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

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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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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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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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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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How do I use Evernote for college to keep track of homework?

I'm not using EN this quarter because my coursework is just Math and I cannot type math really fast. But all of my homework is done online, and there's a lot of homework. I've made written lists but ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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When do you update and study other material?

Considering an 8-9 hours a day in a job, you come home, you are tired, wanna listen to music, don't want to study anything new in CS, weekend comes, you never want to touch anything related to work, ...
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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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Looking for printable daily organizer/planner/scheduler for 2013

I am having a hard time searching for an electronic version (any file type that can be printed) of a daily planner. Paper version of these planners look something like this: Only requirements for ...
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What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
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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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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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How to spend less time in compositions correction?

My girlfriend is an Italian teacher in an italian school. She usually takes quite a long time to correct the compostions. Let's say at least 30-40 minutes each, and this is quite problematic because ...
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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 to avoid temptations

well I usually do prepare a very good plan, but due to lot of temptations and their consuming nature and few of their execution I find discipline bit very hard in day to day life... plans are ...
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Sales Team Time Management Web Application?

I'm looking for a web app to manage my sales team, that contains functionality to assign appointments witt a customer to a specific seller. I would prefer an opensource app.
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Windows Freeware/Shareware programs for tracking daily tasks?

I once had a cool little Java program that allowed me to name each task, and toggle back and forth between tasks to track the time spent on each. At the end of the day I could export the data and ...
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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 do you fill in the “dead” time when using a computer? [closed]

Working with a computer generates periods of "wasted" or "dead" time. I'm talking about the time during which the computer compiles your program, performs a sophisticated computation or downloads an ...
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Time management problem with pomodoro technique

I have used successfully the pomodoro technique for some time. I've found just one big problem that has caused a slight but constant loss of motivation in using it, causing in the end the need to stop ...
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How to manage multiple simultaneous private projects?

I have a number of private web design projects that I work on during my spare time. Non of the projects have any real deadline, other than my own urge to finish them. As there is no real deadline, I ...
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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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What is the best way to approach large tasks, such as reading scientific papers, that require intense focus?

I'm in graduate school, and part of my job is to read widely in my field. Scientific papers are very dense and I tend to read slow, so I average around 2-3 pages/hour. Consequently, long papers can ...
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One hour a day or 4 continuous hours a week for an activity?

Should I practice an activity, say drawing, programming, or even sport, in short day-sessions of one hour for example, or do it all at once in a week? If I choose to do one hour a day, I might waste ...
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How do you usually look for inspiration to move on?

Imagine the situation when you stuck with your everyday duties: you have a clear ultimate goal for this week/year/life, but the initial motivation you had when a project started is totally used up. In ...
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How do I gauge the effectiveness of my time management system?

I'm guessing a lot of people here have some sort of time management system. I'm curious what techniques people use to improve that system over time. For me at work: Weekly look at where I spent ...
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Are there any tips for studying and working at the same time?

Currently I'm a full time employee with the potential to improve myself. I've enrolled in a Master's degree program that will require me to take classes during working hours. For example, I will ...
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If I'm organizing by the week of assignments, should a late assignment go in the week it was turned in or the week it was due?

I currently attend an independent study school (similar to home schooling), so I do everything at home and send it in by email. I organize my work in folders by week. Week 1, Week 2, etc. Sometimes ...
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How to record and optimize sleep patterns?

I believe when it comes to productivity only the individual can know what's best. And that takes time and intentional reflection. I want to optimize my sleeping patterns. I think I need 8 hours of ...