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

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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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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 do other parents find the time?

I've been a father for several years and I find that my most productive personal hours outside of typical work day are between the hours of 9:30-11pm. Everything before that is consumed by work, ...
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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 do you manage information/resources?

I've tried many different approaches to task management, but I always fail at one specific thing. Being a programmer, I have loads of information that needs to be somehow stored. To be more ...
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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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Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...
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How can I track my personal projects?

Are there any freeware tools that I can use to track time for personal projects. I would like to create and split the project in tasks and assign time against it. I am looking for a tool that helps ...
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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 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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Can a project have multiple next actions?

I've recently read over Getting Things Done again, after reading Making Things Work, and as I was starting to implement my GTD system, I ran into an issue. I had ended up with a project that had ...
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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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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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How do I stay motivated when there's too little to get done?

Maybe odd question, but I think I have an odd productivity problem. I lose the will to finish my projects at work when I have very little to do. I am more used to fast-paced environments that keep me ...
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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 to stop doing the same again and again?

I have been pondering the say “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So the questions are: how do you detect what things you are doing over and over ...
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In GTD how do I track projects with subprojects?

I have been using GTD for several years now but I still find it difficult to manage projects with obvious sub projects that roll up into them. These are usually longer term projects with hundreds or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to handle tasks that can not be completed 'today'

I'm fairly new to the Pomodoro method & wanted to get feedback on how to handle a situation that is common in my line of work. I'm a software analyst/engineer and often times I plan to complete ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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“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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need to use projects to track sub-tasks?

I am just starting on adopting GTD and while this might be a very naive question, I did not see it get answered on the forum. The question essentially is, how frequently would you create projects to ...
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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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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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Consequences to unfinished tasks/projects/goals. Any evidence?

I've read a few comments on how unfinished tasks influences your performance because it makes you feel frustrated. I personally cancel a task/goal/project if I notice it can be done a better way or if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to handle repetitive tasks with predictable subtasks?

I have a selection of tasks that I have to do regularly. To fulfil the task, I have to do a predictable set of subtasks and keep track of them. I wonder how others handle this situation. I will ...
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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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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 ...