A project is a sequence of two or more tasks with a common objective.

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How to enjoy trying to solve hard problems?

How do I enjoy solving hard problems? I love learning--reading and understanding textbooks or papers, for instance--but I am slower to try to solve problems or apply what I've learned. I am naturally ...
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Most effective work habit for coding?

Working on a big solo project (~15,000 LOC), I am encountering the following phenomenon: I seem to work best when I program in short bursts of 10-15 minutes. Right now I am working on a section ...
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Personal Planning Software

I am currently planning my life in a text-based format, like this: Yearly goals. Doesn't include concrete action steps. Monthly goals: Specific action steps associated with the goals from (1). Daily ...
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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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Is a general management responsibility a GTD project?

I have several responsibilities which in theory require me to take considered actions, but in practice many of those actions are emphemeral - such as the responsibility to manage certain types of ...
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How to know if I'm being too slow in a project with a GTD system?

If I use a classical project management tool like a Gantt diagram, I know if I'm being too slow because I can see the critical path. If a task is not completed in the time allowed, I'm probably not ...
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Content lists in GTD system or in separate services

I have a system that involves content lists (as I call them). I use Things by Cultured Code and some time ago I'd been using it with these kinds of lists too. Here how it works: I have a list ...
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In GTD, is a project a context?

At my workplace, I work on multiple projects, usually at the same time. GTD seems to suggest defining contexts by what resources are available, e.g. @Desk. But if I'm at my desk, there's typically a ...
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How to be more productive at my own side project while having a family and a full-time job?

I have a 9-6 full time job and trying to develop a project on my own. I can only work on it during my off hours, meaning after 7pm. It looks like I have full 5 hours till midnight, but after dinner ...
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Is it ever better to keep working on a problem until its done and not sleep?

If we forget about any time constraints for this question and instead focus on how well and efficiently you can get a task done, I would like to know if there is ever a time when it's better to keep ...
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Personal workflow management web/mobile app with networking capabilities

I am looking for a web/mobile app which could be used to assign tasks to oneself and, more importantly, others who are in your defined network and associated project management. The mobile app is ...
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Working on too many ideas?

It is said that to work effectively we should focus and concentrate. But it is also true that to get more productive, one has to work a lot. So is it better to work on more than one project at a time ...
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Using Pomodoro switching between two projects

Has anyone tried using Pomodoro technique to work on two unrelated projects? Like alternating 25 minute spells going back and forth between two projects. I currently have a possibility to try this ...
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How do I resume a long suspended project?

I was working on a CS research project and generated a lot of deliverables like code, data, diagrams, reports etc. which I stopped working on 4 months ago. Now I want to resume it as the project ...
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How to better switch gears between tasks?

I can never get myself to start things. When I do, however, and there's an unsolvable problem that needs solving, if I pick up even a little momentum in trying to solve it, I will stay on the ...
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Reading a book a week

I want to try to read a book a week for 12 weeks beginning this summer. I have already began collecting recommendations for which books to read, and I will refine the list at some point, to get the ...
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Post-project blues - how to readjust to a less hectic life

Whether in work or home, I usually have a number of projects going. I get very geared up and in the zone for projects and this make it particularly difficult to readjust to periods of quiet left by ...
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Application to handle Gantt Charts for multiple projects on Mac

Is there any Gantt Chart application for Mac OS X that allows dealing with multiple projects? I have tested Omniplan, which is very good for a single project, but can not work efficiently with ...
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What software for Time Tracking and Billing? [closed]

A friend of mine is running a consultancy company and she needs software to manage the people that go to their customers. I've been using Project Management Software before, but this case is slightly ...
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Keeping track of emails, notes, files, and deliverables for a project

Is there anything better than Basecamp? Basecamp seems to have all the features I'm looking for in a project manager, but it requires a ton of tedious little interactions with its web GUI: uploading ...
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“It could be done better and more efficiently” at the end of projects

I'm not really an organised person, and my maxim is "two weeks of coding will save you two hours of planning". But before every (simple or complex) project, despite how long I'm planning, drawing ...
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Tracking a list of ideas and side projects

Is there a technique or software (referably text-based) for tracking a list of side projects? Side projects, unlike things that "need to be done" or small pleasures, makes a long and complex list. ...
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writing reports about phone meetings and keeping track and following up on them

I'm a solo business owner. I regularly have to talk to business partners on the phone for my business, and need to keep track of what we've talked about and what to do next. Right now I just write ...
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Using volunteering to develop my skills

A few months ago, I asked a Question at Workplace on skills advancement, in short I started my career as PHP developer and I'm now interested in RAILS development. I've spent some time learning rails ...
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How can i reboot my brain when i have many things to keep in mind?

I feel i really need to take a break for a while now, i have a complex project to keep in mind, I am basically working on it all day, but after a while it starts to overwhelm me, and I cant clear my ...
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Metadata for Project Archive

There is a folder with nowadays quite a few zip archives of projects I have completed. I would like to make the archive more searchable by creating a metadata file. Similar to mp3 or images, I want ...
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Merge daily todo with project todo

I'm on a quest of finding the best tool to manage what I do. TL;DR: Freelance web developer looking for tool to connect project management and daily tasks. I like Getting Things Done methodology a ...
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GTD spreadsheet based system with alert or Calendar (iCal, gCal) notifications

I create a GTD system based on excel, whose link I report here. The advantage of having this gtd is that I can share it with my european colleagues without the need of having a dedicated software ...
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Writing more in spite of laziness

I am a PhD student, and I have found that writing down my ideas and thoughts helps me discover new ideas which fascinate me. Such ideas would be difficult to generate just by thinking. Unfortunately, ...
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in GTD system. Where do I keep projects/Project planning?

I am just starting GTD, and trying to setup my system, but I am confused about where/how to keep projects. Are projects stored as reference material? What about Project planning? Would this be in ...
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Handling task dependencies with GTD

How does Getting Things Done (GTD) recommend handling task dependencies (one task that can't be started until another task is completed)? I understand how it works when they are part of the same ...
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Situational procrastination: how to be productive before project starts?

I am working as a software programmer and my company does not have any projects right now, but there is one in the pipeline. It has been around for one month and I have been told to read the documents ...
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GTD or Personal task manager that integrates with Outlook?

I work in a large corporation, so using Outlook is mandatory - All the e-mails, contact lists, appointment requests, room scheduling, etc., goes through the Exchange server. It is therefore very ...
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What is the linkage between “next actions” and “projects” in GTD?

Getting Things Done (GTD) defines a "project" as anything that will take more than one action to be considered complete. "Next action" items, with a specific context, are kept handy so that when an ...
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How much of my time should I plan in advance: A day, a week or a month?

I want to make a list of the projects and exercises I am supposed to do this semester to make a plan but every week, new projects and exercises should be added to this list. I wonder which is best to ...
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Has anyone tried using Trello to track GTD projects?

For me, tracking projects has always been the hardest and most intractable part of GTD. In particular, how to manage future actions and keep track of sub-projects I've delegated to others. Future ...
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How to Find the Right Side Project

Productivity soars whenever I find the right side project to work on. However, as soon as the project is finished or whenever I'm working on something that feels boring to me, productivity goes right ...
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Project Management Software for Software Development?

I have been looking around for relevant project management software in regards to this, but it is pretty much impossible to find, at the fault of how meta searchs of google work. When I search a ...
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how to finalize a project?

I have this problem. I like to plan projects, and to define what will be and not present; I also like to create graphics, and also to develop most of the project, but when it comes to details, I ...
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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 code faster?

I am really behind on my schoolwork (a result of both procrastination and my disability) and I need to finish 4 programming assignments in 5 days. Usually each assignment take me two days to do, ...
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Why am I not able to motivate myself to code?

I have got an idea that can make a good app for web and mobile. I tell myself to design the prototype so as to see how people take it. The problem is when I sit to code, I can't get things done. I ...
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How can one stay reminded of useful tips, instructions, and other references on a routine basis?

As I spend my Sunday on this three-day weekend finally catching up on a lot of reading—most of it technical in terms of software and web development as well as web design—I find myself posing the ...
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if productivity sweet spot 40 hrs/week, do personal projects reduce our productivity

I was just reading this article http://business.time.com/2012/04/26/stop-working-more-than-40-hours-a-week If what they are saying in this article is true, doesn't that mean that working on personal ...
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How to manage long term projects?

I do very well in short projects or things that need to be done for a short term. But I procrastinate when I have very large projects or lengthy things to do. I kinda lack persistence. What is the ...
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Implementation of GTD when each project has a master plan with lots of actions

I am trying to implement the GTD system in my workflow, but there are some things I do not understand. For each project I work in, there is information spread across emails, mind maps, paper sheets ...
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How to plan a month of work in advance

I had a main list with the main projects and tasks, organized according with priority, importance and other factors. I would like to be able to plan a whole month of work in advance, so when the day ...
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How do I prevent myself from feeling too relaxed during the uneventful weeks preceding big deadlines?

The situation goes like so: big deadline one month from now. So I make some plan. But it gets too easy to procrastinate early on, to put one thing off, to allow a distraction here & there. How ...
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What is a good system for managing projects that have paper-based and electronic reference materials?

Update: Significantly simplified and focused the question. I struggle with managing my GTD project files because they contain a mix of electronic and paper-based/physical stuff. Some projects are ...
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Recording personal progress on activities (projects)

A month ago I decided to record my progress on my personal activities (goals, projects). I have many such activities and usually I work on the activity I have taste for, or how things develop during ...