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Here's my bedtime routine that works really well Install F.lux - Seriously just do it. Get ~7-9 of night time hours a night. So for example if sunrise is at 6am, then sleeping from 2am -> 10am is 8 total hours but it's only 4 night time hours. Sleeping at night is a big deal. Do at least one physical activity a day. If you are sedentary all day your sleep ...


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I have come up with a game system for helping me complete chores, errands, etc. Every chore/errand is a 'task'. Tasks are rated 1-3 in four categories: Monetary Cost, Time to Complete, Difficulty and Benefit for Completion. Rate 1 if 'easy', 2 if 'medium' and 3 if 'hard' or 'very hard'. Then, each task is rated 'Bronze', 'Silver', 'Gold' or 'Platinum' ...


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Not "the best way", but a very useful resource I found some months ago: Vocabulary.com. In a few words: it is a system that allows you to exercise vocabulary. It tries to guess your level based in the answers you give, and so it shows you the words you should not know yet, and when you fail your answer, it remembers them in order to show later again. It ...


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Text files are future proof. They will always work. Grep is your friend. See also TODO.txt. ASCII is the new PDF! - Cory Doctorow


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So there are resources like http://lifehacker.com/5902598/superbetter-is-a-game-that-rewards-you-for-healthy-living-and-working-towards-your-goals But I gamify in a very simply way… I have this - The graph shows the size of my todo list, it's updated by a cron script every half hour and it's publicly viewable. Tasks that have been in the inbox (I use the ...


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1 - Start small. If you have a little trouble with self discipline and want to work on it, the best thing you can do is to start small, which generally means picking something you think you can succeed at. 2 - One thing at a time. Another thing you can do is to try picking just one thing 3 - Don't let other's sway you. One thing to be wary of when ...


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Like first post said, the only future-proof technology is the ASCII (or UTF-8) text file. However, you will soon find yourself wanting more. Amongst many others, I have made substantial use of the following knowledgebase systems. Presenting in chronological order of when I started using it and how much I've written in it: Freemind (200,000+ words): XML-...


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Two books for you: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield - Simply changed my life. "59 Seconds" by Richard Wiseman - Chock full of science backed research into behavior/work/procrastination etc. This is the last self-help title I will buy unless Wiseman has a 2.0


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First, I want to commend you for wanting to be focused naturally. Hold on this thought. We always prefer to do what is easier, more fulfilling, more satisfying, or more rewarding. Currently, Facebook and the internet are at the top of your list. Studying is not making it, although you said that you realize the value of education. One main characteristic ...


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Oh just thought of something unrelated to previous answer I wrote up a full version on my blog, but I summerise below :) I'd like to be able to get up early, but I don't really have anyone to be accountable to for this. So I advertised on gumtree (I think craiglist is the equivalent in the US) for someone who was also competitive and wants to wake up ...


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It can be very helpful to get things out of your mind and in to somewhere that you trust you'll see them later, so you can forget about it now. For me, that means keeping a pad and pencil next to the bed, and writing down anything that I keep thinking about instead of sleeping. The next morning, I take that list and transfer the notes to wherever I'll find ...


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I think that this is a common phenomenon, although in some people it occurs more frequently and more strongly than in others. The acting out (throwing things, etc.) is a sort of tick that your mind uses to quickly distract you from the unpleasant thought. I find that one solution is to stop avoiding the embarrassing memory and think through it all the way. ...


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A great article lists some steps on how to build confidence. Some notable points: Believe in yourself. You have something special in you. Focus on your positive attributes. Don’t criticize yourself in front of others. People treat you as you treat yourself. Everyday write down things you are proud of. Exercising boosts your overall well-being and ...


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The first thing to realise is that ultimately most people don't really want to change. They may feel unhappy with the way things are - but when it comes down to it the effort required to change feels greater than the perceived benefit that they will get from the work. You would need to switch this perception around for them. You can do this in one of three ...


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First, I'd suggest looking at some "How to Win Friends and Influence People" suggestions: Fundamental Techniques in Handling People Don't criticize, condemn, or complain. Give honest and sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. ... Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking The only way to ...


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Whoa ... slow down. :) Let's look at what you have. You have a great degree and a full-time job. Your basic needs and many of your wants are met. You've talked a lot about your weaknesses. What are your strengths? List those. (You don't have to tell us if you don't want to. This is for your benefit.) You have passions, right? Something that really ...


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The good trick I learn about self-motivation is: Avoid situations when you have to motivate yourself my way to deal with that is to start writing my ideas about tasks I have to do into simple paper notebook - not organized in any way - just by giving each idea a number. Every time when I have to motivate myself I'm just taking notebook and start ...


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Depending on your goal, there are a number techniques. And while they may not be easy/fast, you can enjoy the learning. In all cases, you want to mirror the way a native speaker would acquire the skill you're looking for so that the learning can be deep and your usage natural: Are you looking to sound more natural when speaking or writing English? Read ...


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I am an avid facebook user and aware of the type of problem you are running into. I just started using the Pomodoros method and think that you would find it useful. The key part is 25 min of focused uninterrupted work followed by 5 min of break. Checking into facebook for every break will still allow you to feel connected but will also restrict facebook use ...


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Black. When you are trying to sleep: Simply think all the time about the color black. If any other thing than the color black pops up - think about black again. If you're imagining a black object - think about the color black again. That's my trick. This is so boring you will fall asleep in no time. Every other thought has no chance.


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First of all: Willpower is similar to a muscle: It needs exercise, so you can really train that (source: own experience, Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D). In my experience there are two aspects to this: Setting goals. If I don't know why I should do something, than there is really not worth in spending my time doing that task. So think about why you should e.g. ...


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You have listed a lot of typical symptoms of depression. Try to get medical opinion on this. Check out what assistance your health insurance gives you, or as SteveV says, check out the option of paying for treatment. Explain your feelings to friends and family. Ask them for help and advice. Make social interaction a priority, even when you don't feel in the ...


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Overcome running on autopilot mode Once your have figured out how to do something well enough, like catching the right bus to work, your brain likes to go on autopilot. After you have learned a habit you literally go through the motions in order to conserve mental energy and perhaps think about other things. That's probably why we come up with good ideas ...


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TL;DR Pick 5 books. Shelf the rest. Pick 2 Projects Shelf the rest. Pick one knowledge area until you are skilled enough to be able to answer the majority of questions on SE. Shelf the rest until that moment comes. Steve Jobs famously said (likely paraphrased from elsewhere0 that the most effective people know which projects to set aside. I am ...


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I started building a while ago a personal knowledge base (kb) with similiar requirements and concerns as yours. After considering a lot of different choices, finally settled with a mediawiki installation and haven't regretted since. I'll fundament my choice considering your requirements. future-proof In my point of view, building and practical, future-...


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How about Habitica? I've been using it for a day so far, and I really like the idea and interface. They now have an official Android app. I would like to see this app expanded to be more detailed and game-like, but so far, off to a good start.


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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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Been there and suffered something similar. At this point your list is overwhelming. You won't feel motivated and surely will be procrasticating a lot. Your brain knows that the price for hard work is more hard work. If you spend a lot of time worring about task and very little about the task themselves some of my ideas might help: Move all tasks that you ...


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First, I would definitely advocate making each 'block' of work time (bet it an hour or four, 10 minutes, a full day, etc) tied to one project. That is, rather than sitting down and saying "I am going to work on my personal projects now," say, "I am going to work on Personal Project X now." When I make a list of personal projects and sit down to say "I'm ...


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It sounds like you are suffering from an academic form of Analysis Paralysis. Wikipedia defines it as: Analysis paralysis or paralysis of analysis is an anti-pattern, the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. While you are not facing a specific decision, you ...



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