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

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How to limit the number of Youtube videos watched?

I have ran into this problem that I get into these Youtube video watching cycles which then take a toll on my sleeping schedule and later productivity the next day. I've tried limiting the # of ...
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How many usable hours do I have in a day?

I want to know, how can I figure out how much time I have in a day to use? What is a good way to calculate exactly how much time I have to put into my work?
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The Productivity Monk Lifestyle or Apartment Monk Lifestyle [closed]

Everyday I make a to-do list for the next day, and a schedule to go along with it, and on paper it seems like the next day will be a productive and good one. But I can never complete my list, because ...
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Is the “two-minute” rule really an efficient way of dealing with to-do items?

In one of David Allen's audio tapes I recall him mentioning his "two-minute rule", which means - if you recall something you need to do, and that something takes less than 2 minutes to do, then drop ...
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Methods for reducing time spent in meetings

One of the biggest hits to productivity is time lost in meetings. Are there any methods to avoid unnecessary meetings and improving the productivity of the meetings that are held?
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How to be better updated but reading less at the same time?

I feel I read irrelevant news articles, as well as feel saturated with a lot of them. I'm using Feedly now, and GTD method with Wunderlist in my life. I would like to be better updated but reading ...
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Getting through planning significant events

TL;DR I'm looking for ways to think about and approach planning significant days (special birthdays in particular) more enthusiastically, to try and ensure that I wouldn't rather claw my eyes out ...
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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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Dealing with distractions from GMail

GMail is my office mail. A lot of my work has pieces where I need some information from email or replying to email. I go into gmail to search for something or send a reply to an email and then end up ...
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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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Vibration watch with minimum 2 alarms WEEKLY (eg. 1st alarm at every tuesday 13:45, 2nd alarm at every thursday 14:15) [closed]

I am looking for a vibration watch for my 8 years son with minimum 2 alarms WEEKLY (eg. 1st alarm at every tuesday 13:45, 2nd alarm at every thursday 14:15) to the school (not forget to violin lessons ...
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How do I complete my task on the deadline? [closed]

I have so many tasks on my hand, I get pressurized whenever I look at them. But after some time I forget everything, and I feel relaxed. This is a daily routine . How I complete my task on the ...
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How can I achieve best results in studying at home having short amount of time available?

I am preparing for an exam GATE. Due to my current habits (like watching movies, reading news paper, talking/walking with friends), I am facing same things daily . I am doing a job as content ...
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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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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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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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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 decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time?

I've recently started thinking that I should spend more money in order to save time. Examples of this include: paying to get my laundry done instead of doing it myself sometimes taking a taxi ...
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Manage Personal vs Non-personal activities & Calendar event times across different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch, medicines etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like to do these things at a ...
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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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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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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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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 understand ...
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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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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 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 movie,...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 to get back to track after being lost?

Usually, I get organised and plan my projects down to detail. But sometimes, urgent things happen and I get distracted from my path. Afterwards, everything falls apart like a domino effect and all ...
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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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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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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 study long hours without being burnt out or getting bored?

I can't continuously study more than 2.5 hours. After that, I become exhausted. If I continue to study after that time limit, I read something but the materials seem to be not entering my head. I just ...
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How do I set priorities and estimate completion time for 30 projects, 600 tasks?

The question is simple: I have 30+ projects in several categories : Work, Personal, Daily, Self-improvement etc. Each project contains several tasks in different aspects of my life: Intellectual, ...
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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 'countermeasures'....
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Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
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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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How do you estimate time for a new task?

I have designed a site using WordPress. This was just a test WordPress site. I am now okay with the coding in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and WordPress. Now my senior wants me, just by looking at a JPEG ...
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Desktop app/group of apps for todo list/time management

I use Listhings in my browser to make sticky notes and remind myself about stuff. I am looking for an app/group of desktop apps for the same purposes. What I want the app to be like: Desktop ...