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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What's the most effective studying method?

I study at a high school/college and I'll soon have my exams period. I was wondering what is the best way to study, given that I want to get the most use out of my time. What should I pay attention ...
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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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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 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 can I productively manage my time when I have more than one manager?

In a matrix management structure, I may be delivering work, documents, calculations for 3 different members of senior management, all of whom have a range of priorities defined for the deliverables. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Reusability to enhance efficiencies

All of us are dealing with numerous presentations and documents in our day-to-day work life, and I am sure that with the process-oriented culture that runs in most organizations today, at least 70-75% ...
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Mandala charts adoption for personal productivity

I've found an iPad app about "Mandala Charts" that, to me, seems to be related to an effective time planning. Or, maybe, to a form of multidimensional analysis. I'm not sure, though, as most of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What to do when you have a lot things *you* want to do and you want to do it all, without letting nothing left?

I don't have any technique or something that I follow. I normally jump from one thing to other, sometimes having dozens of tabs opened in my browser (more than 50 some times) and even using different ...
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Switching tasks

I love programming, but excessive programming is bad for health/sanity. So I want to make it my goal to exercise for at least 30 minutes after work. I can't exercise right after work since my commute ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...