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After reading this article by Steve Pavlina (his early stuff is really good) and experimenting a bit, I consistently wake up at 5 AM by programming only one task into my head: Get up from the bed and GO. I forbid myself from having any other thoughts when I wake up, because I know I'll convince myself -with very strong, logical and solid arguments- to go ...


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A few techniques that I find useful are: Keep a journal and write your goals every morning. The act of writing is often enough to keep the intent in the front of my mind and I am less prone to falling into a behavior I'm trying to modify. Use a timer and only do 45 minutes of work. The time pressure helps focus you and if you fail you've only lost 45 ...


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I find that in these situations I'm usually fine once I actually get up and moving. So, here's what works for me: I make sure to get enough, high-quality sleep. I eat protein before bed. (Waking up with low blood sugar is not a good experience.) I schedule something I really look forward to first thing in the morning so I feel deep down that there's a ...


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I had the same problem a few weeks ago. I usually felt very tired in the morning and when I didn't have anything urgent to do I saw myself sleeping for too long. 3 weeks method It's said if you want to estabilish a routine for yourself, 3 weeks is the minimum time you have to repeat a given habit in order to make it feel natural. My sleeping problem was ...


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If you don't mind the strange looks, do some pushups. Exercise gives you more energy and it is easy to get less exercise than you need when you work at a computer


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THIS well written and well referenced look at procrastination, should contain a wealth of information to get you started. Summarizing, the basic issue of procrastination is viewed in the article as a formula: Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay) Thus, one has four methods of attack for procrastination (increase the two in the ...


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Simple trick that works for me - put the alarm clock on the other side of the room, preferably in a high place. This forces me to get out of the warmth of the bed to turn the thing off. Getting up out of the bed also usually causes me to need to use the washroom. Once that starts going my brain kicks on somewhat. Having the snooze button RIGHT THERE is a ...


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Don't do that my friend! What we can do for preventing your games & movie times in the weekend? It's 100% up to you. It doesn't matter if you are a programmer or not. Let me say, do you have a to do list? Or is your to do list like this? Of course you should play games & watching movies if you like. Do it sometimes, not every weekend. But these ...


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Reading articles about programming is boring for me too, because reading hard technical text is not ivolving you into process. It's difficult to understand many new things fast. Since you lose understanding, you lose attention and interest. But I found decision. I download example source code and then repeat it. Don't copy paste. Just type on keyboard. I ...


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If you're into crazy lifehacks, I highly recommend using commitment devices on yourself. Here's a list of tools for doing so: http://blog.beeminder.com/competitors [disclosure: I'm part of Beeminder, one of those tools]


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I agree that these answers will probably be quite subjective and personally tailored. For myself, I only use paper as a means to get things into electronic form. Specifically, everything goes into emacs org-mode. It also comes down to my specific line of work. I need to document my work for intellectual property purposes, and the bottom line, for me, is ...


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First of all, you have to realize that stackexchange reputation, reddit karma or any other form of internet fame is overrated. People usually know this as well as they know what amount of time they can afford to spend aimlessly browsing the web. It all comes back to the basics of procrastination: You know what you should do, but usually right in the moment ...


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One of the biggest keys to productivity that I've found in my life is setting realistic goals. On Thursday afternoon, when I think of something really cool and beneficial that I'd like to do, it's very easy to say, "Oh yeah, I'll do that on Saturday, I'll dive right in and work away on that for hours, and it's gonna be great!" On Saturday morning, I often ...


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I also used to get in "trap"s like these... The best way (IMHO) that I follow is to keep yourself busy i.e. give yourself short term and easy goals regularly. As these short term golss are easy enough and do not take significant time, you will not get demotivated and you'll also save time. Now those short term activities should be in sync with your long ...


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Get rid of your TV. I did it 10 years ago and never looked back. UPDATE: To complete my answer, I would like to generalize my rule. Whenever I want to remove a bad habit, I make it hard to indulge in the habit. If I don't want to watch TV so much, I throw the TV away. If I want to stop playing video games so much, I uninstall the games from my ...


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The short answer: Just efing do it. Force yourself if you must. The long answer: If you are a professional programmer, consult your project manager with this. Tell him that you are having trouble with your productivity and talk to him about helping you divide your work into small tasks, which you will commit on a daily basis. If you are a hobbyist / ...


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How to be productive in the buffer or grace periods of the project or work? Here are a few things which might keep you busy and motivated: work on your technical debt (there is always something) improve your skills (do several research spikes around technologies you might have to use in the future) build a prototype of the next project (even if ...


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You need to confront the reasons you are over-committing. Are you afraid of rejection? You need to be honest with yourself as well as the stakeholders of the project (if any) about realistic deadlines. You are doing yourself a favor as well as the stakeholders. This is because it's better to be accurate with your deadline (with minimal delays) than to ...


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You need to find what works best for you but here goes what's been working for me. Make a list Open a document and describe in short sentences everything you have to do today. Take notes on what you're currently working on, at what time you started and finished. By the end of the day you're gonna have a good overview of how much of your time you're ...


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Have you tried accountability? Find a partner who wants to wake up at the same time, and agree to try and call each other as close to the hour as possible. (6:00am or 6:01am). You may want to continue these calls every 15 minutes until you are both committed to being up and running.


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In my opinion, the reason that breaking down tasks works is because it makes your vision for what you want done more concrete. Breaking down tasks more achieves this better, but it also takes up more of your time before you actually get started working. Probably the best thing to do is to break down your tasks a fair amount at first. (There's a limit to ...


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Why am I doing this Well, that is a hard question to answer. Maybe you have ADHD. Okay, maybe not. That is a bit extreme. Maybe you get distracted easily(sounds the same as ADHD, but a psychologist told me it's not the same thing). Or it could be that you find the content boring/cumbersome, and don't want to read it(Being excited about learning ...


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I think this is part of the reason techniques like Pomodoro and virtually anything that forces you to break up the task into small pieces. It gets you to realize the first step is small and just gets started. Which gives you momentum to continue. It's harder in school because in the job most people feel compelled to work on some task. In school, I would ...


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Well, get rid of your mind set. It's the mind set that is the problem, so ditch it. Set your mind to "I do things when I have to do things", and your problem will go away. :-) Think about the aims. The bigger picture. Am I in a mood to have a clean house? Am I in a mood to graduate in few years? Am I in a mood to get paid for my work? You lack motivation. ...


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Have you watched "No arms, no legs, no worries"? Nick is one of my heroes. You sound like you are disappointed with yourself. Don't be. That kind of thinking is not productive. You have a long list of improvements that you want to do. That's good. Started with an easiest one. Rewrite that list sorted from easiest to hardest. Stick it on your door so that ...


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I wouldn't worry much about it. In fact, walking around may be good for your concentration. Research has shown that walking can help increase your focus during the day. Also, moving around is generally good for your health; sitting for long periods of time should be avoided.


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Snooze is your enemy! Disable the snooze function on your alarm clock and then you don't trust yourself to wake up again. If you are able to wake up for specific things, then give yourself specific things to do - make appointments with friends, etc.


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Honestly I find the following works for me. More energy = more productivity (work and home) I got more energy by learning about my body and understanding that it's a machine like the ones I program. I learned about exercise and nutrition and frankly I have more time for every thing and more importantly, everyone now. Having a healthier mind also improved ...


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I've tried a lot of book techniques, like keeping time sheets, banning internet domains in /etc/hosts, going on an internet and videogame diet etc etc, but none of those worked for me. A few years ago I came up with this method: I watchdog myself and whenever I find myself doing something dubious while I should really be doing things that have to be done, I ...



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