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While Dennis' answer is suitable for an ideal scenario, in reality you may have conflicting priorities that make this unworkable. So while there is no algorithm that is going to be appropriate for everyone, you should at the very least look at: Expected effort / resource Will this take you 5 minutes or 5 days Due date How much slippage is allowed ...


Take the task with highest priority. Devote 100% of your time to it until complete, you hit a block, or your priorities change. Repeat. Anything else and you're spending too much time thinking about work instead of doing work.


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 ...


Consider using a pomodoro timer like http://tomato-timer.com/ that will force you to take a 5 minute break every 25 minutes. The pomodoro technique is really good for working on the same task for long periods of time. I find it really helps me keep focused when I'm trying to write a blog post or doing bug testing. More info on the technique is here: ...

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