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

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How to cut people out of your atmosphere?

I have noticed that I am around people and family members that I have out grown. Their kind of fun or hang out spots don't interest me anymore! I feel like they don't support my career and talents 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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How to be a productive software developer without a Computer?

I'm currently doing my masters degree in CS while working on three small research projects to finance myself. Even though the classes and the projects sound interesting, I suffer from zero motivation, ...
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How can I aspire to be a polymath without becoming more reclusive? [closed]

I aspire to be a polymath and I am unable to reach my goal. I feel more depressed and mediocre in the process. I am a second year engineering student in Computer Science, in a Tier 3 institute. I ...
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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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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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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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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 can I do my work AT work and not at home?

I'm a college student studying Computer Science. Certain classes are about practising the material, which was covered in the lectures. The problem is - I can never get myself to do the work properly ...
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How can I “reach” a procrastinating classmate to teach him about how to solve it?

EDIT Thank you all for your ideas and tips! A classmate 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 ...
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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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How to help young people who want to improve their 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 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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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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How to overcome laziness and procrastination?

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 bed and do nothing (high ...
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How do I energize and motivate myself?

I feel like I am always low on energy, my mood is always sad. I feel depressed all the time and I feel like blood rushing through my veins. I know this is all because I keep failing at all the things ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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 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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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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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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Why am I not making money and success even If I am organised, motivated and hard-working?

I am totally organised. I keep a file of everything, I monitor my activities, keep my expenses analytically, process my todo list and my projects with different types of gtd. I have an above average ...
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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 stop talking LOUDLY to myself?

I have a habit of talking "loudly" to myself. I get an immense satisfaction by doing so. At the same time, I tend to do this in the market, while driving the scooter, working on a C program. ...
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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 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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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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What are famous quotes about productivity?

What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.
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Why does nothing motivate me?

I have had so many family issues that they made me a "bad" person. In simple words, I don't care about anything. People, problems, life in general. I have no morality, no god, no nothing. I am 20 ...
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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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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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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 ...