Placing different things in a logical arrangement allowing better usage and searching.

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Keeping keys organized

I learnt the importance of backup keys. But now I'm not sure where to keep them. I had lost the key to my bike lock and made sure my new one came with two keys. I have one on my key chain, but not ...
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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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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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Organising notes in a mathematical text book

I currently have 200 pages of annotated text from an Abstract algebra textbook in Skim. Skim, IMHO, is brilliant for taking notes while reading. But unfortunately, this leads to my current predicament....
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Card View in Gmail

Most of the time I am working in Gmail, and to take down a note or to dump an idea, I usually compose a new email and save it as a draft. Modifying and searching for such a note is quite efficient in ...
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Symbols/Icons for Note Taking

I'm looking for a method (or at least anything any wrote about this topic) which uses icons or symbols for note taking. So for example, I will be taking notes in class and want to "tag" certain things ...
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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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Todo List manager with daily time planner

I'm looking for a todo list manager which has these features: add 'things' to do then from that list of things I can either mark them as complete Or I can 'drag' that 'thing' onto a timesheet (so ...
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How to organize research material efficently [duplicate]

How can one organize research related study material efficiently? I am talking about ebooks, journal articles and presentation slides (all separate computer files). The tool/software/ arrangement ...
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How should these desks be rearranged to minimise overlooking and discomfort? [closed]

We have an office that seats 5 or 6 people. It is arranged in the following way: As I see it, the two middle desks are best for comfort with regards to minimising overlooking. All of the other ...
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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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 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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Is there any efficient method for long term memory?

I know that spaced repitition is important . Therefore, i had used anki application however it didn't work because i couldn't organize important informations and i didn't feel ready for reviewing my ...
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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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How do I efficiently handle chores that require me to drive?

I wonder about a good way of organizing chores that require me to drive. For example, at the moment I need to go to the post office; however, I'd rather not drive out to the post-office just for that. ...
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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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How to maintain a diary about the wasted things which I had bought?

It seems I have a habit of compulsive shopping. I buy food items, then keep them on kitchen counter and then throw them after some days because I don't use them in their due time. I buy some things ...
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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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How exactly does the projects list work in GTD? [duplicate]

Been familiar with Getting Things Done for years but recently just completed the book and implemented the complete GTD system using Workflowy. My understanding from reading the book is that the "...
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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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How do you organize ideas?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to manage all the ideas related to a project (drawings, text, pseudocode, etc.). Until now I tried: Notebooks/paper: Pros: Cheap Easy to use Hard to change ...
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How to start GTD if you can't spend 2 full days on organizing everything? [duplicate]

As many others, I've bought the "Getting Things Done" book as I grew utterly frustrated with my own procrastination (and here I'm doing it again..) I've read through GTD, and Allan suggests to take ...
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Techniques to organize my constantly growing 'download' folder

I'm basically looking for a method or tool to organize my downloads folder. New files are added on a constantly basis which leads to some (minor) problems the problems are: 1) many files that are ...
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2 minute tasks that cannot be completed immediately?

What do you do when you cannot complete a 2-minute task immediately? An example is a phone call where the recipient does not pick up. Does this phone call get moved to the Next Action list?
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Studying several languages programming and update [duplicate]

have to study several programming language in the same time. Anyone has the advice to improve the study? For example I have to study, javascript ( angular ) php ( Drupal, symfony) I'm using , books ...
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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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Personal Kanban - Use multiple boards?

I'm using personal kanban and currently have 2 separate boards - one for job hunting and school, one for household chores. Each is has color coded task types in addition. I don't switch between boards ...
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Indexing a journal? for better thought organization. What is a good system?

I've been keeping a journal for a while now. I would like to read back to some of the stuff I wrote and build on top of that. I was thinking about indexing my journal into a spreadsheet so that I can ...
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Organizing research-oriented tasks

I am an engineering graduate student and I have always been a 'todo list' person. However, I'm having a difficult time keeping myself organized now, because most of my tasks are research-related. With ...
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Super effective way of storing day to day information where I can access them quickly?

I am going to start organizing chaos of tasks by Getting Things Done (GTD) in my life. For which I am reorganizing information that I need from time to time, for example: Internet Banking Usernames/...
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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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How to remember things you don't often use?

I just contacted the help desk with a problem with an e-mail account. They said "sometimes you have to switch between port 25 and 26" (that is one week it's 25, the next it's 26 and vice-versa). I ...
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Dilemma of spending time with family members, watching TV and doing something fruitful?

I am a developer who spends most of the hours of the day at office. Once I am back home, I have a few hours left with me, in which I try to indulge in some hobby, like reading a book and doing some ...
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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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How to organize life? A bunch of specific details [closed]

How to reinforce behavior? How should I deal with Not urgent, not important goals? I am thinking of letting the 'quest' appear for a specific time duration on the list and if not completed in that ...
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Adding tasks and comments directly to an email in Outlook or sorting by topic [closed]

I'm looking for suggesions about how people approach their workflow within the confines of having to use Outlook. I get a large number of emails at work (as I'm sure most people do), and one of the ...
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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 the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...
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Do you use “agile results/getting results”? How do you organize it?

http://gettingresults.com/wiki/Main_Page I've been following agile results but have had a hard time coming up with a system that works nicely. Currently I have the 3 outcomes for the week in google ...
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How do I use Evernote for college to keep track of homework?

I'm not using EN this quarter because my coursework is just Math and I cannot type math really fast. But all of my homework is done online, and there's a lot of homework. I've made written lists but ...
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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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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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Ways to work well with my stack-like working habit on computer?

I do almost every thing (e.g. study, work and reading news/forums) on my laptop (my only computer): writing my notes, reading documents, looking something up on the internet, .... I don't play games, ...
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How to advance work tasks when using only my smartphone with one hand

Currently it takes for me 2-3 hours a day to walk my baby with the stroller. During that time I have a free hand and I was thinking how can I advance my work tasks at the same time while using my ...
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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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How to handle continuous accumulation of multiple personal projects and goals simultaniously?

First off, I just wanted to mention that I did do a bit of research on previous questions, but they don't seem to fully fit my particular problem. Although, I did learn something interesting from the ...
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Task management software to organize tasks visually… how would I find it?

I have been unsuccessful finding what I want after trying a multitude of keywords, and I am hoping someone might have a suggestion to help me find a task organization tool that fits my requirements. ...
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What is the best way to organize university courses with GTD?

I've started to implement GTD to my life recently and I was figuring out, how should I organize my university courses into my system? They're not really goals (courses are pretty small for a goal) and ...