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Why am I most productive late at night and how do I change that?

I seem to get all my best work done between 8 pm and 2 am. Does anyone else have this problem? Have you ever successfully shifted your productive period to more convenient hours? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Dec 1, 2014 - 19 answers

Rather, uh, enthusiastic workplace (snowflake)

I need to survive here, since transferring out hasn't worked (yet). [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Oct 23, 2014 - 22 answers

How to stay focused on a long-term independent work project?

I am a freelancer and currently have a big, long-term (several months') project to work on. How do I stay focused? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Mind my own business!

I am really easily distracted, especially by adjacent conversations. Do you have any tips for ignoring them? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on May 28, 2014 - 9 answers

What is the iPhone equivalent of knitting?

I spend a lot of my day in boring but important meetings, or watching boring but important educational training videos. I get distracted and zone out quickly. I need something mindless to occupy that portion of my brain, and I'd prefer it in iPhone app form. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on May 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Everything is loud and I hate it.

I live in Palo Alto and find it impossible to concentrate and get anything done in public, my office being the only exception I've found. My apartment has single-pane windows and faces a busy street. I can hear traffic, car stereos, and even loud sidewalk conversations really, really well. The cafes where I can actually get a seat are also super-loud. I am picking up 77-80 dB on my phone mic at La Boulange right now, even when no music is playing. It is unbearable. Where can I find respite (defined as being able to concentrate, read, and work on a laptop) within 30 minutes of downtown PA via some combination of bike, bus, and Caltrain? (Do not suggest headphones or earplugs.)
posted by Nomyte on Jan 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Task management for the overwhelmed

Are you easily distracted and overwhelmed? What task management techniques/systems have you found successful? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Dec 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Book ID Request: Book on Internet & Culture with Brin/Page interview

In an opening chapter of this book which I read a year or two ago, the author describes a meeting/discussion with Google's Brin and Page, during which one of them refuses to take his eyes off the mobile device he's holding (if memory serves, the author requests the Googler to be present and not distracted/have his attention split by his little device, to which the latter responds laconically in the negative). [more inside]
posted by tenderly on Nov 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Distractions from sadness

I'm going through a heavy streak of sadness (seasonal change/life issues/past issues) along with some extreme fatigue. I'm looking for engaging distractions that make the really bad days bearable. Books/TV/Movies, etc. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 16, 2013 - 46 answers

Strict Pomodoro Enforcing for Safari

Is there a way to implement selective Pomodoro-timed site-blocking in Safari? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Aug 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Working myself to death.

How do I change my extremely destructive work habits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 30 answers

Focused on distraction

I'm easily distracted by the Internet while I write, but I don't want to shut it off altogether. Please help me cobble together a solution. [more inside]
posted by catlet on Nov 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Podcasts to ignore

What are some good podcasts I can half pay attention to while working? While I love This American Life, The Moth, Story Collider and Radiolab, if I listen to them (or anything else with a storyline) while working, I lose the thread and can't concentrate on either the work or the podcast. A few that do work well for me: Savage Love, Jordan Jesse Go, WTF (to a lesser extent). Any suggestions?
posted by The Dutchman on Sep 11, 2012 - 39 answers

Multitasking is my forte

What things can I do in my head to entertain myself/learn something/pass time quicker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 32 answers

poke, scratch, sniff, tap, shuffle

I need to stop fidgeting. How? Help! [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Jun 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for metaphorical images to divert attention during childbirth

Please suggest, preferably with specific links, images that are metaphors for birth to be used for focusing on and creating visualizations during labor. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Feb 7, 2012 - 29 answers

How can I motivate myself to work?

How can I motivate myself to work? What did you do to help kick yourself in the posterior and get going? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

How to stop getting schooled by school?

How can I stop being so freaking miserable in school? I hate school so much, and I have no idea how to stop being so depressed about it all the time. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jan 30, 2012 - 38 answers

Cancer sucks

Last week we found out that my mother has breast cancer. This isn't her first battle against cancer as she had colon cancer six years ago, and so far mom is being very matter of fact and strong. She is going in for surgery to remove it tomorrow and then will start the whole radiation/chemo regiment in the new year. Any good last minute, easy to find, supplimentary gift ideas for her? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Dec 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Lock an application open, focused, for a period of time?

Hello, Is it possible to lock an application open? Say I wanted to use Focuswriter (or some other text editor) for one hour without being able to access anything else (like an internet browser) or shutdown, is there any way to do that on Windows or Linux?
posted by cimuir on Dec 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Y Kant Anoni Read

Grad student can no longer read. ADD reading strategies sought, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 - 20 answers

Reflections and the single-minded kitten

How do I distract my kitten when she refuses to stop trying to catch the reflections of light off of computer screens and ipads? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Using context to get more things done?

How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Activities for a teenager in hospital?

Ideas for keeping a 13-year old girl occupied / distracted while in a lot of pain during a 2 week hospital stay? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Sep 8, 2011 - 38 answers

out of site, out of mind

Is there a program that will let me keep a bunch of windows open but pushed out of sight, so I can work with a relatively blank taskbar but not have to re-open everything when I'm done working? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I stay focused while working?

What're your best tips for keeping on task and staying focused? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 31, 2011 - 16 answers

avoiding thinking

I need to avoid thinking without using the net on my phone and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jul 1, 2011 - 21 answers

As-it-happens research updates: can't write with 'em, can't write without 'em?

How to concentrate on a research-driven book project when the subject matter is periodically changing / being updated by other writers? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Apr 22, 2011 - 4 answers

What's a hobby I can do in very small spurts (5-10 mins.)?

What's a hobby I can do in very small spurts (5-10 mins.)? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Aug 30, 2010 - 33 answers

Inaction leads to distraction leads to zzzz

My current job dilemma: ADHD, no normal way to distract myself at work during downtime, need something to keep me focused so that I don't space out and my brain disengages. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Jun 4, 2010 - 33 answers

Is there a Mac app/Firefox plugin that will help me do focused reading online?

Is there a Mac app/Firefox plugin that lets you set a period of time, say 10 minutes, during which the computer is locked down and the only thing you can do is read the one webpage that you specify? No switching programs, no clicking on links, nothing else. [more inside]
posted by ben5757 on Apr 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Look great! Feel awful!

How Do I Gym? So, I got a few free months at a local gym and I'm making myself go three times a week but I'm having a few issues relating to concentration and mood. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 17, 2010 - 26 answers

How to manage my time management system?

I'm starting to exercise some control over my time. Help me make this work. [more inside]
posted by parudox on Mar 13, 2010 - 6 answers

The business report. It burns.

Writing business reports is a lot more stressful for me than it should be. Please help me get the words out the door. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Help Me Distract My Sad Sorry Self.

I need to find an online chat/distraction that is fun and smart and not sexual. [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Get me to my work on time

Help me figure out how to get up and to work on time while getting the timing right for my ADD medication and balancing other responsibilities. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 8, 2010 - 42 answers

Breakup = :-(

Help me cope with my loneliness and pain a month after getting dumped. [more inside]
posted by mesha steele on Dec 25, 2009 - 40 answers

Changing horses mid-stream

I'm methodically working through an action plan towards more fulfilling work. However, a shiny new path has unexpectedly opened up and I'm not sure if it's an opportunity or just a distraction. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I deal with a coworker (and potential friend) that is distracting me at work?

How do I deal with a coworker (and potential friend) who is distracting me at work? [more inside]
posted by Buttons on Aug 5, 2009 - 12 answers

I want my brain back!

I got laid off two months ago and haven't been working. I have several creative projects I'd like to work on, as well as look for a new job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2009 - 10 answers

* Partial credit: "the guy in B7"

Does loud, distinctly heard cheering (not general crowd roar) "work"? Is it at least benign? [more inside]
posted by BaxterG4 on Aug 9, 2008 - 23 answers

Fun while housebound

Please suggest fun thing for me to do while housebound and healing from fractures. [more inside]
posted by betterton on Mar 19, 2008 - 25 answers

Will a smartphone make me more or less organized?

Procrastinators: Is your PDA/smartphone a net negative or a net positive from a productivity standpoint? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Dec 4, 2007 - 12 answers

Looking for a small wearable periodic alarm

I am looking for a small device that I can either wear or carry in my pocket that will beep, ring, and/or vibrate at a pre-set interval. (I'm thinking every 15 minutes.) I am an easily distracted individual, and I think that this would help me focus on what I should be doing at the moment.
posted by qvtqht on Jan 10, 2007 - 13 answers

I like to walk when I think, but this frequently leads to distractions. What to do?

I like to walk when I think, but this activity frequently leads to distractions. What to do? [more inside]
posted by sid on Jan 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Is needing background noise weird?

[AmIWeirdFilter] I can't do any serious reading or writing without background noise. Am I weird? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 5, 2006 - 12 answers

How to focus?

How can I compartmentalize my thoughts/life in order to be productive? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 16, 2006 - 12 answers

How to block most websites for a given time

Is there a whitelist-based internet blocker to help me focus on work? [more inside]
posted by underwater on Feb 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Help, the internets are calling

Mac-Distraction-Filter: I need to write using my mac but I am endlessly distracted by the internets and email. [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Nov 27, 2005 - 21 answers

Am I ADD?

I feel like my brain has stopped working and I'd like to get it fixed. A whole hell of a lot more inside. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 1, 2004 - 47 answers

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