Doing multiple tasks "at once" as a person.

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What is the optimum number of tasks in a day to be productive?

I have read that one must only work on 3 major tasks within a day to be productive. Is there any truth to this or even anecdotal evidence? Or maybe there's some other magic number? I do feel it ...
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Passive learning— does such a thing exist?

I'm interested in trying to squeeze extra productivity out of my background noise. In other words, I'd like to find something that I can have playing in the background while coding or doing homework ...
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How to solve problems while walking

I'm a university student, and I've recently moved to working while standing, and walking instead of sitting. I read a lot through the textbooks while walking(reading in kindle is very handy), and it ...
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Professional life with Single Technology Vs Multiple Technology [closed]

In July 2011 i completed Graduation in Computer Science and in college days i worked on J2SE, J2EE, Blackberry, iOS, J2ME, windows development and Now from August 2011 i and working in a small ...
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How do I become more agile in shifting between activities?

I really like being able to focus on one activity and only that for a prolonged period of time. I could spend days on end doing one type of activity as I feel that the longer I focus on it, the ...
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Single tasking vs Mulitasking

I'm a student and hoping to be an entrepreneur. Besides study I spend most of my time working on software development and recently thinking of organizing a team to work on the field of software and ...
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Manage multiple tabs in browser

I am not too sure whether this problem can ever have a solution, but here I go. As some (maybe more than some) have experienced more than 100 tabs open on your browsers. I have a habit of opening a ...
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Can playing computer games be a productive way to spend your time?

Idea of playing games and having fun while still being productive in some way is very tempting. Did you ever manage to combine playing ganes with learning or gaining some other skills? I know that ...
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Best Practices for returning to a complex task?

I have alot of complex tasks, and sometimes they get lost in the shuffle and I forget to return to them. One thing I know helps in returning to a complex task is using a session manager (examples: ...
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How to effectively utilize many small chunks of time in a day?

I am into coding software, so my daily schedule consists of lots of small chunks of time(10-15 mins max), usually spent in building code. So I code a little then wait for the code to build. These ...
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How can I become ambidextrous?

For about 2 years, I have been trying to do as much as I can with my left hand. I want to one be as comfortable with my left hand as my right. It hasn't worked so work so far. It's just that... - ...
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Important long-run goals vs urgent tasks

I noticed that small tasks are eating the large ones, even if the last are more important in a longer run. Things that have no deadlines and have no clear structure (e.g. learn Spanish, do some ...
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Handle unexpected delays and new tasks

I am still practicing with productivity methods, so I am not very familiar with terminology and techniques... maybe it's all already written in a technique I have not learned yet. My question is ...
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Does multiple computer screens reduce productivity?

I was reading the wonderful post of Trent Walton : UniTasking which contains a lot of useful thoughts and ideas, plus some good links to some neat OS X apps. (which I have started using right after I ...
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How can I listen to a webcast while reading or programming?

Since I have a full-time job, I find difficult to do things I like, such as starting personal projects. For example, I'm trying to listen to a webcast, which from time-to-time requires me to switch ...
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How do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
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Productivity in the gaps

I'm in a situation where I find myself with a few moments of downtime each day where I'm waiting for a bit before starting again. Most of these periods are 10 to 20 minutes long. I can, and do, use ...
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What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
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Multitasking (as done by human beings) considered harmful to productivity?

What evidence or studies suggest or confirm the idea that human multitasking, i.e. people attempting to perform several tasks at once, is harmful to productivity? Is there any evidence to the ...
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How can I train my mind to do multiple tasks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to multi-task in real life? How can I setup my mind to do multiple tasks at same time (e.g. reading e-mail while listening to another person, or writing an email ...
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How do I stay on top of e-mails while remaining focused on real work? Are there tools for this?

What I am looking for I am trying to find tools that can help me stay focused on the list priorities and thus improve productivity. I face a problem with my work and nature. I feel this is related to ...
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How does efficient people organize and prioritize things when under heavy work load? [closed]

This is regarding a person (me) working in computers as the only and primary job in operations role ( which I mean more of a engineering role of remotely managing data center and stuff like that with ...
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How to multi-task in real life?

I am finding it difficult to concentrate on different things. Whenever I do something I just get concentrated on that and all other things fall apart. As an engineering student, I have to manage ...
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How can I transform my cycling commute time into productive time?

I am currently multitasking my commute by cycling (2x40 minutes exercise daily) with occasional podcast listening (learning 1-2 times a week), but I feel like I could do more. Has anyone experimented ...
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Multitasking and GTD - Linear vs. Non-Linear

I have several open projects in my GTD system. They are all important ("top priority") and they are all driving towards a similar due date, however, they are not interdependent projects. What is the ...