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It's hard to estimate. I've been using one for 9 months now and can not conclude one way or another due to the constantly varying complexity of my work and other inestimable variables. I can say though that I'm still walking as much as I was 9 months ago and have no plans to stop. Lack of focus in my job means no pay so I'd stop it immediately if I ...


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Before I start working I'm starting with affirmations for my work. At the same time it's like a meditation since it calms you down as well. I have a predefined list of sentences which I repeat (aloud if possible) as an excercise. It is important to fight the urge to get to work immediately, fight the feeling of wasting time, it will pay off later on. ...


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how do you get yourself to focus? I am trying to get into the "zone". We all know that knowledge workers work best by getting into "flow", also known as being "in the zone", where they are fully concentrated on their work and fully tuned out of their environment. They lose track of time and produce great stuff through absolute concentration. This is ...


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As a fellow programmer I recognize the problem and have struggeled with this issue for a long time. My solution is to program for about six hours a day with a few breaks in. Sometimes I use the Pomodoro technique to get a better focus but in my experience 8 hours is to much. So what I do to get some focus is indeed some fitness. Mostly, at the start of the ...


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I am the same type; I think I know how you feel; here is what I do music (it really helps) trying new types of exercises using Xbox360 Kinect (there is a bunch of workout apps/games) sparring (if you can find a partner)


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There is a study The Effects of Aerobic Exercise Intensity and Duration on Levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Healthy Men There is a result: The mos beneficiary is a 40 minutes intensive aerobic exercise. Other study: Aerobic exercise effects on cognitive and neural plasticity in older adults Given the extant literature summarised in ...


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I've been treadmiling while working for almost two years now. I develop code and run my company on it. I really like it and my experience is similar to the other comment above. I walk a minimum of 5 to 6 miles a day and feel that it works great for me. I am naturally coordinated and athletic so it feels natural. A friend of mine who is also athletic can't do ...


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You sound a lot like me. As an academic, I always have piles and piles of work to do (it never ends, of course, as solving problems and publishing them is not a job that can ever be completed). Working out is also very important to me, both cardio (I enjoy long bike rides) and weight training. I like to eat healthy foods, and that involves lots of shopping ...


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Yes, you're doing something seriously wrong. You're trying to micromanage your schedule, which typically isn't productive (neither in a corporate setting nor in your private life), because it generally leads to the kind of problems that you describe. Instead, you should look at agile ways of handling your backlog of tasks to do. Personal Kanban is a ...


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I started the same way. I could manage only 4 hours of pure work per day at first then eventually built it up to 7. (my goal is 7 not 8). It happens gradually over time. I had a few "burn outs" along the way. Like, if I managed 2 perfect days, the third I was exhausted mentally and was down to 4 or 2. This gradually still gets better. Now I lose momentum ...


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I do a ten-minute procrastination dash when I first get in before even taking my coat off (extra points for keeping your iPod on from your walk!), so I don't have chance to get distracted or realise how tired I am. This is enough to get a couple of bits out of they way (take the bins out, clean the sink etc.), so I can then a) enjoy guilt-free the fixed ...


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Caffiene doesn't really help that much, unless you're coming into work already drowsy. It's not even a long term stimulant, because it loses effect after you've had a bit. You should check if you're getting 8 hours of sleep a day. Your brain functions optimally on glucose. In fact, your brain's capacity to focus is almost directly affected by its glucose ...


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You need both a more interesting and a more phsyically challenging routine (what you described won't come close to getting you fit or keeping you fit). Even though it is cold, working out outside is not a bad option, you just need to dress prooperly for it and do something you enjoy. Skiers are getting a good workout and it is alawys cold when they ...


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I would challenge your assumption of exercising first thing in the morning. Why is it a requirement? For me the biggest motivator for getting out of bed is doing something I like--no, something I truly love. That aligns with advice to use your fresh energy on what's most important to you. Is that exercising? For me I can make myself wake up at 4:30am if it ...


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I believe that aerobic exercises (i.e., running) is the best for learning efficiently. This was the result of several studies covered in the excellent book: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113514


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Before someone says gamification, I don't really think gamification works. It is a drudgery, one of those things you have to force yourself to do. One method you could try is to do it with others. I'd say the main reason gyms and libraries are so popular is because they're providing motivation to do boring things. Maybe try and get an exercise buddy; it's ...


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For me, I can't start a productive day without meditation and reflection. As few as 15 minutes of meditation is enough to clear your mind from worries, fears and expectations. Don't try to control your focus, just enjoy what you are doing, and lose yourself in the task, in the moment. In other words, try to be attached to the job, remove all distractions ...


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I'm a programmer too. Recently evolving with some entrepreneurship things. Management and programming are two opposite poles, but when I had the situation, it made me total anxious. My solution is that I do a half an hour meditation twice a day. That makes me mentally calm for most of the time after meditation. You could use this audio. Those are found in ...


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I listen to podcasts while commuting and walking the dog. Absolutely, I think it is a way to use that time more productively. I suggest you use podcast time to broaden your interests a little. Not just coding discussion, but wider software engineering issues (http://www.se-radio.net), career management (http://www.manager-tools.com, select Career Tools ...


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Allow yourself a fixed amount of time to blow off steam. There's nothing wrong with that. For the rest it is sticking to "do as your 'say'". Maybe you can even bring structure into this, e.g. if you have specific action to do anyway: do them after the 'rest period'. That could be anything trivial like feeding the cat, having dinner - not necessarily one of ...


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Just my advise / opinion: How about a slow, relaxing stretch session... stretch it out to like 15 minutes. Slow movements, and holding stretches for ~30 seconds etc... to some relaxing slow music. Followed by a hot shower... and then... might as well have a massage, facial, nails done with your maids... and then read your favourite romantic novel in a ...


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The best thing to do is avoiding doing intense stuff before sleep. Your body needs time to calm down. If that's impossible, do the traditional things that advance sleep, for instance turn out the lights, watch a calm TV programme, drink a cup of tea, no mentally challenging activities etc.


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Don't try to stop the thoughts. Instead let them flow in and out of your mind. Acknowledge they exist, but don't give them focus. You can't control if they show up or not, but you can choose to focus on them or not. If you choose not to focus on those thoughts you'll soon find that they go away on their own.


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We actually have a wide range of questions and answers on this topic. please read the following: How to focus on the current task and avoid any distractions? Dealing with distractions during wait How to get rid of distractions and focus on what I am reading? My thoughts distract me, how do I keep my focus?


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I am a programmer too and I had a concentration problem since my school days. Those days i could never sit back and study for more than 10-20 mins. But now I have overcome it a lot by understanding a few things:- Concentration can only be accomplished in things which you enjoy doing or which you really want to do. So first realize the reasons of why you ...


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I'm a programmer too. I've tried many different techniques, but almost none of them worked for me as good as I wanted them to. What didn't worked: Long-term planning, Pomodoro technique, Clean and silent workspace. So as none of this worked for me, I thought that I should try the opposite: no long-term planning, no pomodoros (and other interval ...


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Me and my brother (we are almost twins) have a very efficient technique for boosting mind concentration and bringing calm and relax : It's Reading. my brother is an extreme example for how reading books could be a technique for stress relieve and mind state elevation. He talked to me lately and told me when he feels stressed and not able to go to work he ...


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Don't try to become a martyr to someone else's exercise regime. Provided you are reasonably healthy, moderate exercise should be enjoyable. Eliminate all the painful parts at first, exercise indoors if you dislike cold and rain, skip the 15 minutes of stretching if it seems pointless (it is), exercise with others around if you crave the company and exercise ...



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