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According to this article which summarize William Shockley suggestion on productivity on publishing papers: producing a paper is tantamount to clearing every one of a sequence of hurdles. He specifically lists: ability to think of a good problem ability to work on it ability to recognize a worthwhile result ability to make a decision as to when to stop ...


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You can attack your problem in two ways: technologically or psychologically. Technologically, your browser will likely have some kind of blocking capability, possibly using add-ins. For instance, Firefox offers LeechBlock (homepage here). You can specify which sites to block, or that you only want to block them during specific times (e.g.: block all news ...


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I read this from a book (Cal Newport - Straight A student) Write your commitments in a book and if you do not do them when you are supposed to, you need to give a reason why you haven't done it. If it is a good reason, you can rationalize it, but if not you will have to face yourself with writing down a lame reason. Might help kick you into action. ...



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