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

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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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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 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 *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 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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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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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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A software/application to Organize my random sets of data/content/texts/info

I have the need to store random contents (on my local hard drive/ laptop hard drive) for personal use so I can look these contents up later on when I need them. That would safe me lots of time and ...
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How to be productive when relaxing?

Let's say I work at my most productive hours and I do a lot of work. At a certain point, I will become tired. Self-discipline might make me work for another hour or so but after that the quality of ...
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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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How do I stay on top of e-mails while remaining focused on real work? Are there tools for this?

What I am looking for I am trying to find tools that can help me stay focused on the list priorities and thus improve productivity. I face a problem with my work and nature. I feel this is related 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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What next after pomodoro technique? [closed]

What other time organizing or self organizing techniques would you recommend after the Pomodoro Technique? Please suggest books, theories, and articles.
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My Goals and Daily Programme

In the turn of this year, I have put together some goals which I want to pursue and areas of my life I want to advance in. To meet these goals, or to work within these areas, I have created a daily ...
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Boosting Energy

I have a real bad tendency to take long naps when I am tired. Is there anyway to restore my energy after study for a long period of time without napping or using caffeine?
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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 ...
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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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Time tracker that notifies you when you spend more than x hours at computer?

Sometimes I spend too much time at the computer and I need something to remind me to do the "other" stuff. I am looking for some kind of alarm that would work as a Chrome extension or Linux ...
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Reducing Decision Fatigue by offloading to paper - Where does it fit in the personal productivity world?

Much of personal productivity methodology seems to be based on reducing the strain on the brain of deciding what to do. What I have found help is to write down of a paper the tasks I think I should ...
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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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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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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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Finding the most efficient way to do something

I have over the last few months noticed that there are many different, more effective and more efficent means of doing things then the way the general population does them.For example, learning the ...
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How can I block an application such that I myself cannot use it?

I have trouble with personal productivity at home, sometimes, due to overuse of time-wasting applications. I'm trying to work around my poor willpower by locking the application from being ...
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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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Productivity Chat Bots

Does anyone know of any companies/services which offer automatic chat bots in order to boost productivity (i.e., aiding in stuff like reminders or personal deadlines)?
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Sleep quality depending on daytime

Let's say you do everything well to have a good sleep: no excitation before, light diner, good position in bed, ... Also given you sleep as much as you need too and wake up naturally, is it better to ...
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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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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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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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How to automatically enter contact data into a database of contacts?

I want to be able to enter contact details of people from their email signatures into my address book automatically, without having to copy each phone number and name or other element one by one into ...
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How should I track tasks based on urgency and importance, and choose due dates for non-urgent important tasks?

I've read about the concepts of urgency and importance, but I'm struggling with the actual mechanics of tracking these things. How should my todo list be set up? Should I have multiple lists? ...
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Why do we waste time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? I know that I should be working now. Yet I watch funny videos, read the news and browse interesting links. Why is it ...
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Benifits of being on time (or not)

Being on time is something I have problems with. I think if someone could convince me of the important 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 code faster?

I am really behind on my schoolwork (a result of both procrastination and my disability) and I need to finish 4 programming assignments in 5 days. Usually each assignment take me two days to do, ...
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Is it really useful to know too many things?

Recently I had a very strong thought about preventing myself from using the Internet. I found that I knew too many things - from daily news to facebook, twitter, and all kinds of garbage information ...
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Dealing with massive amounts of emails

I have two personal email accounts I have somewhat neglected, and they currently have a massive amount of email in them. I am wanting to implement something like Inbox Zero with these two accounts,as ...
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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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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 ...
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How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
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Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming

I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to ...
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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 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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How to manage long term projects?

I do very well in short projects or things that need to be done for a short term. But I procrastinate when I have very large projects or lengthy things to do. I kinda lack persistence. What is the ...
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Time limit/allocation for chores?

For the sake of a more definitive question, I define chores as domestic tasks that are recurring, generally unenjoyable and have no hard datelines. The conditions are such that available manpower is ...
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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 ...
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Timebox scheduling in GTD

I have somewhat of a dilemma with my GTD system. Lately I started outlining schedules in my application of choice (CC Things). The idea was to create explicit repeating tasks for major activities ...
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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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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 ...