Procrastination refers to delaying important tasks indefinitely.

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How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
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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 solve my personal issues to be productive and happy person

Until two years ago, I was a positive thinker, easily forgot petty issues, and was productive. After that I started studying for a masters in Computer Science and started a full time job. This means I ...
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Why do I start wasting time when I am excited about learning some technical stuff?

I make plans, todo lists, etc. about the technical stuff which I have to study. I am not, but I do wish to become an excellent C++ programmer. Now, when I am pretty excited about learning the stuff, ...
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How do you fill in the “dead” time when using a computer? [closed]

Working with a computer generates periods of "wasted" or "dead" time. I'm talking about the time during which the computer compiles your program, performs a sophisticated computation or downloads an ...
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The black hole of procrastination

Why does procrastination tend to block everything productive I want to do, rather than just the task I'm trying to avoid? I have a report to write up for next week and I've been procrastinating on ...
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Paper vs. digital: both have advantages, but which adv. is more important?

I started wondering recently if paper really could be the way to go. That is, in my everyday, non-GTD-obsessive personal issue tracking and task management. Here's why I'm considering this: A task ...
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How to setup linux as a pure working environment

I am a freelance programmer and I suffer from procrastination - a lot. When I manage to dive into work I really enjoy it, but then after a while something crosses my mind, and I have strong urge to ...
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How to plan my weekend so I do more useful work?

My whole weekend goes in playing computer games and watching movies. However, I would like to plan my weekend for better productivity so that I can for example work on hobby projects and improve their ...
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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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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 can I do to fight procrastination? [closed]

What can I do to fight procrastination? I'm looking for general advice, professional research and useful tips.
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Need to have focus and correct bad habits

I really need serious help of my habits. It seems that I am not that productive like I was before. Whenever I'm on my laptop, I should be working but instead, I would be opening facebook and do bunch ...
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How do I get out of overcommitment?

I tend to procrastinate more when I am overwhelmed by overcommitment. Sometimes, writing down a priority list and future plan helps, but sooner or later, the plan breaks down and I find myself once ...
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I end up doing something else even when I know what should I be doing

I have a strange problem. Maybe some of you might also have it. I know what is right and what is wrong, how my time can be used effectively, what I should be doing at this time. But sadly, I end up ...
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How to avoid procrastinating on the Stack Exchange network?

I love the Stack Exchange network, but I often find myself procrastinating by looking at the most recently updated questions on the sites I visit most. Those questions are rarely (if ever) relevant ...
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How to study efficiently few days before the exams [considering that one hasn't throughly studied any subject by now]?

I am having exams in these two weeks. But I still haven't studied thoroughly on each subjects. For physics, I have spent more than a week studying electric charges, yes, only electric charges. I spent ...
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Techniques to stop procastination

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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How can I spend less time optimizing and more time executing?

I love tools. I can (and often do!) spend lots of time fiddling with the settings of the tool (to-do list, project plan, whatever). I know I should stop tweaking the tool and start working on the ...
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In which cases is procrastination a positive thing?

I have thought a bit about procrastination. My conclusion is that I believe there are evolutionary reasons for this phenomenon. My thinking is that a small society will be more efficient if the people ...
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How to break down steps of a project?

Each morning I'd wake up and tell myself that I have to get certain things done. The problem is that when I get to my GTD management program (Things for Mac), I don't really know what to put down. ...
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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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Situational procrastination: how to be productive before project starts?

I am working as a software programmer and my company does not have any projects right now, but there is one in the pipeline. It has been around for one month and I have been told to read the documents ...
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How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
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Why am I not able to motivate myself to code?

I have got an idea that can make a good app for web and mobile. I tell myself to design the prototype so as to see how people take it. The problem is when I sit to code, I can't get things done. I ...
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how to stop doing the same again and again?

I have been pondering the say “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So the questions are: how do you detect what things you are doing over and over ...
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how to maintain a constant productivity level?

I'm facing the following situation: I can work very productively on one or two projects for a couple of weeks (40-60 hours), feeling that nothing (and nobody) can stop me, getting all things done. But ...
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How to become productive on the weekends?

How do I become productive on the weekends? I note down tasks to do during the weekends like doing pending work, collecting some documents, meeting old friends, doing chores etc. but when it actually ...
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Are there software solutions that implement Structured Procrastination?

Let me just say this philosophical essay changed my way of working: Structured Procrastination Basically it says that you should put urgent critical tasks at the very top of the list; but ones that ...
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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 reach your potential

Let me give some background information: I'm a high schooler currently enrolled in one of the most prestigious high schools in the country. In this decade it has won multiple awards for being the ...
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“not in the mood” excuses for procrastination

I have a mind set that I do things when I want to do things, and I think this had led to a procrastination technique that my mind uses against itself. There are days that I'm just "not in the mood" ...
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Depression or Procrastination, Can either be permanently changed?

This morning I was diagnosed with depression and given medication. My initial reason for visiting the doctor, is because I'm very tired and can't seem to generate the elan to do stuff. As an example, ...
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How do I concentrate while I work on a computer?

My job requires me to work on a computer, which I do fine because maybe I fear my supervisor might pop in. But when it comes to doing personal projects on a computer, I totally slack off. It usually ...
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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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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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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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Daily ToDo list + Visual long term planning

TL;DR I'm looking for simple software where I can plan long-term projects visually, then load next steps into a daily ToDo list. I'm a graduate student so I have an extreme mix of important tasks ...
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Avoiding procrastination on university assignments

I am in university, and have been challenged in keeping on top of assignments and studying. It's tricky to juggle work coming from multiple directions, and things tend to get forgotten or pushed aside ...
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Concentration+calmness vs curiosity+distraction

I often find it hard to concentrate on uninteresting details (programming bugs etc.) where I already know the outcome, but it takes time and concentration to fiddle. Sometimes I procrastinate and ...
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How to stop myself walking away from the desk and focus?

I think I may have an odd habit. When I'm working, particularly on something intense or that involves a lot of writing (e.g. a detailed and/or stressful email), after a while I tend to walk away from ...
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How can I finish writing my Thesis as fast as possible, when I don't believe in it anymore?

I am in the situation where i have to write my Diploma Thesis/Documentation for the year and although I've done quite a lot I didn't particularly arrive at where I set out to be at this point. So in a ...
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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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Recording personal progress on activities (projects)

A month ago I decided to record my progress on my personal activities (goals, projects). I have many such activities and usually I work on the activity I have taste for, or how things develop during ...
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How can I combat my tendancy of always wanting to do what I'm not able to?

Sorry if the title of the question is a little unclear, but I have found that in general I am motivated to make changes (minor or major) in my life (or just in general "get things done"), but that the ...
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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 stop procrastinating tasks?

I'm at my parents house to study for a very important exam in my country, of the same importance as studying for college. So I apply many techniques such as mind maps and resting 10 minutes after each ...
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Email delegation/procrastination on the desktop

I've been using Mailbox on my iPhone since the first day it came out. I'm a very visual thinker and use my email as an action list for daily productivity. Mailbox is fantastic for this because I can ...
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how to get out of an unproductivity rut? [closed]

Lately, I have been being highly unproductive, almost 70% less. What are some of the things you guys do to get back on track?
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Limit online time on Android

Often I find myself stuck in endless navigation on my phone. I just want to check if I received a message, or doing some basic research, and without noticing it I jump from link to link (or spending ...