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 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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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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6answers
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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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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 have left my penmanship in a sorry state; it's not completely illegible when I take the time ...
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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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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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Isolation as a productivity 'drive'

This is my attempt to re-frame a recently-closed question in a more positive and productivity-focused way. Various cultural artifacts make mention of writers that escaped to isolated cottages far ...
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How to implement a behaviour of discipline

Discipline is -at least in my opinion- the key to changing behaviours and increasing productivity. Pomodoro, GTD as well as other techniques are methods that need discipline in order to consistently ...
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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 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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how to avoid temptations

well I usually do prepare a very good plan, but due to lot of temptations and their consuming nature and few of their execution I find discipline bit very hard in day to day life... plans are ...
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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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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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What trigger do you use to get up early in the morning?

I used to play a Management game which simulated the results early in the morning and the anticipation of match result used to trigger me to wake up early and start my day. But i realized that this ...
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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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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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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 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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Balancing time and quality

Are there any proven or benchmarked methodologies that can be leveraged to balance the challenge between maintaining quality in spite of strict timeline through a disciplined and consistent approach? ...
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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 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 develop interest in something that do not attract me?

Suppose I need to study something that is required by my university-degree/job. But the study-materials are either very much hard to learn or boring or tedious. How can I develop a solid interest in ...
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Bring a long term change into my life

Each one of us has some difficulties and obstacles draw him/her to this site. I know I do, and I believe most of them are caused by addictive behaviours (sleeping, browsing, playing, etc.) There are ...
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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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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 to get out of an unproductivity rut? [closed]

Lately, I have been being highly unproductive, almost 70% less. What are some of the things you guys do to get back on track?
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What makes a good morning routine?

My question is twofold: What makes a good routine and how do I stick to it? Things to do in the morning include keep hygiene, have breakfast, pack lunch, and do bodyweight exercises. I find that the ...
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Is it beneficial to shower with cold water?

Does it build discipline to shower with cold water? Are there other benefits why you would recommend it? Are the disadvantages?
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How to avoid falling out of the pre-set productive routine and to get back into in asap?

I have a good routine and a long list of tasks to complete. But sometimes for a few days or weeks I go completely off the routine and don't even check the task list. Then its all games, reddit & ...
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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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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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3answers
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Is temptation-killing a healthy mode of improving productivity?

There are many blogs, articles and even research (including the famous Marshmallow Experiment) conducted on improving productivity through improved willpower and temptation suppression (Basically, ...
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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 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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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 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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Handle unexpected delays and new tasks

I am still practicing with productivity methods, so I am not very familiar with terminology and techniques... maybe it's all already written in a technique I have not learned yet. My question is ...
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281 views

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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How to withstand a highly distractive environment, or else, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go'

The headline here is: I live in a frat house with 10 other people. They are noisy, frisky people, and living with them greatly improved my drinking social skills, and I loved it at first, but I'm ...
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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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1answer
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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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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 ...
2
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1answer
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
2
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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 ...
2
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3answers
294 views

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 ...
2
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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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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 ...