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I dropped out last winter. I deliberately took a year break to learn, understand and practice the art of coding. Though my daily cognitive productivity/activity may vary a lot from you, I study/build things for twelve hours, six days a week. Yes, it takes a lot of discipline and motivation to strive for consistency. I too fail a lot. But during the process ...


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Before work Eating breakfast will help you wake up. Many people swear by coffee as well. Even if you drink coffee, still eat food. It will give you more energy. Showering/exercise also give some people energy. During lunch Take lunch. Seriously, take a break in addition to eating. It will give you more energy and let you "rest" your mind. The ...


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Ask yourself; My tasks realy has to these unimportant details? If you say yes, then they are not unimportant. They are a part of your task. Keep doing them. Some of your tasks could include a lot of details. So, how can you define "finished task" with not doing some details? Also don't bored with doing them. Learn how to get fun with doing them. If you say ...


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I think this is a facinating question, and for me, it's quite linked to the classic 'how come I can play a computer game for 14 hours in a day and not be able to deal with my email for half that' I'm going to try and challenge the assumptions in the question a little bit. I remain to be convinced that eight hours of coding is better than six hours of ...


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I'm a software developer by profession (just shy of a decade professional experience) It's very common when you're nose to the grind stone for every two hours you work your effective productivity drops severely. By the time you approach 8 to 10 hours you're practically wasting your time. What has worked well for myself and those I work with is to break up ...


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Do you absolutely HAVE to do all these projects? If not, perhaps, it's time to prioritize your goals (I have some pet projects which will take all my free time and then some if I won't stop myself) Also, you might want to relax and let your creative side take charge - write down all questions, problems etc on the list of paper and put in your pocket; every ...


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It sounds like you are finding other things to do and working on them with your task. One way to deal with this is write down the things you think of but stay focused on the core of your desk. That way you don't lose your focus/train of thought but also don't forget about the other items. Then when you need a break/complete the main task, you can ...


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Making brakes to take some fresh air is definitely the way to go to avoid exhoustion - But I warn everybody to believe blindly in such simplistic methods like the pomodoro technique which sounds great (I like the basic idea) but which works against our in build clock and our psychological nature. The Pomodoro technique says to make a short break after 25 ...


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Make an absolute rule to catch sleep at least for 6 hours, and take short cat nap once in a month or a week just to get that the sleep deprivation out of your system and get it declogged. For me it’s hit the bed at 12 and get up at 6 which means skip parties and late night movies but make few exception if there is need and it is must, it is tough but one ...


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Say you were code rewriting. Plan ahead how much time you're spending in a row. I suggest anything between 25-50 minutes, followed by a short break of 5-10 minutes. If the task is finished move on to the next, if not repeat the procedure. Interruptions Doing difficult or boring tasks can make you very vulnerable to distractions. Maybe you've just had an ...


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What you are doing is not exactly procrastination. Postponing the task due to inability to do it is all right. Doing trash stuff instead of it, on the contrary, would be procrastination. Imagine your brain to be a muscle. If you overstretch without resting, it will tire itself out. Obviously, you cannot conserve energy during the day by not using it, ...


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Get her some Professional help.. A counselor perhaps..! Change the focus of her life... help her find something interesting.. some new hobbies perhaps... Cooking, crafting,crochet and what not!! If she gets interested, she can even use them to generate income.. Let her have "good" company, people who can support her, give constructive criticism and help ...


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I think you need to take some time for tasks like responding to email, documentation, source control management, compiline, code review and refactoring that should not be as taxing. Manage your time, so you make sure you do this stuff. It may be difficult to motivate yourself to do some of the mundane tasks, but that is another problem.


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Here is an unordered list that can help you to be more productive in your 8 hours of work. Meetings and other distractions. Some meetings are necessary, try to distribute them throughout the day (e.g. 1 hour coding, 15 minutes standup, 2 hours coding, lunch, 2 hours coding, meeting, ...) Pairprogramming: Get yourself a programming partner. One is the ...


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Take a break on a schedule. You need the break before you feel the effects of exhaustion. If you reach the first stage you described anyway (even after taking breaks), stop then. When you reach the stage where you are working at one half speed, you are actively harming your project and that is when more (And generally worse) mistakes are made. It is a ...


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I too program for long hours, which is not the same as playing games. However, the issue I find is that after a while my mind starts drifting. So I work approximately 3 hours and then take a break or do a different task. I go for a short walk or exercise. Then I change my focus, emails, accounts, shopping online or go to the gym. After that I do another some ...


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Consider building out an "Urgent/Important Matrix" that may help. That may give you an idea of what is worth doing now and what may be worth doing next. If you see 101 things in the important boxes that may give a bit of motivation to just get something done rather than procrastinate on it some more.


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I have found that I need to wake my body up immediately in the morning. I get up, empty my bowels, then do a 5 min workout to jumpstart my wake up and start my metabolism. This is actually a great way to lose weight. 5min workout: 20 Jumping jacks 10 push ups 10 situps 5 pull ups [REPEAT] You can change the numbers, but this is a great pre day warm ...


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Preparing in the morning by eating right or exercising is great, but there are day-to-day factors that can impede on your normal routine; sleeping in late, going to bed late, early AM meetings, or other errands. I find it helpful to carry with you a "backup" method for staying focused at work and awake during those dimly-lit 1:00pm powerpoint meetings. I ...


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I am a Software Professional and hence I understand the mental fatigue. You need to cultivate some interest and take some time out on weekends to go away from your work and fulfill your passions or hobbies. This way you would be happy and hence would enjoy work weekend more rather than watching T.V. or playing games, which consume lots of energy. Also your ...


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This is usually another form of procrastination it is more pallatable because you are doing things just not the right things. It usually stems from fear of the unknown or the fear of failure. Both of these can be solved by confronting your fear and doing a little project planning. Instead of working on the details grab a piece of paper and answer the ...



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