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Dec
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comment How to solve my personal issues to be productive and happy person
On the other hand, if you are diagnosed with depression (or if you are depressed but refuse to see a doctor, which is quite common for depressed people), that could be a good reason to avoid meditation. Also a good reason to visit a doctor.
Dec
2
comment How to solve my personal issues to be productive and happy person
"Transcendental Meditation" is a religious group. If you already have another religion and you are okay with it, it makes sense to avoid them. Small-M "meditation" is a mental relaxation technique, just like push-ups are a physical exercise technique. There should be no religious problems with small-m meditation, just like with push-ups. (In theory, some religions might consider push-ups sinful; please consult your local theologist.) Quietly sitting, breathing, and not thinking, should be okay regardless of who invented it. BTW, people from the same culture also invented numbers we use today.
Oct
23
comment Is it a bad idea to work in the evenings or at night?
"The true enemy is not over-work, it is being bored." True. But there is also another enemy: sleep deprivation. It harms performance and memory. So working into night once at a time is okay, but doing it regularly and accumulating sleep deficit could be harmful in long term.
Sep
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Jun
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comment how to keep consistent self belief
Can you somehow avoid the "people who put pressure on you with negative thoughts"? For example, if they are online, just stop reading the website. (My mood improved when I stopped reading political discussion on internet.) How much negativity do you get from each person? If 80% comes from one of them, just avoid that one person.
May
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May
21
comment Single tasking vs Mulitasking
@Qba-th'Intrepid: See this answer on Skeptics SE: skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/4158/8543
May
21
comment Single tasking vs Mulitasking
The most important information about human multitasking is that it DOES NOT EXIST. Someone just blindly used a computer-science concept to describe a human phenomenon formerly called "distraction". -- As you said, the advantage of concentration is that it helps you get the work done and feel good; sometimes so good you don't even notice the time is running. On the other hand, distraction makes the work slow and ruins your mood. -- Now excuse me, what exactly was the original question? I got kind of distracted... uhm... multitasking...
May
21
comment How to concentrate on only one thing?
My favorite two sources: 1) Productivity instructor P.J.Eby has PDF chapters of his unfinished book ("Thinking Things Done") somewhere on his websites. Use google. It's like all the good parts from psychology, concentrated, all nonsense removed. 2) Center for Applied Rationality offers paid seminars to increase rational thinking, and this stuff is called "instrumental rationality" in their curriculum. In Moscow, visit your local LessWrong meetup and meet awesome people.
May
14
comment What are the general steps to increase your IQ?
Seems to me that IQ is mostly fixed, but it can be reduced by health problems. Improving your health, having a balanced diet (or simply enough nutrition, in poor countries) helps you reach your potential, but that's it. On the other hand, IQ does not translate to productivity directly, there are many other things -- motivation, rationality, networking, avoiding procrastination... -- so instead of IQ worship, let's just focus on those.
May
14
comment How to master a large variety of technical literature
It is definitely not true that "people are born with a natural talent for one task (say programming) and this means that you can't or shouldn't master something else". Some things come easier and some things come harder for each of us, but many people are awesome in multiple areas. Your time is limited. You can't put 10.000 hours into too many things. But you can have a few hobbies with 1.000 hours per hobby. 1.000 hours of focused practice can make you rather good.
May
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comment How can I manage several hours of intellectual work (web dev/coding) a day without getting mentally exhausted?
Try taking a 20-minute nap (use alarm clock) after lunch. To me it helps a lot; it's like starting a new day with a fresh brain.
May
14
comment Task estimated to be 8 pomodori, what to do?
Cut the BS. Measure the results. If the results are okay, who cares about the details? If the results are bad, perhaps it wasn't BS.
May
14
comment How to concentrate on only one thing?
I would recommend first trying it at home. Maybe during a weekend. Or if you have enough vacation days left, think about a project, take one full week off, and do a pretend-freelancer work during the whole week. Then you will see whether that could work. -- As a freelancer, you won't have the workplace-forced distractions, but on the other hand you will have a lot of other temptations. And maybe even some specific distractions at home (neighbors, etc.). -- I tried working as a freelancer a few years ago, and I wasn't able to do much. Unfortunately, I am more productive at work.
May
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answered I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun
May
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answered Is It Worth The Time?
May
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answered How to concentrate on only one thing?
May
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comment How to concentrate on only one thing?
Possible solution: Don't read books and watch TV during work. :P
Jan
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Jan
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comment Fear of failure
Fear of success is rather common, in various degree. Probably a legacy of our ape ancestors, where saying "I am great" meant you wanted to fight the current leader for leadership of your tribe, which could get you harmed or killed. So unless you felt pretty sure about your victory, you rather avoided doing anything which could make the current leader feel challenged. The rest of my answer was based on impressions and guesses; some parts may not apply. I agree with your point about discipline (with online education the efect will be even stronger). But too much pressure can also break people.