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You have a habit you want to get rid of. Yes, this is kind of obvious, but it suggests reading through our questions in this tag. The following two ones should be very helpful indeed: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? How to control or change habits? (Full disclosure: one of the answers here is from me.) In your specific case, it might ...


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I wonder if it makes more sense to have a small-yet-healthy breakfast, and opt for a bigger lunch. Read the link here and decide for yourself: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679722/the-data-that-proves-breakfast-is-the-most-important-meal-of-the-day My main issue is that I spend a lot of time on breakfast. Making breakfast or eating breakfast? ...


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You have a habit you want to get rid of; namely, staying up too late. I'd suggest you look through previous questions with this tag. These two ones are probably most helpful: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? How to control or change habits? Any ideas on how to trick my mind into wanting to go to bed? I think this is mistaken. It's ...


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Recharge Your Batteries You could meditate, breathe, or simply enjoy your food. It might help to change things about what you eat, where you eat etc. An improved diet is likely to improve your productivity. Eating outside can be revitalizing. Putting on soothing music can help you unwind and shed stress. If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, ...


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My problem is that my mind is focused on avoiding that site, and it sometimes leads me to think more about the website. Similarly I am addicted to refreshing StackOverflow and my Gmail inbox, to check whether new notifications have arrived or not. The solution to this problem is NOT to avoid these websites at all. Just fix the time and duration which you ...


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Your morning rutine might be inefficient for lots of reasons: Mobile or TV on during breakfast. Daydreaming or thinking too much. Enjoy the breakfast. Too much time in a confortable hot shower (or even toilet time). You have to choose clothes in the morning instead of having them prepared in advance. You may need to prepare the gym clothes or some books....


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I think you have made a very healthy first step by phrasing the problem so clearly and concisely. Realizing the precise problem is often the most difficult step. Don't take my advice at face value, I'm just a guy on the internet, but the following might help: Make this a project This is, at least in part, a compulsion. Just like gambling, drinking or ...


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You might try a fast. For instance, plan to go 30 days without any attention-draining inputs. That means none. You will discover a thing or two that is important to you that you don't want to give up, and you will discover many many things that you could completely give up. It will give you a new perspective on your priorities. You can read more on this ...


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You have very poorly written outcomes. Why are you learning to draw? Learn french etc? If its for fun, it doesnt sound like you are having it! Ive been here, the biggest realization for me was just because i want to learn something, doesnt mean that i have to learn it right now, or even at all. Think of your time an energy as a currency to buy improvement ...


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A habit means "a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance". So to give yourself a new habit you must frequently repeat the pattern until it "sticks". How many times you must repeat varies considerably from person to person and from behaviour to behaviour. ...


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Do whatever you choose to do, and be mild about it. Willpower and stress are natural enemies. There are no have-to's in life. You don't have to do anything. Focus on what you want to do now, given the circumstances you are in. Choose. Whatever you choose, it will have consequences. Watching youtube all day has positive and negative consequences, doing your ...


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Adding to @Jemmeh's answer, since I started work at a place that's 8kms/40mins away from my place and yoga classes near work, my daily routing looks like this: Wake up to radio alarm ..listening to something upon waking up, wakes my brain up. Its much better than waking up abruptly to the constant hammering of a alarm sound. Even if i snooze in the bed for ...


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Mahmud - as you will see from the large number of posts on this topic, this is one of those very personal things. It all depends on you and the way your brain likes to learn. The majority of people find books will give more of the theory behind a particular subject, and that tutorials help you learn practical usage of that subject - and using both helps ...


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Bah, the fastco article that FlowersLeaves mentioned is just correlational. It means that if you know someone skips breakfast, you can guess they eat more later in the day (reasonable, since they need to consume more calories) and less healthily (for unclear reasons). Turns out, you don't have to eat breakfast. Turns out it's entirely possible to just wake ...


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If you want to learn something new, you should begin with tutorials because they are topic specific and fast for learning. Then if you think you understand basics go for books, read and take all you need. So if you want to learn how to make a table with HTML5, search for a tutorial, in fact, do your first project completely with tutorials. If you encounter ...


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I have this issue too, almost exclusively when I'm stressed. Solution is to block time slots of nothingness, Meditate and if possible go for frequent but short vacations. Works wonders for me


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Whatever works for you and there's no shortcut to know that unless you've sampled out some of the options. So, pick a topic you want to learn and try working out halfway into the tutorial and then start over with a book. Once you are halfway in the book, take some time out to reflect which you enjoyed more (enjoyed as in which of these two resources kept ...


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The main useful tip is to use cash . As Jan mentioned above : only take a limited amount of cash with you and pay with that. No credit cards.... will take more effort, but that's exactly the point. I personally have thought about, but yet to try, using the credit card only for gasoline (to save time). If you want to keep a diary/budget, you ...


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Leechblock and similar plugins allow you to block specific web sites for specified times. You could also flip the question around: Block the time suck sites for all but a 15 minute block during a scheduled break, and then set a reminder for "surf time" for the 15 minutes when the block comes down. Then it's like you're getting a treat...! My own solution to ...


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Set an alarm for bedtime the same way you set an alarm for waking up. It will help keep you consistent. If you feel rushed in the morning, try waking up earlier (and also going to bed earlier). Make your breakfast the night before, or go for something quick: Fresh fruit, oatmeal, and smoothies.


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I would like to draw your attention to something called the 5 love languages, which outlines Gary Chapman's experience from pair counseling into five ways of expressing and experience love. These 5 love languages as quoted on top of the linked site: Words of affirmation – This language uses words to affirm other people. Acts of service - For these ...


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The problem is, whenever I do have more time for that habit, I cannot force myself to do the habit for longer than is necessary. For example, I'll practise programming for about an hour and then I'll drop it. I put an X for the habit and this sets an alarm in my brain that I'm done with that habit for the day. This means that you set a goal which ...


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By all means, try #1 , #2 and #3 at the same time. All three for 21+ days. (mind the plus)


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Writing on paper appears to be the most comfortable method for you, either due to habit, or due to personal work style. GTD recommends you have just one system, but there is nothing wrong with paper being part of your system. It can be your Inbox (or "stage 1" of your inbox). Since the ultimate goal is to get things done, find the workflow that uses the ...


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I've needed to implement a similar system for a new job. Keys for me are be sure to choose a system which can sync across all your devices. The key to hand written notes is, of course, you can write on any piece of scrap paper, food wrapper, and even your hand if necessary. If the app isn't portable to the places where you need to write or reference a note, ...


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I have mixed thoughts about this so I just jot them down. Don't put yourself down for using post it notes or whiteboards. It may be the most effective solution in your case. I have heard it said it takes 21 days for a new habit to harden into a regular routine. So, stick at it for 3 weeks and it will become second nature. This situation may speak volumes ...


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@OmegaSQU4RED... What a great job you have done in identifying your challenges that you have experienced so far in your life and academic career. If you can translate these challenges into a "need statements" then it will be easier to focus on finding solutions to help overcome your challenges. I think the most important thing is to consider all of your ...


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Be conscious about your processes. Everything we do is a process, with one input, one output, and something that happens in between. Once you are aware of that, you can start to tinker the system to see what works better for you. Personal example: I used to be an avid reader, but now I hardly find time for it. I've made several attempts to create a habit ...


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First thing to always keep in mind: keep it realistic. If you are not prepared to deal with reality of space an time, stop reading now, because you will not find a solution to this issue. Second: If you have too many things to do, drop some. You will have to determine which goals are really important to you and drop the rest. You will have rough estimate of ...


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This is from my experience - take what you like - leave the rest Making decisions about what to do or prioritizing things is not a trivial matter and a very good question. There are basically 2 ways to go about it - 1. Pick what you feel is right and good, then go with it. 2. Do some deeper work to figure out some things about yourself then act out of ...



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