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If you can, read it later. There are dozens of great services, like Pocket or Instapaper, that allows you to save texts, files and even entire web-pages to read them later, when you have finished your other tasks. They are great, since you can also have offline versions of site-pages and you can install them on tablets/smartphones. This should prevent you ...


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I suffered the exact problem. Over the years, I've learned a couple methods/tools that helped. But in general, it's more of a habit/process issue than the lack of hardware. I'll first talk about some tools: For browser tabs, I like 'one tab' or something like 'simple window saver' (for chrome). Just find a session managing extension that helps you quickly ...


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Use OneTab. It is a Chrome/Firefox extension. It allows you to - with a single right click - move all your 500 tabs into a list that is then persistent. This is better than bookmarking them, especially if you only want to read them once and because bookmarking 500 items is a pain.


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A good start would be to reduce a number of things that induce your impulses. Something like this: internet addiction Remove shortcuts to browsers. Hide bookmark/favorite bars. Install "parental control" apps that limit your screen/internet time on schedule, and give admin access to a trusted friend/significant other, so that you can't just go around ...


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I also tend to "multitask" heavily on my Kubuntu Laptop, especially when working intensively on different projects as a college student. However I was pretty ok with it once I got a little bit organized. Additionally I have a heavy tendency to procrastination, so it is important as well for me to separate work from entertainment. I also work in 3, sometimes ...


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Personally I find self-help books to be like religious texts. There are very good reasons why many Christians advocate daily Bible reading. The great things that you can take from a text will not stick forever and what you can get out of a text now will be different from what you can get from it later. If you find the reading of self-help texts to be useful, ...


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Edit /etc/hosts and add all sites you shouldn't access. This is what mine looks like: 127.0.1.1 localhost 127.0.1.1 facebook.com 127.0.1.1 https://www.facebook.com 127.0.1.1 www.facebook.com 127.0.1.1 http://www.facebook.com 127.0.1.1 www.reddit.com 127.0.1.1 reddit.com 127.0.1.1 www.liveleak.com 127.0.1.1 ...


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I write code and don't like how much the internet distracts me from work. Here is what is working so far: (I use windows, so I'm not going to be able to make specific app recommendations for the whole list) 1) Measuring. I use history plug ins to chrome, Rescue Time (linux) and TimeSnapper (a window sonly screen recorder). Hard to motivate oneself if you ...


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It is difficult not to multitask in the modern environment. I think simplifying can be an answer to your question. Try to create good organized bookmark system. Using bookmarks can be a good way to reduce the amount of tabs on your browser. Also general simplifying as one task per time is a good exercise to improve your productivity. I tend to use chrome ...


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Bookmarking alternative Emacs org-mode. Using org-protocol, you can add links to your notes. My browser bookmark bar is empty; I had hundreds of old archived bookmark files that I had little hope of getting through. I converted them to org-mode files (probably using pandoc), and quickly sorted, cleaned out and extracted what I might actually need. So now, ...


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I really like the "elephant + rider" model of our brain, where our rational thoughts (the rider) steer our mammalian brain (the elephant) that handles everything our body does. It's not always easy to get the elephant to do what the rider wants, especially when you're not in top form (tired, sad, hungry, ...). Willpower is a limited resource, there are ...


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Here are some things that worked for me: Plan your time. The more concrete your plan is for the day/hour, the easier it is to follow it, if you don't have a plan, you will end up procrastinating. My plan/intent for a workday is to not do anything but work. Might sound too simple to believe, but you have to be prepared with this in the back of your head to ...


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The topic is glanced on by Black et al, 1993, "Smoking cessation interventions for university students: recruitment and program design considerations based on social marketing theory", page 396. But this study might not directly show what you want.


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I find that most information on the web repeats itself to a more or lesser degree. My solution may be overkill for many, but maybe something complicated is necessary to deal with the information ocean available to us: I have a private wiki, in which I write down everything I stumble across that I find even remotely interesting. Thanks to grouping in ...


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Watching videos is not that bad. I do it while taking short breaks myself. Use a time tracking software that can help you like focusbooster or rescuetime. Analyse how much time you're spending on the website and make the change.


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Something like Cold Turkey for Linux might help. Or if you want to do this manually, try setting your root password to some random string and write it on a piece of paper which you keep as far away as possible. The physical action of having to retrieve the root password might give you a chance to stop yourself.


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You are not wasting ink when you are taking notes. Overtaking notes is always better. The real danger is in missing the moment, not taking notice of something important and letting it slip away into the past. Let the critical part of your brain make the keep or not keep decisions when you go back and clarify what those notes mean to you. A key to ...


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If you have some smart phones or tablets, it may be a good idea just to take notes in your electronic device which you have with yourself most of the time. It is so easy to edit your notes and put check marks besides every note. Even more, you can make to-do-lists just to manage your daily work and also put your important dates in your electronic calendar ...


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Mine was same story as yours. Then I decided this: Read one topic or one page Close the book Read next topic/next page ONLY when you have implemented what you have learned in previous topic This way it helps to remember what you have read & by the time you finish the book, you have actually lived it. That's the best way to get max value for what ...


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The most effective way to retain information after initially acquiring it is using a tool that makes use of spaced-repetition like Anki. While you read the book, create cards for the information that seems most important. Generally, books are written in a way that makes it easy to determine what the key idea of a chunk of text is, but it might take a little ...



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