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

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How to deal with dreaded tasks?

How do you deal with difficult tasks, which take long to complete? My problem, for example, are emails which require a lot of writing or research. They are not the main core of my work, and usually ...
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Is there such a thing as a package receiving service?

Is there such a thing as a monthly fee/rent-based service that gives you a "virtual" address to which you can ship your packages, and pick them up at your convenience? Something that would eliminate ...
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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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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 to stop obsessing over my to-do list?

The past two years have been crazy. In 2010, I graduated from college and my now-husband and I purchased our home. In 2011, I started a master's degree and we got married. This year, I started a ...
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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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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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Tips to get back a healthy “Early to bed,early to rise regime”

I feel a little bit of a back-story is necessary here: I was an under-grad student up until last year. I had this habit of sleeping way too late and waking up with time enough to get to classes on ...
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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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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 track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
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App to track activities and progress on them

I need to find application to track my activities and progress that I did on it (for example number of pages I read or exercises I did). I need to be able to look on what I spent last month for ...
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How big is your backlog and how do you manage it?

How big is your backlog and how do you keep it under control? Do you actually keep track and do all of it, or do you have a method of eliminating old but valid tasks such as declaring e-mail ...
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Flexible time management software

I've been using RescueTime to track my productivity, it's so-so, needs a lots of setup. What I need is a software which is flexible and web based I can reach it from my phone and computer. I can ...
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How do I prevent myself from feeling too relaxed during the uneventful weeks preceding big deadlines?

The situation goes like so: big deadline one month from now. So I make some plan. But it gets too easy to procrastinate early on, to put one thing off, to allow a distraction here & there. How ...
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Why is my productivity the lowest in afternoon?

Is it just me or is productivity low in the afternoon for general population? I find that I'm unable to do simplest of tasks between 1pm and 5 pm.
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What are the techniques to sleep effectively

I often do programming tasks at night. When I'm working on a programming task, times I get Ideas and will implement them at a stretch. Subtle, I don't get Ideas that faster and I pause my task. ...
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How can I make my evening work time more productive?

I have always been at my most productive in the morning. However I have recently had a child which has required that I rearrange my schedule somewhat. I still wake as early as possible and get work ...
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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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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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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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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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Site with examples of templates for day planner?

I have developed my own template to use each day. It is personalized to account for routine tasks, emergent tasks, a to-do section for ASAP/tomorrow/this week/long term items, along with a section ...
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How can I deal with others who have different personal productivity goals?

I have many interests in personal productivity. I don't like to waste time so I sometimes pass up social events for 'bettering myself' through some extra work on a weekend night. I still get plenty of ...
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Single tasking vs Mulitasking

I'm a student and hoping to be an entrepreneur. Besides study I spend most of my time working on software development and recently thinking of organizing a team to work on the field of software and ...
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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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How to keep a task from taking up all available time

I will often arrive at work knowing that some task is the single most important thing I need to get done that day. I also know that it should not take all day, yet I always manage to drag it out such ...
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Is there any multi-platform cloud based Pomodoro application?

Is there any cloud based Pomodoro client software which can synchronize with all types of devices like laptops, mobile phones, and desktops? A software like Dropbox but a personal productivity ...
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Productivity in the gaps

I'm in a situation where I find myself with a few moments of downtime each day where I'm waiting for a bit before starting again. Most of these periods are 10 to 20 minutes long. I can, and do, use ...
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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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Recording personal progress on activities (projects)

A month ago I decided to record my progress on my personal activities (goals, projects). I have many such activities and usually I work on the activity I have taste for, or how things develop during ...
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What is Gathering Point in Time Management?

What is exactly Gathering Point in Time Management? What is the benefits of Gathering Points?
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How to make sure that I don't forget all the books I read and all the experience I have

I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them. For example, in ...
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What does science say about productive learning time?

I wonder what science says about how to set learning time. Specificially I wonder about how to mix learning and free time. This is of course related to the attention span. My rhythm looks the ...
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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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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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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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How do I become more agile in shifting between activities?

I really like being able to focus on one activity and only that for a prolonged period of time. I could spend days on end doing one type of activity as I feel that the longer I focus on it, the ...
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Balancing time and quality

Are there any proven or benchmarked methodologies that can be leveraged to balance the challenge between maintaining quality in spite of strict timeline through a disciplined and consistent approach? ...
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What software helps organize and manage practice routines?

I have a practice routine I would like to manage using software. I have several sequential daily and weekly tasks that are flexible in there time(for example, it maybe be a 30min task but can be more ...
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Measuring Productivity Across Multiple Devices

How can I measure my productivity when using multiple devices? I'm a software developer, and I typically work in several virtual machines during the day. Is there a tool like RescueTime or ...
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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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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 handle long drives to work?

Every morning, I need to drive between anywhere between 2 hours, and sometimes upwards of 3 hours. Sometimes I wonder just how much I can mitigate this pain, in regards to the loss in my ...
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Where can I get a custom designed notebook from? [closed]

There are people out there who are just like me. We rarely memorize information just for the purpose of having it. We use Google to know things and we look things up as we need them. We are those ...
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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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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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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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Examples of Productive use of TextExpansion software

I've heard from a few sources who wax lyrical about how text expansion software has been for them - but I'm struggling to find good uses for it - the only use I can see is to save me writing out my ...
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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 ...