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

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Too lazy to do programming?

I am a programmer, or could be called so because with my laziness with programming I am more often doing half a job and then start gaming. The other half I do tomorrow, next week or next month. What ...
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Does a tablet with stylus solve the paper vs digital problem?

I want to get serious about task and time management but am torn between paper and digital. While researching various methods, I saw an anecdote about a person switching from digital to paper and then ...
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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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What techniques can I use to complete a thesis in 3 months time?

I am a master's in applied science student in Civil Engineering. My research work deals with analysis of 3 huge data sets in R language and simulating the results in another software. I want to stay ...
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My Goals and Daily Programme

In the turn of this year, I have put together some goals which I want to pursue and areas of my life I want to advance in. To meet these goals, or to work within these areas, I have created a daily ...
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How can I block an application such that I myself cannot use it?

I have trouble with personal productivity at home, sometimes, due to overuse of time-wasting applications. I'm trying to work around my poor willpower by locking the application from being ...
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Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?

I looked in The Pomodoro Technique book and didn't see this referenced, but what should you do if you know you can't finish a Pomodoro? Let's just say I'm using 25 minute work blocks and 5 minute rest ...
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How do I set aside time for leisurely reading?

I love reading. For me, it's very stimulating to read for pleasure. Oddly enough, reading on the subway in NYC works very well for me. I am able to live inside the pages of the book I am reading and ...
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How to effectively manage time for 10 books? [duplicate]

I am currently writing 10 books. Each book is non-fiction. None are part of a series or set. Each is unrelated, no content is shared between them. Each will require approximately the same amount of ...
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How to find time management & organization skills classes for adults?

My girlfriend struggles mightily with time management and organization. She is a teacher, she works incredibly hard outside the classroom, grading papers & tracking student progress or preparing ...
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What to do when tired instead of surfing the internet?

After a full day, I am tired, and often end up mindlessly surfing the internet in the evening. It is the easiest thing to do when I've already made a lot of decisions during the day. Unfortunately, ...
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How to start being more productive and keep it that way? [closed]

In the past 5 years I started learning programming. I also got into sports for about 13 hours per week. I am only 17 years old therefore I'm still in high school, so I have about 8 hours per day with ...
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How do I maintain my calendar with times belonging to different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like some of these things to be at a ...
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Keeping up with current events efficiently

How do you guys keep up with current events without this activity becoming too time-consuming? I've always subscribed to an RSS stream of a major news agency and filtered important news out of it by ...
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How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
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Tackling university and a job

The situation: I am at my second year in University. Where I live the Bachelours degree is 4 years, so I haven't gotten to the middle yet. I started my first real job as a developer a couple of ...
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Advantages of a virtual assistant

Following some comments on another question (http://productivity.stackexchange.com/a/2797/2382) - I'll split this out as a separate question. There are many recommendations to outsource tasks to ...
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Am I destroying my career as a software engineer [closed]

I have worked as a software engineer (.NET) for 2 years. Our job is easy and it doesn't require a lot of technical or conceptual knowledge. In fact, we always use console apps with XSLT and basic C# ...
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How can I use Agile/SCRUM at home?

As a software developer at work, I really enjoy working in SCRUM. When I come home at the end of the day, it's easy to waste time, especially when I get my two kids in bed and I find myself in front ...
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Time for learning to code

I don't have any time for learning to code :( Please help me finding the solution. My daily life starts at 5h, having breakfast and go to bus stop at 5h45. Arriving at company at 7h00. Working until ...
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how should one can program themselves on not to concentrate on other stuffs while working and increase thier productivity [duplicate]

I would like to know how to control thoughts and increase productivity especially while working. When ever I start to work even though I am coding in front of computer, but 50% of my concentration ...
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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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How to automatically enter contact data into a database of contacts?

I want to be able to enter contact details of people from their email signatures into my address book automatically, without having to copy each phone number and name or other element one by one into ...
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How often should you take breaks for maximum productivity?

When working on a project, how often should you take breaks and for how long for maximum productivity? Are there any studies or research on optimal use of breaks (universally), or is it more of a ...
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How to become productive on the weekends?

How do I become productive on the weekends? I note down tasks to do during the weekends like doing pending work, collecting some documents, meeting old friends, doing chores etc. but when it actually ...
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how do i study for six subjects when i have one week left in exams? [duplicate]

i have one week left in exams and ive not covered any syllabus.. i have six subjects and i haven't prepared even a single one.. i procrastinate a lot.. i cant study for even half hour.. at normal ...
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What are specific strategies for pacing yourself during the day?

For example, an e-mail comes in and you have that biological urge to respond immediately or work on the problem immediately. In addition, we don't want to come off talking our sweet time, so we ...
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Review of my task collection system

Per Peer review: my personal productivity system. and also How to improve my personal productivity system? I'm interested in people reviewing my personal productivity system. As I talked about here, ...
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I'm chronically late to work: how do I change this?

Since I started working on May, I'm always late. Not by minutes, but hours. Last month I logged the hour I arrived at my desk every day and calculated I'm on average 1.5 hour late. I've been trying ...
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Is there a positive correlation between coming to work early and productivity?

I work as a software engineer. In this line of work, we typically have a flexible schedule, and as long as we get stuff done we can come to work late and leave early. In my experience it seems that ...
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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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Is having a girlfriend dragging me down?

I am 19 years old and I find myself in a good relationship. However, I have noticed that ever since I got my girlfriend, I don't wake up before 6 anymore. I don't study 8 hours a day anymore. I don't ...
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What next after pomodoro technique? [closed]

What other time organizing or self organizing techniques would you recommend after the Pomodoro Technique? Please suggest books, theories, and articles.
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Switching tasks

I love programming, but excessive programming is bad for health/sanity. So I want to make it my goal to exercise for at least 30 minutes after work. I can't exercise right after work since my commute ...
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How to organize my gaming time?

I see all kinds of people (including some of my friends) that simply don't know when to stop playing (for instance, wake up, play WoW, eat , play WoW, eat, play WoW , sleep). Lather, Rinse, Repeat. I ...
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How can I make sure to get up early in the morning and study?

I am in my early twenties. I work as an actuary so my job is hectic with long hours and almost no breaks. I am studying as well. I also have a lot of family responsibilities (especially in the ...
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How to assess the worth of my free time? [closed]

What are the best approaches to assess the cost of my free time? I am looking for suggestions on formulas for computing the cost of one hour of my free time in money equivalent for decision making. ...
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How should I use my last month before my medical entrance exams? [closed]

I am studying for the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and other medical exams. I have only one month left, and I haven't revised everything yet. Now I fear that I won't be able to clear the exams ...
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how to study the four subjects in one month [duplicate]

iam studying in 12th standard my exams just one month away and i have not yet studied once. and what should i do now ? how to study? should i concentrate on important things? or should i learn ...
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How can someone keep from over-committing by constantly taking on new projects/responsibilities?

It sounds simple enough: just say 'NO', but it isn't always that easy. I have a "friend" that is easily intrigued, but also easily bored. He commits to projects out of genuine interest and curiosity, ...
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Scientific studies of time management techniques

This is my first post here, and I would like to say hello to everybody who is reading and writing posts on Personal Productivity Stack Exchange :) I have known this subject (personal productivity) ...
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Allotting time for unforeseen circumstances

At my university I'm taking a class where we need access to a certain lab. To get into the lab you're supposed to have a pass card to unlock the door. However the door is usually propped open and if ...
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Personal Kanban on Multiple Teams

I am using personal and team based Kanban on multiple projects with multiple teams. One of the benefits I was hoping to get from Kanban is seeing "the big picture" - all of the work I have in progress ...
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Strategy to utilize fragments of time?

I am refering to short and scattered fragments of time like commuting, waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus etc etc. I read an interview of a businessman who said he was working as a photography ...
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How to balance work life and personal life.?

How you guys balance your work life and personal life. Being a developer, I'm finding it very difficult to find out how to balance it. If I concentrate on work, I lose many things in my personal life ...
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How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile?

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile? For example, I've been trying to get Firefox portable to work from a USB drive on the library computers with certain add-ons installed. I find this ...
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How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
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What are the 3 most useful programming concepts which you apply in life? [closed]

Queuing Computer Science: I find queuing up very useful. When a program needs to process an overwhelming amount of data, the incoming data is usually queued up. And then one by one each of the ...
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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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Shortcut to open a web Paymo timer

I know a lot of people use this service for time tracking but you always have to go to the website first and click Timer button. Is there a chrome extension or a bookmarklet to open Paymo timer?