Habit an acquired pattern of behavior that often occurs automatically.

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How do habitual tasks fit in the GTD system?

I'd like to start using the GTD system to help me organize my tasks and boost my productivity. One thing I probably missed or do not understand, is where habitual tasks go. For example, say "Practice ...
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How to read books in a better cost-benefit ratio?

I have a habit of searching for good self-help/Technical book if I found one then I will start reading it until I find another good self-help/Technical book and this pattern goes on and on. The ...
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How to motivate myself to go to bed earlier?

I have a chronic problem about my sleep hours. I always stay up late, either just browsing the web, watching youtube videos, netflix or playing video games. In the morning I have to wake up and go to ...
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How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?

Some examples of such activity: browsing this site without a particular goal browsing your friends' profiles on social networks reading news hugging with you spouse (endlessly) watching TV You can ...
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How to prevent the urge to masturbate to keep on track with work?

I'm a 17 year old male. I'm not going to be subtle about it, I masturbate a lot. When I start getting the urge, I almost have to otherwise I'm completely uncomfortable until I do something about it. ...
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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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Any Taskwarrior-like for habits?

I recently started using taskwarrior and I like it. However, I find it only useful for tasks and not habits or goals. I am looking for a similar tool, preferably open-source, for habits, something ...
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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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Techniques to stop procrastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...
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Controlling excitement/anxiety

I often get excited and my hands, legs and even voice start trembling. These usually happen when I am debating or arguing with friends/people, speaking in front of many people, asking questions in the ...
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When to choose tutorials and when to choose books?

When I want to learn something new I tend to choose books to learn it, but I feel that they sometimes slow me down. I've decided that I will choose books for things I want to be more average at, and ...
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How do I create a more efficient morning routine?

I would like to have a good morning routine. My main issue is that I spend a lot of time on breakfast. I wonder if it makes more sense to have a small-yet-healthy breakfast, and opt for a bigger ...
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How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
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How to get rid of my approval seeking desire?

I am 32. I am an approval seeker. Drawing and crafts is my hobby but before I make anything for my house I wonder whether my husband will like it or not. That stops me from doing much if I know he won'...
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When quitting a bad habit, how do I find a substitute habit to distract myself from that bad habit?

I have an issue with trying to avoiding a specific website - this website happens to be Reddit.com (actually, it can be facebook or anything). So, I tell myself repeatedly - "no more reddit !" and I ...
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How to maintain a diary about the wasted things which I had bought?

It seems I have a habit of compulsive shopping. I buy food items, then keep them on kitchen counter and then throw them after some days because I don't use them in their due time. I buy some things ...
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How to overcome resistance to do *more* than your initial goal?

Right now, I have a couple of solid habits that I do every day for around 20 minutes, but I often exceed that limit and go to about an hour. I log my habits with an Android app called HabitBull, which ...
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In regards to establishing a series of new habits, is it counterproductive to shorten the timespan required?

They say that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. But I find this to seem a bit arbitrary. Suppose I want to instill 3 new habits: 1. Exercise 10 minutes a day 2. Write a diary every day for ...
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How can I create a routine of using my ToDo-App on my Smartphone rather than writing everythign down

I'm currently implementing the Methods of David Allen's Getting Things Done into my life. I've downloaded an Android app that I'm fairly happy with and in which I already have put most of the tasks I ...
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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 correct my detrimental thinking habits and learning difficulties?

I am a mathematics graduate who recently dropped out of a PhD for personal reasons. I also have Asperger's Syndrome which I was diagnosed with in 1996. Since dropping out, I have been thinking long ...
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How do I choose what to focus on at the right time, when there are so many things I want to do?

(I apologize for the length of this post. Please see the bolded questions below.) Let me preface this by saying that, for the time being and foreseeable future, I will have nearly every day, all day, ...
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What productive things can you do while you eat?

I have this really bad habit of watching TV (if there is one around) while I eat, which can sometimes escalate into binge watching a whole season of some tv show series, or just watching a whole movie,...
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Why am I feeling overwhelmed by the feeling of confidence?

I've been having self-esteem issues for years now. And have been trying in vain to overcome it for the over-all well-being and improvement of my life. I think I finally got it into my head that ...
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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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Productivity apps are not for me! [closed]

Hi! I'm a very chaotic guy and I've been looking for a way to organize my life a little better for a long time. I've never found a real working solution. Though I have tried some productivity apps ...
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How can we eliminate the process of 'imperfect recall' of information? [duplicate]

Practice helps recalling some piece of information faster. Is there a better way to do practice in some certain way so that with relatively little practice, recall of information (having information ...
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How do I remind myself to stop browsing and start working [duplicate]

I find that I have a habit of switching to the browser to find something that is related to work and then going off into a rabbit hole of related information. After half an hour or so, I figure out ...
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Dropping old habits since childhood

I have been raised in a family where I was controlled and pushed to do something without knowing the value of why they were pushing me. In response (or by nature), I became rebellious. That ...
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How to control or change habits?

I don't know what I need to write here, but I am explaining everywhere what I feel and think. Everyone has some habits that may be good or bad. But firstly I want to control or change some of my ...
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How to develop impulse control?

After a lot of thinking and struggling with various problems like procrastination, social anxiety, stress, depression, I have concluded that the root of most of my problems is very poor impulse ...
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Scientific studies on the effectiveness of accountability partners

Does anybody know of any scientific studies which show that using accountability partners can effectively get someone to to build a habit or do something? I'm particularly interested in studies that ...
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Ways to work well with my stack-like working habit on computer?

I do almost every thing (e.g. study, work and reading news/forums) on my laptop (my only computer): writing my notes, reading documents, looking something up on the internet, .... I don't play games, ...
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Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming

I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to ...
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How to Get rid of Contact lens fear? [closed]

Hi Guys I am having this problem like whenever I am trying to put a contact lens into my eyes I am getting some anxiety. how to put aside fear to focus ,in fact for an year I am having this issue?
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How to come out of bad sleeping patterns? [duplicate]

Background Story: It has been ten years since I slept before 10 'o' clock and wake up at 6 or before. In all these 10 years I have been atleast sleeping after 12 and waking up after 8 nowadays these ...
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How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
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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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How to beat the “Too Long Didn't Read” syndrome?

A large portion of my work deals with reading research papers and textbooks which run for hundreds of pages. However, with all the pomodoros going on, its frustrating to be reading redundant or ...
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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 far-...
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Does changing keystone habits really help bring bigger changes? [closed]

Keystone habits were described in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The idea is that instead of a changing the big habits in life we should focus on small seemingly inconsequential habits and work ...
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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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When changing habits, what can you do to cope with stress?

I need to change several habits but whenever I do something that is new to me, I get a little stressed. I used to have depressions and I know that CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy described in ...
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What can help me be happy about my work?

Before I choose to commit to a project, I'm usually very excited about it. But as soon as the commitment actually requires me to put an effort in, the excitement is partly replaced by stress or the ...
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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 to become a proactive rather than a reactive (lazy) learner?

My whole life I have been a reactive, lazy learner. What that means is that more or less any knowledge I ever acquired came in one of the three possible manners: Someone madated a task for whose ...
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How do I become more agile in shifting between activities?

I really like being able to focus on one activity and only that for a prolonged period of time. I could spend days on end doing one type of activity as I feel that the longer I focus on it, the ...
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Do simple diets help our mental productivity?

I am a mathematician and so I am interested in every way possible to increase all my mental powers and abilities (memory, creativity, concentration, etc). I have tried several different diets and life ...
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Checking your work over and over again

When I was in college writing papers I would literally write one sentence, then go back and re-read the entire paper that I had written up to that point. I would do this over and over again. ...
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Does fluctuating sleep habits decrease productivity?

Sometimes I sleep at 11, other times at 2 and 3 or 4. As a result my waking time also keeps varying everyday. Is there any decline in the productivity of a person with these kind of habits?