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

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Dealing with Existential Crisis [closed]

I was reading a comic on PhDComics and although it is funny, sadly, it is also true. Grad students I know (including me) usually fall into one of these existential crisis at least once a semester. And ...
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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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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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What techniques can I use to complete a thesis in 3 months time?

I am a master's in applied science student in Civil Engineering. My research work deals with analysis of 3 huge data sets in R language and simulating the results in another software. I want to stay ...
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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 ...
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Good at writing Todo lists, but awful at doing them

At night, before going to bed, I write a TO-DO list to remember what I want to do tomorrow. It includes everything I wish to do, like what I wished to do when I was a child! When I get up in the ...
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How to wake up without alarm? [closed]

Is there a way I can wake up at morning without using an alarm. I ask this because some of my roommates don't want to wake up early and I don't want to bother them. I want to wake up at 4 a.m. ...
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Ways to maintain the feeling of accomplishment

I keep lists of goals. I regularly read books and blog posts (here included), watch motivational speakers and keep up with the classics (Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, seth godin, Richard wiseman). ...
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Motivational texts on Android Lock screen

I'm trying to find an android application that is able to motivate me quickly when I'm outdoors and look at my screen. It could look like as follows: It can display a motivational text (citation) on ...
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How can I stay focused on one task, when thinking about others cause me to lose motivation to do any of them?

I've noticed a disturbing pattern with myself that goes like this: At the beginning (e.g. start of the day, sitting down after lunch, or getting home at night), think about one thing I need to do ...
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How to get enough motivation to overcome inner resistance to change due to comfort zone, and work hard

I work as a developer and was recently promoted to dev lead. I performed my previous role very well - though I initially faced challenges I overcame those and I am able to deliver the work with in ...
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Non-electronic alternative to a calendar for “don't break the chain”?

I need motivation to complete some daily studies. In the past, I used Web-based "don't break the chain" software. This counted when I studied and awarded various virtual trophies each time I reached a ...
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How do I motivate myself to study sincerely?

I am an IT professional. I am working as a developer for last 5 years. Along with this I am pursuing a degree course in distance learning. Due to this job I get very few hours daily to study (maximum ...
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Am I destroying my career as a software engineer [closed]

I have worked as a software engineer (.NET) for 2 years. Our job is easy and it doesn't require a lot of technical or conceptual knowledge. In fact, we always use console apps with XSLT and basic C# ...
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How to handle failure in life [closed]

I had faced some failures in recent exam for a job which was very important to me. I understood mistakes i made and learning to rectify it.I understood the causes of my failure. Its very hard for ...
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How to remain productive in a lazy day?

For certain days in a month, when I wake up in the morning, I will just be lazy to do anything. No reason. I don't know why. I'm just feeling like I have no motivation whatsoever. Such a day will ...
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How to motivate yourself when you are in a company of a negative person?

No, deserting the person is not an option. This person rarely appreciates whatever I do. I am not an expert at anything for sure and am already a procrastinator, but constant finger pointing by that ...
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How to get couch potato to improve productivity

How do you get a couch potato (i.e. somebody lazy who is completely uninterested in personal productivity and instead uses other people to get things done --- or gets very little done at all) to ...
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How to keep the “spark” alive after graduating and starting to work?

I have recently graduated from college and started working quite far away from home (1200 miles appx). And I am finding this new life, new daily routine a little too easy to adjust to. I am an ...
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Getting up in the morning without snoozing for hours [duplicate]

I really want to get up early every day and manage to do a lot of things. While my motivation is really high during the day, in the morning I forget everything and will do everything just for few more ...
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How to recover from a sad situation and concentrate on the tasks on hand? [closed]

I know this question is very situation based. But I really need help. Please provide your thoughts. It would be really useful for me. I have to appear for an exam in June which require lot of ...
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How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
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Why people hate themselves? [closed]

I've a simple question related to a specific Mental State. Some times you does a great work (Help) for others(Company/Relatives/Friends/etc.) But because of their emotion and/or some situation and/or ...
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Motivational background/lock screen

As the title says I am looking for some motivational pictures for my phone for use as a background and/or as lock-screen. I currently on a custom rom android phone. I would like a application or tool ...
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How do I motivate myself to work on my projects when achieving average levels of success?

Some background: I am a full time software developer, with a number of side projects on the go. These include a blog or two, making hand painted jewellery, a few pretty diverse things. These ...
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How do you manage several major goals?

I purchased the 59 Seconds book I've heard so much about on here. I'm going through the Motivation section, specifically the goal writing. In thinking about this, I realized I have so many things I ...
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Being an introvert, how do I move forward and not feel dejected with my progress?

I am a student who is introverted and I believe in making my own success. I set goals, plan my time well and work towards the goal. However, of late, I feel that I am moving towards my goals at a ...
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Too much time and too little to do. What to do?

I feel I am living in enforced nonproductivity right now, and would like to find ways to create opportunities for productivity. What can one do to create purpose and interest that doesn't cost money ...
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Can someone really have multiple careers? [closed]

The one thing I really love about this site is that it allows subjective answers, unlike many of the other Stack sites. So here starts my rant. Please, get yourself a cup of coffee or light your ...
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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 deal with zero motivation and focus?

I've been coming back and forth to this Django guide (https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/intro/tutorial04/) for a few months now and can't seem to stick with it for more than a few minutes/an hour ...
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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 get motivated to improve memory?

As per Maria Konnikova, motivation is required to keep something remember for a long time. I completely agree with her (however I'll call it as interest). We remember a complete movie, all talks ...
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Helping young people that want to improve productivity, but are struggling with authority?

Only a few years ago I was in at that age where everyone around me wanted to party and only have a good time. Even then I was driven to look for another path. Now I find myself with some younger ...
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How to keep self promises unbreakable for long time?

Few days ago I promised myself that: I will be dedicated to my study for a long time. I will never watch any movie, never waste time on internet or x-box, etc. (sometimes I wish to break my x-box ...
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How to switch into a work schedule, in the absence of external pressure?

I'm at a point where I have a gracious amount of free time that I'm not in school. I think I have a viable business idea (centered around a computer application) but it happens pretty often that I'm ...
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How to focus on small periods of time that I find available for my personal projects every day?

During a day I schedule a lot of things, including work, entertainment, routine things, house stuff etc, plus unexpected tasks that usually can't wait. So, there are not a few times that I find some ...
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How do I maintain high levels of productivity when working with flexible deadlines?

When I am not under pressure I am not working nearly as hard as I can. Here are some examples: When I have a task for exactly X days I will always complete it on time. For example a commission of a ...
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How to better switch gears between tasks?

I can never get myself to start things. When I do, however, and there's an unsolvable problem that needs solving, if I pick up even a little momentum in trying to solve it, I will stay on the ...
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How to keep myself at the same high motivation level over time?

I have my ups and my downs as everyone. Experimenting with techniques for getting stuff done, organising life etc. is my second nature and I love documenting my attribution in different conditions and ...
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Motivating self to study subjects not related to work

I really like to study a subject like philosophy, discrete mathematics and some others because the topics fascinate me, but having a full-time job as a system analyst and programmer it is really very ...
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Whats an effective color for a todo board?

Different colors have different effects on our moods and behaviors. So, for a todo board that is in line of sight of your workspace, what would be an effective color? Some supporting ...
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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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maintaining productivity through disillusionment

Just a question of how is the best way to maintain at least an adequate level of productivity when one feel disillusioned with most aspects of daily life - a daily life that can't be changed ...
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How to handle short-term high workload?

Occasionally, I have several important, high workload tasks to be done within a short period of time. Some examples would be (as a student) several assignments released at the same time and due at the ...
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The flow phenomena

Short: How to trigger so called "flow" phenomena during everyday work routine (which is not really challenging)? A bit more detailed: On Wikipedia site about flow we can read: Flow is the mental ...
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How can I get rid of the psychological effects of bad experiences from the past?

As a college student, I had my shares of failures in exams, courses, quite a handful of it, so much that it resulted in my one year extension in the university. With this I feel that my past failures ...
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What is a good way to begin your work day?

I work for a very small company and most of the time I work alone and manage my own work and don't get much feedback. I'm not completely used to this and though I have projects and to do lists and ...
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How should one feel inside when he sees the clash of education and money? [closed]

I have a bachelor and masters degree from a local university. I work in a bank. As time is going by, I am becoming more and more demotivated about my job. Here I see that university-degree holders ...
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Burnout in the middle of semester

I am a student studying the last semester of a 2-year Master's course. My performance in the last three semesters has been according to my expectations. In my last winter break, I had spent almost all ...