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Success The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time. — Joe Girard


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LifeHacker.com has a number of great posts and recommendations on this topic: Brian Eno's "Music for Airports" http://lifehacker.com/5842509/music-for-airports Explosions in the Sky (described as "epic ambient atmosphere") http://lifehacker.com/5848287/explosions-in-the-sky and "Music for Programming", a collection of musical mixes intended to aid ...


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The beginning is half of every action - Greek Proverb


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Productivity If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one. — Jack Ma


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My favorite and what I use on my email signature is: Good days give you happiness, Bad days give you experience


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Those who say it can't be done should be quiet so that those doing it can get on with it. -Unknown source


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Motivation Just get started. There are some days when you don’t feel like heading out the door for a run, or figuring out your budget, or whatever it is you’re supposed to do that day for your goal. Well, instead of thinking about how hard it is, and how long it will take, tell yourself that you just have to start. — Leo Babauta


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Your limitation is your own mind.


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There are a range of techniques which can work. The simplest here, if you can't nap, is to build this low period into your day plan. Unfortunately if you just time shift your day earlier, you are likely to find the low point will move earlier as well. I always try to plan my day with regard to times when I am better/worse at particular types of activity. ...


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Try out trance, ambient, idm (or for something concrete: Brian Eno, Autechre) I also like 'darkjazz' music as background


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I'm convinced some quiet background music can increase productivity... Excellent! Welcome to the club! The term I'd think that most closely matches the topic is simply 'background music'. I use that in its original classical sense and not so much the Musak sense. Google for some of the studies that have been done over the years and classical will ...


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By now you'll have seen that pretty much each answerer suggests genres that they like most or are most used to. Adding from my own experience, I'll go ahead and make a generalization: The type of music really doesn't matter. You're better off listening to something you like rather than forcing yourself into a genre because it's considered 'background' ...


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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~Anne Frank


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The moment you think about giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long


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Be brief. Be bright. Be gone. -not sure of the author but the best mentor/boss I've worked for told it to me once - and I've adopted the very simple, yet powerful, principle in many aspects of my life


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Thinking on your feet is an essential skill for combat soldiers. The military drills and exercises recruits to behave as though they had developed this ability. In the programming world people tend to be much brighter and yet a lot of what you see as 'thinking on their feet' is the result of lots of practice, reading and debating. Programmers often ...


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From a very UK-based viewpoint, there is always this work of Kipling: IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being ...


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Boosting yourself with caffeine may be what you have to resort to, although a very short nap (10 min) would yield much better productivity results and be much healthier. Most employers (except in cultures embracing the siesta) apparently don't know about this. Perhaps you could talk to your boss? Josephine Fairley: According to research, a daytime nap – ...


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The most important thing is to make sure you understand how the spreadsheet is being consumed by someone else. You haven't explained that. Do other people read the spreadsheet every day? Are the consumers willing to change the representation to a database or something other than a spreadsheet? Do the consumers only look at it once a week on Monday ...


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Where’s a will There is a way Through the desert And up that hill Accelerate And we will prevail 'Cause never We are standing still The Retrosic - Quid Pro Quo


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It's kind of fun to do the impossible - Walt Disney


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I have tried to listen to many different styles of music, but eventually I came to conclusion, that the best in this area are the sounds of nature. Particularly, I found myself attached to sounds of a forest brook and of rain. Also I'd recommend "Solar fields" music.


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Mostly it's about getting over your fear of answering incorrectly. You're not expected to come up with a perfectly-formed answer all on your own in that situation. If you pay attention to people you consider good at thinking on their feet, you'll notice they take advantage of that fact. One common way to propose an imperfect answer is to pose it in the ...


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You need to write down an unrealistic goal and start to live and breathe it every single day. This can be simple, or more complex. Make it crazy though! The sky is the limit, and trust me, people have been up there too. — Everett Bogue


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Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.


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Inspiration It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again. — Vince Lombardi


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I don't have any research results to cite, but I can tell you what I have observed both in shcool and in the workplace. First thing that can distiguish between two people of roughly the same brain power, skill level, background and knowledge is attitude. There are people who are always smart asses and people who go the extra mile and people who have to be ...


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Developing interest and motivation is kind of a fuzzy topic, but in my experience it helps if I remind myself why I need or better want to do something. Why it is the best thing for me to do right now and then set myself challenges, break down tasks etc. Its really important though to get the sense of you want to do it. You want it to become your mission ...


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It has been mentioned before for other questions, but the best technique I've found is a standup desk. Caffeine, I've gotten used to it, and my body isn't affected anymore. But standing up has proven very effective. I do it all day long (or at least a lot more than I sit), but you could do it only for an hour or two in the afternoon if you don't like doing ...



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