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

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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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How do you make sure your Idea for Application Development is worth a try? [closed]

It been my dream to develop apps in mobile and generally in software development stream since the day i have started to learn and love programming. I have now above 4+ year Software Developemt skill ...
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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 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 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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Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
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Avoid petty general and arithmetic errors when in haste

How can I avoid making arithmetic and petty calculation errors while performing manual arithmetic? The problem arises whenever I am engrossed in problem solving. I make mistakes as silly as 3 ...
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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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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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Study Skills and Strategies for an Academic Subject like Math

I'm interested in learning about and implementing study aids, boons, leads, pointers, ..., preferably those proven through research. I'm regardful of questions such as How to set a realistic deadline ...
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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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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 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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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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Is it detrimental to not have a new stapler in over three years? [closed]

Microsoft has a Windows "honestly" ad about their tablets, where they feature a guy, supposedly an accountant, who brags that he "hasn't approved a new stapler purchase in over three years" (YouTube: ...
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Identify, organize and execute long term goals

Currently I work off of a written to-do list of short term goals/objectives which has proven to keep me organized and helped shape me into a proactive individual. This structure has served me well ...
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Best practice for balancing schedule, activities, tiredness and personal energy levels?

Many people who are on an early-morning weekday schedule (7:00 AM in my case) will tend to have later wake-up hours during holidays and/or weekends. However in my case, this makes it really difficult ...
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What makes a 'break' appropriate or safe to take?

Happened too many times. After overcoming something in your productivity period, you suddenly feel tempted to take a 10 minutes break. An overly dangerous one because it exits from the productive ...
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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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How to set goals when studying?

One of the main issues I have when it comes to studying is that I don't have a tangible goal. At school, if the teacher says "hand it in this paper tomorrow", you know that when you finish the paper, ...
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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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Email delegation/procrastination on the desktop

I've been using Mailbox on my iPhone since the first day it came out. I'm a very visual thinker and use my email as an action list for daily productivity. Mailbox is fantastic for this because I can ...
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How *exactly* do you manage all of the various things you need to do during the workday?

During the day (at work), I've got a number of different things I need to do (mostly work-related, but some personal). These fit into general categories: the major things I'm working on that day ...
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How do I begin to get organised?

I have struggled with organization and administration my whole life. Starting in 5th grade my grades plummeted. Nothing changed. I scraped by in school and even after all of that had to get my GED. I ...
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How to increase productive number of hours

I am working in software industry and my job demands me working 10-12 hours everyday. In addition to this I spend sometime in travelling everyday 1.5 hours approx. When I reach home in evening ...
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Which is a minimal and effective way to prioritise tasks with projects/tags?

I have built my productive task/time management system in various applications and various strategies. It seems that I have concluded in a system that helps me a lot, but I want to force this to 99%. ...
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Keeping creativity when having a schedule

As you know, having a schedule (or a plan) optimizes your time a lot. Once thought out you just have to follow it. Since you know what you are going to do you can prepare in advance for some of the ...
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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 keep yourself fresh for office when all your holidays are spent studying?

I am currently working as a software engineer.I am also studying for a Masters degree.This means that I don't get any free time.I work 10 to 7 and when I go home I have to study.I don't even get any ...
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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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Time Management issue

I am a class 12 science student and I have coaching classes ~7 hours a day and they start at 10 am and with small frequent breaks they end at 5 Pm. My problem is that I wake up at 8:45 am and I am ...
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How to work on multiple projects effectively?

I'm working on 2 projects, both investors are in a hurry, and I'm a computer sciences student. It's summertime now but in fall, I have no room to breath. Sometimes I feel like not doing anything, ...
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Optimize Travel Time on Smart Phone

I spend a good chunk of time driving or being driven. How do I optimize this time? What do you do on your smart phone to best utilize travel time? What do you do while you are driving [solo] to best ...
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What are alternative sleeping patterns

Currently I sleep 7-8 hours a night, but I've heard of different sleeping strategies where you sleep in shorter increments and do them often. What is the most common form of an alternative sleeping ...
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How do I get over addiction to movies? [duplicate]

I have 100Gb of movies, which I don't want to delete, but if I don't I'll watch them again and again. It's hurting my time beyond my imagination. Every night, the movie keeps on running though I am ...
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Less time, Less Experiences and many tasks

Every new idea that I had, I want to pursue, but cannot because of limiting factors such as: Time Experience and too many things to do. I am a software engineer. I love programming and have to ...
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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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How to use kanban board to do GTD?

Almost everybody in my department at the university use an online kanban board (KanbanTool) to manage writing papers, preparing and conducting classes and exams for students etc. in line with Kanban ...
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How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
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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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Personal productivity when having almost no time

Having children may be a blow to your personal productivity. So much time is suddenly devoted to taking care of kids---there may only be a couple of hours for sleep every day. There may be other ...
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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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Distracting thoughts while doing Yoga?

I have been doing yoga for a long time every morning. But there is a problem with my thoughts while i am doing yoga. These thoughts distract me and breaks continuation. After few minutes i have to ...
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Reducing fragmentation: App to focus on single task

There are a few apps (like Rescuetime) that track what you're doing with your computer. And there are some tools that can help you when you decide you want to eliminate distrcations (StayFocused ...
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How do I resume a long suspended project?

I was working on a CS research project and generated a lot of deliverables like code, data, diagrams, reports etc. which I stopped working on 4 months ago. Now I want to resume it as the project ...
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How to even out work flow when there is a lot of work and when there isn't much work

In my workplace (developer, but I assume this question would apply to all environments), we get a few months of manic work with loads of tasks to do, which tend to get rushed for deadlines, and then ...
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How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
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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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How can I remain productive when working long hours?

Occasionally I have to spend some late nights working on projects. It is not a common occurrence, but sometimes projects just need an extra night or two to hit a deadline. Unfortunately I have found ...