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

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What to do when tired instead of surfing the internet?

After a full day, I am tired, and often end up mindlessly surfing the internet in the evening. It is the easiest thing to do when I've already made a lot of decisions during the day. Unfortunately, ...
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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 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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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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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 (going out or to bars) for 'bettering myself' through some extra work on a weekend ...
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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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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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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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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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Catching up a whole field in science with textbooks and videos of lectures

For a future research project I need to grasp as all of the information I can and concepts over condensed matter physics (with my current background I am fairly familiar with the mathematics and ...
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Checking your work over and over again

When I was in college writing papers I would literally write one sentence, then go back and re-read the entire paper that I had written up to that point. I would do this over and over again. ...
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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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How to use bathroom time effectively

I spend a non-neglible time in the bathroom, sitting on the pot. It occured to me that I could be using the time better and not let precious productivity time literally go to waste. So, how do I ...
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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 design forms like this [closed]

i see such awesome personal productivity forms here. http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ How can i design a form like this?
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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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How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?

My job requires me to drive about 30 minutes to the firm and 30 minutes back to home. How can I use this otherwise wasted time efficiently? Do you have special audio CD's or tracks you do listen to in ...
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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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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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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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Any calendar app that enforces free time, gaps between meetings?

Does anyone know of a calendar application that will warn me if I have violated the following conditions? Too many appointments have been scheduled on a given day Too many appointments have been ...
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How to schedule your time in a crisis?

You have 4 months until the university admission exam. You forgot most of the stuff you will be tested (from 3 years of not using the concepts) and your only possibility of reviewing the forgotten ...
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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 organize my gaming time?

I see all kinds of people (including some of my friends) that simply don't know when to stop playing (for instance, wake up, play WoW, eat , play WoW, eat, play WoW , sleep). Lather, Rinse, Repeat. I ...
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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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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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Can working less get more work done?

I wonder if it is possible to get more done by working less. Lets say that on a normal day: I work 8 hours and finish 10 units of work. If I work less in a day, there are 3 possibilities: I finish ...
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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 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 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 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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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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How to efficiently use time during a long bus trip?

I will be going on a bus tour of Europe soon. I'll spend some time looking out the window or chatting with the other people, but we'll be spending a lot of time travelling. I can spend time reading ...
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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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How do I log and track all my Firefox tabs I want to come back to with out leaving them open or bookmarking them?

I have a tendency to open numerous tabs in Firefox and leave them open , mainly because I've found things interesting or useful and want to be able to refer back to them. However having hundereds open ...
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How can I decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time?

I've recently started thinking that I should spend more money in order to save time. Examples of this include: paying to get my laundry done instead of doing it myself sometimes taking a taxi ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which one you prefer? 2 style of count-down Timer for Pomodoro Technique [closed]

Previously I posted an article to ask for review of my pomodoro app. I'm making a new design as an alternative to taskbar timer. As pomodoro technique users, which one do you prefer as a timer on ...
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A time-management watch with alarms, timers and vibration?

I'm looking for a wrist-watch that can help me in various time-management tasks. I'd like to regularly write down what I'm doing (time logging) so I know where my time is going, the watch could ...
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Online calendars. How long before the event do you set up the notification? [closed]

For example, if you make an event in Google Calendar or Yahoo Calendar, do you make the notification with 1 hour, 2 hours, a day before or at the same time? I know it depends on the event, but I ask ...
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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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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 ...