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There was a study in 2009 that showed that Early Risers Crash Faster Than People Who Stay Up Late. From the article: Researchers Christina Schmidt and Philippe Peigneux and their colleagues first asked 16 extreme early risers and 15 extreme night owls to spend a week following their natural sleep schedule. Then subjects spent two nights in a sleep lab, ...


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A lot of the problem is psychological - as is the answer. If you answer these questions, it may help you understand why you are procrastinating: What am I afraid of? What will happen if I stop procrastinating on this project? What will (ultimately) happen if I procrastinate on this project? What am I using to avoid doing what I should be doing? Note that ...


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What gets measured gets done - Management Maxim Write a list of what you want to do on a physical piece of paper, listing each item line by line. If an item on the list seems too overwhelming to do, break it down into smaller parts. It's okay, even encouraged, to put down easy tasks on the list. If I want to do a software project, often the first item ...


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Am I destroying my career? Yes you are... UNLESS you gain knowledge outside your current job you will become quite value-less to other companies. You have to keep yourself current. I worked as a SENIOR software developer for 11 years and when I changed positions I was clueless as to all other technologies and methodologies. I had no idea what Scrum was ...


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It is worthwhile weighing up the things that are important to you now, as @JeffO correctly states, and the things that might be more important to you longer term. For example, you may be willing to have a reduced quality of personal time now (eg working 100 hour weeks) if you feel it will help you get to a point (income, promotion, etc) later in life where ...


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This is what we call Chronotype, Clodoré et al. has also done research about alertness differences. Chronotype is an attribute of animals, including human beings, reflecting at what time of the day their physical functions (hormone level, body temperature, cognitive faculties, eating and sleeping) are active, change or reach a certain level. [..] ...


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There's a technique called "active listening" that may help. While using it, you listen with a goal of being able to repeat back (paraphrased) what the speaker is saying. There's more than that, but just that much helped me quite a bit years ago. Google the phrase and see what some of the links you find have to say - it may help you.


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I've been a .NET developer for going on 12 years and I'm still as passionate today as I was on day one. If you're stuck witting console apps and don't have much variety in your development work this can be difficult. I think I would probably feel the same as you in this position. The thing that has kept .NET interesting for me is learning all the new ...


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I am not a conversation specialist but here are some tips that I have been using and I've found them pretty effective. 1) Be the first one to listen, and be the last one to talk. Most of the time you can solicit enough information in the discussion and then come up with a summarizing statement. Those kinds of statement are usually harder to debunk because ...


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This is obvious, but sometimes we may need a reminder, of something like: Work is done at work. What is done at work, stays at work. Everything else is not work. So, when you leave work, try to keep the work-related thoughts out of your head and relax; it's now your own personal time. Have a break. Have a ... you know, relax. But when you get back to work, ...


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[Please note that the answer below mostly covers the 'creativity' section of your question and I would suggest you break the others out into seperate questions to get more targeted answers] First of all, don't put yourself down! You need to be in an optimistic and confident state of mind. I find that if there's too much pressure, I end up worrying about not ...


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I had this challenge before and I have made lots of progress. Key measures I took and were very powerful: Control the internet access time and content, through a parental control program. Yes, a parental control program can be also be used to start new web habits and increase focus. I've been using the free and not easily cracked K9 Web Protection. I set ...


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It's quite natural for your mind to wander. If you sit still for a few minutes and try to watch your thoughts, you wil find that your mind is almost continuously going from one thought to another. Fortunately you can train your mind to focus. Try to focus on one task at a time as much as possible. This goes for everything you are doing, even something simple ...


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I think you may find this problem is not limited to you - I think this is one of those feelings in life that applies to everyone. I might suggest, based on some things that have worked for me and some other friends in the past, that you try taking breaks from the work while you are still interested. So for example if you are writing a story, and it's ...


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There is no definitive answer to this; as you outlined yourself in the article and comments this does depend on your energy levels which depend by itself on your cortisol levels. We are different people; so, what works for one person might not work well for another... As you have been a night owl for some time you have had a shift of your cortisol/energy ...


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Usually I write a schedule of what I'm gonna do the next day. It helps me getting into things because it feels like somebody else already took the decision for me (my past self), and it's easier for him to plan something for somebody else (your future self). Of course it doesn't forces you to actually do the things and you can always find a mental excuse to ...


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I don't know what is productive means for you. So I want to give you two suggestion- If you only want to use your spare time in useful manner at home then you participate in following given activities which are also helpful in future to increase your income and make you more talented in different areas.1. Finally start that one thing you’ve been putting ...


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You have an advantage in your current position in that you have time to actually research and apply new technologies to what you are doing thanks to the pace in your environment, and you will get paid to do it. I would take as much advantage of that as possible to sharpen your skills.


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Good answers here already - I have just one thing to add. What ultimately helped me move past procrastination was serious meditation on where procrastination left me. I focused on specific times when procrastination truly impacted my life negatively, and worked to remap the procrastination impulse. What I mean by this is the following: when the experience ...


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Identify the important things in your personal life and use all the scheduling and planning techniques you can to make sure they happen. Work with the people in your life and ask them to help you. Maybe you can spend more time with them if they're willing to help you develop a schedule. Otherwise, you'll get caught-up in your work and forget about it or ...


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To add to the "very" useful advice of @sskates , I would say that even when you find yourself doing "one particular" task for many hours, you might end up procrastinating. Reason: You are bored. My advice is, when you make a "plan" for tomorrow, do make sure that you include the things of an entirely "different" task too, in your schedule. This way if ever ...


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It sounds like you're friends don't share the same interests as you do. This could be the result of you having become friends at a time when you shared similar interests but have now grown apart. First, try inviting your friends to the activities or events you wish to engage in, assuming they're not solitary. Perhaps your friends have nothing better to do ...


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William's answer regarding meditation is very useful, but even before this, you can use a very simple technique when something angers or frightens you: Take a deep breath, and count to ten Then look again at the problem. Deliberately taking this time reduces your fight/flight instinct dramatically, allowing you to think rather than react.


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Deciding you want to make a big change is half the battle. You may feel alone at times, but know that you're not. I'll be rooting for you! So will anyone else who is truly kind, even if it takes you a while to find those people. Here's what's helped me: Create a daily practice that becomes your rock. Make it your top priority besides basic survival and ...


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I do understand your problem very well - I'm also often struggling with that. One thing that helped me working concentrated and at the same time having some time to spend "for myself" was using the so called Pomodoro Technique. There is a similar approach described by Merlin Mann as "10+2" - you can set the time intervals for work and break like you need ...


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It's possible you have Attention Deficit Disorder.


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There are more than a few points to ponder here. Are you wanting answers within 2 seconds of hearing a question or 2 hours? There is something to be said for how big of a window do you have on answering the question, what format is the answer to take, and a few other things that may be worth noting here as I'd imagine it is one thing to brainstorm an idea ...


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People have an antiquated and two-dimensional view of psychological impetus. I used to as well. What you are experiencing is not new and is not unique to you. The greatest minds are "the greatest" not because they were endowed with a magical ability to focus without effort, but because they learned how to manipulate their volition. The other answers are ...


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I personally apply to every task in my to-do list a priority. Of course, I try to avoid the mistake of flagging everything as high priority or important, this would be the more difficult step. Once you've mastered the leverage of your tasks, everything will follow in a smooth way. Another good thing to do is to simplify as much as possible your to-do list. ...


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Your problem is "good colleagues", they're the ones that keep you at the level you are right now… if you want to do something get out of their lengthy lunches, long walks, useless chats. This will make you uncomfortable with your current state, but that’s the idea! As long as you stay with them, you'll be like them, don’t make friends in office just keep ...



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