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How do I even work?

When working for other people who are paying me, I am one hard working mothergoddess. When it comes to working for myself, though, I struggle mightily. Help me fix that? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Aug 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Focusing on work

It is very difficult for me to focus when I have any problems at all. Sitting around alone in silence doesn't work for me! What might? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 6, 2014 - 10 answers

What's the #1 change you've made to improve your time management skills?

former chronic procrastinators, reformed flighty people, etc.: What's the #1 change you've made to improve your organizational and time management skills? (new mantra or mindset? taking a course? etc) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Nov 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks

Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Why can't I just get up early, shower and dress, eat, walk the dog, and go?

How can I train myself to get into work by 9AM when nobody but me seems to care at all what time I come in? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 21, 2012 - 61 answers

When was "too little stress" ever a problem?!

I need some help with motivation. I work best to set-in-stone deadlines which I will be in trouble if I do not meet. Unfortunately my current job doesn't work that way. I'm finding myself rather unproductive these days and I don't like it. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 12, 2012 - 11 answers

a better mode at home than pseudo-relaxation

For those who find "relaxing" completely un-relaxing, how do you cultivate a strong activity and project based home life? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jan 2, 2012 - 11 answers

the relationship between procrastination, perfectionism, and anxiety

I think I procrastinate on projects as a dysfunctional way to manage my anxiety about them. Can you help me manage that anxiety more productively? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

How anonymous got his groove back

I have lost all of my motivation to do even a modicum of a half-decent job at work. Has anyone dealt with this? How do I get back into the groove of things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 - 23 answers

How can I get a balance of interesting and important things done?

My job has a lot of responsibilities and some of them are more interesting and appealing than others. Sometimes I find myself blocked on some of the ones I like less, especially when they have stressful consequences. For example, I often need to write detailed reports for higher-ups (stressful and not enjoyable!), but I'd rather be designing new CSS stylesheets. Sometimes I just stress out about writing for a whole day and don't get anything done. I've thought of doing something more enjoyable and lower priority but I'm worried that when I'm done with that, the high-priority tasks will still be there, and they won't be any easier, appealing, or less stressful. Has anyone had any success breaking up their work like this? Have any strategies for success? How do I know how much time I can afford to spend on the low-priority stuff? How can I avoid just procrastinating on the important stuff while doing the things that make me love my job?
posted by rwatson on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Help an afternoon person become a morning person!

I naturally get a strong productivity burst in the late afternoon/evening . Unfortunately, this doesn't sync up well with the actual hours of my 8-4 workday. How can I shift my biological clock to let me get stuff done earlier in the day? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Mar 24, 2011 - 4 answers

help! I can't concentrate!

What do you do to snap yourself out of a completely unfocused, unproductive state? [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Dec 26, 2010 - 25 answers

Why can't I just WORK???

Why can't I just WORK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2010 - 56 answers

How can I change my boss's time-wasting ways?

How can I help my procrastinating, disorganized boss improve his workflow? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Aug 27, 2010 - 3 answers

A shiny, a shiny, my queendom for a shiny!

I work at a desk job where the bulk of my projects take place during the academic year. As I have ADD [ADHD inattentive type], routines and a high level of activity really help, and I've worked hard to get things where they need to be. Once again, however, the summer slump is kicking my ass. Please hope. [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Am I in the wrong sort of job?

Has anyone "cured" a bad procrastination habit by taking a new job that has strict deadlines -- i.e., one that leaves you with really no way to procrastinate while managing to keep your job? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Jan 3, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me stop procrastinating and get my work done!

I cannot seem to stop procrastinating on a work project, and the deadline is looming. I have no doubt that I can get it done if I can just make myself get the work done, but I cannot make myself concentrate and buckle down and get it done! [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Aug 12, 2009 - 22 answers

How much procrastination is normal?

How do I know if I'm working as hard as I should be, or if I'm slacking off too much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Avoiding the deadly confluence of procrastination and self-destruction

I have Important Things I Have To Do, but I'm having trouble doing them. Instead, I find myself wanting to do a variety of plainly self-destructive things. This happens to me a lot-- but why, and how do I deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 21 answers

No work today

how to explain the lack of... uhm work... at work? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Nov 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Getting out of the procrastination hole

When the deadline for all of your projects was two weeks ago, everything is at priority #1, and stress levels are at an all time high, how do you step back, get things in order, and progress so you can catch up and get back on top of your life? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Mar 26, 2007 - 24 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

Communicationfilter. Worst webmaster ever? Or perhaps that should be Worst. Webmaster. Ever.

Help me control my blood pressure while getting my (young, surprisingly inexperienced) coworker to respond to my requests to improve our company's website. [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Feb 8, 2006 - 16 answers

How can I change my time-wasting ways and transform myself into a super-efficient super human?

How can I break out of my 27-year-long habit of procrastination? I'm looking for tips to help me mentally as well as specific tools or methods that will help me manage my time better -- especially at work. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 5, 2005 - 35 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

Time Management for Businesses

What's the best book out there on time management? I've yet to find one that does it all: explain the key concepts of time management, provide a proven framework for gaining control of your time, and identify common mistakes and helpful tips.

Extra points if it deals specifically with any of the following contexts: entrepreneurship, running a proprietorship or small business.
posted by will on Feb 24, 2004 - 7 answers

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