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 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 do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
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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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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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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 do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
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What are the first steps to unfreezing a mind paralyzed with stuff bouncing around in it?

This happens to me so often I've lost track. I have so many things to do. One thing gets to the frontal lobe (top of the heap, whatever) then something else jumps on top of it before I have a chance ...
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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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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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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 being controlled by others opinions?

I'm 21 years old. And I dream to be a computer programmer, I really do. The problem is (I am going to get a bit technical here) that when i decide to learn a certain programming language that i see my ...
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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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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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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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When I'm going back to an old complex project, how can I restore my focus and motivation?

I've had a few weeks break from a large and difficult project that I've been working on for two years. The project could be a few weeks from shipping, if I can manage to focus on it. I've noticed a ...
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how to keep focus in long term?

My problem: I can't keep focus on a few selected areas. Part of the problem is that I want to learn too many things simultaneously. But another, more serious problem is that I can't keep the same ...
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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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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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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 overcome the constant feeling of not being good enough?

I constantly and obsessively question myself during many kinds of activities. When I play Tetris, I cannot stop thinking that world class Tetris players have way faster motor and cognitive abilities, ...
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Cannot start actual task

My problem is that whenever I try to learn a new programming language such as Java, I start and give it up after 2-3 days. If I think about starting to practice programming I feel it's a very boring ...
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How to improve concentration on more important priorities than facebook?

I used to be a very focused student in school. But after coming to college after i got access to unlimited internet,freedom my concentration has fallen very steeply. Even while studying for my final ...
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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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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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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 to work while depressed?

A depressed person must stop working while in depression treatment. But if that person needs to keep working, what can be done? EDIT: Some reasons why I prefer stopping to work: FOCUS:near ...
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Meditation and productivity

I hear a lot about power of meditation, however I've never tried by myself. I've tried to find any useful information regarding connection between meditation and productivity, and found nothing ...
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How to keep focused without losing interest?

I am not sure how common is this, but I experience loss of interest pretty often. Unlike many people, my problem is not in starting things but in sustaining the interest. One day, I decide that I am ...
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How to work through technical books for long hours to completion

I cannot sit in one place reading for more than a hour, no matter what book it is (except maybe Harry Potter). Can anybody please advise me how I can learn to sit and read for long hours. My main ...
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How to trick our minds into doing mundane tasks?

There are some daily tasks I am too lazy to do: simple cleaning, washing dishes, etc. When I have no other pressing tasks, I end up not doing these simple tasks. However, when I have something coming ...
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How to quickly restore concentration?

Very often I'm being interpreted while working or studying, sometimes the interruptions are small, and take a minute and sometimes it requires more than few minutes. How do I quickly restore ...
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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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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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Too obsessed. Cant concentrate

I am an addicted computer programmer. I am doing my Engineering. I am extremely obsessive about things. I am soo much obsessive that people tell me that I work really slow. I feel that I am unable to ...
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Complete loss of focus / wanting to work

I work on my PC all day, every day, even when I get home. I am a programmer, theres no getting round it, and I love it! But recently I have been having 'programmers block' or complete lack of 'want' ...
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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 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 handle interruptions in developer work without losing concentration?

I work as a developer for some years now. Mainly the issue why it's antisocial work is because you need to spend much time programming. I've been always the kind of developer who likes to cut off from ...
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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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How to quickly remove bad experiences from mind & switch to another task?

If something bad happens to me in a day, I can't remove that bad experience from my mind; at least for that entire day or sometimes for next 2-3 days (no matter how small that bad experience is). And ...
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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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Does Noise Help Concentration and Productivity?

Does Noise (White/Pink/Brown) help concentration? Any literature to speak about this? Note: This is not similar to this because I am asking specifically about noise not music. I am not asking about ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...