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I've had the same personal struggle several times. I'm fascinated by so many things in life and in addition I find it hard not to be competitive on practically anything, so I'm always trying to pick up a new skill. In my case however, and I don't know about your situation, I was raised with that multidisciplinary skill set. By the time I was 15 I was ...


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Here's the best option: Delete your facebook account! Honestly, the best discipline comes from not being able to do what you don't want to want to do. Also, it's absolutely freeing. Otherwise, find a good blocker and turn it on while working. Leechblock is free and pretty good.


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You need a machine wide blocker. If the blocker isn't finely tuned, it blocks useful stuff and then you disable the blocker. RescueTime's paid version has fine tuning for machine wide blocking. Increase the cost of turning off the blocker. One possibility is editing the host file for sites that are completely useless. I set the domain names of distracting ...


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If your projects are such that you don't finish them before starting another, and thus have to drop and pick them up over and over, here is a strategy that I use: Have a note (sticky notes, text file, whatever works for you) for each project you work on. When you start the project, list the big steps that will need to be done, and as you come across more ...


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There are a few things you can do immediately. Allocate your time. One hour two hours whatever you feel is necessary. Commit to working this duration. Write down what you want to have done, how you want it to look etc. Just a brief description of what you would like the outcome to be at with the time you have available. Put this where you can see it ...


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When you are controlled by the habbit instead of being able to control the habbit - it becomes addiction. It is similar to smoking or other chemical addictions. You need a systematic approach to get free from it. Generaly, it is important to do the following 3 things systematically: Self control Substitute Abstinence Here are the possible steps to ...


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The situation you're in is called yak shaving. Within the realm of software design, it's often clear that no alternative exists to a particular A-B-C-D-E chain. You must do E. No choice. But in the wider world, you can often find other chains that lead to achieving A. A guideline: the more content you are to be puttering along on E, achieving E ...


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Often we are creatures of habit and attempting to avoid something only causes us to increase the temptation of falling into that habit. This problem could be one of two basic things... These things are distracting you If you're sitting there and suddenly find yourself desiring to get in a round of your phone game and indulge it then procrastination is the ...


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The simple technique for that is called "reframing" and means rephrasing negative to positive. So "I'm not going to do those things" becomes "when I'm tempted to do those things I can easily switch back to important things" Of course this works better together with other well-known anti-procrastination tactics - pomodoro timer, gtd(ztd) task lists and ...


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There is a difference between important tasks and necessary tasks. In your question, you actually say the right thing: it'll be necessary to do another task in preparation If you cannot get to A without doing B, C, D and E, then you either find another route, or do them all. If D, for example, is important, but you don't need it done in its entirety, ...


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I like to use Plutchik's wheel of emotions to understand a lot of things that deal with humans and emotions. I think your problem is you feel you have too much happening and are getting a sense of being overwhelmed and confused about whether you're doing enough. Specifically look at the emotions of distraction vs focus - even I didn't think these would be ...


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Have you read 'Getting things done'? This book handles precisely your problem. It introduces a system that allows you to seperate your todo list from your mind. It's a must read for productive people.


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Looking from another perspective, when you're using the pomodoro technique, you can drill down your tasks to make them smaller and when you finish a task and say you have some 3-5 minutes left, you can use this time to re-read your code, rethink your solution, improve it a little bit, etc. There is always a lack of time for these activities. I think this can ...


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I do use Pomodoros on activities where I'm able to concentrate too. I actually use them to force myself to take breaks. I get up at least every other Pomodoro. And I'll write a unit test or put a TODO in a document so I can resume and get right back in the flow again quickly.


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Another option is to use Time Doctor. It is proactive in eliminating these types of distractions. It doesn't really block them but it gives you these warnings. Blocking these sites will only intensify the desire. A little nudge like this can be a good reminder and will eventually build the habit of focus and discipline. I hope that helps you. It was a ...


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I was gearing up for the most examinations of my life a few weeks ago. I'm reasonably good at studies however, I do have a tendency of getting distracted early and taking irregular breaks which eventually end up breaking my study schedule. The reason Pomodoro works is that it establishes regularity, but with certain boundaries. The 25 minute study sessions ...


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A less radical option than deleting your account and easier than improving your self control can be simply leaving the facebook password at home. Choose a password that is impossible for you to remember and leave it at home. That way is impossible for you to check it at work. I would recommend using a password manager (e.g. Keepassx), since keeping ...


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Maybe this not your answer but I want to say my experience and maybe help someone: I think check email , facebook, these web sites and etc are not the main problem. The problem is what are you doing at that time which you neglect your work and do to surf the web. I think we should think about that in this way. I think about my self and my work and also my ...


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Well, I think we might need to establish if you need to do one of those things to even start another or if you need to do one of them to only do part of another. I also think the answer will definitely depend on what kind of project you're doing. Personally, I think you might have to either focus on only one aspect until you realize you really really need ...


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Things that helped me are: Every time you get off track, note it down, how long for and what you think triggered it. Use this information to plan against future procrastination and to see if you are making progress at beating the problem. Break down large and challenging tasks into smaller parts and use this to track your progress Sandwich tasks you hate ...


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It was an accident. Simple. It could have been a lot worse. If you'd worked there you might have lost your job. Now that you have to pay for it all to be fixed, you could think of it like you own a little piece of the gym now because you're helping rebuild.


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In my language we say you should leave a party at the nicest point. By doing so it will keep you interested to come to the next party. For you it means you could tackle the problem from the other side. Just stop your task/work/project after a certain point in time. Lets say after 2h. And force yourself to do something different. And don't return to the ...


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It's sounds like what you lack is a clear answer to the question "why am I taking on this project?". You should have a clear picture of the outcome you're seeking. Maybe so far you unconsciously seek the outcome of excitement due to the variety in your work. If this is true, in addition to the outcome you design in your mind (or better yet in a document) ...



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