I've discovered one of the mechanisms of my laziness. When it comes time to do something, I start thinking about how boring or tedious it will be to do it. Thinking this very effectively zaps all my energy and will to do this thing.
The interesting thing is, if my mind is occupied with something else, say a book or conversation I've recently had, then those negative thoughts don't pop into my head, and I can work away like a happy little smurf.
How do I avoid these negative thoughts, so I can "Just Do It"?
posted by parallax7d
on Jul 14, 2008 -
How do you get back in the swing of things - catch up on work, personal goals and commitments after getting lost/overwhelmed/giving up etc..? [more inside]
posted by jeffe
on Jun 17, 2008 -
How can I better organize my different bits of programming code for reference and reuse? [more inside]
posted by figTree
on Jun 4, 2008 -
What limits do you set for yourself with regard to the time you spend in front of your computer? Does it work--any advice for enforcement?
posted by technotheory
on Jun 4, 2008 -
How much time does a project manager spend on the "red tape" of project management, rather than on the work of the project itself? [more inside]
posted by Nick Verstayne
on May 16, 2008 -
I'm looking for an application that tracks my software and website usage that is not RescueTime.
I'm extremely uncomfortable with the data being transmitted to a website and want something that stores it on my computer, not anywhere else. I've also used MeeTimer, and found it too buggy. Does anyone have any suggestions?
posted by schroedinger
on May 11, 2008 -
I would like randomly selected items from a To-Do list to "float to the top" on a regular basis. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper
on May 6, 2008 -
Greasemonkey Script Request: A script which displays "Get Back To Work" in big letters when I visit procrastination websites (like ask.metafilter). [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon
on May 4, 2008 -
Yet another jobfilter question: any advice for a 22 year old with a graduate degree looking for one year of 'productive' employment? [more inside]
posted by farishta
on Apr 26, 2008 -
Asking for a friend: What different kinds of software can I suggest to my Visually Impaired (but can see) to use to make his computing sessions more pleasant/productive? [more inside]
posted by iasdf1234
on Mar 2, 2008 -
There seems to be a million different online and software based To Do List and Project Management applications, and my brain is tired of trying to figure out the difference between them. It's the bells and whistles that get to me. Help me find the one that fits! [more inside]
posted by willmize
on Feb 25, 2008 -
Can you help me decide between PDA's, Smartphones, Pocket PCs and the year 2008? I am looking most specifically for info on the Sony Clie PEG NX70V ... IPAQ 4350 ... and IPAQ 2215. But advice on any of this would be immensely helpful! I did search AskMeFi, but found only info for new equipment or old posts. I'm talking used equipment instead, older but able to keep up with current software stuff. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl
on Jan 24, 2008 -
It's time for yet another round of "What is the best project management software!" Come meet the final contestants. Particularly if you have used Microsoft Project or Open Workbench. [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Jan 8, 2008 -
As part of my new-year-self-improvement kick, I'd like to track the amount of time I spend browsing the web. Is there an app that will track how long a single application (in this case, Opera) is open each day, and show the total time somewhere on the desktop? [more inside]
posted by ad_hominem
on Dec 26, 2007 -
Hello MeFi peoples, I am trying to find the tool or tools to run my sustainable business consulting practice, which I started in August, and I've been going a bit nuts with too many choices. I've been looking all over, and am getting near hits, but all "not quite there"s. Highrise sort of works, but has some quirks that that it doesn't hit the mark, and it's missing some of what I want to do. Daylite looks interesting, but no...well I'll explain below. Basecamp, same thing. Copper, ditto. Help me find the needle(s) in the haystack! [more inside]
posted by healthyliving
on Dec 19, 2007 -
I've heard of studies that having a day of rest in the week (like Sunday) actually increases productivity than had they worked all seven days. Does anybody know of any studies or statistics to support this claim?
posted by JaySunSee
on Dec 13, 2007 -
How can I increase my evening productivity (i.e. not be such a lazybones when I get home from work) ? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx
on Oct 24, 2007 -
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 -
What can you suggest for long term life planning? I would like to set up something like a time line for my life and goals. I want to manage what I will do in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years, etc. Does anyone know of any useful software or other things I could do manually? I want to be able to adjust things as needed and see where I've been.
I appreciate your help.
posted by Knigel
on Aug 22, 2007 -
What do I do when insomnia pays a call?
I know how to avoid insomnia but when I don't succeed, what the hell do I do? I mean, aside from TV and books, is it an insane time to start a project? Do my taxes? How does the hive mind cope with the hours between 3:30 and 6:00 when not asleep?
posted by From Bklyn
on Aug 20, 2007 -
Looking for a Firefox extension or alternative browser that allows for web pages to be grayed out (specifically images) a la Ghostzilla. [more inside]
posted by Smarson
on Aug 10, 2007 -
Dear Hive Mind: Please help me find the best "must have" Mobile Windows 5.0 apps for my AT&T 8525, specifically software focused on Productivity / Organization. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on Aug 5, 2007 -
GTD-filter: I'm trying to organize my (academic) work life using GTD. I've read through the book, and it sounds like it can help me a lot. I am thinking of using my Macbook as my folder system, but I can't seem to find an app that works the way I want. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Aug 3, 2007 -
I've just bought a new Motorola Q because I am keep on organisation; however, the tasks and calendar seems horrible and there doesn't seem to be any note function. Am I just stupid or is this thing totally lacking in functionality? [more inside]
posted by Knigel
on Jul 18, 2007 -
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut: Anyone know the keyboard shortcut for "Fill path with foreground color"?
I can't find it anywhere and usually you can google and find something, so I'm thinking maybe there isn't one, and you just gotta click it in the paths tab. Thanks..
posted by 0217174
on Jun 4, 2007 -
I've tried a lot of personal organization systems, and have had varying degrees of success with each. I've yet to stick with any, however, so I'm trying to find a system that works for ME so that I can be productive more often than not. [more inside]
posted by SanctiCrucis05
on May 13, 2007 -
What free, open-source projects can I run in a privately accessible portion of my webspace that would be useful to me in terms of making things more practical in my own life (think Lifehacker-43 Folders kind of stuff)? I'd prefer Mefites' personal experiences with their own installs over linkage that you've seen but never tried — although I'll take either one. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on May 7, 2007 -
Is there a Mac application that can help me keep track of hours, dates, and time I spend writing? [more inside]
posted by agent99
on May 2, 2007 -
AutocadFilter: I'd like to change two shortcuts that aren't possible via the "aliasedit" command. [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer
on Mar 8, 2007 -