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First, discipline is critical to what you mentioned. Figuring out how to develop habits that avoid procrastination or other problems with your productivity are wildly different for each individual. Some people work well with a TV on, while others are completely distracted by it, and up paying attention to the TV instead of being productive. Some people take 15-20 minute naps and wake up ready to rock. Others, fall asleep for long periods of time, don't reboot and waste a day. You have to know which one you are and tailor your routine around you.

Having a routine is important.

Additionally, here are a couple of things that you might consider hacks that have worked for me:

1) Front-load your day - I start my day at 4am and I start work immediately. This has a couple of benefits. For me I know I am most productive the first half of my day. Starting early eliminates a long list of distractions and interruptions simply because no one else is up to bother me. Plus, if I find myself dragging between 4pm and 6pm I don't feel guilty about cutting out because I have already put in a pretty solid day overall. This is something I read not to long ago that validated what I was already doing: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12346307

2) Walk - Any time I am feeling distracted or stressed I take a walk outside. It reboots my mind and I come back refreshed. If something was eluding me before the walk it typically reveals itself quickly after returning from the walk.

3) Diet - This is from my response to this post (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12684180): "In order of volume and priority...Coffee, leafy greens(in all forms, especially cabbage - all types, kale, napa, green, etc.) and protein in all forms, diversity is important, animal and vegetable sources. I mix in other fruits and vegetables for flavoring and variety. Also, I eliminated salt and that relieved my stress in a significant, noticeable way. I start my day at 4am, if I eat heavier, carb-based items, I notice a crash somewhere around 3 or 4 pm and the last few hours of my day are a struggle. If I stick to what I listed above, I power through the afternoon and feel more balanced when I end my day."

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