Fatos Morina

Software engineering and personal development

Month: October 2015

Log your activites: Find the things that are wasting your time

LogActivitiesIf you find yourself jumping from one activity to another and you still do not know why you are not able to accomplish all the things that you planned the day before, then it is probably a good idea to start logging your time. What do I mean by that is taking a pen and a piece of paper, or if you want, you use a smartphone, and start writing everything that you do from the moment you get up from bed, until the moment you go to back to sleep in the evening. Write down each activity that you did during that day and also put the time duration that it took you to do that. Continue reading

Don’t use a tool, before asking yourself if you really need it

Source: jaywick.io/

Source: jaywick.io/

We live in a society that is dived deeply into a variety of applications, where a lot of us are constantly jumping from one app to another because somebody else is using it, or because we have heard that it got 5 stars in a review. However, if tools are only means to accomplish our goals, shouldn’t we hesitate to start using these new applications that come out each day, and rather try to have a specific objective of aiming before using them? Continue reading

What keeps you up late?

Source: lifehack.org

Source: lifehack.org

Last week I wrote an article about a very important question that we should ponder and reflect a lot about, which has to do with finding the reasons and the factors that drive us to be more productive and more engaged in things that we do. If you are not able to find any answer to that question, as it might sound a bit vague and strange to identify something in particular that is motivating you, then you might ask yourself another similar question that can unlock hidden sources of inspiration in you. Continue reading

An organized desktop can decrease your levels of stress

Source: thebigislandreporternetwork.blogspot.com

Source: thebigislandreporternetwork.blogspot.com

Having a lot of icons that are not organized in a place which you visit a lot of times a day can unconsciously cause you to have some levels of stress, though you might not be aware about these consequences, because you are now used to have them and treat it as something normal. Continue reading

Ask yourself: What turns you on?

Source: binaryoptionszone.net

Source: binaryoptionszone.nettunr

We as human beings do not always feel the same feelings, but a mix of a lot of types of them. There are a few feelings which we want to feel more often, yet we are able to feel them very rarely. We might try to represent ourselves as rational beings who are always thinking before acting and then acting, but the truth is that we are mostly determined and driven by our own emotions and not thoughts. Our emotions control the reactions that we perform, the mood and the state in which we are in, and also the quality of the work that we do, whether we are scary, happy, anxious or excited. Continue reading

Hesitate to start, until you are willing to put years working on it

Source: 123RF.com

Source: 123RF.com

We might be very fast at starting something, but we usually find ourselves quitting from and not finishing. The reasons why we quit might differ based on your own personality or your own circumstances, but this should not be as a curse that you think you should carry for the rest of your life. Rather this should serve as a lesson of hesitating to start everything that comes to you, and start working only on the things that you are ready to put sweat and tears towards them – in other words, you do not plan to quit at least for a few coming years. Continue reading

Improve your concentration with brain dump

Source: hellolittlehouse.com

Source: hellolittlehouse.com

A long list of to-dos that travels into our heads is not something that we want to have. When we have a lot of things to remember, it can be overwhelming, mental energy consuming and it can drastically decrease our ability to concentrate on the tasks at hand. This alone should be as a suffice factor to convince us that we should do something that can help in this matter. Continue reading

Turn your repetitive tasks into Autopilot-type of behaviors

Source: medcrunch.net

Source: medcrunch.net

We have a lot of implanted daily routines that we consciously or unconsciously do at a certain time like brushing teeth immediately when we wake up, drinking a tea or a coffee when we get to work, or going to the bathroom before going to bed. This does not only free up our mind and conserves a lot of mental energy from having to always decide when we should do them, but it also creates for us opportunities to think about solving our problems, coming up with creative ideas, or reflecting about our actions. Yet there are other things that we need to do them repeatedly that we simply do not do them at a consistent time, because we do not have the resolve to set a fixed schedule about them. Continue reading

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