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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

No work today

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

explain it to a pro

So a 'ruinous indiscipline' issue (described here and here) isn't getting any better. [more inside]
posted by raisons de coeur on Nov 20, 2007 - 22 answers

I need to sell half a house to a family member, and I don't know how.

How do I sell half a house to my brother, who’s living there? My only sibling and I have inherited our late parents’ house as part of the estate. He’s currently living in it, and is happy to stay and is interested in buying my half out. I don’t want half the house; I do want the money. [more inside]
posted by Savannah on Nov 7, 2007 - 4 answers

How do you stick to your long-term goals?

How do you maintain sight of your long-term goals? I chronically sacrifice long-term success for short-term gains and it's not working out for me. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Oct 16, 2007 - 20 answers

I love science. Should I give up my science classes?

I'm a science nerd who's transitioned to the humanities because of repeated fuck-ups. Now I'm giving up the last few science classes I have and it's ripping me apart. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 answers

How can I help my boyfriend face his serious, long-term roach problem?

How can I help my boyfriend face his serious, long-term roach problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2007 - 61 answers

Personal stories about how you stopped procrastinating.

Tell me about specific tasks over which you used to procrastinate and how you successfully conquered the beast. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Sep 6, 2007 - 13 answers

unable to perform thy terms too hard

I really really dislike doing things. This goes all the way ad absurdum in that I actually would rather freeze into nothingness than deal with college, work, chores, and so on. [more inside]
posted by raisons de coeur on Aug 27, 2007 - 21 answers

I'm incapable of getting tiny tasks done.

Most procrastination advice seems to include something along the lines of "Break up tasks into small manageable bits" and "Keep a to-do list." I procrastinate on tasks that are too small to break up and I already have a to-do list. It's getting worse and worse. I think it has something to do with social situations. [more inside]
posted by chelseagirl on Jun 7, 2007 - 26 answers

I'm afraid of my mail

For several months now, I have had a bizarre phobia of opening my mailbox. I only open it once every few weeks, grab what's inside, and throw it in a pile in my apartment. Then after I pay the bills, I don't really look at anything else. It's like I am afraid of what's inside, some collection bill (I've never had a credit problem) or something. I can't put my finger on it... [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 30, 2007 - 33 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

Group Procrastination.

I am looking for punishment suggestions for a group of procrastinators. [more inside]
posted by user92371 on Feb 25, 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

Is this a mental condition -- or am I just a world-class procrastinator?

Within the last few years, I've increasingly had to fight off my own tendency to break things down into nearly infinitesimal parts in order to get anything done. For example: I'll decide to have friends over for dinner. I'll invite them. I'll begin to peruse cookbooks, see recipes I like -- how will the side dish go with the entree? Is there a better place in town to get the chicken as opposed to the asparagus? And the music -- it would be nice to have a good jazz soundtrack going -- Sketches of Spain -- no, no! -- Johnny Mandel's score for "The Sandpiper"! Which I have on vinyl. Somewhere... the next thing you know, I've been out in the garage for 45 minutes, trying to dig up my copy. [more inside]
posted by mrkinla on Jan 27, 2007 - 27 answers

Songs To Kill Procrastination

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

I need it to be Greek to me just this once

I want to use the myth of Pandora's box for a project. I was hoping to find some text written out in the Greek alphabet to use as part of the project. [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 on Dec 12, 2006 - 5 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

Future Brissie

I'm moving to Brisbane, Australia soon for university. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 4, 2006 - 12 answers

Let's get on with it!

I'm looking for software that will help me make better use of the time I spend on my computer. It should help me stay productive and discourage procrastination. [more inside]
posted by koenie on Apr 11, 2006 - 9 answers

How can I attain a good mark for my dissertation?

I've got 10,000 words of a dissertation to write in 30 days. It's an undergraduate dissertation, but I really, really, need a II:I (2:1, II:1) or above. Please see inside for more information! Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dance on Mar 2, 2006 - 18 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

Caffeine kills my procrastination dead. Why?

My procrastination killer: Caffeine. But why? [more inside]
posted by slater on Feb 2, 2006 - 21 answers

Hanukkah candles

Can anyone give me some advice on where to get Hanukkah/menorah candles today, here in Salem, Oregon? Specifically, anyone know if the big box stores, or Hallmark, etc. are carrying them. Normally me mum has sent them but not to be this year...
posted by docpops on Dec 24, 2005 - 12 answers

Calendar program with automatic reminders?

Is there a calendar program that will automatically remind me to do things on a certain date every month? Like, you know, pay my (ahem) credit card bills... [more inside]
posted by MrZero on Dec 12, 2005 - 24 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

How do I find a procrastination therapist?

How do I find a procrastination therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Why does alcohol overcome my procrastination?

Does anyone have any insights into the neuroscience behind alcohol's success in helping me overcome procrastination? [more inside]
posted by hifimofo on Aug 21, 2005 - 19 answers

re-learning how to be a drone

After toiling in freelance obscurity for the past 3.5 years, where I have been working from home 90% of the time, I have FINALLY landed a significant long-term gig working at a large company (technical product manager for a large financial data/systems provider). How on earth do I break my bad work habits developed during this time? E.g.: checking email 20x per minute, posting on MeFi all day long? Are there any tricks to getting back that heads-down focus, any exercises, any advice?
posted by psmealey on Feb 22, 2005 - 13 answers

Procrastination

ProcrastinationFilter: Help me hack myself out of wasting time on the Internet. I want to only allow myself 2 hours of bloglines a day - is there a technological solution (that will work on my PowerBook)? [MI] [more inside]
posted by cogat on Jan 29, 2005 - 22 answers

How do you stay focused on a project when you keep having new ideas?

How do you stay focused on a project? [+] [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Jan 7, 2005 - 22 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

How do you keep from getting distracted while writing?

Question for all you writers out there: how do you keep from getting distracted? What's your technique to get into the zone, focus, and let the verbiage just flow? Any and all help would be appreciated.
posted by wanderingmind on Jan 26, 2004 - 30 answers

Help developing dicipline and responsibility

My life is riddled with undependability and irresponsability. I've improved a great deal, but I still feel I have a long way to go. I'd like to find some way to get my college homework done sometime before the 10 minutes preceding class, as well as being more consistent with getting things done by deadlines. Is there anyone out there who used to be a complete lazyass that found different methods for turning themselves around? Pure willpower isn't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by angry modem on Dec 17, 2003 - 27 answers

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