Sanding our assholes with 150 grit. Slowly. Lovingly.

Gah! Need to focus.

I've had trouble focusing lately. I have a lot of work to do, but I can't seem to get through it. I procrastinate, I read ?off, I shoot the breeze with co-workers. My mind isn't in the game.

Any suggestions for breaking out of this funk?
Permalink thinker 
January 23rd, 2006
I sometimes do this:

Create a short term reward system and DO IT.

Set a ten minute timer.

Open the editor.

Write down on a piece of scrap paper a tiny, tiny change you need to make. What file is it in?

Open the file.

Find the place. Make some kind of change, anything.

Compile.

Timer goes off. Celebrate with a short walk around the office.
Permalink  
January 23rd, 2006
Yoo need exzerzize. Lift som weights. Geht outside!
Permalink Arnold Schwarzeneggar 
January 23rd, 2006
Exercise is great, going to the gym and maybe sauna afterwards. If anything, it helps you get a good nights sleep. Or have yourself a nice quick wank during a coffee break (not by the coffee machine). Try something along the line of meditation or yoga. Also, laying of alcohol completely for a while sometimes helps.
  -tim
Permalink a2800276 
January 23rd, 2006
I used to have that problem. That I was assigned a really no-nonsense manager who wanted all work done on time and wouldn't take any of my crap.
My focus habilities improved sharply.
Permalink Some Random Dude 
January 23rd, 2006
A wank during my coffee break? That might be the first time THAT has ever been suggested!

I can do alright if I break my work down into very small increments, so I can get one thing done in under 30 minutes, and just keep building.

My problem now is figuring out how to break down the work into nuggets that small. So I stall...

Having an absent boss helps as well. I'm sure if he was popping in twice a day to ask when I'll be done, I'd probably be more motivated.
Permalink thinker 
January 24th, 2006

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