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

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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 ...
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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 do I do with abandoned pomodoros?

This morning I decide to try applying the Pomodoro time boxing technique in my coding, but using it for software development raises some questions I would like to try and resolve before continuing. ...
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How can I make my evening work time more productive?

I have always been at my most productive in the morning. However I have recently had a child which has required that I rearrange my schedule somewhat. I still wake as early as possible and get work ...
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Where can I get a custom designed notebook from? [closed]

There are people out there who are just like me. We rarely memorize information just for the purpose of having it. We use Google to know things and we look things up as we need them. We are those ...
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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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Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?

I looked in The Pomodoro Technique book and didn't see this referenced, but what should you do if you know you can't finish a Pomodoro? Let's just say I'm using 25 minute work blocks and 5 minute rest ...
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What is Gathering Point in Time Management?

What is exactly Gathering Point in Time Management? What is the benefits of Gathering Points?
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Productivity in the gaps

I'm in a situation where I find myself with a few moments of downtime each day where I'm waiting for a bit before starting again. Most of these periods are 10 to 20 minutes long. I can, and do, use ...
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How do other parents find the time?

I've been a father for several years and I find that my most productive personal hours outside of typical work day are between the hours of 9:30-11pm. Everything before that is consumed by work, ...
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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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What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
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How to conduct update status meetings, that are productive and time efficient [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Methods for reducing time spent in meetings In my organization there is a priority project that has a status update meeting every Wednesday, and the only subject is to ...
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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 use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
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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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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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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 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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How to keep salesmen busy? [closed]

Some kind of jobs depend on the presence of customers to do their job. A few examples are inside salesmen, waiters, and so on. My current problem consists in trying to convince the directors against ...
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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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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 does efficient people organize and prioritize things when under heavy work load? [closed]

This is regarding a person (me) working in computers as the only and primary job in operations role ( which I mean more of a engineering role of remotely managing data center and stuff like that with ...
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Is there an automatic time tracking application? [closed]

I'm looking for a time tracking tool to monitor and boost my productivity. What I have in mind is a program that works in the background and keeps track of which application is active at any given ...
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How often should you take breaks for maximum productivity?

When working on a project, how often should you take breaks and for how long for maximum productivity? Are there any studies or research on optimal use of breaks (universally), or is it more of a ...
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Is there a proven method for managing emails?

I find I often have an overflowing email inbox. Are there any methods or systems to help efficiently and effectively filter through, sort, and reply to emails?
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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 ...