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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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Do you really need to do this thing? Most likely, you already know the answer; but if it helps, answer these questions: Is it worse to do it, or not to do it? Will the problem go away on it's own if you don't do it? Is there another way? Can you delegate it to someone else who won't mind doing it / who is better placed to do it effectively? Will the ...


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My perspective on this is that if a task doesn't have enough information to break it down into sub-tasks, don't try and break it down. You don't need to split everything into minute tasks, just go with logical units. If at a later date a task does seem to need dividing, do it then. Trying to rigidly fit tasks into a model is rarely ideal, because the real ...


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First, think about how to best use that 10 minute break. What is your priority - bathroom, eating, etc. Beyond that, get enough sleep. Think about what distracts you. Is there anything you can do like stretch during class?


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Some random ideas borrowed from various agile processes... Check in with your client/boss regularly and make sure that your purpose and goals are aligned. Communicate outcome visions and such. This includes resolving personal issues together, and not necessarily project specific. Make sure that you and your client/boss agree on the backlog of tasks and ...


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The first step is to decide if you want to finish it. Some novels you may not like and decide to abandon them. This is fine as you won't be upset about not finishing. The key is to know you never will open it again. I highly recommend using Goodreads as your book list. This provides with a two main benefits: Provides a way of knowing which books you ...


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Things I've tried & Which seemed to work for me -> Before solving questions , read it at least twice or thrice . Sometimes question can be clear , but we might get confused in first reading ! Try to solve every question 2 times freshly from start ! Seems like waste of time ! Though it is not if you are fast , in a sense if you felt that question is ...


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What makes you think there's a quantifiable way to measure a decision? You can't check your decision against benchmarks - if you could it wouldn't be your decision anymore, let alone even be a decision. You sound like you've done your due diligence and came to a conclusion (which is great!). Nobody can tell you if you're right or wrong, only you can decide ...


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I think you have made a very healthy first step by phrasing the problem so clearly and concisely. Realizing the precise problem is often the most difficult step. Don't take my advice at face value, I'm just a guy on the internet, but the following might help: Make this a project This is, at least in part, a compulsion. Just like gambling, drinking or ...


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Having faced the same issue here are some suggestions from my personal workflow : For day to day planning : In addition to all digital tools you can use two physical notebooks that you can take anywhere with you : TODO notebook and SPARE notebook the TODO notebook is for all the tasks that you have to complete within the day. Every morning you start ...


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It is important to come in well-prepared and rested, like Jeanne said above. Also, be engaged. Can you interact with teacher? Then do so! Asking questions helps you learn. Finally, use the breaks wisely.


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You need to bite the bullet and get going. There's no reason to throw away your valuable task list --- use it as basis for a personal backlog of things to do. Be sure to perform task triage so you prioritize the most important tasks. The Eisenhower matrix gives you good help: Then work your way through the backlog, adding new tasks as you go.


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You don't explain much of what your tasks include and how you feel about this or whether they are personal of professional matters. But I take it that you don't use your time well enough and/or avoid the tasks (this is normal and nothing to be ashamed of). The reason for this is unknown as you have not shed light on this. I will therefore go through many ...


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To complete a task requires an understanding of the nature of tasks. Nature: 1) not Urgent and not Important, 2) not Urgent and Important, 3) Urgent and not Important, 4) Urgent and Important The order of execution usually recommended is 4, 3, 2, 1. 3 and 3 can be shuffled as per your nature of work and stakeholders involved. In addition to this, ...


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The most effective way to change your beliefs is through experience: I believe that there are no black swans. I see a black swan. I see another black swan. So, I change my belief. I now believe that black swans are real. The best way to gain experience is to take action. I wanted to see a black swan. I heard that there were black swans at the bird ...


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The 'best' decision may be a decision you never thought of, and without taking each option that you think of (which in most cases is not an option), it can be difficult to ever know which of the options truly would have been the 'best'. Your decision making is sound, you consider your options carefully and talk to your friends for outsider input, and based ...


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It sounds as if you are a student, but this answer applies to all sorts of intellectual or creative work. Productivity guilt represents a very different problem if your work is physical or repetitive. For those sorts of jobs guilt helps a person get off their lazy butts and starts getting them doing what they are supposed to be doing. Traditional jobs tend ...


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The very short and precise answer for me could be to break the task in small manageable steps. And then pick the first manageable step and start working on it. Now the most important part is to forget about everything else. concentrate on the satisfaction at hand when you complete each sub task.


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Getting focus at home. Your room is likely to be the least convenient place to study. It probably is stuffed with things that can easily become a source of distraction, and - as far as I've understood - you're used to have a great part of your spare time in it. What should you do? Make your personal room a place where you can focus easily, remove the ...


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If you don't know how to break down a task because you are not yet sure what will be involved without starting on it now, plan an exploratory/planning task. Don't do the rest of the planning until you are working on the exploratory/planning task. Leave your schedule flexible so that if the planning phase reveals more work than expected, you can still do it. ...


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Identify the situation isolate problems identify possible solutions (or no possible solutions) prioritize problems with solutions weighted-in plan for approaches and processes for solving high priority problems action


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Your list is making you unhappy, which is why people are recommending that you throw it away. These are people who care about you, they know you, and they probably have some insight into the things on your list. They may feel that you're placing too much emphasis on the things that you have listed. They want you to be free to enjoy life rather than ...


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My wife uses the Passion planner. It comes with a twist: it's not just about 'to do', it e.g. contains sections like This month's focus, People to see, Places to go, a Not to-do list, division into work and personal projects, Good things that happened, and it has two pages of monthly reflections/end of the month checklists, with questions like e.g. What ...


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I would not set up my computer to shut down automatically for several reasons. Even if you can set it up so that it does this only on workdays. The trouble starts when you deviate, for any reason, from your normal schedule. Maybe you are sick, or work at home today, or there is a holiday or you have some time of ... or many other reasons. If you are just ...


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It sounds like you're setting yourself up to fail by dreading the phone call. Picture in your mind the best possible outcome of this phone call. Picture yourself being perfectly honest, gentle, forthright ... or whatever is needed to come to a positive outcome. Picture how you'll feel after making this phone call. Feel how light your shoulders are and ...


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I tend to use the opposite approach to this: what is the worse scenario in such a situation? In your case: what is the worse situation that you can face during that phone call? Maybe get some bad words from that person? Maybe feel a bit stupid because of a comment? Maybe getting some extra work after it? You need to picture yourself in such situations and ...


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I agree with Jan Doggen's comment that it's probably time for a medical checkup. Then, I'd suggest you speak with a mental health professional. What you are describing could be a number of physical or mental conditions that can easily wreck your work and personal life. Bear in mind that this will be a journey and not a destination. You can't really expect a ...


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I recommend the Self Journal by BestSelf co. I discovered it on Kickstarter and really like the design and intention. The first hard copies will be shipping this month but I've been using the PDF version (printed) for several weeks and like it a lot. It keeps me focused on my main goals and shows me that I need to plan out my time. Take a look and see if it ...


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Nobody can stay fully concentrated for 4 90 blocks with only 10 minutes in between. You need at least 15 minutes more per block. Since your school won't give them to you, you have to take it for yourself. Keep a clock on your desk, and at 30, 60 and 90 minutes, allow yourself to zone out. Take five minutes (really time it) and go for a mental walk. Try to ...


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Habitbull sounds exactly like what you are looking for. An example of the interface is below. I believe you can link this to a fitbit, you would have to install this on your iOS or Android device, and set up a reminder to ask you for a yes/no completion.



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