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, self-...

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How to handle planning delays and get back on track again?

I have been working on a long term goal (a year term). I have divided the tasks into many small chunks (monthly, weekly, daily) and am working on it. But inevitably interruptions will occur, like ...
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How do I maintain focus towards work for extended periods?

I work in a team and after some days of regular focus & productivity, normally towards the end of the month, I lose interest in the work. It usually takes about a week to regain focus but, this ...
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Being motivated for self study

I am a software professional. I have reached a stage in career where I will have to do something apart from regular coding. I am very confused about what that extra thing should be. Sometimes I think ...
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How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
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How to manage undergraduate studies while working full time

I am doing my undergraduate while doing a full time job. My course is Computer science. I am also working as a software developer in a private company. I have big responsibilities at my work because ...
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Does it help to have dedicated computer workstations for dedicated types of work?

Has anyone seen research that demonstrates dedicating different computers to specific tasks (separated by physical distance) increases productivity?
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how to fight productivity guilt

Guilt is one of those emotions that we feel is telling us something important about our behavior. Actually, that's what guilt is supposed to be. But the guilty feeling I have when I haven't been ...
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Long-wait tasks with Pomodoro Technique

What are some good strategies for coping with tasks that have high "wait times" when using the Pomodoro techinque? Right now I'm about 15 minutes into a pomodoro, but I'm waiting for a program to ...
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How do I get myself to do that one task I really don't want to do

So I've got something I need to do, sooner or later, if I want to keep moving forward in life. It's happened multiple times, but currently it's a phone call that I'm really dreading, because I don't ...
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What next after pomodoro technique? [closed]

What other time organizing or self organizing techniques would you recommend after the Pomodoro Technique? Please suggest books, theories, and articles.
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How to scientifically evaluate and record one's mood or mental state?

I write in my diary irregularly and in the diary I record my schedule and mental state. I find that it is a good way to know myself. However, I am not satisfied with that because: The record is ...
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How to not get embarrassed on small things? [closed]

When I have done something good,or have replied to people, then though I don't say sorry to them but feel embarrassed and argue with my self and keep thinking about the same thing all the day. How ...
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What are some things I can do to finish books I start?

I'm having a problem where I start a lot of books but don't finish any of them. Whenever I read a bit, I immediately start thinking of reading five other books after the next chapter. What are some ...
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How to overcome “hyper” sensitivity? [closed]

Two days back I read about the Germans atrocities during world war II. The gas chambers, the scientific experiments of bone transplants without anesthesia, rapes etc. And now my mind is disturbed. I ...
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How do I focus on the necessities even though I hate them?

I am a high school student. I am preparing for the SAT & the AP in CS. I like to study for these exams and can do so for hours on end. However, my school-work is very boring and has a lot of ...
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How to avoid being jealous?

Everybody wants to be the best out of all. So, in classroom or in work place, i always want to think that i'm the best.I think that is the best way to be self-motivated. But if everyone is talking ...
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How can I overcome psychosomatic symptoms?

Often I experience extreme tiredness or stomach aches when I need to work on a project that I don't want to work on. Sometimes just walking into the same floor where work is waiting causes those ...
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How can I make my computer to kick me off and shut down?

Mornings are a particularly bad time for me; the really rational part of my brain doesn't seem to kick in until around 9:30 or 10:00 am. I find I'm spending (way) too much time on the computer in the ...
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What are the attitudes are required to improve communication ability?

I am a software developer. I am able to speak with my friends and colleagues but I have a problem in making effective communication with higher officials. I struggle a bit when speaking with higher ...
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How can I make my productivity system more efficient and usable?

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
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How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
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How to break down tasks that have unknown elements

I'm making a activity planner/enforcer (to avoid my procrastination) and found out that breaking down task is the best way to accomplish things, but I also found out that it's hard to break down tasks ...
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Does following a highly disciplined religion help in improving personal productivity?

There are many religions like Islam, Judaism etc that have a very disciplined and orderly approach to life with lots of rules and guidelines even for seemingly trivial endeavors , Does this induce ...
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How can I eliminate stress and learn to let go?

I have a stress issue that it's eating me up. Not only stress, but even anger is an issue for me. I think that anger leads to stress and stress leads to anger, at least for me. Al of this anger/...
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Tools to represent skills in a graphical way with rating

I have been reading self-assessment articles for few days. I have been thinking to create a nice graphical representation (Venn diagram) of my skill set (input) along with level of expertise for each ...
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How do I retrain bad habits? [duplicate]

Background: This answer talks about Ironic Process Theory, in which deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts make them more likely to surface. I find I have this problem with certain ...
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How can I create a routine of using my ToDo-App on my Smartphone rather than writing everythign down

I'm currently implementing the Methods of David Allen's Getting Things Done into my life. I've downloaded an Android app that I'm fairly happy with and in which I already have put most of the tasks I ...
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How do I Increase my productivity without getting distracted by the things happenned to me in the past?

I am not sure how common it might be? Owner of my company wants to make a software and copy a similar product for about 90 %. And get it done by 15th of next month. I am only guy who will be doing ...
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The Productivity Monk Lifestyle or Apartment Monk Lifestyle [closed]

Everyday I make a to-do list for the next day, and a schedule to go along with it, and on paper it seems like the next day will be a productive and good one. But I can never complete my list, because ...
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How to switch into a work schedule, in the absence of external pressure?

I'm at a point where I have a gracious amount of free time that I'm not in school. I think I have a viable business idea (centered around a computer application) but it happens pretty often that I'm ...
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Is it worth taking work breaks “by feel”?

As a student working on multiple things, not finding enough time is a constant problem and finding efficiency tweaks is always a goal. Every single source I look at recommends scheduling work into ...
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problems with programming

TL;DR: I am starting a programming pre-job training based on C# in a few days. While I have tried to learn the basics and theory but I inexplicably cannot code, can you help me out with a few tips? ...
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Strategies to focus for a long time

In my college the system is really bad. We may take 4 lectures one after another. Each is of one and half hour long with 10 minutes breaks in between which we use to ask the lecturer of what we didn'...
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Something is missing, which I can't point it at, to achieve a goal

After reading self-help books & failing many times, I figured out a self-disciplinary approach to achieve my long term goal(an year term) by breaking them to monthly, then to weekly and ultimately ...
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How can I obtain audio books?

My greatest personal productivity discovery has been audiobooks. I've obtained some from people and the net but I tend to consume audio books, listening everywhere I go. My particular interest in ...
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How to Find the Right Side Project

Productivity soars whenever I find the right side project to work on. However, as soon as the project is finished or whenever I'm working on something that feels boring to me, productivity goes right ...
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From journeyman to master

This question may be a bit vague and open for discussion, but today I've been trying to work out what to start doing. I work as a professional programmer (as do, at a guess, 90% of you lot) but its ...
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What should we do to become productive/improving ourself when you don't have work in office?

I am a software engineer and in our job sometimes we have lots of work and we need to do overtime working on the project to finish the deadlines. There is also a time when we don't have any new ...
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Help in determining when it's productive to pause?

I understand there comes a point where you can be so fatigued/stressed/distracted that continuing to work on a project will be less productive than if you were to step away to do something else. ...
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How to “do it now”? [duplicate]

Popular self-help literature on procrastination recommends to Do it now! and build The Now Habit, that is, the solution to procrastionation is supposed to be that you don't procrastinate. That's 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 to remain productive when you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder)? [closed]

I suffer from ADHD(Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder). Is there any way to work around it? Is there any experimented common cure which people might know of. Medicine or exercises?
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“SMART Goal Setting Practical Example”? [closed]

I want to set a few written goals for the first time in my life. Please give me some Real life - practical S.M.A.R.T. goals template , example ...which includes Plan of Action, tasks, deadlines. How ...
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Reminder services: do they exist?

I'm trying to figure out what life coaching services are out there. What I have in mind is something like the following: Call/e-mail the service with a message similar to the following: "Call ...
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Self-threatening - destructive or just means to an end

I have been trying out various ways of self-motivating systems, strategies and methods to motivate myself to complete my private projects in time. I often end in a swamp two-thirds in, having trouble ...
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How can we eliminate the process of 'imperfect recall' of information? [duplicate]

Practice helps recalling some piece of information faster. Is there a better way to do practice in some certain way so that with relatively little practice, recall of information (having information ...
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How to stop wasting time and focus maximum? [duplicate]

This is the biggest problem of my life! I'm currently in grade 11th and I wanna get into a great college (MIT or Yale) and become an Astronomer. I know exactly what to do and how to do it, but I'm ...
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The desire of being productive, but failing at implementing it [duplicate]

I feel like life is too short, and I feel like I have to take advantage of every moment. I am a college student, I don't have much free time on my hands but when I do, I want to do something new, ...
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How to organize life? A bunch of specific details [closed]

How to reinforce behavior? How should I deal with Not urgent, not important goals? I am thinking of letting the 'quest' appear for a specific time duration on the list and if not completed in that ...
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Focusing on tasks [duplicate]

This is first time i'm using this site of stack network so i hope it's the right place. I have problem with focusing to my plans. I'm a 23 years old software developer and i am working for a company. ...