>Pomodoro Technique every single day (no zero days) >Wake up every day at 8 AM no matter what (hard asf tbqh) >SMART tasks (google it. may sound like bullshit at first but makes a lot of sense in practice) >Start doing the least pleasurable task first. This is combined with pomodoro to increase my discipline. I hate working on my dissertation, but I woke up at 8 AM and did 5 pomodoros on it.
What else is there? I probably need to address eating habits/diet at some point cause I eat like shit. For physical exercise I skateboard. I've done 6 months of gym, but no thanks.
So how do you self-discipline like a fucking monk?
And yes this is /sci/ because I'm looking for methods actually tested scientifically, not bullshit "10 ways to suck dick" from shitty websites, and besides, a lot of us are students here and self-discipline is one of the most important ingredients to do real progress in our fields
>>7780762 Why not live in the moment and follow hedonism then, instead of pursuing an pleasure that MIGHT come in the long term, while you suffer your way to it? I don't think the "you'll be dead soon, so go on" works if the person is not actually learning because he/she enjoys it. This is the case for OP and if he actually meditates and realises that death is round the corner, he might be inclined to stop whatever he thought he wanted to do.
>>7780509 >>Wake up every day at 8 AM no matter what (hard asf tbqh) This one is important. Have good and regular working habits. > Pomodoro, SMART If you're at uni or you're doing research, this is pure trisomy. There are moments when stopping what you're doing 25 minutes after is just stupid. Sometimes your concentration is high, you don't want to break the stream.
If you have to do non-intellectual tasks or if you're coding, Pomodoro might be a good principle. Otherwise, no. Our beloved T. Tao wrote things about it, check here https://terrytao.wordpress.com/career-advice/
>>7780509 Discipline comes through denial of other options. While discipline is actually a bad thing for a person, self-discipline is very useful as you still maintain the ultimate freedom of motivating yourself to act. You force yourself to do the thing which you yourself reason to be important.
So turn the thing into an obsession.
Don't include anything into it. No music, no food, no tv, no nothing. Just learn to do one simple thing and do it way far beyond boredom and suffering.
Start with simple relevant labour that you just do all the time. I'm not talking about days or weeks, but months or even years. Neglect your duties or needs to do that task and continue doing this until your habbit has become beyond life consuming. Make it the only source of enjoyment you've ever had.
After that start doing progressively harder stuff. You will notice that you're less interested in the subject, but this is where most people break. So stay focused on the task, and do it until you know it inside-out. Only after this you can move forward to a yet harder task and repeat this process.
After you've done this long enough discipline and focus will come naturally.
>>7780972 You can do pomodoros of 50 with 10 minutes break. I have short attention span (diagonsed with ADHD-PI) and the 25/5 work well for me. They also say it's better for "internalizing new information", and it helps me to keep going for longer. Also being that's 25 minutes it makes me work faster cause I kno wthe alarm will ring soon.
Today I've done 4 pomodoros on my dissertation and about 10 on neural networks assessment. Coding actually is something I'd rather do for 50min or so without a break
>>7781422 >pomodoros this is something I've only just gotten into, going to do a pomodoro now of transferring notes into Anki Flashcards. When you started your pomodoros, how many would you tend to do a day? and how many would you do currently?
>>7780509 Practice Budhism: "The fundamental cause of people’s unhappiness lies in their tendency to develop attachments of various kinds. The spirit of the Lotus Sutra, however, is not to eradicate earthly desires. When we base ourselves on the Buddhist Law, we can transform earthly desires—just as they are—into enlightenment. This is the principle of “earthly desires are enlightenment.” It’s not a matter of eradicating attachments but of seeing them clearly." http://www.ikedaquotes.org/desires/desires546.html
I suffer from indecisive donkey syndrome. It's based on the hypothetical scenario that if a hungry donkey is placed exactly equidistant from multiple piles of hay that are are identical, he will be unable to choose any one pile over the other, so he will stand there paralysed by indecisiveness until he starves to death.
I feel just like him. There's so much I want and need to do but I just cant arbitrarily will myself to focus on any one thing. I feel like my mind is being torn in a hundred different directions. I can't focus. I constantly feel the sands of time slipping through my fingers no matter how hard I grasp. How do I stop this cycle? I don't want to end up like the donkey, paralysed for the rest of eternity :(
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