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There is no need to create an entirely new distribution to solve this problem. Install the software wmctrl. Write a BASH script and launch it whenever you start X. This should control whether these applications are hidden or visible at certain times. Here is a basic script, although you may need to make some changes to make it work properly: #!/bin/bash ...


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Actually, this can be simple. Every action or task you have to do should be linked to something higher, a purpose, a long-term goal, an area of responsibility, etc. So if you have to do a boring or tough task you don't feel like, you need to stop thinking of the task itself and start thinking of the purpose it serves. Something like "This is not my favorite ...


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Some hopefully helpful tips: Ask yourself regularly (e.g. everytime you start a new exercise/chapter/work etc) these questions: What do I want to do now and why should I do it rather than some other thing ? Why am I not inclined to do it (or why would it be a bad idea to do it) and what can I do about it ? What will be the (short-term and long-term) ...


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Firstly make sure that the place where you do your work is comfortable and that you can minimize distractions. Not only can distractions prevent you from focusing in the first place but they can also cause interruptions in your flow once you've got going. To do this you can do things like turning off your phone, putting a do not disturb sign on your door, ...


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I personally prefer fast paced classes, but it can be 'too' fast sometimes. In such cases, it is important to interrupt the instructor with a question. If you are confident that you are one of the quicker ones in the class, you have a semi-obligation to do so, because if you didn't get it, many others might have not gotten it as well. The instructor needs ...


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Are you making notes? In that case you just note the disturbance/interruptions (in the margin, with a special mark in front, ...) for later consideration, and don't spend any more time on it in that moment. If you don't make notes, you can still quickly scribble something in the form of a 'to do', and then follow up later. The basic idea is: don't ...



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