Questions regarding how to handle the use of time in one's life.

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The source of this adage

I have this adage (not exact, but similar) "The best way of using a day is to do the work that lasts more than a day". I think this is a good principle for setting up priorities, but I'm not sure who ...
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Improvement using Metrics Do's and Dont's

I made a program to track some goals and encourage me to improve on them using metrics. The program was a Day Planner, it was quite simple, I made a list of activities that I would like to be doing, ...
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How to keep motivated to exercise?

I know this may be problem with many but I'd like to personalize it to my situation. When I was 19-20 yrs old I used to go to the gym almost every day for 3 years. Interestingly enough I'd walk ...
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How can I prevent myself bike-shedding over unimportant things on online forums?

Bike-Shedding Parkinson's law of triviality, also known as bikeshedding, bike-shed effect, or the bicycle-shed example, is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that organisations give ...
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I feel hopeless I feel like don't even deserve to live. What should I do? [closed]

I am jobless software engineer who has experience like 4.5 years in software development. Due to prolonged depression, procrastination and confusions, I have failed on my interviews and social life ...
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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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Parkinson's law and deadlines: how do they work?

Parkinson's law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. This law is a silent killer in my life. I can clearly see the law working in my life but don't fully ...
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What productive things can you do while you eat?

I have this really bad habit of watching TV (if there is one around) while I eat, which can sometimes escalate into binge watching a whole season of some tv show series, or just watching a whole ...
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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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E-mail management question

There is an internal support type department in our company that gets bombarded with emails daily from staff. The support group is 8 people, each part of the same email workgroup on MS Office. ...
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How can I know when I am no longer working efficiently on a problem?

Background: My "What's your greatest weakness?" answer is always "I have to see a problem through to the solution." Sometimes though, it borders on obsession, and I lose momentum since I am basically ...
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Utilize Summer Vacation effectively for personal growth

Background: My summer vacations began on 5th June. I am an average computer science student genuinely interested in my subject. Problem: I am interested to learn a lot of things: Some new ...
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I'm overwhelmed.. Do you have an advice?

I am working 100% in a production company as a network administrator. I start at 6:30am and usually go to 6pm to go home. I am learning not very much about the administration, and not very in depth ...
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How can I prevent StackOverflow from killing my productivity? [duplicate]

I'm a programmer. I use StackOverflow a lot for solving problems. It's so helpful that I rarely need to ask my own questions. But StackOverflow can also be distracting and kill my productivity by ...
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How do I break free of this rut?

I have following linked problems: I want to do one thing at a time; and another at another time. I start taking small steps toward my goals and then think of doing another thing, talk myself out of ...
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What are the primary rebuttals to the 4 Hour Body and the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris?

I have read and understand the popularity of the '4 Hour' series of best-selling books by Tim Ferris. H However Tim himself asks the readers to consider everything he writes with a skeptical mind as ...
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How to learn a lot of subjects and understand them? [duplicate]

I am a developer. I have very ambitious plans about learning: I want to learn programming, physics, math, languages. How to combine this all? Which subjects fit better to other subject? Programming ...
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Best books on Personal Productivity? [closed]

what are some good books on Personal productivity which have proven practical advice on being more productive and efficient at work? please provide workplace productivity related books also.
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How not to stress and hurry in work?

My way of work is agitated. I work in stressed way even if the deadline is far away... I have a bad habit to try to do everything immediately. My boss told me that twice : take your time, no hurry !. ...
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How to stay focused on achieving my Goals?

I have read many books on goal setting. i made a list of 10 goals for the year and then just did nothing. All of my goals are realistic and specific. They are short-term to mid-term goals. I started ...
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how to study less and learn more in a short time? [duplicate]

My exam is going to start from 4th May 2015,but I haven't completed my syllabus yet.I have completed only 2 chapters out of 6 in Physics,Chemistry and Biology.Now what can I do?
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How to utilize time between the two sessions of an exam held in a day?

If there are two exam sessions- one from 9.30 to 11.30 and other from 2.30 to 4.30- then how best can we utilize these 3 hours. We can't commute back to our room and take a nap, as the test-centers ...
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(When) should I take a break in a 3 hours exam?

Is it advisable to take a break of 5 mins in the middle of 3 hour exam? Are there any studies that suggest us the best time at which we should take a break during an exam? Also, what exactly could be ...
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When is tracking time a waste of time?

I have been reading a lot of Drucker lately one of the things he emphasizes is to "know thy time". I have been tracking time with toggl, I started out with tracking everything. I have since pulled it ...
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Why is 12pm so boring? [duplicate]

I have a paper tomorrow.When I woke up I was fresh and enthusiastic to study.(and I did study!) but now at 12pm its so sunny outside and my motivation is zero. Not only today,always at 12pm I feel ...
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Benefits of being on time (or not)

Being on time is something I have problems with. I think if someone could convince me of its importance than it may help. For example, isn't it a waste of time to be early and just sit around? When I ...
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How to divert your mind from the continuos process of thinking?

I am a software engineer. My job needs me to solve some software problems. Sometime, I need to discuss some problem with in the team. Generally, I work 8-9 hours. After coming back from office, I ...
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Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
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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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Suggestions for time planning software for college students?

Anyone knows good time planning software (for a college student) for free, to be used on a Windows desktop? Apps like the Calender app in Windows 8 ? I'm looking for a software that sends reminders ...
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Dealing with pointless meetings at work - should I give feedback to the manager? [closed]

In my current project we have meeting every single day, which lasts for around 30 minutes. The meeting has no agenda. However, by tradition, everyone says what they accomplished the day before, the ...
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How can an undergraduate find “extra” time for “extra” topics?

I'm a full time math student and consequently I spend most of my time studying for classes, exams, etc. I would really love to cut out in my weekly routine some time to explore (that is, self-study) ...
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How to internalize Parkinson's law

Parkinson's law is a saying that goes like this: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion I'm perfectly aware of this law; however, I don't always apply ...
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What techniques are there to make more time for useful activities?

Related: How to increase productive number of hours I want to "make" more time to do more things. Techniques I know are: Trading 1 - trade task A which you take longer to do, for task B that you ...
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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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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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Productivity Chat Bots

Does anyone know of any companies/services which offer automatic chat bots in order to boost productivity (i.e., aiding in stuff like reminders or personal deadlines)?
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Trying to study and work fulltime

I have read several of the other questions about this and they seem to state it is doable. But I am unsure how. I want to study for an undergrad degree in science. I work full time (58 + hrs per week ...
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How shall I study now…?

I am a class 12 student. I am going to write my board exams on march of next year, and write IIT JEE (engineering entrance exam). I haven't prepared well - I haven't studied much of the concepts ...
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Tasks for small amounts of time [duplicate]

All of us encounter small amounts of available time in random places. For example: Waiting for a friend to go to the bathroom Waiting for coffee to be ready in the break room Being in line at ...
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Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...
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How to balance sleep in biweekly schedule

So my school has bi-weekly philosophy where every first week it starts at 1:30 PM and every second week at 07:30 AM. It takes me ~30 minutes to arrive. The problem is, apart from school studying, I ...
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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 Can I Eliminate Habit of Distraction at Work? [duplicate]

I work in a medium sized organization and my job is a desk job. I usually make a list of things I have to do during the day, but I hardly achieve anything. I put off things until late evening and ...
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Skipping a few chapters to learn others properly?

The university I study in has this nasty habit of combining two subjects into one. For example, Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality are taught as separate subjects in other universities. So are ...
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How do I manage and prioritise a number of different projects? [duplicate]

Over the years I've developed a variety of different projects. A few require ongoing promotional activities as they are finished products. A couple of projects are not finished and need focussed ...
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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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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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Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming

I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to ...