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Your mind is cluttered by various job-related thoughts and you can't let go of them when you leave work. You can't focus properly. This is a clear case for Mindfulness training. It is a meditation technique which will, if implemented for no more than 10 minutes every day, yield great benefits: sharpen your focus, improve your productivity and sleep. The ...


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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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You may lose 5-10 minutes of your life by being early. But by being late, you may lose 30 minutes (by missing the bus, doctor calling someone else, and so on). If someone is waiting for you, you'll lose a lot of respect which will take far more than 5-10 minutes of your life to earn back. My father would refuse to do business with people who show up to ...


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My first tip: once an exam is written, forget everything about it until the results come back. There is nothing you can do to change it, and beating yourself up over questions you may or may not have missed is not productive. It takes a while to learn how to do this properly, but once you can, it makes focusing on the rest of your exams so much easier. As ...


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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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There are lots of good answers already. Let me add one more aspect. There is an asymmetry between being early and being late. If you are early, you know that you are early. You can plan accordingly. If you are 30 minutes early, you can bring a book. If you are 5 minutes early, you can do a quick phone call, read or write a few emails or messages. When you ...


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When you have no reason to, no purpose. Measuring anything is a waste of time if you have not determined beforehand why you want to measure what. Usually you determine the why first (why would you want to measure 'time', instead of 'time spent on X'), then you decide what is useful to measure, then you decide which tools you use (you don't use an ordinary ...


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The best quality sleep is aquired around 23:00. Being a late sleeper and not sleeping the full 8h it isn't strange at all that you are tired in the mornings. The plain answer is that you will have to start going to bed earlier, there are sadly no cut-arounds unless you can sleep in or arrive to your daily activities later in the day. Sleep your full 8 ...


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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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I used to have a problem with chronic lateness, and I whilst I was well aware of the problems that my lateness caused me, I often overlooked the impact of my lateness on others. This is partly because many of these problems were experienced by people before I even arrived, and when I did finally turn up, I was often in such a rush that I didn’t notice other ...


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I also have an inability to function well in the morning. I don't think it is something that can be changed. It's just the way our bodies function. But, being aware of the problem allows you to adjust your behavior to compensate for the lack of productivity in the morning. Things that I have done to adjust: Get up right away with the first alarm. It ...


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Assuming you are unable to sustain self control (which is admittedly contrary to how Stack Exchange is designed to work): Some things I do: Adblock the "hot questions" and "related questions" list frames. This is pretty helpful... Log out of Stack Exchange. Voting, answering, commenting, all are time sucks. Disable email notifications for Stack Exchange. ...


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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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The nature of any possible break may be entirely defined by the exam invigilator. Some will not let you do anything other than walk to the bathroom and back, others will let you have food, and some open book exams may even let you study. I'd suggest if you need to take one: Do it when you feel like you have stalled and you aren't answering effectively. ...


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Stress is generally a response to something. So for example, you might get stressed by deadlines because you're afraid of missing them, or worried about forgetting something, etc. By your description, this is a pretty big factor in your life, and it's probably worth getting to the bottom of what's causing it. But something that might help is get into the ...


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Recharge Your Batteries You could meditate, breathe, or simply enjoy your food. It might help to change things about what you eat, where you eat etc. An improved diet is likely to improve your productivity. Eating outside can be revitalizing. Putting on soothing music can help you unwind and shed stress. If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, ...


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Firstly - depression is actually quite normal, in that it's quite common and affects a lot of people at some stage of their life. It's a product of your brain chemistry, not a reflection of your personal worth. This is relevant so that you understand that the way that you thinking and feeling aren't a result of your essential essence, but is a product of ...


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If things get bad, follow these steps. If you can, print them out and keep them about your person, so you can read them again and again: If you get lost or confused when reading through this list, go back to the top and start again: Hang in there. Things can and will get better. If things don't get better immediately, be patient. Take things one day at a ...


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Ktimetracker Although I have no experience with this particular software, it might suit your needs. It's from KDE, so if you are using other Desktop Environment it might install a lot of dependencies. https://www.kde.org/applications/utilities/ktimetracker/


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I've been there myself, and I understand just how frustrating it can get! The best way I've found to mitigate this is two fold: 1.) Have a clear end-state in mind BEFORE starting a task. This includes what particular sub tasks that are involved. This tends to keep me moving on the overarching scheme of things. If I notice myself wandering or dwelling, I ...


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Nobody needs goals. It's just that if you say "I want to achieve X" you have defined a goal. And it's no use saying "I want to achieve X" if you are not prepared to do the work required to get there. Otherwise you could as well keep your mouth shut. And X either has a date, or you'd better set a date, otherwise you cannot plan the amount of work for each ...


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I don't see those as being mutually exclusive. Why not learn enough for the exam on both and dive deeper into the one you are more interested in? My college had a combined class on data mining and data warehousing. I was a bit peeved because much more time was spent on the theory of the first subject and I was more interested in the practical application of ...


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Have you considered engaging in some kind of hobby to relax your mind and body? Perhaps some kind of sport, something social or something creative - basically anything that doesn't involve much more problem solving. Here are some ideas: Team sports Helping out at a soup kitchen Dancing Martial arts DIY Painting or drawing Creative wrting Photography ...


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Write down what you spend all your time on for a week. That will show you where the time goes. Once you have that info, you can see: Opportunities to make your routine more efficient. Maybe you can read while exercising or something. Wasted time or things you'd prioritize differently. Maybe you spend 2 hours a week on Facebook.


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I think it's more effective to apply it through an external system. This is one of the points of agile software development methods. Break down the big task into smaller task and focus on that and when you expect that to be finished. This can be applied to most parts of life, and with some discipline, you can hold yourself accountable. Set small goals with ...


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Concentration - focus on one thing at a time so as to do each task better and faster.


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I would aim at waking up the same time every day, including your 1:30 PM weeks and your weekends. Having free time before lunch is awesome. Waking up the same time every day is The ideal way of sleeping optimally. Have you taken every possible step towards being able to sleep as early as you need to get up when you need to? Go to be the same time every ...


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Possibility 1. Not enough sleep It could be that 6-7 hours of sleep is not enough for you. Generally people need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep to be well-rested, but the exact amount varies from person to person. Sleeping 8 hours once is not enough to find out if you need more sleep. To find out how much sleep you really need: Wake up every morning at ...


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Much of personal productivity methodology seems to be based on reducing the strain on the brain of deciding what to do. No, it isn't. Methodologies you refer to are about making decisions once and at a right time, instead of dragging them along, and about externalizing memory (since our brain seems to be more fit for recognition rather than ...


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I think storing the complete list of tasks outside of the brain is part of many time-management systems, including GTD you've mentioned. I don't remember GTD advocating detailed and rigid planning though - I think it is more about easily finding the next actionable item. For the methods of prioritizing the tasks for your day/session you could check Mark ...



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