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F1973
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Distractions. Distraction. SO MANY FUCKING DISTRACTIONS.

I find it sooo hard to concentrate and focus on one single task. Unless the task is simulating or has some interesting challenge, I find myself either stuck on dependencies on someone else for either discussion or just slacking off on socials switching tabs in the same fucking loop.

Is it just me or someone else feels the same?

Since last week, I am trying an approach of working on one item per day and pushing off everything to next day (distributing tasks in my plate evenly over the week).

Every Monday, I work on research.
Every Tuesday, I work on design.
And so on...

For last few days I am able to improve focus on keep the task rhythm and try to be productive but overall I feel this would take time to develop as a habit.

I fear being unable to work or deliver at all with the current habit progression.

Another outlook would be that work is less and I am efficient in what I do which is why I find myself free most of the time. Because never in my life I have delivered anything late, rather earlier than deadline with top quality.

I am just confused and the guilt feeling of not being productive is just overwhelming.

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    . (curious dot - I'm in the same boat, kinda)
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    Nah, me too!

    I just started third task this week and its only monday. All my tasks get blocked in the middle so i feel like shit, unproductive and kinda lost the motivation along the way.

    Gotta abandon this sinking ship ASAP!
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    I feel this SO hard. Especially since the quarantine -- you're NOT alone. I've fallen into an unhealthy cycle of late-nights to make up for the days of listlessness and procrastination due to boredom and monotony.

    I started using the Pomodoro technique with success. It breaks up the day into work blocks with breaks built in. Don't skip the breaks! They accommodate our brains desire to wander, play, and stretch a bit.

    Distraction is not evil, it's a sign that you need a break. Don't fight the distraction, because your mind will resist until you address it, making it even harder to focus.

    But HOW you indulge a distraction is important -- avoid Youtube rabbit holes or social browsing.
    Get away from screen(s) and go for a 5 min walk (outside, if you can). Your brain gets some fresh oxygen from the mild exercise, clearing the mind, relieving some stress, and it breaks up the monotony of the day.

    Good luck! 😊
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    @geekychristine damn!! What a coincidence. Just today I tried pomodoro for the first time with very little success but subconsciously I was aware about it and enforced the time limit on me.

    The reason for failure was the poorly designed app I used. I need to find a better website and first time I am doing tomorrow.

    While I don't touch my phone the entire day, I spend the equal amount of time on social on laptop/web version doing the same distraction shit.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Hopefully it will help me.

    On the same note, the other day I read that being constantly bored is sign of being over-simulated and winding down a bit by techniques like Tai Chi could help. Any thoughts, experience, or ideas on that?
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    @F1973 I use https://tomato-timer.com in a pinned tab, start the timer and ignore it as best I can for the same reason. At first the timer itself was quite distracting, because the timer kinda made me anxious, but then burying it out of sight helped me forget while I worked until the timer goes off. It wasn't an immediate success, it took a few days to get used to the new way of working. It's also important to try work on only one thing during that block, even if that one thing is "catching up on email". Sure it doesn't feel productive, but it gets it out of the way for the next work block.

    Re: boredom, over-stimulation and winding down activities -- I don't have insights there, but I'm certainly interested to learn more! I was just talking to a friend about enforcing "screen time curfews" for myself to help fix my sleep patterns. (I'm really bad at putting down my phone before sleep.)
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    U need to be given more work and more pressure 👿 heh.
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    @geekychristine awesome. Thanks for sharing the tomato. Will check it out in a while.

    True, this too will take time to kick in the effect. To break an old habit, form a new habit. What an irony. Lol

    Oh don't remind me of my screen time struggles. I am very close to touching the insanity levels with nearly 10+ hours of screen time daily. If I am off my machine, I glue to phone. It's not FoMo but then I am just bored and don't have anything else to do so I end up scrolling something.
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    Im constantly distracted no matter what I do
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    @EDragon were you distracted even while writing this comment?
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    @F1973 I was so distracted I’m surprised I remembered to actually tap the Post red button
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