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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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It's hard to work on a big goal all the time. You don't have anything until you reach the final goal. There is a talk by Ray Bradbury, which may be of help. What's important for you there is this: The problem with novels is that you can spend a whole year writing one and it might not turn out well because you haven’t learned to write yet. But the best ...


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The first thing to consider is the priority of the assignments. If it is required to pass the course, then it is of higher priority. If it is worth a lot of marks, the assignment should be prioritized as well. The second thing to consider is the difficulty. If you have similarly prioritized assignments, I would choose the easier ones first. This way ...


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My first piece of advice would be: make sure you take care of yourself. I have the same problem, and I found that my irritability correlates strongly with my lack of sleep. Whenever I had seven hours of sleep or less, even the most trivial things irritate me immensely. After a solid eight hours, I am much more relaxed. So: make sure you get enough sleep. ...


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I think your first step should be to prioritize those goals. That's a lot to have in your head at one point. The more you are doing at the same time, the more "state" has to stay in your head. Which makes it harder to get moving on it. For example, you are in the middle of at least 20 books. Pick a couple and FINISH them. Then move on to the next book. I am ...


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I use GTD, so I have a "Someday / Maybe" list Take a look at your projects list, so put all your coding projects, cashflow ideas, and personal improvement goals on one list. Now as you look at that list, decide what you want to put on hold, and move them to your Someday/Maybe list. The rest stay on your Projects list. These will be your focus. A ...


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Please watch the talk Study Less, Study Smart by Dr. Marty Lobdell. It will help you a lot. To sum up the talk in a few points: Start studying early. Your brain can only handle a few concepts at a time. It takes time for the concepts to sink in. Don't keep everything for the last moment. Take breaks every 25 minutes. The human attention span lasts ...


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Here's the best option: Delete your facebook account! Honestly, the best discipline comes from not being able to do what you don't want to want to do. Also, it's absolutely freeing. Otherwise, find a good blocker and turn it on while working. Leechblock is free and pretty good.


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How to manage the spilled task within deadline? It's easy. You move it. Seriously, if the interruptions are happening at such scale that you can't keep up with your original plan, that means that either your original planning was too ambitious or you are not handling interruptions properly. Assuming that you do your best, it condenses to a plan. Now, ...


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I am not a natural born programmer, but it is something that I have taught myself to tolerate and even enjoy at times. Here are a few things that helped me: 1.) find out which part of programming most interests you. "Programming" is such a large topic. Do you enjoy working with databases, creating web services? Then the "back-end" might be more your cup ...


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You need a machine wide blocker. If the blocker isn't finely tuned, it blocks useful stuff and then you disable the blocker. RescueTime's paid version has fine tuning for machine wide blocking. Increase the cost of turning off the blocker. One possibility is editing the host file for sites that are completely useless. I set the domain names of distracting ...


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Firstly make sure that the place where you do your work is comfortable and that you can minimize distractions. Not only can distractions prevent you from focusing in the first place but they can also cause interruptions in your flow once you've got going. To do this you can do things like turning off your phone, putting a do not disturb sign on your door, ...


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To overcome your embarrassment of what other people think about you first you need to ask yourself what are the reasons that makes you feel embarrassed, there may be many ways to overcome that, but without knowing the internal core of your thoughts you may not be able to use those tools productively. The second question you need to ask yourself is why it ...


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When you are controlled by the habbit instead of being able to control the habbit - it becomes addiction. It is similar to smoking or other chemical addictions. You need a systematic approach to get free from it. Generaly, it is important to do the following 3 things systematically: Self control Substitute Abstinence Here are the possible steps to ...


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Give Mindfulness training a try. It has been documented to relieve its practitioners from anxiety, stress, and aggression. Mindfulness, in essence, is a meditation technique influenced by Buddhism. It will give you greater focus, less worries, better sleep and higher productivity. You will need regular training to get the results you want. 7 minutes per ...


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Never plan 100%. If you have 8 hours/day available to do the work, plan only 6. This way you have 25% 'slack time'. You are actually planning the interruptions. Is 25% enough? Measure how much extra time you need now, or how much of the work you don't do, and after a few weeks you will have a pretty good estimate of the percentage you can plan in.


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I dislike that part of your speech when you said "I feel like I'm too stupid to learn". NO YOU ARE NOT STUPID ! Please,Try be kind with yourself and avoid those Self-deprecating thoughts. You probably are not mediocre. Check this slides from a presentation about the impostor syndrome. And see this video, that's helps me a lot . Not knowing about a specific ...


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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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You say that your boss want you to complete this project, and you still get distracted with other work. With the number you gave so far it looks like the deadline you gave will not work out. I don't know if you warned your boss about this (maybe you did not out of fear), but in my opinion he needs to know now. It seems not to bee uncommon for developers to ...


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Often we are creatures of habit and attempting to avoid something only causes us to increase the temptation of falling into that habit. This problem could be one of two basic things... These things are distracting you If you're sitting there and suddenly find yourself desiring to get in a round of your phone game and indulge it then procrastination is the ...


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The simple technique for that is called "reframing" and means rephrasing negative to positive. So "I'm not going to do those things" becomes "when I'm tempted to do those things I can easily switch back to important things" Of course this works better together with other well-known anti-procrastination tactics - pomodoro timer, gtd(ztd) task lists and ...


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A less radical option than deleting your account and easier than improving your self control can be simply leaving the facebook password at home. Choose a password that is impossible for you to remember and leave it at home. That way is impossible for you to check it at work. I would recommend using a password manager (e.g. Keepassx), since keeping ...


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Another option is to use Time Doctor. It is proactive in eliminating these types of distractions. It doesn't really block them but it gives you these warnings. Blocking these sites will only intensify the desire. A little nudge like this can be a good reminder and will eventually build the habit of focus and discipline. I hope that helps you. It was a ...


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Determine what you are really seeking - perhaps it is to be the best at a certain skill, but it could also be to gain recognition from others. It could be both. To be the best, don't make it your motive to "be better than the other person", because there will always be another better person, you just haven't discovered them yet, and you will always be ...


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Spend more time thinking about what YOU want to do with your life, and spend less time thinking about what others do, it won't change over night, but that's the best way in the long term.


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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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As a passionate programmer I suggest for you to look at the amazing things that you can do with programming: Computer will folow your words, you are his master. The math is language of nature, but programming is language of the machine. If you start a company you only need a computer witch is like free ;) The programming tutorials are the bigest and all ...


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When it comes to programming we're on the same page, I am somewhat a starter in programming and often times I find myself feelings stupid too, thinking how on earth did people manage to learn it. I may not be an expert yet So my advice won't be technical but an advice that will keep you going. Don't give up. As Anthony Liccione said "Don't give up because ...


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Programing can be fun. Especially if you like Math and Languages - you are likely the type of person who can enjoy programming. But it can be very frustrating at times as well. The most important in making the new activity likeable is to achieve the so called Flow state - when tasks that you perform are hard enough to be interesting, but easy enough to be ...



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