Procrastination refers to delaying important tasks indefinitely.

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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 motivate myself to go to bed earlier?

I have a chronic problem about my sleep hours. I always stay up late, either just browsing the web, watching youtube videos, netflix or playing video games. In the morning I have to wake up and go to ...
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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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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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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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How to prevent the urge to masturbate to keep on track with work?

I'm a 17 year old male. I'm not going to be subtle about it, I masturbate a lot. When I start getting the urge, I almost have to otherwise I'm completely uncomfortable until I do something about it. ...
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how do I change my working habits to keep myself from surfing the web while working?

While I am working on my master thesis, I find myself checking some unrelated websites every 90 minutes or so. Now, I am still being productive, but I think it would help if I would stop surfing ...
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Techniques to stop procrastination

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 “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 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 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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Why does procrastination happen? And why does it block all productivity?

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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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 ...
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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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Problem with getting started with coding on new project

I am part of a new startup and really excited about our project. However, despite all the fun and inspirational planning meetings we are having, I have a really hard time actually getting started ...
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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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Dangerous procrastination [duplicate]

I have always done things that appealed to me in the moment and are not worth anything in the longer run. I have spent when I am disappointed with myself. Lied and convinced myself into falling for ...
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How to be more productive in a location where I am usually less productive?

I am a terrible procrastinator, except I'm not: I only procrastinate at home. Okay, this is a bit of a simplification, but I feel much more productive while at school or other places than at home. ...
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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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How do I break free of this rut?

I have following linked problems: I want to do one thing at a time; and another at another time. I start taking small steps toward my goals and then think of doing another thing, talk myself out of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Avoiding feed reader procrastination

Probably here you get a lot of questions based on procrastination, and I've even searched for a while and even found some more specifically based on news and feeds, but I have a more specific problem. ...
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Postponing research work [duplicate]

I am a grad student in theoretical physics. Whenever I have some well defined research works (calculations, plotting etc) at hand, I postpone them. I engage myself in other things like studying ...
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How to stay focused on achieving my Goals?

I have read many books on goal setting. i made a list of 10 goals for the year and then just did nothing. All of my goals are realistic and specific. They are short-term to mid-term goals. I started ...
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I don't know how to use my time productively after work hours

I work from 8:00 to 5:00 so by the time I get home it is close to 6:00 pm. There are two main things I want to do but I can't: Going to gym which is about 5 minutes drive from my home Studying ...
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why do i keep procrastinating? [duplicate]

I know I have to get things done but leave things to the last minute. I have a lot of various unrelated projects but they are important. What makes me avoid the things that really need to get done? ...
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How to get back to track after being lost?

Usually, I get organised and plan my projects down to detail. But sometimes, urgent things happen and I get distracted from my path. Afterwards, everything falls apart like a domino effect and all ...
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What have been published about a real person changing his life from passiveness and laziness to vitality and activeness in the long term? [closed]

The Problem Even though I have a good set of goals I'm passionate about, and no matter what I try - despite of occasional, temporary periods of relative success, I always get back to a state of ...
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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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I procrastinated and now I'm in the hole several assignments deep, where do I begin the climb out?

So I procrastinated because I opted to work on job related projects rather than school assignments. Its now Spring Break and I want to turn my classes around before it is entirely too late. How do I ...
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How to make studying interesting like movies?

Why is everything more interesting than studying? E.g: eating, drinking, watching a movie, looking around, sitting, standing, daydreaming, listening to songs... Even doing the most boring thing is ...
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How to prevent spurious productivity

To quote Dan Ariely: "... technology makes things worse by creating a new term called 'structured procrastination'... our ability to do nothing while feeling that we're actually doing ...
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A watch to stop procrastinating [closed]

I want to design a watch for a science project: a watch with a big timer displayed on its screen. The watch principally displays the time remaining for a task and not the real time. How it functions: ...
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How do you appreciate yourself more? [closed]

It seems intuitive that people who have more high-quality self esteem are more productive because not having this should lead to depression. Apathy, of course, being a component of depression. So, I ...
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How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?

I guess this is a fairly broad question for this Stack Exchange, but anyway, here goes: how do I just force myself to do my tasks that I need to do, even though I'm depressed and lack the energy or ...
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Procrastination [duplicate]

I always end up postponing my various chores that have to be done at the end of my day. It's not that I'm physically tired, but mentally I am. So how to keep up the mental energy throughout the day?
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To be social and productive [closed]

To be productive i mean less procrastination and hesitation on doing jobs. I think one effective factor is how much one is social, social people are comfortable with other people, appearance on ...
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Am I procrastinating or are these tasks really important?

If you want to achieve a goal, you'll have to do a list of tasks, that help you get closer to that goal. We all know action is king when it comes to achieving goals: you'll want to cut out ...
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Knowing I want to accomplish something but feeling like I don't want to

I have found interest in a few subject matters. These subject matters have me really curious, I'm spending a lot of time thinking about these subject matters in one way or the other. When I'm engaged ...
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How Can I Eliminate Habit of Distraction at Work? [duplicate]

I work in a medium sized organization and my job is a desk job. I usually make a list of things I have to do during the day, but I hardly achieve anything. I put off things until late evening and ...
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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 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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Little progress over the past 2 years, where is my problem? [closed]

I started my personal development journey about 18 months ago, this involved having goals as to what I wanted to achieve over the course of the next year or two. I have been learning along the way ...
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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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How does one handle it when he/she is the center of blame always? [closed]

Before I begin, I must clarify that I am a teenager and a programmer and this is going to be a long post. My case might resonate with other teenagers or it may not but anyways, here it goes. I know ...
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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 ...