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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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The best method I've found is the BEAM mood chart (PDF), which is recommended by doctors treating patients with depression and bipolar disorder, but is just as useful for folks with an interest in "quantified self" tracking. This document (PDF again) explains it quite well: At first sight this can look a little complicated but once you get into the ...


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Understand the basic terms and concepts In order to learn advanced concepts you need to be well versed in the basic concepts. Advanced ideas are complex because they are built upon many other simpler ideas. Learning an advanced topic means understanding not only the basic ideas but how these ideas are related to one another. If you don't understand the ...


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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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This happens with everybody. You just don't know about losses and embarrassments of other people, because nobody likes to speak about it. Stop thinking there is something wrong with you. I have once left a backpack with all my belongings except the wallet and the laptop in a train in a foreign country. After I realized I could still fly back, I suddenly ...


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I would recommend against diving into apps at the beginning. If you aren't familiar with the basic principle you'll get distracted. Its not about the apps its about what you do with them. Staying organized is a discipline. There is a fairly well established body of literature.'Getting things done' is a great place to start as is Stephen Covey's 'Seven ...


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CareerBuilder has published an article that pretty much addresses your problems. In short: Be proactive in communicating, don't wait for your boss to tell you what's important Spend more informal time around your boss Try to transform your boss relationship into a mentor relationship Be a good employee. Confidence comes with positive experiences --- from ...


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http://www.reddit.com/r/GetDisciplined is suprisingly good for such things...


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A general answer appropriate to all kinds of jobs is to find activities that improve your working environment, or add quality to your project, or improve your skills. Your project lead or manager should be able to give you guidance as to what would be most useful. If you're on your own to find useful things and need some ideas, here are some in no ...


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You can control how you feel, you just haven't learned how yet. There's an illustrative story told in a podcast I listen to, summarized here: http://www.manager-tools.com/forums-8549#comment-79371. The punch line, relevant to your issue, is "He just poked you with an umbrella. You got mad all by yourself". One of the other answers references MBTI, the ...


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You might want to talk to a doctor about some of this. As far as productivity, start by picking something you can do that gives you a "small win." And build from there. For example, maybe you could say that you will go to the library and read for an hour. (This will help with the distractions/feeling lonely). Or maybe you could say that you will read for 15 ...


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todoist.com has a gamification system based on a Karma score. It is a very nice GTD style task management system with good phone and web based interfaces. I have been using it for a few years, but the authors seem to be on a roll lately adding new features. Worth checking out. Trying to invent something for this (and then not endlessly tweak it) seems ...


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Your question actually brings up one of the toughest things about psychological research that exists. While one can use the scientific method to analyze the data, COLLECTION of that data is anything but objective because it's based purely on perception--yours or someone else's--instead of quantifiable data. Sure you can use an intrument to track it, but, for ...


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You think you have a viable business idea, but unless you can identify potential customers and get some assurances they would pay for your app, you're kidding yourself. Once you tell them about the idea and they go along with it, in a way, you've just made these people your boss. They're going to expect to see you get something done. There will be ...


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Firstly, make it physically harder to forget things. Some examples: Put your keys on a roll-up keychain which you attach to your pants. That way your keys will stay with you. Put heavy objects in your wallet, so you always will feel that it is in your pocket. If you lose your wallet, the loss of weight will make you notice it. You might want to check ...


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A few ideas: Watch your mood. I categorize tasks in four mood buckets (drowsy, hazy, normal, sharp). I save high-concentration tasks for when I am feeling "sharp." This has the added benefit that I avoid doing tasks that don't require my being at the top of my game. Before, if I was feeling pumped and energized, I had a tendency to do something like run ...


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I have lupus, and one of the major symptoms I struggle with is a dissociative condition called 'lupus fog'. For most of my life I have fought to keep track of things that should be with me -- wallets, pens, glasses, keys etc. To help with this, I use: Attachment devices -- keys attached to clothes via cord High visibility items -- a brightly coloured ...


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You're definitely not alone in this. I find routines are very helpful to avoid this sort of thing. My wallet is always in my front left pocket, phone in front right, keys in the watch pocket. Leaving the house in the morning there's a lot of patting to make sure what should be there is there. My brain seems to internalise it though, even without the patting, ...


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Working and being in school is difficult simultaneously, especially if you care about your job in any respect. The first thing I'd say is not to be too hard on yourself. You're in second year, so anyone who hired a developer in second year at school knows that you're still learning, so you will probably make silly mistakes and take more time than someone ...


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Summary: Find a way to get some training in the new skills you need for the new role, and you'll stop spending a lot of time and energy in figuring out what it is you need to do. When I made the same shift from senior developer to lead, I also found that the work had changed. In my case, I already knew that would happen, and was looking forward to the ...


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It would depend on which core values are not in alignment. If the company violates your personal standards of decency I would get out ASAP. Look for another company in the industry where you can at least get by. If your core values are OK, but you are seeking a new field or a new industry, I can understand that obligations may exist where you need to be ...


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I'm using very simple principle for not to lost personal belongings: I place my valet, keys, badge etc. to very same place if I'm not using it. Main advantage of it - I always feel emptiness when something is missing. In other cases, try just think more about what you doing right now.


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Eric Thomas is a brilliant example of this. He didn't finish secundary school. He was homeless. He got kicked out at home. Then he started to take his life seriously. He was the first person to finish secundary school in his family He went on to get a college degree, a masters degree and eventually a PHD He now makes over 10000 dollars an hour as a ...


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A very inspiring and impressive story is the one of Leo Babauta, which documented the change of his life in his blog http://www.zenhabits.net which became very famous. His central point is, that you have to change your habits to change your life. How to do that, he describes in his blog (see e.g. http://zenhabits.net/change/), and he also gives a lot of ...


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The ADHD is not an illness, but just set of symptoms. You can fight all symptom one by one by: organizing your daily sleep and eating routine; staying away from high GI carbohydrates; staying away from caffeine and other substances; get more sport exercise in your life. For better result get every day at least one hour of intense sport routine. This ...


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I recommend an iPhone app called 'Walker' that uses 'Dave Allens Getting Things Done' Methodology. This combined with a notebook and some energy devoted to cultivating your own self-awareness and where your attention is going should be a good start. I want to add that there are actually many new GTD apps for iphone with better ratings - a couple to try: ...


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Facebook's business model is to take and hold your concentration in order to sell you adverts. It is the reason that Facebook is formatted in a list that it is so sticky because there is always the chance that a new thing will be there but conversely stuff also disappears quickly so it is pretty useless for harnessing the flow of information and building on ...


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You can deactivate your account for a week or two. This will restrict you for a week to use it. And after activating your account again you would not spending much time on it as this will kill the habit of facebooking you do regularly. I had done this practice and I don't use facebook more than 10 mins a day. And again if you want to get better in ...


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I always go for a task I know is brief, whether it is during emails, paperwork, feeding the cat or even just getting a coffee. While it may not be sensible to begin another pomodoro there are always things you can do without losing the flow of your original task.


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I'll try to answer this question and also include some of the questions you asked in your other question. First of all: I'm a geek and I like the idea of automating things, and tracking stuff (bonus points if its beautiful graphs). Sometimes I set up a complicated system and don't use it that often. I did not like paper but ended up using it. What should ...



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