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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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Richard Branson's #1 Big Secrets to his success is to work out http://biz30.timedoctor.com/richard-bransons-six-secrets-to-productivity/ which gives you a better sleep, and gives you more energy. I am hardly a model for doing it myself, but exercise does increase the level of neurotransmitters that help focus and alertness, and you also get the endorphins ...


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I don't see what's the problem with those behaviors if they relax you after, before or while doing something worthwhile and meaningful to you. Maybe instead of focusing on eradicating them if they are your natural tendence, you could try to develop a bit more what you want to work on, what will those nonsensical tasks be the rest from. We all need a bit of ...


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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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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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You can timebox your working time. You should give the pomodoro technique a try. Work 25 minutes, pauze 5, then repeat... It makes your brain think you have to finish in 25 minutes and thus it speeds up. If you make the 5 minute break something totally different then your work, then your brain is ready to go for another 25minutes.


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Time is a poor measure for achievements. It is the best that some firms have for costs, but this doesn't mean that we should apply it on a personal level. Breaking down tasks and writing new ones when unforeseen events happen is a good idea. Ask yourself "Have I done the best I can, without deteriorating my health or other crucial aspects of my life?" ...



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