Self-management refers to methods, skills, and strategies by which individuals can effectively direct their own activities toward the achievement of objectives, and includes goal setting, decision making, focusing, planning, scheduling, task tracking, self-evaluation, self-intervention, ...

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How do I clear my mind before going to sleep?

I have great difficulty stopping to think of things I'm doing at bedtime. Whenever my night's sleep is bad, my day is much less productive. I try to compensate by drinking coffee, but this only works ...
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Gamification to improve myself

I'm currently working out a way to gamify my daily work / life. I want to reward myself via a points system, assigning points to tasks I should do but tend to neglect. These are things like paying ...
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How to improve Self-Discipline?

What are some specific set of behaviors that lead to self-discipline. Preferably backed by studies/research or confident experience. What I am trying to achieve is be able to work a specific number ...
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What FUTURE-PROOF software for building & managing a personal BIG knowledge base? [closed]

There are some questions similar to this. But i would like to know, what software one should choose, if you go to university for example and are building a knowlegde base of everything you learn & ...
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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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What is the best way to improve English vocabulary?

I want to improve my English vocabulary. I want to know some of the best ways to improve my vocabulary. How many words should I learn daily? What resources should I use?
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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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Do digital wrist watches have productivity advantages over software based features?

My wife recently received a digital wrist watch (Casio Baby GShock) as a gift. She is a teacher and uses the watch for (other than quickly telling the time) timing her lessons, other presentations and ...
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how to get over something stupid done in past?

I have a tendency to act out wierdly and angrily, (usually throwing stuff here and there) when I suddenly remember something stupid that I had done in past, and then bang my head over how stupid I was ...
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How to improve concentration on more important priorities than facebook?

I used to be a very focused student in school. But after coming to college after i got access to unlimited internet,freedom my concentration has fallen very steeply. Even while studying for my final ...
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How do you act confident?

How do you act confident in front of your peers when you have a low self-confidence?Also, how do you get rid of your low self-confidence and bad body image?
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How to manage multiple simultaneous private projects?

I have a number of private web design projects that I work on during my spare time. Non of the projects have any real deadline, other than my own urge to finish them. As there is no real deadline, I ...
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How to improve self discipline when starting from nothing

It seems that I have no ability to be productive. Outside of the occasional week where feeling accountable to somebody else has kept me on task, I have never had the self discipline to accomplish ...
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How to avoid forgetting personal belongings and simple things

I frequently forget my personal belongings like glasses, pens, etc. as well as basic tasks. Below are the top 3 things I have forgotten and suffered a lot Once I forgot my glasses on a bus and lost ...
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How to get more experiences out of life?

The older I get the harder it seems to experience something novel. At 38 I feel as though I've eaten most of the low lying fruit. I have some ideas such as skydiving, or bungee, or taking a ...
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Getting productive without logging and tracking?

My question looks rhetorical but it isn't. I am forcing myself to write to-do lists and tracking what I've done, but I found it difficult. I get bored to write lists longer than 10 tasks, so I set ...
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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 do I concentrate on tough topics when reading on the computer?

I'm a graduate student in computer science, but I have only read 3 academic papers so far this year. The Internet is too fun for me, and I actually have learned a lot from it. The problem is that it's ...
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Overcome extreme laziness and increase productivity

How do I tackle extreme laziness to increase productivity? For example, here are some problems associated with it: Writing down tasks to do, but executing none Getting bored at all times Feeling ...
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How to handle continuous accumulation of multiple personal projects and goals simultaniously?

First off, I just wanted to mention that I did do a bit of research on previous questions, but they don't seem to fully fit my particular problem. Although, I did learn something interesting from the ...
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Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
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How to stop obsessing over my to-do list?

The past two years have been crazy. In 2010, I graduated from college and my now-husband and I purchased our home. In 2011, I started a master's degree and we got married. This year, I started a ...
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How to love programming or my job

Programming has never been my passion, but currently I want to change my mindset and love it. I don't wan't to go through life hating what i'm doing, but it's hard to change my view because coding ...
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How to stay focused?

Sometimes I get drowned by my imagination. I'll give an example. An hour ago I was reading some stuff about esoteric programming languages. Then my imagination kicked in. After that I was just sitting ...
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How to get over passive thinking

I need to get some advice on overcoming mental passivity. I have never had efficient study skills before (always managed to be average or above average by cramming), and now that I'm at a top 10 ...
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How can people advise me to throw away my 'to do' list?

I have a massive task list of all the things that need doing at home: mainly DIY and household paperwork. It is huge and I have a backlog from 2013. No recurring tasks are on there (cleaning), no fun ...
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How to not get irritated?

Sometimes I am very cool and wonder, why isn't everybody else cool? But sometimes I get irritated from small things. I become rude and irritated from things like: I have planned to sit alone 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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Effectively using a 21 day challenge

Research suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So there are 21 day challanges where you make yourself do something you want to form a habit for for 21 days and it will miraculously be a part ...
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How do I take out time for my research while working a full time job?

I am working a full time job as a software engineer. I am also doing masters in computer science. I don't have to take any classes this year as I have completed my coursework. I work from 10 to 7 in ...
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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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Productivity in the gaps

I'm in a situation where I find myself with a few moments of downtime each day where I'm waiting for a bit before starting again. Most of these periods are 10 to 20 minutes long. I can, and do, use ...
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How do I increase my concentration and attention on a difficult/technical subject?

I have trouble reading programming books and doing and understanding their example code. I have trouble understanding advanced math and even basic math concepts. I have trouble to learn new things on ...
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Exam stress reduction tips

Whenever an exam is approaching, I begin to feel anxious, worried, I also feel fear that something will go wrong and of course it does go wrong, but not due to my lack of knowledge : it's that stress ...
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How to use pomodoro technique when doing tasks with dependencies?

The Pomodoro Technique works well for me when I do fixed ,defined tasks like studying using book or working on specific issues .But I struggle with this technique when the task at hand has a lot of ...
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Failure tracking in Kanban tools ? Is it the philosophy of the tool?

I've been trying Kanban tools for a few days, and I do think I can adopt one of those tools really soon. I 'll decide after the 3 weeks routine period if it still fits my need. I wonder: I immediatly ...
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how to keep consistent self belief

I am sharing with you my week experiment result. Out of 7 days, 2 days my confidence was up and every difficult task was done and I was happy but on the other 5 days my confidence was less, some ...
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What would be a good way to maintain an academic and professional journal ?

I maintain a journal(diary) to keep track of personal targets, habit changes, etc. and seeing its positive effects, I would like to maintain something similar for academic/professional acivities. The ...
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“It could be done better and more efficiently” at the end of projects

I'm not really an organised person, and my maxim is "two weeks of coding will save you two hours of planning". But before every (simple or complex) project, despite how long I'm planning, drawing ...
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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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Strategies for keeping a relaxed stated while working on stressful projects

I have a long and hard project in my TO-DO that most times I think about it make me feel stressed, overwhelmed and sometimes anxious. Avoiding it would have a great cost and the stress is not helping ...
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What is the ultimate personal organization system? [closed]

I have so far tried many task- and/or life-management systems and apps, solo and in conjunction. And while they are all great in one way or another I have failed to find an app or a combination of ...
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How to get rid of my approval seeking desire?

I am 32. I am an approval seeker. Drawing and crafts is my hobby but before I make anything for my house I wonder whether my husband will like it or not. That stops me from doing much if I know he ...
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Why am I feeling overwhelmed by the feeling of confidence?

I've been having self-esteem issues for years now. And have been trying in vain to overcome it for the over-all well-being and improvement of my life. I think I finally got it into my head that ...
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How to get enough motivation to overcome inner resistance to change due to comfort zone, and work hard

I work as a developer and was recently promoted to dev lead. I performed my previous role very well - though I initially faced challenges I overcame those and I am able to deliver the work with in ...
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Places to find accountability partner for personal growth

I've been having trouble lately to make myself motivated to learn and selfimprove in the field of software development. I've come up with this idea that to help myself motivate to learn from books ...
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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 do I stop my self from learning everything about any subject I read?

I'm majoring in computer science. The amount of stuff we learn is already overwhelming. Topics I'm learning about so many stuff (networking, security, web development, and software development). Not ...
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How to stop worrying on petty issues?

This has been one of my biggest flaw since my childhood. I usually keep worrying about small issues, which brings me into lots of tension, but actually nothing happens. I keep on worrying about what ...
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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 ...