Task is the technical term for one of the assignments required to complete a project. It is commonly used to refer to GTD techniques and project managements.

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Linking auto-updating tasks/email to a task in Outlook

I organize my tasks and my time using Outlook tasks an in doing so I often link related tasks or emails to a task. The problem I'm having is that if a task is linked in another task and another person ...
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Covey matrix: What is the meaning of “importance”?

I've been reading up on the Covey (or Eisenhower, as some might call it) importance/urgency matrix, and while I get the general gist of it, I'm a bit confused about the semantics of the term ...
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Tab/browser management [duplicate]

I am looking for a tool which will help with tab and task management. I am a tab hoarder and often end up with 100-200 tabs before giving up and starting over. My request is for a tool which will do ...
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How to end the Habit of Task-Switching? [duplicate]

When I am learning or reading articles on the internet, I open at least a hundred different tabs and glance through the material on each tab for just a few seconds. As a result, I remember nothing! ...
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GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
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How do I handle ambigous question(s) in exam?

Well, I'm preparing a competitive exam GATE. I'v written last year this exam. I've tried solve old papers of GATE CS/IT. I found, there are many ambiguous problem in these papers in every year. For ...
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What is the best definition of Urgent in relation to the Urgent/Important matrix?

The Urgent/Important matrix was made wildly popular in Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. While the concept is relatively easy to understand, I find that many people get ...
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Note Taking / Idea Organization featuring Spatial Organization, features Relationship and Containers

I am a piles organizer. I believe part of this psychology is based on the knowledge that having a real world representation of a task helps keep it in mind. It also helps me organize things as I can ...
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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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todo/task manager that can generate standup reports

Everyday we have a daily standup at work and I am terrible at remembering what I did yesterday. If I write it down I am fine but using paper is really tedious. I'd love for there to be a todo/task ...
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What tool can help me manage my todos list and my project (some develoment one)?

What I need is the combination of some tools that already exist. Or at least a way to integrate those tools a bit tighter. What I would like is a tool (or integrated combination of tools) that allow ...
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How to break down tasks that have unknown elements

I'm making a activity planner/enforcer (to avoid my procrastination) and found out that breaking down task is the best way to accomplish things, but I also found out that it's hard to break down tasks ...
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“SMART Goal Setting Practical Example”? [closed]

I want to set a few written goals for the first time in my life. Please give me some Real life - practical S.M.A.R.T. goals template , example ...which includes Plan of Action, tasks, deadlines. How ...
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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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What is the Importance and Need of Goal Setting?

I have read a lot about goal setting and now I want to find reasons as such why do I need goals to achieve success in life. I want to improve my skills. For instance, I want to learn a new programming ...
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What is the Shortest Time Unit of a Goal?

Well, i have been reading a lot on goal setting and achieving. I want to set some career and personal goals for myself.what i mean to say is that what can be considered a goal. Should goal be long ...
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What is the ultimate personal organization system? [closed]

I have so far tried many task- and/or life-management systems and apps, solo and in conjunction. And while they are all great in one way or another I have failed to find an app or a combination of ...
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Numbering scheme for prioritizing tasks based on categories

I'm sorry if this is asked before, but I'm looking for a way to get hopefully a single number to help me prioritize between tasks within different categories. I've seen How to manage multiple ...
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Postponing research work [duplicate]

I am a grad student in theoretical physics. Whenever I have some well defined research works (calculations, plotting etc) at hand, I postpone them. I engage myself in other things like studying ...
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How can i Focus on Learning one Skill at a time? [duplicate]

Well, i have a problem of learning/focusing on perhaps too many things/topics at a time. For instance i am learning a new programming language. By the time i have read few tutorials on the internet, i ...
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Simple Task Management with dependencies

First, I'd like to state that I read Task Management Application with task dependencies but it doesn't answer my question because I'm looking for something much simpler than that. I'm looking for a ...
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Efficient Checklist Software? [closed]

What are some good free tools which can help you in making a Task Checklist[with check-boxes] to verify your tasks list. I want to use checklist as sometimes i miss important things at work. ...
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Should I Learn a New Skill by breaking it into Sub-Skills? [closed]

Well, for instance i want to learn SQL programming language. should i break it into different topics like functions, variables etc. Should i practice one sub-skill or topic for weeks or even Months ...
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Desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the tray area

Is there a Windows desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the system tray? I'd like something which is not a web app, because I don't keep my browser open all the time and, besides, having to ...
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doing the most important things that require waiting

When doing the most important task, if it requires waiting(eg, waiting for a long standing programming process to finish, waiting to hear back from someone), I often do one of the following: 1. ...
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How Should I make a Plan of Action to achieve my Goal?

For instances have a 1 year goal to acquire a new skill. Now how should i make a plan of Action? Should i work on my objective Daily or Weekly? Should i follow the plan blindly or adjust to ...
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How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?

I guess this is a fairly broad question for this Stack Exchange, but anyway, here goes: how do I just force myself to do my tasks that I need to do, even though I'm depressed and lack the energy or ...
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Is there a FOSS, full-featured, cloudless GTD software that supports both desktop and mobile platforms?

Excuse the very specific question, but I think my criteria are warranted. Having read Getting Things Done, it seems that the system offered by David Allen not only has merits, but it is also ...
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Reducing Decision Fatigue by offloading to paper - Where does it fit in the personal productivity world?

Much of personal productivity methodology seems to be based on reducing the strain on the brain of deciding what to do. What I have found help is to write down of a paper the tasks I think I should ...
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How can I remind myself about tasks at the right time to reduce the number of interruptions?

I have a bunch of ToDos written down, and I need a way of being reminded to do them at the right time. Being reminded at the wrong time causes interruptions as you need to stop whatever you're doing ...
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How can I ensure that I will get back on track after disruption in personal life?

Currently my boyfriend and I are in the process of renovating a house on a relatively tight deadline and budget so have to do the majority of work ourselves whenever we can. We are therefore left ...
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“How To Set Clear Goals and Really Achieve Them in Your Life”? [closed]

Well, i have been thinking that its time that i start making goals so i want to know thoughts of others? Firstly, if you want to achieve something, for ex learning a new computer Skill...do u first ...
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“Should We make Deadlines for Tasks in our TO-DO List”?

I make a to-do list in the morning of the day, which nearly includes all the tasks i have to do in my job. I usually define time deadlines for tasks. For example: (creating a doc: 11:00 - 12:00 pm), ...
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How to have a serious mindset?

I have ADHD and am controlling it with concerta. My lack of focus and attention, I'm learning to use Todoist app + GTD method. When I work, I use pomodoro to keep my attention zoned into one task at a ...
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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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Combining Linenberger approach Master Your Workday Now (MYWN) with emacs

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach MYWN Master Your Workday Now (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with Gnu Emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by ...
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Focusing on tasks [duplicate]

This is first time i'm using this site of stack network so i hope it's the right place. I have problem with focusing to my plans. I'm a 23 years old software developer and i am working for a company. ...
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How Can I Prioritize Maintenance Tasks With Goal Tasks?

How can I schedule in the maintenance tasks into my day yet allocate enough time for my important goal tasks? If I didn't have any goal tasks, my "maintenance" tasks (clean rooms, read email, kill ...
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How to deal with vague tasks?

If I can make a checklist of chores to do or features to add to my projects, I usually get them done. On the other hand, there are tasks with some vagueness, such as "review X" or "improve the design ...
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Timebox scheduling in GTD

I have somewhat of a dilemma with my GTD system. Lately I started outlining schedules in my application of choice (CC Things). The idea was to create explicit repeating tasks for major activities ...
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How to get past the fear of moving forward?

I have many things I want to do, but I never get anything done. I want to start learning things, but never have the motivation. I want to start doing things that are readily available, but hold myself ...
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How should I track tasks based on urgency and importance, and choose due dates for non-urgent important tasks?

I've read about the concepts of urgency and importance, but I'm struggling with the actual mechanics of tracking these things. How should my todo list be set up? Should I have multiple lists? ...
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What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?

I have some tasks, some of which to be done daily and some other to be done on some specific days. I want to track what I did, what I did not do and why. Also, how should I handle the tasks started ...
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How to keep up with a todo application?

I've used every single todo and time/task management application out there. The choice has been difficult to make but I've concluded in asana, wunderlist and things. I 've jumped from one to another ...
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Todo list - Evernote vs Trello

I've read The Secret Weapon's system for organizing your life using Evernote. It seems that Evernote is well suited as a digital filing cabinet and note taker. However I'm not so sure it fits as a ...
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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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Long-wait tasks with Pomodoro Technique

What are some good strategies for coping with tasks that have high "wait times" when using the Pomodoro techinque? Right now I'm about 15 minutes into a pomodoro, but I'm waiting for a program to ...
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how to stick to something

I am very curious. I can spend days on stackexchange, wikipedia, coursera, plenty of tutorials. I often start projects with very big ideas in mind, but don't really do anything concrete. There are ...
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How can I keep track of the math exercises I am doing?

I'm doing math exercises every day or so. I would like to keep track of the different exercises I'm doing, with as much information as possible such as difference to the exercise (like book + exercise ...