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Oct
16
comment How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
I attempted to delete this question but I cannot since it already has answers. For what it's worth, on this past rewording I had made various explicit forms of the question in bold font. If it is unclear then I would rather it be closed or deleted. Writing it out has given me some new perspective.
Oct
15
revised How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
Complete re-write per comments.
Oct
11
comment How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
I agree with the importance of matching interests with a job. What I am asking might be best asked with this scenario: In a non-professional job a hypothetical tedious task is assigned to two hypothetical employees. They both do the task but one eventually does what is necessary while the other attacks the task with vigor. What I am looking for is the intrinsic "something" held by the latter employee that I think is the crux of personal productivity. I know that nugget may be the level of need for the job, upbringing, etc. But I think something more intrinsic is going on.
Oct
11
comment How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
Throughout this site there are questions from students and professionals about procrastination, motivation, etc. The reductionist attitude that a task has value because you want to advance your career (or hold your job) or finish your degree in spite of a boring required course does not seriously address the question. Most people know they HAVE TO do their school or work tasks - yet this alone doesn't end procrastination.
Oct
11
comment How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
I can't address any (perceived) shortcoming of the question without a comment to go with your down-vote.
Oct
11
comment How to identify and stop compulsive collecting behavior
+1 because this hits the nail on the head. If <your activity here> is impacting the other areas of your life it is a sign (at least) that it is crossing the line.
Oct
11
revised How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
Further clarification
Oct
11
comment How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
Not opinion based at all. Are you saying: If at work, a real job, your boss assigns you a task of no personal interest or value he/she should not expect productivity?
Oct
10
asked How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness?
Oct
4
comment Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment
@xralf - what is a "motivating annotation"? On paper or PDF I use highlighting where I can (rather than notes) as I mainly want to mark spots that I will examine in more detail on another pass. The goal is not to stop the flow - it takes a while for me to get back up to speed and that is when distractions (like noise) bother me most.
Oct
3
comment Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment
@xralf - some PDF reading apps allow highlighting, etc.
Oct
3
answered 18 Months Weekly Planner Notebooks - How Does it Work?
Oct
2
comment Recurring ToDos with increasing urgency
I just checked out getontracks.org -- if that's what you mean, it looks nice. They seem to have a fairly active release cycle so your need might be something worth adding to their list of feature requests.
Oct
2
answered Recurring ToDos with increasing urgency
Oct
2
comment Recurring ToDos with increasing urgency
Are you currently managing tasks with software and wanting to migrate to a system that has this feature? As opposed to first time moving from a manual system to software?
Oct
2
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Oct
1
answered Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment
Oct
1
comment Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment
If you are bothered by the elevator, refrigerator and trains then it might not be the noise so much as you are hyper-sensitive to distractions. It could be your "nature" and it could be that the problem has to do with the type of material you are trying to read. It could be both. I am going to post one suggestion as an answer but I would like to know if there is ANY PLACE that you have found where you are able to read the current material without a problem? Can you find a place that is "perfect" and see how you do for 30 minutes?
Oct
1
comment Repeating actions over and over again
I was going to add more possible places that you might get stuck but you get the idea. Think about the problem you are having until you can articulate it clearly and some of those problems might resolve themselves. If there is more than one of the above (or others) remaining then consider making a separate question for each on the appropriate site.
Oct
1
comment Repeating actions over and over again
Thinking about this comment might help you -- and it might help you ask the question in a way more likely to get you the answers you want. 1) are you clear on what the big picture is for the project? 2) are you clear on the parts, especially your part? 3) are you breaking the problem down either in a functional or object way? 4) are you having trouble with your environment (locations of files, paths, configuration, tools)? 5) Are you finding that what you have already done is buggy, not extensible, not understandable? 6) Is your understanding of the programming language incomplete?