Procrastination refers to delaying important tasks indefinitely.

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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 to schedule leisure time for productive work

When it comes to fun activities, is it best to do those before work or wait until after you have accomplished some work? I'm asking in terms of which arrangement leads to higher productivity while ...
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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 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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Detecting and overcoming procrastinating

When the deadline is far away, I start procrastinating, not by not doing it, but by doing slowly; it is not by intention. I observe it by how it is always near the deadline when I get things finished. ...
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Sleeping when not tired - Procrastination?

Suppose that I am working late and night, and suddenly I decide to go to sleep even though I am not tired - postponing all the remaining work for later. And it's like I have a holiday, I am not ...
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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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Getting rid of an “I'll do it later” habit [closed]

I am in the IT industry working with software all day long from logic to code. Sometimes, very seemingly small things take a long time while larger tasks are solved in jiffy. I have a habit of ...
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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 make myself do homework?

I'm in college, I have ADHD, but it's not as bad as some of the horror stories I've read about. Basically how can I make myself do homework, and get off the damn computer? Hopefully this is the right ...
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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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Writing more in spite of laziness

I am a PhD student, and I have found that writing down my ideas and thoughts helps me discover new ideas which fascinate me. Such ideas would be difficult to generate just by thinking. Unfortunately, ...
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How to organise the mental and physical chaos in my life?

I have been reading and experimenting with techniques for many years. I have read the GTD book among dozens of others but I still can't find the answers to everyday problems. Working as a Web ...
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Going from idea to execution

I have a problem with not being able to move from idea to execution. By idea, I mean a detailed, specific plan on what to do and how to do it. I make lots of plans, but rarely follow through with ...
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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 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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“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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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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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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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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How to avoid my Laziness [closed]

I'm working in a company as a software trainee. My question is how to avoid my laziness. I work in the shift 9am to 6pm My problems are Sleeping late usually at 4am Waking up late usually at 8:30 ...
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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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Punctuality Issues

I wanted to see what kind of strategies people use to help make sure they are on time or early for the days events. I am struggling in this area of my life especially since my new baby has come into ...
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How to deal with problems associated with dyslexia?

I think I might be dyslexic . Here are the reasons why: I seem to forget the same words over and over again (don't we all?). I find it difficult to remember names of people after six months (even ...
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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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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 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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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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Stop avoiding bad news

I have a problem that hinders me in several places in life where, when I believe that bad news is imminent, I take up sometimes outrageous levels of inconvenience and anti-productive behavior to avoid ...
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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 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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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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How to manage long term projects?

I do very well in short projects or things that need to be done for a short term. But I procrastinate when I have very large projects or lengthy things to do. I kinda lack persistence. What is the ...
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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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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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Is there a free software similar to Freedom? [closed]

With Freedom you can block your internet for few hours when you feel you procrastinate.
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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 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 engage those dreaded tasks on time [duplicate]

I am an MS student and I also have a part time job. I am facing the same producticity problem that has bothered me during my Bsc. As to organization, I have a calendar on my desktop showing important ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 much time/effort has to be invested before noticing results? [closed]

I know I need better productivity skills, but looking at some of the questions and answers here makes it sound like a daunting task. For example, I can't imagine how long it would take me to get my ...