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With any activity that you would like to make routine, there are three things you need to know. Why is the activity worth committing to? Deciding to make something part of your daily routine is a big step. It will sometimes inconvenience you. You certainly won't always be enthusiastic about it. Be honest with yourself about the time commitment you are ...


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For all the important items in the backlog, you don't have to worry because the will soon be done. But, for the minor/less important stuff, I think you should reserve some spare time to finish that. Try to think in a more lean way: if it's too long in the backlog than it's probably not that important and it's probably not worth it. Why not just remove it? ...


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There's two things I prioritize in the morning: - Preparing for the day's events - Strengthening willpower for the day To comment on the second bit, willpower is like a muscle. If you don't use it, it degrades. If you use it to small degrees regularly, pushing it to painful levels, it improves over time. But when you use a lot of it, it is difficult to use ...


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For me, I find that the more creative people and ideas with which I surround myself, the more I'm able to think outside of the proverbial box. Beyond that's it's the discipline of listening to the ideas that I have and allowing myself to explore them instead of listening to the negative self-talk of "oh, that idea sucks" or "no one's going to like that". A ...


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I wonder if it makes more sense to have a small-yet-healthy breakfast, and opt for a bigger lunch. Read the link here and decide for yourself: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679722/the-data-that-proves-breakfast-is-the-most-important-meal-of-the-day My main issue is that I spend a lot of time on breakfast. Making breakfast or eating breakfast? ...


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Your body works on energy (food, sleep) which powers your willpower. The more willpower you have the better you can control what you do. If you work long hours and don't replenish your energy, your willpower will weaken. Thus you will be more vulnerable to impulsive 'enjoyments' instead of holding them off and working for a 'post-poned' reward. My advice: ...


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There are usually four suggested ways to develop a habit: Do it for long period - usually 30 days is suggested Mark-off every time you do an activity, basically your commitment score in the self-improvement game Tell others that you are doing it and ask them to follow up with you - making commitment public means it is harder (more embarrassing) to just ...


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There are two options: Turn it into a habbit Set an alarm reminding you of when to go to sleep and when to awake. Try to combine your reviews (better todo list) with an action you do every day. For example: Do it right after you start your computer or have gone through your mail list. Or do it right after evening dinner as you will have regained energy ...


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I'm using http://www.instapaper.com/ for this. It has a nice iphone/ipad client with offline downloads. You can also consider https://www.readability.com/ (reeder integrates with it) or readitlater.


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It's difficult to tell what causes your lapses in routine. A few different causes come to mind: 1) It may be just that you don't get enough free time in your regular schedule, so once in a while your mind rebels and refuses to do work at all. As the other answer says: make sure you get enough sleep, food, and breaks. Don't work long hours or weekends. Make ...


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I like @lucasarruda's advice to have a high threshold of importance for what you allow on to your to-do list in the first place. Of course that's easier said than done! And I disagree with the admonition to just delete stuff that's been backlogged for long enough. Well, I don't entirely disagree, just that it's not getting at the core problem. Here's how I ...


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There are already lots of good answers here. Let me add two more aspects: Make it easy to follow through on your resolutions - and make it hard not to. You only have a limited amount of willpower, so use it sparingly by preparing your environment. If you resolve to eat less unhealthy snacks and more healthy food, then clean out your pantry. Don't have ...


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As the development usually requires a "peaceful mind", I leave it to the end of the day. As the first thing every day, I try to finish as many routine-tasks as possible: I check emails, check logs, make coffee, respond to mails, make coffee, talk, make phone calls (if necessary), make coffee, remind friends about sending me graphics, and so on. After all ...


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I use check lists. Whenever I work on a task, I make sure I go through the check list. I always have the check list open and easily accessible. It became a habit. When I encounter something useful, I add a pointer/link in the appropriate check lists. It is common to add it to more than one checklist. If you have a limited number of "types" of tasks, you ...


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Your morning rutine might be inefficient for lots of reasons: Mobile or TV on during breakfast. Daydreaming or thinking too much. Enjoy the breakfast. Too much time in a confortable hot shower (or even toilet time). You have to choose clothes in the morning instead of having them prepared in advance. You may need to prepare the gym clothes or some books....


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5 ways to help you clear your backlog: Identify the most urgent tasks in you backlog, and file away the rest of your work in a designated folder on your computer or in your filing cabinet. This will be dealt with, but there are more pressing issues to sort out first. Work out a strategy for dealing with incoming work. Use technology to your advantage; ...


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This was closed on Programmers but not before a couple of people posted answers: "Like you said, everyone is different. I personally however have often mixed it up depending on the mood I'm in. Sometimes I just don't feel like programming. Other times I really feel in "the zone" so during these times I focus on just programming. However, whatever I'm doing,...


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I was horrible at my morning routine until I started the Slow Carb diet. One of the challenges of the diet is eating at least 20g of protein within 30 min of waking. I used to be one of the types that snoozes for an hour then browses for an hour, then gets up. Now I wake up like its my job. I get out of bed, pee, then meander towards the cooktop to warm a ...


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What you really need is a long term goal, not a morning routine. Days are different; why would you have some sort of a morning "routine" or any routine at all? If you unite your thoughts under a single goal; then you don't need "morning routines" or similar concepts. Your mind begins to work in the "now", and each morning you'll know exactly what you ...


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What you need to do is make it so the tasks are easier to start. For instance, if the computer is distracting you, turn it off at night so you owuld have to wait while it reboots in the morning. That will make it easier to do something else instead. Pack the lunch the night before, so all you have to do is take it out of the refrigerator. If you want a good ...


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I decide this based on this rule: Does it matter exactly when I do it? If no: this is a task which goes into my task list (example: check finances, backup my data). Usually without a due date. If yes: this goes into the calendar (example: appointments). If some work is required, it also goes into the task list (example: business meeting where some ...


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Interesting question. It would be nice to know your age and your cultural background. What country/culture are you comparing Germany with? I am German and I live in Germany for some decades now. I am an Engineer with some years of working experience in Science and Industry. Before you asked it, I never thought about that and I still don't think that ...


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Your problem is that you are assumung that your sleeping time should be fixed (as @kramii). This is a very common mistake between people, you should understand that your sleeping time shouldn't be fixed: you should sleep only when you feel sleepy and wake up at the same time everyday. Doing this, your body will adapt to this style and you will achieve ...


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Bah, the fastco article that FlowersLeaves mentioned is just correlational. It means that if you know someone skips breakfast, you can guess they eat more later in the day (reasonable, since they need to consume more calories) and less healthily (for unclear reasons). Turns out, you don't have to eat breakfast. Turns out it's entirely possible to just wake ...


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Adding to @Jemmeh's answer, since I started work at a place that's 8kms/40mins away from my place and yoga classes near work, my daily routing looks like this: Wake up to radio alarm ..listening to something upon waking up, wakes my brain up. Its much better than waking up abruptly to the constant hammering of a alarm sound. Even if i snooze in the bed for ...


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Counting by goals Goals are easily measureable. You can measure a salesman's sales, instead of their working hours. Some people actually do achieve more by working less hours, like a sales person might focus on working 48 hours straight a month, right when people get their salaries. This is far more effective than selling when people don't have money. ...


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I'm working as product manager and one of my duty is to generate ideas for our products. In order to do that I read a lot of articles about my subject area. I have "thinking" group for every product and we exchange links every day. It could be articles, videos, etc. Due to the nature of our products (it's web and mobile applications) we have to ...


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I just read an article on the Entrepreneur.com about being more innovative and productive by thinking like, well, an entrepreneur. When I read your question I got to thinking about a few things from the article. 1) Feel like a kid again Nurture the kid within. When we all were little we let our imagination flow in all different ways. When we grow older we ...


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You could start by making everyday tasks into games. For example say you have to put away your clean laundry. Time yourself and see how many cloths you can put away in 5 minutes neatly. Or if you have to write a report for work you could pretend in your head to be someone else writing it (and this might not always be a good idea). For one report try writing ...


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When you do not feel any source of energy within you to work, and you just don't feel like working, think that your work is the only prick in your life - just get it done somehow and your life would seem so much easier, cuz no matter what, work once neglected creates a lot of trouble later on. Now you may say that you don't want to regard your work as a sort ...



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