program. However in my ...
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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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Why does the Pomodoro technique recommend writing down every interruption?

The Pomodoro technique suggests that internal and external interruptions of a task should be annotated (e.g. with a ' or -). What is the purpose of doing this? The only reason I can imagine is that ...
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The Productivity Monk Lifestyle or Apartment Monk Lifestyle [closed]

Everyday I make a to-do list for the next day, and a schedule to go along with it, and on paper it seems like the next day will be a productive and good one. But I can never complete my list, because ...
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Programming with ADHD

I suffer from ADHD. I am trying to build an android app. My problem is that I find it hard to sit and program for a long time, I usually sit only for 5 minutes and then walk off. My question How can ...
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Strategies to focus for a long time

In my college the system is really bad. We may take 4 lectures one after another. Each is of one and half hour long with 10 minutes breaks in between which we use to ask the lecturer of what we ...
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How to force myself to focus while reading?

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
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Is it worth taking work breaks “by feel”?

As a student working on multiple things, not finding enough time is a constant problem and finding efficiency tweaks is always a goal. Every single source I look at recommends scheduling work into ...
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Blue light during day instead of caffeine

I have a blue blocker for night time on my computer, and i have read that blue light helps with concentration during the day. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good software or product that ...
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What should one do to achieve something big in life? [closed]

I want to do something big in life, travel around the world, earn 7 digit salary, buy an island etc. but don't know how and from where to begin? Also, watched THE SECRET over 5 times, tried ...
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Postprandial somnolence. Is there a way to be active after lunch?

Postprandial somnolence is a normal state of drowsiness or lassitude following a meal. According to wikipedia, exposure to blue light counteracts it. Do you know additional measures to be active ...
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What is Mindfulness training and how can it boost productivity?

I hear Mindfulness training has many great effects for personal productivity. But what is it and how do you actually do it, if you want to get the results? And specifically what are those effects?
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How do I complete my task on the deadline? [closed]

I have so many tasks on my hand, I get pressurized whenever I look at them. But after some time I forget everything, and I feel relaxed. This is a daily routine . How I complete my task on the ...
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How to master a programming language - Java? [duplicate]

It's been quite a time that I have started working with Java. I have lot of interest in doing programming. While I also get demotivated when I feel I don't know certain things in it too. As everyone ...
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How can I achieve best results in studying at home having short amount of time available?

I am preparing for an exam GATE. Due to my current habits (like watching movies, reading news paper, talking/walking with friends), I am facing same things daily . I am doing a job as content ...
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For what kind of activity is Pomodoro technique effective?

I've tried using Pomodoro Technique when I was studying, though I wouldn't dare use it when I'm programming. It is somewhat helpful when I have to watch videos of lectures and take notes. I thought I ...
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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 can I improve reading speed and comprehension?

How can I improve my reading ability? I want to increase my reading speed and comprehension. Do you have experience in increasing your reading. What did work for you? Which approaches failed?
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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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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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How to focus instantly, is it possible?

I work around 10 hours per day as researcher, and I have a 1.5 hours stop for lunch. It happens to me that in the morning, I need just one hour to get "into work", and also after lunch. I think this ...
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Maintaining focus after completing a task and moving into the next one [duplicate]

What I've been finding recently, is once I've finished a task, it takes a bit of effort to refocus and start working on the next task. Any suggestions for minimizing this transition? Usually I ...
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My thoughts distract me, how do I keep my focus?

I recently started working full-time as a software developer. [potentially unnecessary background info here] I've always had a problem focusing. It's very difficult for me to push down my curiosity ...
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How to present my project if am feeling not good?

I will present my project tomorrow. My instructor will invite another instructor who used to insult and laugh on students projects if its average or wrong. How I can respond on his laughing? How I can ...
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Meditation using breath : Stay in meditative state once reached there

This is my first day on this site, and this is my first question too. It is somewhat similar to this but I believe mine is more specific. I practice meditation for the last 1 year and I really enjoy ...
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What is the Shortest Time Unit of a Goal?

Well, i have been reading a lot on goal setting and achieving. I want to set some career and personal goals for myself.what i mean to say is that what can be considered a goal. Should goal be long ...
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Why can we learn effectively only for a short period of time?

I ask this in the hopes of possibly getting some insight on how to learn for long periods of time. I'd first like to point out the distinction between working and learning. While learning you're more ...
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Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
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How do I maintain focus towards work for extended periods?

I work in a team and after some days of regular focus & productivity, normally towards the end of the month, I lose interest in the work. It usually takes about a week to regain focus but, this ...
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Getting as much done with the most focus [duplicate]

I have like probably many people in here a 40 hour week. In my spare time I have a project I want to work on. My goal is to become way better in a competitive activity. This is not a programming ...
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How can i Focus on Learning one Skill at a time? [duplicate]

Well, i have a problem of learning/focusing on perhaps too many things/topics at a time. For instance i am learning a new programming language. By the time i have read few tutorials on the internet, i ...
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How to stay focused on achieving my Goals?

I have read many books on goal setting. i made a list of 10 goals for the year and then just did nothing. All of my goals are realistic and specific. They are short-term to mid-term goals. I started ...
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How not to stress and hurry in work?

My way of work is agitated. I work in stressed way even if the deadline is far away... I have a bad habit to try to do everything immediately. My boss told me that twice : take your time, no hurry !. ...
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Are productivity HUDs effective?

I recently came across a tool that helps people focus on one thing at a time; it's basically a heads up display for your current task, and seems to be geared towards people with dual monitors. Does ...
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How to calm yourself before meditation?

When I practice mindful meditation (concentrating on the breath), my thoughts wander - a lot. I try hard to bring my mind back but often I fail. What should I do to calm myself before meditation?
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Where to Get Free Binaural Audio for Specific Attribute of Self Improvement? [closed]

I am looking for free binaural audio tracks that help attain specific self-improvement state of mind like creativity, motivation, focus etc. to improve productivity. Do you know where such can be ...
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How to get more focused on research? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student and I noticed many mistakes I do are because I am not focused enough on my work. I always have been quite a dreamy person, and I think I have never cared to develop my focusing ...
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Unable to focus on areas I am passionate about [duplicate]

My mind goes wild and bad thoughts occupy my mind when I am free & alone. I am unable to focus on areas which I am passionate about. I am very very passionate about Astronomy and Nuclear physics. ...
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Good resources to try Mindfullness technique [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to avoid mind drifting while listening? While reading answers to a few questions on this forum I read about "Mindfulness". I have problems staying focused during ...
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How to study long hours without being burnt out or getting bored?

I can't continuously study more than 2.5 hours. After that, I become exhausted. If I continue to study after that time limit, I read something but the materials seem to be not entering my head. I just ...
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How to learn English in a way that contributes?

I want to increase my English language skills. I know that the options are 'endless', but I want to help the world somehow while increasing the skill. For this purposes I think that the most ...
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Jogging as a tool to always stay fresh and energized

Expanding on President Obama Loves to Jog -- is it normal for people to go on a jog whenever they start feeling drowsy at work or when studying? So that when they return they'll feel fully revitalized ...
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How to be successful with a narrow attention span?

I haven't been diagnosed officially with AD(H)D (probably because I haven't sought counseling) but I find myself having many symptoms. My biggest problem is not so much an inability to concentrate ...
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Should I Learn a New Skill by breaking it into Sub-Skills? [closed]

Well, for instance i want to learn SQL programming language. should i break it into different topics like functions, variables etc. Should i practice one sub-skill or topic for weeks or even Months ...