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Dealing with mental fatigue throughout the week

I usually start off the week with a lot of energy and ready to go. But by Wednesday, I feel mentally fatigued, lacking motivation, prone to procrastination, unable to focus creatively. The worst part is that I really need the energy to push through to Friday deadlines. Do you have any tips or advice to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Jun 5, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I achieve a state of creative flow as a writer?

When I'm racing to meet a writing deadline, I feel a sense of exhilaration, momentum, and flow. How can achieve that state on a regular basis so I can make steady progress on my writing? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Feb 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Self pacing is not a skill I have in abundance

Any advice for surviving a pair of online classes? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

I like work but not when I have to.

If I feel like I "have" to do something, or that I'll get something out of doing something, I immediately lose interest. How can I learn to enjoy tasks for their own sake, even when I know that's not why I'm doing them? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Sep 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I find someone to yell at me until I finish my work?

Is there audio I can download to encourage me not to give up on tasks? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me help myself get down to work

Strategies for getting things done, especially when those things are deeply important, pretty scary, and you have no idea how to start. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Feb 21, 2012 - 19 answers

Advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working?

Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Sep 17, 2011 - 14 answers

I would prefer not to? Wow, not a huge Melville crowd, I guess

A person actively avoids doing what he knows will make him happy. He just doesn't want to do it. Psychologically, what's going on here? And more importantly, perhaps, why should he do what he doesn't want to do? What arguments, appealing to either his reason or his emotions, might he consider? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 29, 2011 - 37 answers

Quarter Life Crisis, Redux

When I'm not in school, I feel like my life has totally dead-ended. I'm starting to think that stress and anxiety are the only things that motivate me. How do I stop delaying (and being terrified of) reality and finally become a real (adult) person? The details inside are super long, and I apologize for them in advance. [more inside]
posted by timory on Dec 29, 2010 - 17 answers

You want me to get a file cabinet? Really?

Interested in finding a personal organization system like Getting Things Done, only NOT geared towards middle managers from the late-1990s. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 20, 2010 - 18 answers

How to lose my apathy and get a PhD

How to Be Awesome and Finish a PhD? I'm in my first term of an engineering PhD (post-bachelors and 2yrs working in industry). My work is sucking: I don't do enough homework or research. How do I get back the drive I felt in high school when I was a clueless single guy who felt he had to prove he was brilliant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me get over my stupid complexes so I can enjoy/succeed in college academics/life.

I'm finally on my own and liberal arts school should be the place for me. But I'm still approaching my coursework from the standpoint of "how little can I do and how late can I do it and still not utterly fail," and it's making me hate myself. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Nov 21, 2009 - 22 answers

Going back to school at 29

Teach me how to study, please? I am 29 and going back to school to complete my BA. I haven't been to school in around 4 years. I don't think I have ever studied for anything. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Jul 21, 2009 - 22 answers

I need to live under the threat of disappointment

I'm a terrible procrastinator. I have an idea for a solution, but it requires other people. Does this sort of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Dec 4, 2008 - 12 answers

Oh man, I should totally make this website when I have a free weekend...

How do you keep track of your project ideas? How do you get yourself to follow through on them? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Jul 18, 2008 - 14 answers

ah, the sweet sound of deadlines rushing by

How do I get over my laziness, procrastination, and foot-dragging in my office job? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Jan 31, 2007 - 32 answers

Songs To Kill Procrastination

MotivationFilter, MusicFilter: What particular songs motivate you? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Jan 17, 2007 - 34 answers

Motivation for summer semester

How can I get motivated to do well in school during this summer semester? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Jun 27, 2006 - 11 answers

Two Papers Due Simultaneously, No Extensions, and Utterly No Will to Work

I hate all forms of work (hence the anon. post) and the only way I've found to finish papers etc. is to stay up all day and night procrastinating until the last possible instance writing a bit here and there--an agonizing process--until, as the last chance deadline aproaches, something takes shape. These papers are usually final papers and usually earn me between a B+ and an -A... which is probably why I never learned how to do work in a painless and organized fashion... at any rate, I have two papers due on the same day and no chance of an extension on either one and am incapable of forcing myself to work. WHAT DO I DO?
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2004 - 55 answers

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