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What are some alternative methods to measure productivity?

The traditional productivity analysis consists in comparing output over time in given periods of time. For instance if I make 5 pizzas in 15 minutes it's easy to tell when I improved by either raising ...
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What was scientifically shown to support productivity when structural organizing/accessing file and folders?

My Personal Information Management problem I have gathered terabytes of data but it has became a habit to store files and folders to the same folder, that folder could be kind of seen as a Inbox ...
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Are there techniques to stop fearing confrontation so intensely?

Confrontation is a huge part of my life. For example, in my job as project manager I need to confront clients about things that might make them upset or I need to talk to them when I know they are ...
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Bring a long term change into my life

Each one of us has some difficulties and obstacles draw him/her to this site. I know I do, and I believe most of them are caused by addictive behaviours (sleeping, browsing, playing, etc.) There are ...
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How to speak more 'clearly'?

Some people have an ability to speak their minds so clearly it can be understood from a distance, even though they're not exactly speaking louder than anyone else. On the other hand, many people are ...
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Do it yourself or delegate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time? I found out that I'm a person who likes to do many things self but I found out that many people ...
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How to prepare a course or a talk?

In one week from now I am holding a course in computer programming, which takes place twice a week. The course has 30 participants. It is the first time I am holding a course. Now I have to prepare ...
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When changing habits, what can you do to cope with stress?

I need to change several habits but whenever I do something that is new to me, I get a little stressed. I used to have depressions and I know that CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy described in ...
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What is your experience with a trickle list?

I have been thinking about setting up a trickle list to help me get some more strategic stuff done next to all the physical next actions that I capture using GTD. Normally, when I do my weekly review ...
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Suggestion for a disorganized guy

I'm not well organized and I'm feeling not as efficient as I could be. I've tried to use some personal organizing methods to improve myself in this area, like - using a todolist (using a pen & ...
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Spelling recommendations — shortcut keys

In word processors (such as Microsoft Word or Libreoffice), you right-click on an incorrectly spelled word to bring up a list of suggestions. Is there a shortcut key that does the same thing so I ...
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Getting productive without logging and tracking?

My question looks rhetorical but it isn't. I am forcing myself to write to-do lists and tracking what I've done, but I found it difficult. I get bored to write lists longer than 10 tasks, so I set ...
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Preparing questions when studying some topic

I noticed that I focus very well and do not forget the topic for months when I am told to prepare some questions for problem session (recitation) hours of the course I assist. On the other hand, I ...
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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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Are there specific methods for dealing with backlogs?

Backlogs are dreaded things. They accumulate if you let them, on any setting where a list is present, be it one you make yourself (to-do) or things that just pop in to say hi (email). Not thinking ...
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Is there anything similar to TRIZ known outside of Russia for improving personal productivity?

I was born in Russian and went to school there in middle 90ies. During my school time we had a special subject called "TRIZ" that stands (in Russian) for "theory of inventive problems solving". Apart ...
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What can I do to quickly become a better orator/public speaker?

What can I do to quickly become a better orator? For example giving a public speech, a presentation before a crowd, etc. I'm looking for things I can do to ingrain good speaking practices as habits, ...
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What is the hidden secret in Think and Grow Rich (by Napoleon Hill)? [closed]

He mentions in the book that it is in every chapter and while inspired by it, I did not have a clear idea of one single secret after reading the book. Did anyone discover a "secret", or is it ...
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Do digital wrist watches have productivity advantages over software based features?

My wife recently received a digital wrist watch (Casio Baby GShock) as a gift. She is a teacher and uses the watch for (other than quickly telling the time) timing her lessons, other presentations and ...
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How to get past feeling defeated?

I have a couple of passions in life, one of them is music. I love playing drums and really want to play in a band. I've moved to LA about 3 years ago and have been searching for a group to play with ...
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What to do when you have a lot things *you* want to do and you want to do it all, without letting nothing left?

I don't have any technique or something that I follow. I normally jump from one thing to other, sometimes having dozens of tabs opened in my browser (more than 50 some times) and even using different ...
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Speed reading technique ebook

Which ebook would you recommend to learn speed reading techniques, to improve reading speed and understanding? (ebook, preferred for Kindle, as I don't want printed version - easier to buy overseas)
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How do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
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How do you avoid being distracted by a pomodoro timer?

I have tried a physical version of the device (Clicking countdown clock, in the shape of an apple.) and I found that sometimes get distracted by the clicking sounds of the timer. For a digital ...
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Does brain training software like “Lumosity” work?

I've read conflicting reports on the effectiveness of brain training, but I have come across few reports by users of such tools. Is "brain training" effective in enhancing cognitive function?
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How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
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What are recommended workflows when working with Markdown--in Windows, on a Mac?

For those who use Markdown regularly (other than for writing questions and answers on StackExchange), what workflows do you use when working with Markdown-formatted text files, and why? What ...
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How do I get more productive from using keyboard shortcuts?

I am constantly stunned by how few people use keyboard shortcuts, because I've always felt that people who have internalized a core set realize a significant productivity boost. How do I get better ...
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What is the optimal text width for Speed Reading?

Was reading here about this technique. From my POV it only works good with a distinct min-max text width. Columns in newspapers of a with of a few centimeters (5-6) seem quite good to me. I also like ...
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Are there fundamental behaviors that cut across multiple productivity systems?

A variety of productivity systems and techniques are discussed on this site (e.g. GTD, Inbox Zero, FTF, Pomodoro, etc.); however, lots of folks probably land here because they're looking to learn more ...
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What is the simplest (yet surprisingly) effective productiviy increasing technique? [closed]

Many productivity systems are complex and hard to keep going. The benefit of these systems often comes from not the overall systems but from the specific tactics or techniques they encourage. What ...
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How can I finish writing my Thesis as fast as possible, when I don't believe in it anymore?

I am in the situation where i have to write my Diploma Thesis/Documentation for the year and although I've done quite a lot I didn't particularly arrive at where I set out to be at this point. So in a ...
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How do I teach productivity techniques to kids?

I would like to get my kids to learn some productivity techniques so that their future lives can be as productive as possible. I am going to start with two of the most basic ones, but it is difficult ...