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

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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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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 ...
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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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Keeping up with current events efficiently

How do you guys keep up with current events without this activity becoming too time-consuming? I've always subscribed to an RSS stream of a major news agency and filtered important news out of it by ...
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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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Best books on Personal Productivity? [on hold]

what are some good books on Personal productivity which have proven practical advice on being more productive and efficient at work? please provide workplace productivity related books also.
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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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What methods can I use to allocate my time between different tasks?

Say you have several tasks, each with different priorities. What methods or algorithms can I use to divide my time between the tasks? As input, I'd like to have priority and as output a percentage of ...
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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 I set aside time for leisurely reading?

I love reading. For me, it's very stimulating to read for pleasure. Oddly enough, reading on the subway in NYC works very well for me. I am able to live inside the pages of the book I am reading and ...
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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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How can an undergraduate find “extra” time for “extra” topics?

I'm a full time math student and consequently I spend most of my time studying for classes, exams, etc. I would really love to cut out in my weekly routine some time to explore (that is, self-study) ...
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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 can I use Agile/SCRUM at home?

As a software developer at work, I really enjoy working in SCRUM. When I come home at the end of the day, it's easy to waste time, especially when I get my two kids in bed and I find myself in front ...
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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 ...
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How to stay focused on achieving my Goals?

I have read many books on goal setting. i made a list of 10 goals for the year and then just did nothing. All of my goals are realistic and specific. They are short-term to mid-term goals. I started ...
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Dilemma of spending time with family members, watching TV and doing something fruitful?

I am a developer who spends most of the hours of the day at office. Once I am back home, I have a few hours left with me, in which I try to indulge in some hobby, like reading a book and doing some ...
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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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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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How shall I study now…?

I am a class 12 student. I am going to write my board exams on march of next year, and write IIT JEE (engineering entrance exam). I haven't prepared well - I haven't studied much of the concepts ...
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“Should We make Deadlines for Tasks in our TO-DO List”?

I make a to-do list in the morning of the day, which nearly includes all the tasks i have to do in my job. I usually define time deadlines for tasks. For example: (creating a doc: 11:00 - 12:00 pm), ...
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Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
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Personal Kanban on Multiple Teams

I am using personal and team based Kanban on multiple projects with multiple teams. One of the benefits I was hoping to get from Kanban is seeing "the big picture" - all of the work I have in progress ...
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Task timer tool [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Freeware/Shareware programs for tracking daily tasks? Is there a simple tool to manage/track individual tasks with start/stop timer? i.e. when I start a task, I ...
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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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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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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 effectively manage time for 10 books? [duplicate]

I am currently writing 10 books. Each book is non-fiction. None are part of a series or set. Each is unrelated, no content is shared between them. Each will require approximately the same amount of ...
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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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(When) should I take a break in a 3 hours exam?

Is it advisable to take a break of 5 mins in the middle of 3 hour exam? Are there any studies that suggest us the best time at which we should take a break during an exam? Also, what exactly could be ...
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Keeping creativity when having a schedule

As you know, having a schedule (or a plan) optimizes your time a lot. Once thought out you just have to follow it. Since you know what you are going to do you can prepare in advance for some of the ...
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How do I get over addiction to movies? [duplicate]

I have 100Gb of movies, which I don't want to delete, but if I don't I'll watch them again and again. It's hurting my time beyond my imagination. Every night, the movie keeps on running though I am ...
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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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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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Trying to study and work fulltime

I have read several of the other questions about this and they seem to state it is doable. But I am unsure how. I want to study for an undergrad degree in science. I work full time (58 + hrs per week ...
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Skipping a few chapters to learn others properly?

The university I study in has this nasty habit of combining two subjects into one. For example, Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality are taught as separate subjects in other universities. So are ...
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What techniques can I use to complete a thesis in 3 months time?

I am a master's in applied science student in Civil Engineering. My research work deals with analysis of 3 huge data sets in R language and simulating the results in another software. I want to stay ...
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How can I make sure to get up early in the morning and study?

I am in my early twenties. I work as an actuary so my job is hectic with long hours and almost no breaks. I am studying as well. I also have a lot of family responsibilities (especially in the ...