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

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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 ...
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What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?

Here: you can read : "Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; [blabla] ..." This is not the real problem I've been facing ...
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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 should be my motivation to not to give up early?

Suppose, I am mot performing well in my job. I know that management will not give me a second chance and my job can not go on this way. What will be my motivation to keep the job up and try till the ...
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Nudges - to achieve personal change?

I have tried a system of sending myself timed emails daily (using virtual meetings in Google Calendar), each containing a self-message; e.g. at 6am 'stay positive', at 8.30am 'break work down into ...
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Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
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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 motivate people to self-improve themselves?

I'm the curious type of person that likes to learn more, do things in less time, do things better, etc. I take that as a personal challenge and I honestly love it. Of course, it IS a challenge, not ...
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How to concentrate again after getting stuck at some point

I'm a self-employed IT guy at the moment. My self discipline is quite decent usually, I plan and think a lot before implementing something. I got stuck at some point now, because I didn't foresee a ...
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How do I get motivated to study hard things?

Nowadays I study Logic and Philosophy. I think a lot in order to generate new ideas and try not to just know what other's ideas are. This is hard, and I know that Mastery/Autonomy/Purpose help in ...
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Being motivated for self study

I am a software professional. I have reached a stage in career where I will have to do something apart from regular coding. I am very confused about what that extra thing should be. Sometimes I think ...
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How to overcome productivity/daytime-correlation

After reading some threads here on PP.SE, I've encountered that a lot of people seem to be more motivated and focused in the late evening/night to do challenging and work-intense tasks. ...
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Dealing with Existential Crisis

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 get back to doing what I love?

A little background. I started coding in C++ about 5 years ago. Ever since then, I was sure that I wanted a life in code :) In my last 2 semesters, I wrote quite a bit of code for varied purposes. ...
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Improve productivity in a non will job

I need help. I am a software engineer but i didn't opt for this career by will. I did it because of family pressure. I wanted to be a cricketer. I have got good results in all my exams and also been ...
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How do I start working even having scheduled my day and long term tasks?

I have read things about productivity techniques here and in other places but I still can't get focused. Currently I am searching my first big paid job as I am a recent graduate. I also am designing ...
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Losing Motivation during project

I am a Computer Engineer and working at a Software House as Software Engineer for the last 2 years. I usually observe things a lot and try to get an idea from everything to do something ...
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How to get motivation to do important things in the morning?

I have developed a very bad routine of checking my emails, twitter and few other websites after waking up in the morning. Generally, i wake up at 8 AM and start with my important things very late, ...
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Why am I wired to be motivated to go to work everyday and not motivated to do other things?

I have wondered for some time why I find it so hard to keep motivated to do things like exercising, reading, looking for business opportunities, getting up early etc. I have tried a raft of different ...
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How to overcome cold/allergies/mild sickness?

I am often very productive and motivated. However, this is destroyed when I have a cold or allergies or am simply not feeling well. I am not talking about having a very obvious illness - I am ...
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How do you usually look for inspiration to move on?

Imagine the situation when you stuck with your everyday duties: you have a clear ultimate goal for this week/year/life, but the initial motivation you had when a project started is totally used up. In ...
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What Android applications schedule tasks which appear each day?

I have some tasks to complete everyday (the same task every day) or on a weekly basis (e.g. every Saturday) and during a particular period (e.g. January 10 to April 20). Are there any applications ...
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How to get motivated to finish my incomplete book?

How do I get motivated to finish a book I've been writing for a long time now? I read this article and liked #1 and 2 but I have no idea how to make it fun or how to enjoy it. I can find the good ...
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Putting limits on one's time online

As per Piers Steel's "procrastination equation", Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay) I find that most of my own procrastination tends to involve the Internet and the easily ...
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How to find a task/goal that you are passionate about?

Are there tools that can help me identify what kinds of tasks/goals I could be passionate about. Any resources that provide insight into reasons why people are passionate about certain goals/tasks?
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How to live a life that doesn't require constant tension for livelihood? [closed]

When I was jobless, for days I used to search for a profession that will give me a balance of relaxation, monetary solvency, education and social status in the context of my country. Then after much ...
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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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What methods exist to keep yourself motivated when working alone?

When I studied, I went to the library to have some form of social control. The social pressure made me work better. I'm now working from home for a living. It's my first week and my motivation isn't ...
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How to profit from quitting gaming? (aka how to overcome the quitter's anxiety?)

It always seemed to me that gaming itself was counterproductive, and I've always struggled to spend less time on it, but really never managed to. That is, until now. The only way I found to keep the ...
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How do I get my motivation going?

Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; so, you are basically procrastinating by surfing the web, chatting with people, ...
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Erratic productivity

I consider myself a productive person. I get most of my things done to a level which I'm happy with. But sometimes my productivity just goes down the drain. I sleep in to the point of oversleeping ...
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Are there techniques to stop fearing confrontation so intensely?

Confrontation is a huge part of my life. For example, in my job as project manager I need to confront clients about things that might make them upset or I need to talk to them when I know they are ...
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What can I do if my boyfriend sabotages all efforts [closed]

I'm very eager to get my stuff done at work. At home I want to be as productive, but all efforts won't last long. I'm caught in frustration as my boyfriend needs seconds to mess up stuff that took me ...
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What books are helpful when I'm in a rut, creativity and productivity-wise?

I often feel like I'm "in a rut" - going through the motions at work, generally lazy once I get home, etc. There are various projects/activities that I know I want to do (examples include recording ...
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How do I prevent myself from feeling too relaxed during the uneventful weeks preceding big deadlines?

The situation goes like so: big deadline one month from now. So I make some plan. But it gets too easy to procrastinate early on, to put one thing off, to allow a distraction here & there. How ...
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Why do we waste time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? I know that I should be working now. Yet I watch funny videos, read the news and browse interesting links. Why is it ...
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Why am I productive but not motivated?

I've got a problem. I'm pretty productive, I have a zillion methods to make me pretty uber productive, however at the moment I have almost no motivation. Productivity and motivation are different ...
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Why am I not motivated in this excellent situation?

I am working as a freelance contractor. For a long time I have been paid by the hour. This has worked fine and my motivation has never been a problem. Now, I have gotten a deal where I get half of any ...
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What motivators can I use to encourage my team to track their time?

Our team has repeatedly tried to implement time-tracking tools to help us more realistically estimate the effort required for our development projects. Unfortunately, regardless of the tools we try, ...
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How to get past feeling defeated?

I have a couple of passions in life, one of them is music. I love playing drums and really want to play in a band. I've moved to LA about 3 years ago and have been searching for a group to play with ...
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Working before breakfast--for how long should one go?

I find that my absolutely most productive time is right as I wake up, especially if it's early--5am-ish till probably 7am is that sacred window of time. I always do things that I really want to do ...
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Are artificial incentives a good idea to boost productivity?

If there's projects or tasks I've been meaning to get around to doing, could adding a reward or incentive program provide me artificial motivations to completing these projects or tasks? (In general, ...
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Excel Spreadsheets for Time/Project Management?

I have tons of stuff to do, and I get bogged down. I end up doing nothing for hours, sometimes even days. I have personal projects to complete and books to read, but sometimes I'm just flailing around ...
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How to overcome lazyness and procastination?

My greatest defect. Present in almost all aspects of my live... Like my house, it's a mess right now, but I have time to clean, I just don't do it. I'd rather stay in bet and do nothing (high ...
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What to do in a 5-10 min break to recharge the batteries? [closed]

After a session of full concentration, I usually like to take a 5-10min break, usually take a coffee break, or go for a quick stroll around the office. I find that this allows my "batteries to be ...