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Shawn Achor, an expert in positive psychology, argues that the notion of happiness coming after success has things the wrong way around. He argues that with success - as we approach our goal, we quite naturally and reasonably, redefine success and move the goal posts further away (eg, I've got a job, now I want a better job, I'm exercising regularly, now I ...


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Research indicates that people who give in to temptations have a problem visualizing future outcomes: What happens now is clear and concrete (candy is lying in front of you) while the future often is vague and fuzzy. The Marshmallow experiment showed the effects of this. Scientists say treatments should involve de-emphasizing the present (making it more ...


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Well, I think you first need some long term goals because in the case you don't have them, it shouldn't be a problem to search only instant gratification. I'm also in this situation and I don't think it is a problem to seek for short term gratification: I usually subdivide my long term goals in short term ones, so I can search gratification and also work on ...


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With SMART goals, you can readily verify whether you achieved your goals. Therefore corporations often like them as part of employee evaluations. A non-SMART goal would be something that doesn't satisfy the five criterias, for instance "This fall I am going to become a better Java programmer". That goal is vague and hard to measure. A SMART variant would ...


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Stephen Covey's "personal mission statement" from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People might be a good way to start thinking about what your loftier goals could be. The process he outlines doesn't sound like it would lead to the goals themselves, but point you to the values you have that will influence them. If you don't mind a slightly New Age-y ...


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I used to run a mastermind group myself and I structure the meetings this way: Each participant comes with a challenge he faces in his business. The group has 15 minutes to discuss the issue and suggest solutions. Then it is the next participant's turn. Etc... I wrote how we did it more in details on my blog: Founder Mastermind Breakfast


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In your work environment, the things that are constantly present are schedules and deadlines. Most activities that you do, have some form of time limit attached to them. This limitation of time acts as a strong external motivator and for many tasks, we become dependent on them to achieve objectives. While on your sabbatical, you will have neither a deadline ...


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Hide temptation ("get thee behind me Satan!") for things which produce immediate outcomes. I find that looking at a calendar motivates me to see the big picture and move towards deadlines. Check your calendar frequently. Talking about what you need to do to get your deferred rewards tends to make it more "salient". Talk about it. You think about what you ...


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SMART Goals Specific Measurable Attainable Relevent Time-Bound These are how you identify prosperous goals. If they don't meet each of these requirements, they are not an effective goal. That, though, doesn't make them anything bad. Perhaps they are an idea, or a dream. Maybe they need to be for later rather than now. But, in any case, they aren't going ...


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Measure you progress is the main thing I would recommend. Also: Set out a plan with as much detail as practical so that you'll be able to do stuff and check it off. Breaking things down into small chunks will help you achieve this. Set maximum time lines for the tasks you are going to attempt, e.g. work on problem x for 2 days and if you don't have an ...


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Get out your bucket list. Find activities you can do in your 5 weeks. Set time limits for each of your activities (e.g. 1 week for activity 1). Go about achieving them, and cross them off your bucket list once you're done. . At the end of your sebbatical, look at what you've crossed off from your bucket list and say, "Wow, I've actually done stuff!" If ...


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Often the best way of learning is "learning by doing" and it's essential in the way that only studying a language without using it in real life will never work. So if you only need a casual understanding of the languages you talk about, then using a simple tutorial and a live project as a way to get into the language is normally fine. In these cases there is ...


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Dopamine is responsible for happiness ...and you can be more happy by being more productive but it's not exclusive to productivity. If something is perceived as reward-worthy by the cerebral cortex. it releases dopamine and as a result you feel happy. When you eat food you like, receive comfort from another person, or experience a victory in everyday life, ...


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Yes improving your productivity make you happy. By increasing productivity increase you can earn more money by better career and can use it make your lifestyle better. Some people say that you cannot buy happiness by money, according to me those people don't know where they need to do shopping for buy happiness. Actually productivity and happiness are ...


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I am a developer as well, and I can tell you that... learning is always good. However there seems to be 3 general paths in the industry: Get Stuck - You are only needed to complete certain tasks, nothing more. The company you are working for (because this does not apply to freelancers) will actively hold you back, and question you every time you want to ...


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People think the more time you put in the more you get out. However the truth is, the more thought you put in the more you get out. Meaning that the fact that you are doing all these things is good, not just in general but also for you and your personality. On the other hand, average results probably mean you are doing it like everybody else and thus obtain ...


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There is a Zig Ziglar quotation that applies well to your situation: "Motivation is like showering: required daily." As one step, I'd suggest finding a handful of quotations, images, or other motivations to which you can constantly expose yourself. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" comes to mind, plus perhaps a mock-up of an Etsy ...


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"Plan from the future". In order to have C at date Z, I need to complete B at date Y, and therefore A needs to be done at date X (X < Y < Z). That way you have good intermediate checkpoints. Then break down into smaller parts. Reward yourself. In your schedule, plan rewards as well - things you really want, maybe even think you should not have/do ...


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Here's the story of someone doing that with Beeminder, the very short version of which is that he set up a graph of his time spent studying and then created a commitment device to force himself to maintain a certain number of hours per week (keeping all his datapoints on the Yellow Brick Road, in Beeminder's parlance): http://blog.beeminder.com/gandalf


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Maintain a high level of communication with your professor and other students. Build habits around this. Help others with the material. Other people's questions will spur more learning of you own when you have to get down and explain the subject matter to others. Get comfortable asking questions and be really curious Make use of office hours. Read the ...


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If You Don't Know Why Deep Down Inside ... Usually these higher level goals and the roles in our lives we fulfill are driven by emotional factors. In other words its just something you know in your heart. You want to be a better cook, a better friend a better parent, a more skilled professional, athlete or musician. There is no question then as to why we ...


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When you are unclear about what you want to do next, whether its the next ten minutes or the next ten years it helps to approach the question considering David Allen's "Horizons of Focus" A career choice is a fairly high level of focus spanning 10-20 years. It revolves around the vision of how your life should look like; where you want to live, how much ...


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There are two things about it in my mind: Maybe you have too many projects and they do not allow you to have a great success on one of them. You need to put there an another value, something more to make it special and successful. Maybe focus on one project now, after reaching your target in it (or losing enthusiasms), you will move to another. There is ...


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One good method is designing from the future: In order to have final goal Z on date D26, subgoal Y needs to be met on date D25 - etcetera The process is not nessarily lineair in task (it is in time), if A and B are requirements for C, you plan A-B-C or B-A-C. This method gives you the advantage that at any date you planned, you can check if you're still ...


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These are all things which I used to do all time: 1) Check the old exam papers and spend some time on teaching scheme & exam pattern. 2) Prepare a plan about what kind of topics and subjects have been asked in past. Try to figure out average weight-age of topics. 3) Depending on weight-age prepare a plan, which topics you will complete first and ...


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Happiness is only a temporary emotion. On the other hand, joy is the manifestation of that happiness, something that's much more lasting than being happy you ate a burger or listened to your favorite song. I would argue that finding happiness and joy does not come from what you do but your outlook and perception of a situation. For example: You might be ...


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SMART is a way of working goals. There are other frameworks that helps you achieve your goals. I personaly use the MT framework (Measureable and Timely). You can listen to Manager Tools' podcasts on the subject: http://www.manager-tools.com/2007/12/how-to-set-annual-goals-part-1-of-3 http://www.manager-tools.com/2008/01/how-to-set-annual-goals-part-2-of-3 ...


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I differntiate knowing a language to being flutent in it. Unless you have remarkable memory ability, you will always be more fluent (require fewer references) in the languages you are currently working with the most. Good programmers rely more on being able to generalize concepts and figure things out rather on pure memorization. So how does that answer ...


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You are setting goals for yourself. This means that your goals, are your personal goals. This means that only you can judge the true worth of the goals. This means that your question isn't for us to answer. To help you judge your goals however, I can advise you to really think about your goal: (For example purposes, goal:"To get a girlfriend") What ...


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I'm a little late to the party but I noticed something in your question I'd thought could be the crux of the issue. Was doing a search on this issue myself so I don't have this figured out, but I have an idea so let me know what you think. You mentioned that you're breaking your goals into multiple tasks, which is great. I do this too, with wunderlist. ...



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