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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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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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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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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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When dealing with procrastination, which is something I suffered from all the way through school and finally started to help with in college, it was never a matter of being distracted causing me not to do the work, rather I found distractions to help me put the work off. I was in accelerated classes growing up and we had some counselor talks about ...


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Anything you can do to better structure your day, will lower your distractability. If this is a chronic problem, you may want to consider getting screened for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For me, the strategies and treatment for this condition makes big difference in lowering my own distractability.


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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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