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I've started keeping a list of hobby-related things I want to do. I usually have ideas during my "alert" hours. Examples might be: Learn to play song ________ on the piano Write a Hello-World program in some new language Then in the evening, when tiredness starts to set in and I feel myself tempted to veg out in front of the TV, I look at my list and ...


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I like to go for a short stroll outside. There's no one to bother you and you don't get distracted by work related stuff. It works even better if you avoid busy streets and walk to a nearby park. Alternatively, you can: walk up and down the stairs in your office building sit on the toilet for a few minutes close the door to your office and turn on some ...


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Why not try reading a book? Fiction, or something related to an interest you have. Or how about learning a craft, cooking etc. The possibilities are endless. Just turn the internet off - seriously - just turn the computer off and stand up. Make a cup of cocoa, go outside and watch the sunset.


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This is what worked for me trying to break the same habit. Walk. Get out your house and just wander somewhere. Better still listen to an audiobook or a podcast or something at the same time, something that will captivate your attention so you don't feel bored and time starts to fly by (music works too but I find listening to something on a topic helps ...


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I think http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4147 is a wonderful discussion on the subject - particularly talking about the power of suggestion and so on. But pleasently including some facts... A 2008 study at Hofstra University played two different binaural beats and a control sound (a babbling brook) to patients with high blood pressure. There was no ...


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Are you physically or mentally tired? If you are mentally tired but not physically tired, doing exercise may be the best option as it is good for health, reduces levels of stress hormones, and releases endorphins that make you feel good. If you are physically tired but not mentally tired, perhaps reading a book or playing an intellectual game like chess is ...


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Key for me is to get up and move about for a few minutes. I use the Pomodoro technique (though I have doubled my times to 50min work / 10 min break). In my 10 min break I'll usually do something like making a round of tea, walking over to the window and looking out at something (a tree, the cathedral or just the sky). Sometimes I'll be able to go for a ...


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Every minute of the day should not be useful. That is a trap see. Rest and relaxation are necessary for your health. Working more than 40 hours total in a week is bad for your health and bad for your productivity. Watching tv actually does bring you closer to your goals because it allows you time to rest. Certainly there are other activities as well, but ...


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I think this is a really interesting question - because I very much approach it from the other side - as in 'Because I know that I've got all the things I need to do written down in a system that I trust, I generally am quite relaxed'. What I think might help, might be looking at the question as "How do I avoid the urge to fill every waking moment with ...


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When you think you surf on the net but you are too tired to have results and benefits from it... Well I've discovered Memrise really recently in a post on a stackexchange forum... (it was not more than one week ago I think)... Well it is SO MUCH fun to use that my time on Facebook and Youtube, and news sites has dropped significantly (more than 4 times ...


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I have taken to going to the gym in my lunch break every second day - this really clears my mind as I just focus on the workout, and I come back feeling renewed for the afternoon (which is good as mid afternoon is usually my low energy spot) Aside from that, regular breaks (by Pomodoro or other method) away from your desk - a walk to the coffee machine via ...


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There are a lot of universities offering free online courses: Udacity MIT Berkeley Coursera Khan Academy


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It sounds like the main cause of your problem is severe stress. When you are stressed the whole day it becomes difficult to wind down and relax at the end of the day. This is even more so if the stress continues the whole week (or month, or longer). Some stress every once in a while is ok, it will make you alert and perform better, but too much stress for a ...


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If you have or download iTunes, go to the store and look for iTunesU and choose the Engineering category. There are many Computer Science "shows" here.


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When I am tired in the evening, I take a hot bath and then turn on some relaxing music (chill out, lounge). Then I am doing yoga for about 40 minutes. It is very refreshing and brings me many ideas. Before sleep, I usually read a non-fiction book or practice drawing. I heard that the best way, however, is to manage your cognitive resource better, so that ...


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There is no such thing as "instant" relaxation. If you cannot leave your desk, then a five-minute mental vacation (or longer if you can swing it), perhaps accompanied with a headphone-driven visualization, or white noise (I like waves or rain), or guided meditation, may be your best bet. For me, breathing exercises are the easiest solution, and they can be ...


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You can know how much sleep you need by waking up naturally, without an alarm clock. Your body knows its condition very well, so if you feel energetic, productive, not tired, etc. then your sleep has gone well. See the answer to my question about sleeping earlier or later, you'll get charts of your sleep cycles with an Android app :), which are "scientific" ...


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What works for me is walking away from my desk, preferably outside away from desk area if at all possible. I used to walk around the base of the building outside when it was possible where I work. I also think there's an element to avoiding stress and looking around, for me most people are stressed because they are firefighting, on the back foot and trying ...


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I recently read that a simple short-term change of the environment you work in actually helps to revive your energy. So now I allow myself a stairs’ up-and-down run when I feel tired or stuck. And, apparently, having a couple of minutes for socializing and playing office games can be productive too! I, actually, took these and some more tips from this blog ...


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No, just stick to the existing periods. When you become creative with the work periods, you'll lose respect for the Pomodoro time limits and it will lose its effect. Always take the break. You can forfeit the 15 minute break as a 5 minute if you have the energy and momentum to do so. Breaks aren't that long, use it to go to the restroom, get a cup of tea, ...


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One technique you can try is just to start doing your relaxing activity, and if you start thinking about work, instead of trying to "not think" it, acknowledge it. Then you can quietly shift your focus easily and the distracting thoughts won't pop back up. (In my experience particularly strong distractions may take several attempts to shift focus, but it ...


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Exercise. Usually working heavily reduces your time to exercise. There are plenty of recreational exercises that can be done that equally benefit your health and put you in a better mood. Bike riding, swimming, jogging, basketball, racquetball, yoga, meditation, etc. There are many indirect effects that it will have on your work too. Daily exercise will ...


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For the downtime / relaxation time that is essential to maintain performance, you actually have to switch off from your core role in order to get the best benefits. So, when you say it "doesn't bring me any further to my goals" there are two possible responses: By relaxing you are actually improving your capability to perform towards your goals Assigning a ...


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After a full day of work, I play first person shooter games for 30 minutes. The rush of adrenaline refreshes my mind and I am ready for another evening of work on personal project. If I start to become too hooked up by the game (it is a double edged sword) then I replace the game by viewing an episode of an anime full of action (like Bleach) to get a ...


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What about surfing the Internet productively? Browse Chrome Web Store for useful software What I do is go the the Chrome Web Store, look around for tools, download a few. There are some nice things that let you draw better diagrams, neater photo processing, tools that do tedious tasks in one click, recipe/news site aggregators, house planning software, ...


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You can watch CLICK on BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/default.stm You have some episodes on youtube also!


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This has always been a big problem for me: I get very ansty and feel like I'm wasting time if I'm not always making progress in some way. But I've also found that even if I'm not ticking off items in my todo list, I feel fine as long as I'm doing an activity where I make progress towards some kind of goal. That's why I tend to choose hobbies where there is ...


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Note: It seems like this should really be a comment on one of the other answers, or an edit, but I couldn't decide where it fit best. The length of the time period is not as important as its constancy. One big benefit of fixed-time Pomodoros is the way you get into a rhythm of work and rest. After you've used the technique for a while, you'll find that ...


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Sometimes you do just need to switch off and do something else. The healthier your activities are in your down time, the more productive you will be in your uptime. So, exercise and preparing healthy food will help you switch off, relax and energise you.



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