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How to manage reading list?

I have recently started with research. Within a few weeks, I have piled up atleast 15 papers in "to be read" list. Since I am working as well, and access the papers on laptop, desktop, tablet or ...
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Gathering tasks all the time?

I currently am maintaining my tasks in a google excel sheet. I add tasks to it once I start working on my laptop. But there are other house hold tasks, or the ones which my wife tells me, those I ...
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How Should I Organize the Clutter That I Accumulate During the Week?

I think I'm facing a problem that most people face. And I think that some people deal with this problem better than others. My wife and I work 9-5 jobs. When we arrive home, after a day at work, we'...
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Alternative methods of tagging to organize thoughts?

As ideas occur real-time, traditionally (pre computer age) people would typically record thoughts/ideas/research in the order they occurred, and then come back and pull out similar veins of thought as ...
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Hand written productivity planners?

I have been taking steps over the past few years to make myself as productive as possible. As an entrepreneur, these days this is a very important aspect of my life. For the most part, it has gone ...
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Free Alarm Clock And Calendar Software?

I need something like Atomic Alarm Clock but free. I feel limited with organizer that has no alarm clock. It would be amazing to have calendar notifications with an alarm clock as well.
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How do you organize your life in Asana?

I am looking forward to migrate fully to Asana from Things because of pricing/costs reasons. What I have right now in Things (for Mac) is : Today Next Scheduled Someday Projects I have never used "...
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Looking for printable daily organizer/planner/scheduler for 2013

I am having a hard time searching for an electronic version (any file type that can be printed) of a daily planner. Paper version of these planners look something like this: Only requirements for ...
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What is a good site to manage household chores?

For any given relationship with children, there is a lot of household chores that needs to be managed or delegated in some way. One way that I prefer is to maintain a list of tasks that needs to be ...
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What kind of tasks belong on to do lists and which don't?

I like making lists and I keep them in Evernote or a paper notebook. Most of the time, this is great. However sometimes I get frustrated looking at the list when there are things on there that I ...
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Does it help to have dedicated computer workstations for dedicated types of work?

Has anyone seen research that demonstrates dedicating different computers to specific tasks (separated by physical distance) increases productivity?
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Get the grasp of a big system of applications and skills

I work for the IT department of a big company with lots of applications. Usually my day starts managing custom apps, most of which I barely know, and fixing single problems on them. The problem is: ...
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Inability to function without use of the exocortex

As someone at least passably competent at productivity-enhancing procedures and tools, I've developed an extensive exocortex for information. This information usually enters the input chute from ...
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How to engage those dreaded tasks on time [duplicate]

I am an MS student and I also have a part time job. I am facing the same producticity problem that has bothered me during my Bsc. As to organization, I have a calendar on my desktop showing important ...
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How do habitual tasks fit in the GTD system?

I'd like to start using the GTD system to help me organize my tasks and boost my productivity. One thing I probably missed or do not understand, is where habitual tasks go. For example, say "Practice ...
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A software/application to Organize my random sets of data/content/texts/info

I have the need to store random contents (on my local hard drive/ laptop hard drive) for personal use so I can look these contents up later on when I need them. That would safe me lots of time and ...
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Context vs. Lists

I'm not very familiar with this whole Getting Things Done thing, but I believe this is where context and lists are very important. I was wondering what the difference between the two were. It seems to ...
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How to structure content in a private wiki where information grows naturally?

Introduction: I often dive into some topics quite deeply in order to deal with some private issue. So I spend a lot of time researching, organizing information and coming to my conclusions. Then I ...
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Finding the most efficient way to do something

I have over the last few months noticed that there are many different, more effective and more efficent means of doing things then the way the general population does them.For example, learning the ...
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Do To-Do Lists Qualify as “Extended Mind”?

I have recently read this article and was wondering whether To-Do Lists also qualify as an Extended Mind?
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How to sort out and where to archive browser bookmarks?

Recently, I realized I should really reduce my bookmark count. As in the 80/20 rule, I probably use less than 20% of my browsers bookmarks. This might be highlighted by the fact that currently I have ...
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How to prevent spurious productivity

To quote Dan Ariely: "... technology makes things worse by creating a new term called 'structured procrastination'... our ability to do nothing while feeling that we're actually doing ...
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Internet Bookmarks [closed]

In Firefox I have on the order of 10^3 bookmarks. I need a tool which provides the following features: Grouping (tagging / categorization - either is acceptable) Browser (prefer Firefox) integration ...
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How can I better organize the way I take notes?

I'm a novice programmer and have been having a tough time figuring out how to take notes in an organized fashion. As I read a textbook or watch informational videos I will take a variety of notes in a ...
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What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
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Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
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Dealing with massive amounts of emails

I have two personal email accounts I have somewhat neglected, and they currently have a massive amount of email in them. I am wanting to implement something like Inbox Zero with these two accounts,as ...
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How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
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How to keep only useful information and organize efficiently?

I am working as a Dev team lead for a project. I am daily receiving so much information from various sources related to work, project etc.. from many channels like Emails, formal meetings , casual ...
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How to better implement that “place for everything” philosophy?

Lately, I really have been wanting to implement the idea of "A place for everything, and everything in its place." I am losing time running after my keys, cellphone, scissors, paperwork, and other ...
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Remembering to do something when in the past there was nothing to remember for it

This is somewhat related to remembering things you don't use often. How do you remember something new where you never had to know it before? For example my new drivers licence requires me to update my ...
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Is there a way of arranging the bookmarks Chrome's bookmark bar more efficiently?

I have too many bookmarks in my Chrome bookmark bar. At the moment I'm using folders to group the bookmarks and now I was wondering: is there a better way to organize the bookmarks?
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How do I go about helping someone organize when they recognize the need to? [closed]

How can I go about helping someone else organize for better personal productivity when they have recognized a need to do so?
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Not being able to finish/not satisfied by the day's work

On some days I am not able to finish what I had planned or hoped for, or I am just not satisfied with the work I have done. One such days, at the end of the day I feel guilty. In such cases, should I ...
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Agile for Students

Context: I am working on adapting agile to my life as a student, I have even brought together a few other students to do standups and get feedback as might be found within agile. From my experience ...
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How to wake up without alarm? [closed]

Is there a way I can wake up at morning without using an alarm. I ask this because some of my roommates don't want to wake up early and I don't want to bother them. I want to wake up at 4 a.m. ...
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How do I move from collecting ideas to executing projects?

I use Evernote as a way to record ideas and web clippings that interest me. Some are ideas for projects. Some are collections of ideas that relate to prospective projects. There are quotes, metaphors, ...
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How can i organize my music file(mp3) library? [closed]

I have about 250-300 mp3 files stored in my microSD card, mounted to my android smartphone. In the beginning, I downloaded songs from the internet and just moved them to a folder. The music player app ...
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app which to keep track of reminders and scrap notes

I am looking for an all encompassing app which allows me to handle the my calendar (with mobile reminders) and my "scrap notes" (to-do lists, links I want to check out in the future, cool stuff I find ...
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Reusability to enhance efficiencies

All of us are dealing with numerous presentations and documents in our day-to-day work life, and I am sure that with the process-oriented culture that runs in most organizations today, at least 70-75% ...
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How long should you keep letters/paperwork at home

I know that it is important to keep letters when you're asked for proof of address, bank statements, licenses etc etc, but how long should you keep these? I currently have paperwork dating back to ...
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Reviewing Notes for Future Classes

Right now I am taking American history. In the future, I'm going to take a more advanced American history class. I was wondering if there was a good way to take notes in my current class for reviewing ...
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Is there a good virtual desktop manager software for Windows? [closed]

For windows 7, I'm looking for a good Virtual desktop manager so that on just single monitor I can divide my work into multiple screens like on linux. What are the good options that people have used ...
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How to organize a large number of reoccuring tasks\maintenance?

What are some effective ways to organize a large number automated\reoccurring tasks? I have servers with backups\patches, databases with automated scheduled tasks, patching for workstations, etc. It ...
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Evernote : How do you use it ? [closed]

I am a big fan of Evernote and I use it for a lot of things, from personal stuff, to jobs document, knowledge base, How-to's, vacation planner, etc. How do you use evernote and, if you are a premium ...
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Getting Annoyed by workmate

I get annoyed most times when someone does something wrong, as result I can't work properly and it effects my productivity as IT professional. e.g. one of my work mate answers question to one of SO by ...
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Reducing mess - ideas from the Personal Productivity world?

I want to reduce physical mess (including papers). Deciding on an organization system and implementing it is to overwhelming/takes to long/doesn't work. I am looking for methodologies and ideas from ...
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What is an efficient way for storing paper based reference materials?

I have a bunch of reference materials which cannot be scanned. What are efficient ways for storing/filing such materials? Manila folders get mentioned a lot, but in my attempts of using them I have ...
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Learning new material while being a Junior

I have been asked with a task that is about linux driver development and its so complex actually. I'm in the first two months of work, and I don't want say I do not know about this and my boss expects ...
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How to treat people who hate you? [closed]

Mostly you come across people who hate you at your back and some times in front of you too and they keep on irritating you. I was reading 7 Habbits of Highly Efficient People and I came across this ...