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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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