Why something is done. The reasons and rationales for one's thoughts, feelings or actions.

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How can I “reach” a procrastinating collegue to teach him about how to solve it?

A colleague of mine in high school doesn't learn much in school, nor does he do much homework. He doesn't understand the current topics discussed in school and therefore can't answer anything if ...
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What motivates you to contribute to an online community? [migrated]

I’m working on a research project to understand people’s motivation for being involved in and contributing to online communities. Would you mind spending 10 mins or less to complete my survey & ...
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How to stay motivated with no pressing deadlines

I have noticed that when I have a 'pressing' deadline my productivity goes through the roof. However, recently I have been so well organized that I am working well in advance of any deadlines. ...
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Covey matrix: What is the meaning of “importance”?

I've been reading up on the Covey (or Eisenhower, as some might call it) importance/urgency matrix, and while I get the general gist of it, I'm a bit confused about the semantics of the term ...
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How to be productive when you don't have an end goal in mind?

It seems to me that the most productive people in life have some larger vision that guides them forward (Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.). I myself am someone who is not content with making small ...
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Hand written productivity planners?

I have been taking steps over the past few years to make myself as productive as possible. As an entrepreneur, these days this is a very important aspect of my life. For the most part, it has gone ...
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Staying motivated after holidays were cancelled

Setting: I had a high workload and additional personal issues over the last months, which are burning me out. What kept me going was the upcoming holidays end of the year and the outlook to get some ...
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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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Getting through planning significant events

TL;DR I'm looking for ways to think about and approach planning significant days (special birthdays in particular) more enthusiastically, to try and ensure that I wouldn't rather claw my eyes out ...
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Do everyone's procrastination tendancies seem schizophrenic?

I'm not using the word schizophrenia as a medical term, but I genuinely feel I'm acting like two different people with regard to procrastination. Whenever I have free time to consider my ...
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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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Motivation to finish a team project?

I know it's been sortof asked, but hopefully this is a unique enough variation. Currently I'm working on a software project with another individual; we've been working for a couple of months, and ...
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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 to keep motivated to exercise?

I know this may be problem with many but I'd like to personalize it to my situation. When I was 19-20 yrs old I used to go to the gym almost every day for 3 years. Interestingly enough I'd walk ...
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How to keep my motivation alive?

I had ADHD just after I graduated from highschool. That is why I made bad grades in my Bachelors. Then I took some treatment and thereby I lost 3 years and was not cured. Then I joined a software firm ...
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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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If 'don't fear failure' is good motivation advice - should people simply quit their job to do what they really want?

A lot of motivational material, for example this video by Arnold Schwarzenegger suggests 'Don't fear failure, you are the only one to realise your own potential'. On the other hand common place ...
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I feel hopeless I feel like don't even deserve to live. What should I do? [closed]

I am jobless software engineer who has experience like 4.5 years in software development. Due to prolonged depression, procrastination and confusions, I have failed on my interviews and social life ...
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What is the Importance and Need of Goal Setting?

I have read a lot about goal setting and now I want to find reasons as such why do I need goals to achieve success in life. I want to improve my skills. For instance, I want to learn a new programming ...
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How to stop my craving for attention?

Hell guys, this is my first post on the personal productivity site. I have this problem of being an 'attention-seeker' in school.I would not classify myself as the typical attention seeker as I don't ...
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Are there any famous people who were ridiculed for having a funny name? [closed]

I currently live in India, but I have a chinese name. Although I reallly love my name but wherever I go, whomsoever I meet, makes fun of it. When I try to explain the meaning of my name, they pay no ...
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How to convince my make my mind AGAIN to study?

I had an exam and I have next exam on my way. For previous paper,I made my full mood to study but now after it I know I should study but I feel so relaxed and light that I am not studying and I am not ...
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How to get started?

Lately I've been wondering how to fire up my engines and get to doing the things I want to or have to do instead of doing something else that's easier to do (or just never really getting started on ...
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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 to let go what happened and start THE SAME PROJECT again?

I had a final project viva I worked hard on it but the teacher pointed out many mistakes. Now it has been marked(and it is marked fine) . Now I want to correct those mistakes for my satisfaction but I ...
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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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I find myself lacking motivation to study

I'm a student. I study at CPGE which is a French abreviation for "Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Écoles d'ingénieur" which consists in a two preparatory years to enter the highest engineering ...
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How to maintain a diary meant for tracking how, when, and why I delayed instant gratification?

For instant gratification, I do the following in no particular order: Sit on the sofa, gaze to the ceiling and pull self hair strands. Browse non technical SE sites. Roam around the house doing ...
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Why is 12pm so boring? [duplicate]

I have a paper tomorrow.When I woke up I was fresh and enthusiastic to study.(and I did study!) but now at 12pm its so sunny outside and my motivation is zero. Not only today,always at 12pm I feel ...
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How do I keep working if I'm going to die anyway?

Steve Jobs said that the single most motivating factor for him was that he was going to die. However for me that is the most demotivating factor because after all, if you're going to die, what's the ...
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How should I boost my confidence and overcome depression? [duplicate]

I have completed my graduation 1year back but no job yet due to low grades in my course. So I feel depressed. When I prepare for an interview,I have a strong feeling that I am not deserved person and ...
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Get the motivation to change (i'm stuck)

Maybe I'm posting this at the wrong place but let's give it a try. Last year was pretty tough; working full-time, having classes in the evening until almost 10:30 pm, my parents divorced, and had to ...
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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 to love programming or my job

Programming has never been my passion, but currently I want to change my mindset and love it. I don't wan't to go through life hating what i'm doing, but it's hard to change my view because coding ...
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money made me extremely lazy [closed]

I've not had a job in 5 years. I get considerably more money than i need, just living on the (imo, ridiculous) public welfare program I'm on. Now I'm very lazy =/ and my skills have suffered too. ...
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Tips for a Bi-polar disorder patient? [closed]

For about 3 ~ 4 days I super work, I barely sleep. For the next week or ten days, I barely work. I watch movies, I pretty much waste time. The meds are not that effective .. I tried practically ...
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I am motivated and pumped up when I'm around people, but when I'm alone, I could care less. How do I keep the energy going?

SO when I'm around people, whether we're doing anything productive or relevant to my goals, I'm so ready to tackle my projects and get things done. As soon as I go back home or am alone, whaaatever. ...
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Which tool, template of methods should I use for tracking a long-term goal?

There is no painful & energizing task of visualizing the progress of long-term goal. I have been following this. It is good for planning the next immediate activities on daily(,weekly and ...
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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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The best “negative motivation” movies (or books, etc.)? [closed]

Requiem for a Dream is the best negative motivation movie I ever seen. This movie really helped me. And recently I started to notice that negative motivation is the only type of motivation that ...
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Trouble focussing during one on one classes [closed]

I am new to this forum . I need some help with concentration problem that I encounter very frequently . Firstly, I am an average student with big ambition .Moreover, I haven't performed well in ...
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How to get over that embarassing incident [closed]

Today at gym, I accidentally dropped my barbell rod with weights. It broke the mirror. There were a lot of guys around around. Thankfully it didn't hurt anybody. Although I will pay for the loss of ...
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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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journey of work

This is probably a stupid question from a middle aged man. But this still looks like a problem to me. I have sufficient technical background and running my own start-up with a few projects to sustain ...
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How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?

I need to study for ~1 hour daily, everyday. Since I have no teacher, I found the best form of personal motivation is "don't-break-the-chain". After a month or two of study with this system, I always ...
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How to prevent tiredness of last days of a research project

I am MSc student and now I am writing my thesis report. It is the last days of my project and only one chapter of my thesis remains to be written and also I have to prepare my presentation slides. My ...
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Focusing on tasks [duplicate]

This is first time i'm using this site of stack network so i hope it's the right place. I have problem with focusing to my plans. I'm a 23 years old software developer and i am working for a company. ...
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Study Effectively [closed]

I have 1day for the exam and there is much to study and Is there anyway to study Effectively.. This is not just for tommorrow this is for the entire life.. I'm feeling little low. Is there any ...
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Consistent Productivity

I have been conscious of being productive at living for a few years now and by and large it has enriched my life. I value time far more than I used to before and that keeps me focused at tasks at ...
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Unhappy with current situation, how to make it through my next planned steps?

I had within the past year an epiphany and "crystallization" of my core values. Before this realization I had latent beliefs and values, but I had no direction and was just coasting along my current ...