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Old 2008-08-19, 03:05   Link #1
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Shifting Focus

Any tips on how to shift focus from playing to working? Vice versa is so much easier..
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Old 2008-08-19, 03:08   Link #2
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Ehh, force yourself, or get someone to force you?
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Old 2008-08-19, 03:11   Link #3
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Listening to a song always works for me.

But it is "listening", not hearing....

I feel much better when playing after have done some works through.
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Old 2008-08-19, 08:20   Link #4
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There aren't any shortcuts. Remove all distractions, create a good work environment. That means games, tv shows, good books......arrange your work routine so they won't easily catch your eye.

Forget any past mistakes or laziness, because dwelling on that will deter you. Just do what you got to do. Remember, no matter how glamorous the career, successful people have to do the boring work sometimes. Sportsmen have to spend hours on repetitive drills. Company CEOs have to read memos in between jetsetting. Batman has to skulk around rooftops hours on a slow day, looking for a criminal to get naughty.

That's life. Most importantly, don't expect someone to motivate or push you. The best you can do is choose for yourself what you'd be willing to work hard for. If there isn't any long-term goal that is important enough to you, then you might as well play and enjoy life instead.

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Old 2008-08-19, 08:20   Link #5
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Depends on what type of work you mean. Also there arn't any special tricks to magically shift focus, it's more about discipline and persistance - and attitude. If we're talking about studying, then the attitude you have towards study will ultimately define the attitudes and behaviours you bring into the workplace and your life in general, so it's a good idea to suss them out sooner rather than later and correct them if you need to.

Experiments with young children have shown that the delaying of gratification puts them in good stead for their future lives (for start, it gives them something to look foward to). I think the research involved giving the children some sweets. The amount they were offered varied according to how long they were willing to wait before they ate them. Those who waited longer go more than those who dived straight in. The children were then tracked well into adulthood and it was found that the kids who were willing to wait longer for their sweets were more successful than those who weren't. Their future success lay in their ability to delay gratification. It's possible they also had better sex lives, but the experiments didn't show this.

Another experiment, this time with students involved asking them what they wanted to achieve in their lives once they had graduated. As expected, most wanted to go on to do great things, have great careers and so on. They were also tracked throughout their adult lives. The successful ones made a list of their life goals and used it to guide there decisions; the unsuccessful ones hadn't bothered to keep such a list and so bumbled along with the rest of us.

Both studies just illustrate how some basic self discipline sets you along the right path to success. I think it identifies the need to take a long, hard look at how you feel about work and why you don't like it (if, of course, you don't). You may find it's due to the enviroment in which you're working, or it could be because the approach you're taking is not tuned into the way you like to work. Whatever the underlying reasons, it is well worth figuring out how you can have an attitude that makes work easier (or even enjoyable, god forbid).
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Old 2008-08-19, 08:40   Link #6
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Also, don't feel bad about preferring play over work. I've spoken to highly successful people who tell me that they hate boring drudge work just as much as anyone else. Everyone procrastinates a little, or has periods when they don't work as much as they should..........comes with being human beings, not machines. One just has to bounce back well.

Like Kakashi says, it is about self-discipline.

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Old 2008-08-19, 09:01   Link #7
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That's life. Most importantly, don't expect someone to motivate or push you. The best you can do is choose for yourself what you'd be willing to work hard for. If there isn't any long-term goal that is important enough to you, then you might as well play and enjoy life instead.
In an ideal world, this should be the case, but not everyone has the same sense of ambition. I wouldn't discourage anyone from seeking external self-motivators. Other people are frequently the source of our drive, if speaking with a friend or parent helps than no need to go against that nature.

Oh and it's important to have goals in life, a direction. In reality it's balancing work and play which leads to happiness, in my opinion.

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Also, don't feel bad about preferring play over work. I've spoken to highly successful people who tell me that they hate boring drudge work just as much as anyone else. Everyone procrastinates a little, or has periods when they don't work as much as they should..........comes with being human beings, not machines. One just has to bounce back well.

Like Kakashi says, it is just self-discipline.
Agreed. Bouncing back can define you. Everyone makes mistakes, it shouldn't cost them everything they want in life. Unfortunatly sometimes it does, but frequently people get a second chance. It's important not to take things for granted and take responsibility. Of course it's easier to say than to do, so some people have to learn the hard way, me included.
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Old 2008-08-19, 09:10   Link #8
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In an ideal world, this should be the case, but not everyone has the same sense of ambition. I wouldn't discourage anyone from seeking external self-motivators. Other people are frequently the source of our drive, if speaking with a friend or parent helps than no need to go against that nature.
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I've seen people get dependent on external motivation. For example, a classmate of mine who excelled when he was living at home, and pushed by parents. Yet when he moved out of city, and had to take his own decisions and provide himself his own motivation..........he floundered.

Yet for every cautionary tale, there are plenty of people who will tell you of how their parents or spouses encouraged them through hard times, when they doubted themselves. So definitely, external motivators do play a very positive role, as long as one doesn't use them as a crutch.

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Experiments with young children have shown that the delaying of gratification puts them in good stead for their future lives (for start, it gives them something to look foward to). I think the research involved giving the children some sweets. The amount they were offered varied according to how long they were willing to wait before they ate them. Those who waited longer go more than those who dived straight in. The children were then tracked well into adulthood and it was found that the kids who were willing to wait longer for their sweets were more successful than those who weren't. Their future success lay in their ability to delay gratification. It's possible they also had better sex lives, but the experiments didn't show this.
There are always exceptions, of course. I know a quite successful mathematician who is famous here for his love of video games, chocolates, pizza eating, sleeping, laziness and procrastination . Yet the man works like a demon when he really has to, and for him solving geometry problems is relaxation. Hence, he has a life and career that borders on bliss for him.

If you're working in a field you love, you might one day find that work isn't a chore at all. But to get to that level, you need to put in a LOT of work on things you don't like. All about intermediate goals.

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Old 2008-08-19, 12:24   Link #9
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Any time you decide you're going to play instead of work, stab yourself with a sharp object somewhere on the body where the nerves are most sensitive, like on your fingers...

Alternatively, have a friend do it, if you're uneasy about self-inflicting pain...
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Old 2008-08-20, 17:29   Link #10
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Hi all first post

hmm if you're easily distracted by play then you may not be commited enough to your "wants"!! If you wanna work or study or whatever close that facebook, blobk distracting websites, turn off the tv or go to as library if possible.....
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Old 2008-08-20, 17:40   Link #11
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How old are you? If you are under 18, I think you just need a good old fashioned belt-whipping. It works wonder. Ask your dad. He should have a good leather stuck around his pant some where. And he will be more than happy to oblige.

I speak from personal experience by the way.
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Old 2008-08-20, 21:56   Link #12
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Look around you. Do you see all that shit in your vicinity? That shit your parents bought. ....Exactly!

You want to be able to support yourself and one-day maybe even a family?

Then switch all that shit off man! Lend your console and all your games to that one retarded friend whom you know has no chance in life anyway. (Everybody has one)

Moreover, and most importantly dispose of those eighties-style. porno mags you have hidden under your bed. Start early and put them on eBay, entertainer style. Even burn them if you have to; just get rid!

Admit yourself into total lockdown.

Snacks will help.

Realise that eventually your parents won’t be there to help, or that in fact you will eventually have to take care of your parents. Scary thought, I know.

However, if your friend calls by and offers to borrow you his console and games then…
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Old 2008-08-20, 22:12   Link #13
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LOL@Shay...Always with the snacks...

Wanna easily switch between work and play? It's called putting the weed down...
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