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Before you take a break, write down the next action to be done after you get back to work. This is important for two reasons - 1) you won't waste time trying to recall what you were working on 2) getting back to work will be much easier. Large portion of why we procrastinate is because the task is vague and we're afraid of it. Actionable tasks help with ...


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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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It sounds like the main cause of your problem is severe stress. When you are stressed the whole day it becomes difficult to wind down and relax at the end of the day. This is even more so if the stress continues the whole week (or month, or longer). Some stress every once in a while is ok, it will make you alert and perform better, but too much stress for a ...


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When you wake up, do not do anything that is exciting or disturbs sleep: no eating, no Internet browsing. Reading might be OK if it is relaxing, so no super-exciting books or (study) books that require heavy attention. Set an alarm and get out of bed. No compromises. Go to a doctor to determine if you really have Shift Work Sleep Disorder. Self-diagnosing ...


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While I haven't done it during a work day, I do notice a big difference when living in a bit more sedative way and when exercising (jogging) regularly. The latter makes me much more energetic in general, and more calm. I usually run about 2-3 times a week, for anything between 30 minutes to 2 hours per session. On average, I would say a bit over 1 hour per ...


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I would recommend that you look at "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg if you are able. It contains advice on how habits and willpower work and how to make or break habits. Some tips from the book include: Marking a piece of paper every time you have the urge to act out a bad habit (if you have more than one you could use different symbols for each ...


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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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There are two ways how I make myself get back to work after a small break I know exactly what I am going to do during the break and after I have accomplished wanted I get back straight to work without excuses. If I do not know exactly what I am doing during the break I set a timer on my phone. And go back to work after it has set off. I found it useful ...


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What do you do during your breaks? If you surf around or check facebook/reddit, you'll be tempted to continue longer than you ought to. If you take a walk outside, you'll probably not do it for to long, and if you do, it's a more helpful break. Good breaks: Walks outside, walks inside, coffee break with collegues, eating a snack.


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In order to do work, you need to be concentrated. In airplanes the main problem would often be the noise. That is why most people have suggested you get good headphones. A bit of generalizing and you get: You must find a way to isolate yourself from the surroundings. A few tips: If you have a window seat you will never need to stand up until your flight ...


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Choose carefully the kind of work you do on an airplane. I find that tasks involving brainstorming or thoughtful writing or planning are good fits for working while traveling. A GTD style review can be a good fit, if your system is portable. I have found that tasks requiring reference material don't work well, as switching to look at references is hard. ...


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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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Our bodies are programmed to fight or flight response under stress. Stress makes certain physiological changes in your body, to provide your body with the energy your body is supposed to be using shortly. Your work gives you plenty of stress (and chemicals in your blood) but your lifestyle does not give you enough "fight or flight" workout to use them up. ...


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I read this from a book (Cal Newport - Straight A student) Write your commitments in a book and if you do not do them when you are supposed to, you need to give a reason why you haven't done it. If it is a good reason, you can rationalize it, but if not you will have to face yourself with writing down a lame reason. Might help kick you into action. ...


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I apply the following advice to myself and it's working: Always have time for the 'nothing box' e.g. time where you do absolutely nothing. Technically speaking you unwind and rgroup Learn to set better targets by analyzing data. It's normal to over or under estimate one's ability to meet targets. Timely progress reviews gives one insight whether we are ...


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I would separate "working hard" and "working long hours", as those are often not directly related. For me, working hard means to work with full effort most of the time, trying to accomplish as much as possible in a given amount of time. Working long hours, however, might mean to simply work for a long time, but not necessarily trying to accomplish as much ...


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This is a brilliant question and one that nearly everyone puts up to one at one stage of life or the other. It may appear that that your work needs to have a higher purpose than what it currently serves. You mention that it's generating acceptable income for you to sustain but you lose the energy (read motivation) occasionally. The cue that you mention is ...


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It's difficult to assess your situation solely from your post, but it sounds like you are overworked. It may be the result of the stress and extra 'work' from everything that happend last year. I'd suggest you first talk to your girlfriend and family. Explain them your problem and tell them that you'll be scheduling time for yourself for the next 2-3 ...


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I find working on a plane to be some of the most productive work I do because there are no distractions. What I do: Make sure I have a window seat. (More space because can lean on side, can tilt screen) Make sure I have everything I need and it is on the same medium. This means either have everything I need on paper OR have everything I need on the ...


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You're getting something for doing nothing. Right now, you have no reason to change what you're doing: nothing. You'll change: if you want to, or if you're forced to. Neither method is pain-free. You've allowed your work ethic (whatever it was before the welfare kicked in) to atrophy. Getting it back, even if you want to, will take a lot of effort. ...


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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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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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Programing can be fun. Especially if you like Math and Languages - you are likely the type of person who can enjoy programming. But it can be very frustrating at times as well. The most important in making the new activity likeable is to achieve the so called Flow state - when tasks that you perform are hard enough to be interesting, but easy enough to be ...


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Why do you program if you don't like to program? Do you work with programming? If so, how did you end up with such a job? Either way, I think it's good to understand the nature of programming. When you're doing something familiar, you're working very fast, and when doing something new, you'll spend a lot of time. This means that you'll spend a lot of time, ...


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The fact that you've realised competition can be a destructive force is a very good starting point. I agree that you should try to be the best version of yourself and improve continuously, but trying to be better than the ones next to you for the sake of it, is outright absurd. Your goal should be to maximise happiness, not to sacrifice your joy to try ...


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Everyone in the world is selfish. If they give you an inspiring lecture, it is because they need something from you. Similarly you need something from them like money, reputation, promotion, connections, experience etc.. Do your work well and get these rewards from them. The whole world works in a give and take manner. My personal opinion about the ...


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I won't directly answer your question, but this may be helpful, and it's too much for a comment. What you describe is a standard "daily stand-up meeting". This is a canonical component of the Scrum software development framework, but it also makes sense in other contexts. Typically, such a "daily scrum" has three agenda points for each participant: What ...


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To be honest, this is too big a topic to tackle here (and the depression part may actually be off topic) but I do have a few things for you to consider: You completed your graduation. Not everyone can do that. So, start focusing on your qualities and not just your weaknesses. Grades are not the only thing that determines whether you get a job or not. ...


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You could also try taking small breaks of exactly the same time for a while. After you're getting into a habit of finishing your break in time and getting back to work, you can increase the time span, until it feels comfortable. By that time you should have a habit of plugging in back after a pause.



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