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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The field of Computer Science changes too quickly to EVER become an expert in the whole field. Focus on learning three sets of things: What your classes require (in slightly more detail than the class requires.) Things you are interested in (like productivity) in some detail One or two things to learn in great detail. This is satisfying so you shouldn't ...


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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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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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