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GTD/DA Position First and foremost, the Inbox should be emptied whenever you can process it, although its recommended to do it every 24 to 48 hours. David Allen addresses this in Making It All Work: Use and Empty Your In-baskets This practice should be self-evident by now (if it wasn't to begin with)--you've got to use your in-baskets for them to ...


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I think you made a good first step by asking here. One way to relieve stress and burnout is to write down the problem, communicate it with others, and define steps to fix it. Overall you want to get the stress and burnout out of your subconscious, so your subconscious can feel like you have relaxed control of yourself, regardless of the external situation. ...


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Standard time management: Prioritize what you want/need to get done that day. Delegate what you can. Split up tasks so can work on them at best times. Learn to say no. Sometimes tasks just don't need to be done.


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When trying to regain focus on tasks, Mindfulness training is very useful. It's basically a meditation technique, inspired by Buddhism. According to scientific studies, as little as two weeks of such training can significantly improve one's reading comprehension, working memory capacity, ability to focus and neglect distractions whenever they occur. In ...


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This site is devoted to practical, tangible steps and systems that can increase personal productivity, but perhaps the most important insight is that all systems have their limits and that it's important to be able to realize if and when you've reached a point where your commitments exceed your ability to meet them. Only then can you make the transition ...


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Here's a left-field idea: find a local Brazilian jiu jitsu school and take a class. You will find it impossible to maintain any kind of residual attention (ie, thinking about things after you've left work) when you're literally fighting for your life. You'll have the added advantage of improving your fitness and self esteem, whilst learning something new ...


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As describe in Hyper Productivity Theory, you need four factors to become hyper productive: Responsiveness, Motivation, Communication, Courage. The first three are enough to bring you back to the brighter side. Reponsiveness: Don't work on big piece of works, split it to several smaller tasks. More time you found that you can make them done, your ...


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Your question is very open, but I would say that your issues may stem more from a paralyzing fear of failure (or other source of paralysis) than an inability to be organized. I would start my advice with two books that helped me: Getting Things Done by David Allen The Now Habit by Neil Fiore The 2nd one in particular discusses some of the psychology ...


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I had a similar problem, and I decided the Fall of 2013 would be the semester of "No". I said no to everything and even quit a lot of other projects. I found upfront honesty to be key. ie, "I'm no longer going to work on this project because I'm over committed." There were some things I quit that I felt bad about, but over all there is less stress in my ...


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The way I 'fix' this (for me at least) is by giving actions a specific start-date. For example: taking out the trash is in my inbox but but I don't have to do it until next Friday. So the starting date for that action would be next Thursday evening or next Friday morning. That way, when I go over the things that I need to do today, taking out the trash is ...


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I recommend trying to Pomodoro Technique http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/products.html#pomodoropdf you can get the ebook for free from the pomodoro site. Bascially, it forces you to break up tasks into pomodoro's which are 25 minutes in length, then you take a 5 minute break. After 4 pomodoros you take an extneded break. This could help you with the burn ...


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I deal with this issue a lot and I have taken a more "bottom-up" posture on it. The following is not from any system, but is provided as a real-world, functioning answer to this issue: Target Positivity - Ultimately, being "overwhelmed" happens the moment you decide you are. It's a completely subjective viewpoint in which you are saying that you should ...


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For me, it's to-do lists and a work ethic based around finishing once the task is complete, not when the clock says it is time; and a real passion. If you look at the sites I am a member on here, you can very easily see the handful of sites I have a passion for, and then those I am vaguely interested in. With passion for a topic, you can be inspired to self ...


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It does take a lot of time. Some knowledge is gained at work. Some is gained doing tech things for fun. Some is gained through reading. (I read in books, not just on the computer.)


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For me, it helps to concretely divide any task into smaller steps, sometimes even to extreme granularity ("Copy the file from directory X to directory Y", "Replace row 2 with this"), in the correct linear order: step 1, step 2, in the order of doing them. Then I can check all items as Done and then start with the next one with the comfort of knowing the ...


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I don't know about your relation to your boss or what you do, but maybe you could discuss it with him/her? If you are motivated to stay tell him/her that but at the moment you would like to see other aspects / do other things.


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I think this is not a good approach to the problem even if in the past I have always found better payed job. I'd be interested to see your reasoning behind this. Sometimes, if you are dealing with a poisonous management and work culture, it is the very, very best approach to take. You really need to see what's causing your stress/pressure and how many ...


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Take a look at David Allen's Getting Things Done. It's a well-known book/system that approaches this exactly, and it does work. The gist of it is: Write down everything in your head. Everything you want to do. Whether it's urgent or something you want to do in the long run. Just jot it down and deal with it in the next step. Process that stuff. Throw away ...


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Burnout is a serious illness, contact a specialist -- a MD -- immediately. As far as I know the burnout can cause problems with, e.g., adrenaline production in your body (and exhaust other hormone production). So your body need a much stronger stimulus to get motivated in a critical situation. In the end it is harder and harder to make yourself to face ...


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There are quite a lot of factors to try and pinpoint here. I would say that it's creative repression - your brain wants to release creative output, but you're being halted from it somehow. Not being able to express yourself will hit at your identity. Like a caged dog, you start by becoming restless, but eventually become demotivated and depressed after ...


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If you want to get started now, start by organizing a few small things, e.g. your laundry. You have to do it anyway so make a commitment to yourself to put the used clothes onto the right heap (or whatever you use for sorting). Keep it up for two or three weeks, then take the next small thing. Create a task for cleaning up a room each week on the same day. ...


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For me it's been very hard. I finally accepted that for who I am (easily distracted) it was important for me to break any/everything down into little steps (and use a checklist of some sort to track it - currently I am loving www.simplist.me). If I'm not willing to break whatever it is down into the smaller tasks I need to accomplish to get "X" done....I ...


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Another great approach which may be useful is to commit to large projects only one at a time. It's not about saying "NO", it's more about focusing and putting all that's needed into finishing something first. I started to do that myself seeing that I was in a similar situation with my own hobbies and personal projects -- I just started them all and switched ...


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1.Step Out of your comfort zone. 2.identify and begin to Dispel your beliefs which are hindering your progress. 3.Stop trying to control things, just observe and don't control.The things you want to change in life, just needs to be brought into your awareness and just make a conscious decision about how do want it be rather than how you don't want it to ...


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I can tell you just my personal experience(although, probably, I'm much younger than you): I also get distracted very frequently. With time I understand that the mere try to not get distracted is futile and frustrating. Instead, I decided to be more organized as possible, without "fighting" the distraction directly. I started (about 1year ago) to use an ...


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can you pair with someone? If you can - do it! Pair programming is a great fun and you'll forget about all these problems with motivation (if you don't believe me - just try it). Same thing for your internship - look for the places with Agile culture (SCRUM, Canban, XP)


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Over years I discovered that the best way to handle lots of tasks is to split them into several groups such as: tasks to be done today or this week tasks to be completed this month tasks to complete in the future etc. This simple system helps you to a) not get overwhelm with so many tasks and b) postpone unimportant tasks for the future. When you return ...


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When you say "preventing the feeling" I will assume you mean, how to remove the feeling that decreases your level of productivity. That feeling usually being panic or anxiety about having too much to do. My methods are: Use someone as a sounding board or simply write everything down. This should be very high level list of things that need to get done. ...



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