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

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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?
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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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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 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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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 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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How to prevent oneself from feeling overwhelmed?

Sometimes, there are a lot of things that you are expected to do and you just don't know where to begin. You feel like you are being overwhelmed with a lot of tasks and deadlines. How should one ...
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How to deal with things that cannot be divided into several pomodoros while applying the pomodoro-technique?

I am a student and have found that there are several things which cannot be divides into pomodoros. There are two kinds of them: 1) Courses, meetings, etc., which are fixed scheduled by the school ...
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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 *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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Is it a bad idea to work in the evenings or at night?

Sometimes when I'm bored I work in the evenings and even into the night on work related projects. Is this a bad thing? Will it harm future productivity during the day? Should you strictly limit ...
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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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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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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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Which way to manage download and put them in workflow to install

i download many apps from links in this stack and then forget to install all of them is there any way to manage it?
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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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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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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 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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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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How to stop your rss feeds becoming a mess/information overload?

So like probably many I use Google Reader to manage, read, filter my subscribed rss feeds. Subscribing only as much feeds as you can read doesnt really work. From time to time i delete some feeds, but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Overcome extreme laziness and increase productivity

How do I tackle extreme laziness to increase productivity? For example, here are some problems associated with it: Writing down tasks to do, but executing none Getting bored at all times Feeling ...
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Application to handle Gantt Charts for multiple projects on Mac

Is there any Gantt Chart application for Mac OS X that allows dealing with multiple projects? I have tested Omniplan, which is very good for a single project, but can not work efficiently with ...
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How to keep up with smaller priorities when there are larger priorities?

I am having trouble balancing "little recurring tasks" with the more pressing, timely tasks. Examples of little recurring tasks from my last semester: Every Friday at 5PM I had 10 homework problems ...
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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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How to manage undergraduate studies while working full time

I am doing my undergraduate while doing a full time job. My course is Computer science. I am also working as a software developer in a private company. I have big responsibilities at my work because ...
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What software for Time Tracking and Billing? [closed]

A friend of mine is running a consultancy company and she needs software to manage the people that go to their customers. I've been using Project Management Software before, but this case is slightly ...
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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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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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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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Is It Worth The Time?

There was an xkcd recently that raises an interesting question, which I would like to pose to Productivity.SE. The math of the chart is undeniable, so I am not asking "how much time is saved by doing ...
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How to set/control my hours with a new employer?

When I start a new job I face a difficult time with hours. I like to work from 7 or 8 (when it is nice and quiet) to 3 or 4 in the office and then do a bunch more at home. These hours are not usually ...
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Advantages of disconnected time

It's often recommended to 'unplug' - that is to switch off your emails and mobiles ect for a particular amount of time. While the benifits of doing this socially are obvious, the benifits of doing ...
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Time tracking applications [closed]

What do you think about time tracking applications (application that log the activities of a person) ? Do you think it is useful ?
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Handling multiple projects

At my current company my programming position has recently changed. In the past it has been a technical/functional position where we choose the project to work on and followed it from blank IDE to ...
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Merge daily todo with project todo

I'm on a quest of finding the best tool to manage what I do. TL;DR: Freelance web developer looking for tool to connect project management and daily tasks. I like Getting Things Done methodology a ...
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How to spend less time cooking?

What are some good tips to streamline the process of preparing food? While i enjoy cooking and eating fresh, the whole thing takes up a lot of time. What do you do to speed that up? Do you prepare ...
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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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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 ...