To instruct a person to follow a particular code of conduct or order. Discipline refers to methods of modeling character and of teaching self-control and acceptable behavior, for example, teaching a child to wash her/his hands before meals. Here, washing hands before meals is a particular pattern of ...

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How to be a productive software developer without a Computer?

I'm currently doing my masters degree in CS while working on three small research projects to finance myself. Even though the classes and the projects sound interesting, I suffer from zero motivation, ...
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How do you avoid those moments when you are just staring at the material that you have to learn and you do no progress?

Recently I've spent 2 days in order to understand a course. 65% of this time was spent rereading and rewatching the course notes and the lectures. In the first 2-3 hours I wasn't even able to say what ...
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Life in purpose [duplicate]

You know, my mind keeps bugging me all the time. I feel like I am meant for something else. I am planning to quit my job and try the things that I really want to do. Like writing, building networks, ...
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GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
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Limit online time on Android

Often I find myself stuck in endless navigation on my phone. I just want to check if I received a message, or doing some basic research, and without noticing it I jump from link to link (or spending ...
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How can I get myself to go to sleep when I know I should?

I've read on resetting one's biological clock and clearing my mind before bedtime (and I do most of the things there, using F.lux, being physically active mostly every day), taking melatonin ...
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How to have a serious mindset?

I have ADHD and am controlling it with concerta. My lack of focus and attention, I'm learning to use Todoist app + GTD method. When I work, I use pomodoro to keep my attention zoned into one task at a ...
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Amphetamines for an academic (or other thinkers) [closed]

What do you think about amphetamines for an academic, do they hurt originality? How long can you get a boost out of them in your career, through tenure? Does it take away the emotional understanding ...
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How to develop interest in something that does not attract me?

Suppose that I need to study a topic which is required by/for my university/job/career, and that the provided resources are either: 1) very hard to learn; 2) boring or tedious. Is there any way to ...
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How do I break free of this rut?

I have following linked problems: I want to do one thing at a time; and another at another time. I start taking small steps toward my goals and then think of doing another thing, talk myself out of ...
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How to stop watching movies?

Alright, this may sound weird but how do I stop watching movies? In my religion people generally don't watch movies for many reasons: it shows stuff we are prohibited from doing, may have influences, ...
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How to avoid losing my motivation during long periods of inactivity?

When I started university, I was really excited about learning new things. My first 2 years were harsh but with a lot of effort and discipline I managed to get good grades and got into all the ...
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How to come out of friendzone? [closed]

Most of my female friends (all of them) put me in friend zone and some has even placed me in the VIP section of it. All I want to know is how to come out of this friend zone?
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Would improving my penmanship improve my productivity?

I'm not... good with a pen. Years of hastily-scribbled notes and quality time spent with my trusty Model-M keyboard have left my penmanship in a sorry state; it's not completely illegible when I take ...
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How to be productive on publishing scientific papers?

How come some people are more productive on publishing papers? Do faculties with many publication follow a particular strategy or method? If so, what is it? What are the major skills or think style ...
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How do I deal with distractions when working on a computer?

I spend most of my working day on a computer and know that when I am "in the zone" I am extremely productive. Getting to "the zone" is very dependent upon the task itself and environmental distraction ...
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665 views

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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I procrastinated and now I'm in the hole several assignments deep, where do I begin the climb out?

So I procrastinated because I opted to work on job related projects rather than school assignments. Its now Spring Break and I want to turn my classes around before it is entirely too late. How do I ...
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How to stop wasting time and focus maximum? [duplicate]

This is the biggest problem of my life! I'm currently in grade 11th and I wanna get into a great college (MIT or Yale) and become an Astronomer. I know exactly what to do and how to do it, but I'm ...
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As a university undergraduate, how can I get more self-disciplined in my academic studies?

I have an issue in that I don't think I was ever taught real discipline. I was always a really good kid, polite, never really acted out or anything of the sort really, and so my parents never really ...
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How do I retrain bad habits? [duplicate]

Background: This answer talks about Ironic Process Theory, in which deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts make them more likely to surface. I find I have this problem with certain ...
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How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?

I guess this is a fairly broad question for this Stack Exchange, but anyway, here goes: how do I just force myself to do my tasks that I need to do, even though I'm depressed and lack the energy or ...
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How can I eliminate fear of phone calling?

I've always been a shy person, never really speaking up or trying to take the leader role. But I tried to change and step out of my comfort zone, and now I'm not really afraid of most things. I don't ...
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what to do with said “knowledge”/area of interest [closed]

How can I apply what I have learned to real life, so that it has a purpose and does not feel gimmicky but rather, creative and useful? I am 21 I am not sure where is the best place to ask this and ...
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How to enjoy trying to solve hard problems?

How do I enjoy solving hard problems? I love learning--reading and understanding textbooks or papers, for instance--but I am slower to try to solve problems or apply what I've learned. I am naturally ...
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Something is missing, which I can't point it at, to achieve a goal

After reading self-help books & failing many times, I figured out a self-disciplinary approach to achieve my long term goal(an year term) by breaking them to monthly, then to weekly and ultimately ...
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How do I deal with distractions by checking websites? [duplicate]

I am an instructor in a university. For job promotion I need to publish some papers. Usually if I start a software or a research I like to complete it. But nowadays, when I sit behind the computer ...
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How do I focus on the necessities even though I hate them?

I am a high school student. I am preparing for the SAT & the AP in CS. I like to study for these exams and can do so for hours on end. However, my school-work is very boring and has a lot of ...
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How do you Unlearn things?

Imagine you have an habit or a way of thinking that you think is wrong but you keep thinking /doing the same way because you have done it all your life the same way. How do you reverse it? Edit: ...
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How to make myself take breaks from games and other screen activities?

A long time ago I made a program for my laptop which counts down from 90 minutes and shuts down my computer after. Fool as I am, I included a feature which resets the timer, so while in theory it ...
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How to develop discipline to take relevant notes?

During my working life, taking notes in an ordered, relevant fashion has been quite burdensome. It seems to be essential to planning not to rely on the fragile human mind, so it is evermore needed to ...
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Does military background enhance productivity? [closed]

Is there any research investigating the effect (or correlation) of a military background of a person on his productivity, effectiveness and other characteristics? It is often casually claimed that a ...
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How do some users here keep up with so much information without getting overwhelmed?

There are many users here who sign up to different *.SE sites and still continuously participate with some of these sites. I tried to do that too. But I got overwhelmed just thinking of it. One ...
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Pushing myself too hard to exercise, causing me stress

Recently it has dawned on me the necessity to exercise regularly, but I am highly over-pushing myself to do it, and its causing me to stress out about doing it. I've been doing it consistently for the ...
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What kind of mindset do disciplined people have? [closed]

I'm curious of how disciplined people think? What is their mind like? I found that some tips on how to be disciplined are good, but not good enough if one's mind is not thinking about it differently. ...
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How to get past the fear of moving forward?

I have many things I want to do, but I never get anything done. I want to start learning things, but never have the motivation. I want to start doing things that are readily available, but hold myself ...
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Switching tasks

I love programming, but excessive programming is bad for health/sanity. So I want to make it my goal to exercise for at least 30 minutes after work. I can't exercise right after work since my commute ...
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Happiness - change who you are or accept yourself? [closed]

I've been watching Dexter and I've raised this question: will you be happier changing yourself to who you want to be, or just accept yourself for who you are? Killing addictions may be a bit ...
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How to cope with “idea overflow”?

How do I cope with "idea overflow"? My constant stream of new ideas is preventing me from realizing old ideas. Specifically, I recently started two big projects. I started from scratch and had to ...
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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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Does following a highly disciplined religion help in improving personal productivity?

There are many religions like Islam, Judaism etc that have a very disciplined and orderly approach to life with lots of rules and guidelines even for seemingly trivial endeavors , Does this induce ...
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How to force myself to reach office on time?

Money wasn't so important to me ever (no I am NOT rich), they cut my salary on my late arrival and I don't care. My team lead doesn't grumble on my late arrival. The deadlines here are flexible as ...
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665 views

Places to find accountability partner for personal growth

I've been having trouble lately to make myself motivated to learn and selfimprove in the field of software development. I've come up with this idea that to help myself motivate to learn from books ...
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How can I channel my energies in the right direction?

I am sure all of us would be facing/have faced such stages in life when you're buzzing with energy and ideas and you find 24*7 less for them. I find myself in such a quandary often. And I feel this ...
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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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What are the “mental hacks” for sticking to a field for decades?

In this age of startups and "quick" tech money, what are some good tips to give a young man like myself who has come to understand that this is just a phase and the tech market will become so ...
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how much does one need to change their living situation to be productive enough?

While looking at The Happiness Project, Steve Pavlina, Randy Pausch etc I realize there are a number of objective things you need to do in your life to be productive. One needs to learn how to sleep ...
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Getting rid of an “I'll do it later” habit [closed]

I am in the IT industry working with software all day long from logic to code. Sometimes, very seemingly small things take a long time while larger tasks are solved in jiffy. I have a habit of ...
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What physical actions can trigger psychological and physiological changes to be more productive?

I recently watched this TED talk about confidence which has a key point: You can fake your body into being confident simply by doing certain actions (you literally change your physiological status ...