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It's very easy to be distracted if you don't get some breaks once in a while but isn't 30 minutes too much? All the bosses I've had so far were very cautious about new techniques because of how "it's working fine the way it is". A 30 minutes of break is very unlikely not to be noticed and cause unnecessary conflicts with your boss and co-workers. I strongly ...


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I'm having the same problem, so I can understand you very well. I'd suggest: If you find yourself getting stuck in something (e. g. as you are not willing to begin with the "real work"): * Make a step "back" from the topic/work to see why you want to do it: What's your motivation? What's your goal? Then, remember the 80/20 rule (also called "Pareto's ...


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I like to go for a short stroll outside. There's no one to bother you and you don't get distracted by work related stuff. It works even better if you avoid busy streets and walk to a nearby park. Alternatively, you can: walk up and down the stairs in your office building sit on the toilet for a few minutes close the door to your office and turn on some ...


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Am I destroying my career? Yes you are... UNLESS you gain knowledge outside your current job you will become quite value-less to other companies. You have to keep yourself current. I worked as a SENIOR software developer for 11 years and when I changed positions I was clueless as to all other technologies and methodologies. I had no idea what Scrum was ...


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As a matter of fact we all at some moment of time struggled with code. some one will share it and some one will not. You will find a lot of fakers in our field. at least i have found a lot. so don't worry at all. 1) As far as your problem is concerned i truly understand what you are facing because i was in your shoes not so long ago. the solution to your ...


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You have two basic choices: Use the same system for home and work (e.g. a paper-based system, a PDA/smart phone, online software) and treat @Home and @Work as different contexts. This seems to be the way David Allen and others recommend, because then you only have the one system to maintain. Use a different system for home and work. This is what I prefer, ...


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I think you made a good first step by asking here. One way to relieve stress and burnout is to write down the problem, communicate it with others, and define steps to fix it. Overall you want to get the stress and burnout out of your subconscious, so your subconscious can feel like you have relaxed control of yourself, regardless of the external situation. ...


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Reading articles about programming is boring for me too, because reading hard technical text is not ivolving you into process. It's difficult to understand many new things fast. Since you lose understanding, you lose attention and interest. But I found decision. I download example source code and then repeat it. Don't copy paste. Just type on keyboard. I ...


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There is "two weeks box rule" to clear some space :) It states following: 1.Take a box and put things/papers you don't want to keep but hesitating to throw them into garbage. 2.If you need something from the box during two weeks take it but do not put back, try to find it's place. 3.After two weeks throw away things those are still in the box. :)


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Practice executive functioning regularly to improve the function. Every half hour when the bell tolls, put everything down, get a good stretch, and ask yourself: "What am I going to do for the next half hour?" This is a great recovery system for people who have a tendency to go on tangents, and it builds self confidence because people generally make good ...


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David Allen says repeatedly - though not as a first thing - that there is no difference between Home and Work for GTD. It is all project, context and actions. The main difference, I think, is that most of the time you may rely on your coworkers to do the tasks you delegated to them. That's in their contract and they are paid for it. With a spouse, you ...


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From common sense, a non-smoker has more time (no need for smoking breaks), 1 less distraction when trying to work on something (the distraction of wanting to smoke), and 1 less item on their to-do list (buy more cigarettes) There is the fitness/health aspect as well; people consider it part of productivity to run/workout (etc.), and smoking can hinder ...


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Why am I doing this Well, that is a hard question to answer. Maybe you have ADHD. Okay, maybe not. That is a bit extreme. Maybe you get distracted easily(sounds the same as ADHD, but a psychologist told me it's not the same thing). Or it could be that you find the content boring/cumbersome, and don't want to read it(Being excited about learning ...


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I dropped out last winter. I deliberately took a year break to learn, understand and practice the art of coding. Though my daily cognitive productivity/activity may vary a lot from you, I study/build things for twelve hours, six days a week. Yes, it takes a lot of discipline and motivation to strive for consistency. I too fail a lot. But during the process ...


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I've been a .NET developer for going on 12 years and I'm still as passionate today as I was on day one. If you're stuck witting console apps and don't have much variety in your development work this can be difficult. I think I would probably feel the same as you in this position. The thing that has kept .NET interesting for me is learning all the new ...


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A quick research (1, 2) showed me that the concentration of caffeine seems to peak about 30-60mins after ingestion. However, in my personal experience I have a feeling of alertness already when I drink my cup of coffee: This is most likely just a placebo effect, but I don't care as long as it works. On different styles: A latte is usually a shot of espresso ...


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From my second year of college I started working part-time (4 hours per day) as software developer while I was finishing my college with good grades. In some periods I also took some more side jobs and was working as teaching assistant for one semester (still working on that part-time job and finishing college). At times it was not easy at all, especially in ...


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Five solutions for improving attention and concentration (and hence the ability to restore it): Regular high-intensity physical exercise Will boost your energy level, stress capacity, ability to concentrate, mental determination, productivity, and plenty of other factors. Certain stimulant drugs (methylphenidate, amphetamines, etc.) Can be very ...


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David Seah have a whole bunch of templates or forms that you could print out and use. I found his compact calender quite useful.


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Before work Eating breakfast will help you wake up. Many people swear by coffee as well. Even if you drink coffee, still eat food. It will give you more energy. Showering/exercise also give some people energy. During lunch Take lunch. Seriously, take a break in addition to eating. It will give you more energy and let you "rest" your mind. The ...


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Being able to plan an entire month (without having to completely redo it every few days) would require a level of workday predictability that few are able to achieve. One sick day, project emergency, or even just an unscheduled meeting and the whole thing is shot. You can do a high-level review and pick some areas of focus. As part of my weekly review, I ...


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Why am I doing this, The foremost reason is that you are actually thinking that it is not really important or useful for yourself or in other words "You dont really want it". There may be various reasons your mind will tell you for that. Imagine if you want to do things which you like, You will always do it with enthusiam and happiness. or If your boss told ...


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Your current scheme is no good. Despite what you say about having to stay up late, try going to bed before your night alertness kicks in, because then it's often too late to fall asleep given that you are a night person. Then go up earlier, perhaps 5:30 AM, to finish the things you should've done the previous evening. And to facilitate falling asleep, avoid ...


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According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide among men and women aged 15 to 44. So, if you have to decide whether you have to keep working or not. If you have to keep working try the following points (From ...


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At an absolutely base level you will be more productive alive than dead, and smoking is a major factor in increasing mortality (just look at the loading applied to smokers seeking life insurance quotes). Even if it hasn't killed you, there have been a few studies that have demonstrated higher than average levels of absenteeism for employees who smoke versus ...


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Even if work and home tasks are separate, your GTD system needs to track both. I struggled with the same issue and ultimately discovered that using GTD only at work--doesn't work. In order to realize the benefits of getting your to do list out of your mind and into a system, that system needs to capture everything. This means whatever single system you use ...


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It's not a problem, and it's not a habit you should change. It's a sign of your organized mind. Messy spaces are widely considered the sign of a disorganized and un-together person. Not for Norman: "In Norman's view, Gore's desk is the cluttered extension of an organized mind. Indeed, Norman interviewed many seemingly organized owners of messy ...


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I worked in a company for 10 years and although I was contracted for 37.5 hour weeks, the minimum ever was around 55 hours a week, and my final couple of years averaged out at 95-100 hour weeks. I hardly ever saw my kids, and spent most of my time in airports or hotels. So I left, started my own company and worked 50 hour weeks for much higher pay and ...


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I am one of the busy people in group #1. I document a lot because I don't have time to keep answering the same question over and over. A lot of questions are answered by linking to the wiki. Or writing an answer on the wiki and then linking to the wiki. People in group #2 often need nudging. They think they don't have knowledge worth documenting but ...


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You may want to check out d-i-y-planner. Search terms to find a wealth of templates would include Hipster PDA and diyplanner.



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