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

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Do we need rest after sitting on a comfortable chair all day?

I am making my daily time table chart. I work as a web developer. After my work, I take a bus and come back home. There is not much physical activity involved. I added an extra time of 30 minutes to ...
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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 for 'bettering myself' through some extra work on a weekend night. I still get plenty of ...
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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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What are the primary rebuttals to the 4 Hour Body and the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris?

I have read and understand the popularity of the '4 Hour' series of best-selling books by Tim Ferris. H However Tim himself asks the readers to consider everything he writes with a skeptical mind as ...
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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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If And Then Else Planning

So, I've thought up the basics for a productivity / scheduling system that I refer to as in the title. Basically if this and that is true do this, else if do this. Let me give an example that I'm ...
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GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
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Importance urgency and optimimal productivity

How to do most important things first and still find the most appropriate thing to do for the brain? What gives? Between Most important thing, most urgent one, and the most appropriate one for your ...
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Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...
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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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What is the best way to schedule your day?

I find that having a day plan is great: It helps to act according to my priorities I can save time by batching similar tasks together I am better focused, and get distracted less I am ...
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How valuable is time? [closed]

We all know time is money and yes time is extremely valuable, but how much is it really worth? How much would you buy "a min" "an hour" or "a day" for? Before events like deadlines for objectives or ...
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cross platform/synced pomodoro timer software [duplicate]

I would like to find a cross platform, variable pomodoro timer. The more control it gives the better, and It would be excellent if it had android widget and android wear support. Please advise if you ...
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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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Strategy to utilize fragments of time?

I am refering to short and scattered fragments of time like commuting, waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus etc etc. I read an interview of a businessman who said he was working as a photography ...
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Recommend a Countdown Timer – computer app or OS widget

I'm looking for a computer-based countdown timer that is light-weight and offers ease of use. I want to use it to put time limits on certain tasks, like spending max 2 minutes on a news article ...
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How to handle long drives to work?

Every morning, I need to drive between anywhere between 2 hours, and sometimes upwards of 3 hours. Sometimes I wonder just how much I can mitigate this pain, in regards to the loss in my ...
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Wrist watch with programmable time-management funtion

I am looking for wrist watch with at least 8 programmable alarms. It can be a watchface for pebble or apple watch OS or android wear, does not need to be a physical watch. Recurring short silent ...
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Calendar alerts for events at unusual times?

Most of the time, I have morning meetings at 9 am, which is listed in a Google Calendar calendar that I subscribe to. In the rare case that the meeting starts at 8 am – is there any way to get a ...
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How many units of work per unit of break?

How should I gauge the percentage of work time against percentage of reward time? Example: I have a day-long activity that would be a powerful motivator for me to get some work done, but I'm not sure ...
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How do I handle ambigous question(s) in exam?

Well, I'm preparing a competitive exam GATE. I'v written last year this exam. I've tried solve old papers of GATE CS/IT. I found, there are many ambiguous problem in these papers in every year. For ...
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How to divert your mind from the continuos process of thinking?

I am a software engineer. My job needs me to solve some software problems. Sometime, I need to discuss some problem with in the team. Generally, I work 8-9 hours. After coming back from office, I ...
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I need a wearable device that can alert me 2 hours from any now that I choose

I want to click, tap, poke, prod drop or kick the thing and in exactly two hours, or another period I set, it beeps, vibrates, howls or screams at me that the period has elapsed, and hopefully wont ...
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How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
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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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How to work effectively during the holiday season?

I am in a situation where I must do a lot of work during this holiday season. How can I do this, without looking asocial to my friends and family? I will be in situations where there are alot of ...
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How to limit the number of Youtube videos watched?

I have ran into this problem that I get into these Youtube video watching cycles which then take a toll on my sleeping schedule and later productivity the next day. I've tried limiting the # of ...
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How many usable hours do I have in a day?

I want to know, how can I figure out how much time I have in a day to use? What is a good way to calculate exactly how much time I have to put into my work?
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The Productivity Monk Lifestyle or Apartment Monk Lifestyle [closed]

Everyday I make a to-do list for the next day, and a schedule to go along with it, and on paper it seems like the next day will be a productive and good one. But I can never complete my list, because ...
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Is the “two-minute” rule really an efficient way of dealing with to-do items?

In one of David Allen's audio tapes I recall him mentioning his "two-minute rule", which means - if you recall something you need to do, and that something takes less than 2 minutes to do, then drop ...
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Methods for reducing time spent in meetings

One of the biggest hits to productivity is time lost in meetings. Are there any methods to avoid unnecessary meetings and improving the productivity of the meetings that are held?
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How to be better updated but reading less at the same time?

I feel I read irrelevant news articles, as well as feel saturated with a lot of them. I'm using Feedly now, and GTD method with Wunderlist in my life. I would like to be better updated but reading ...
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Getting through planning significant events

TL;DR I'm looking for ways to think about and approach planning significant days (special birthdays in particular) more enthusiastically, to try and ensure that I wouldn't rather claw my eyes out ...
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How exactly does the projects list work in GTD? [duplicate]

Been familiar with Getting Things Done for years but recently just completed the book and implemented the complete GTD system using Workflowy. My understanding from reading the book is that the ...
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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 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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Is there a positive correlation between coming to work early and productivity?

I work as a software engineer. In this line of work, we typically have a flexible schedule, and as long as we get stuff done we can come to work late and leave early. In my experience it seems that ...
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Setting reminders in calenders for up coming events

I use Google Calendar to keep track of things and I find it works quite well (it's nothing special about Google, I like the basic idea of adding important dates to a calendar). What I'd like to ...
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Vibration watch with minimum 2 alarms WEEKLY (eg. 1st alarm at every tuesday 13:45, 2nd alarm at every thursday 14:15) [closed]

I am looking for a vibration watch for my 8 years son with minimum 2 alarms WEEKLY (eg. 1st alarm at every tuesday 13:45, 2nd alarm at every thursday 14:15) to the school (not forget to violin lessons ...
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How do I complete my task on the deadline? [closed]

I have so many tasks on my hand, I get pressurized whenever I look at them. But after some time I forget everything, and I feel relaxed. This is a daily routine . How I complete my task on the ...
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How can I achieve best results in studying at home having short amount of time available?

I am preparing for an exam GATE. Due to my current habits (like watching movies, reading news paper, talking/walking with friends), I am facing same things daily . I am doing a job as content ...
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Improvement using Metrics Do's and Dont's

I made a program to track some goals and encourage me to improve on them using metrics. The program was a Day Planner, it was quite simple, I made a list of activities that I would like to be doing, ...
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I'm chronically late to work: how do I change this?

Since I started working on May, I'm always late. Not by minutes, but hours. Last month I logged the hour I arrived at my desk every day and calculated I'm on average 1.5 hour late. I've been trying ...
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How do I break free of this rut?

I have following linked problems: I want to do one thing at a time; and another at another time. I start taking small steps toward my goals and then think of doing another thing, talk myself out of ...
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How to keep motivated to exercise?

I know this may be problem with many but I'd like to personalize it to my situation. When I was 19-20 yrs old I used to go to the gym almost every day for 3 years. Interestingly enough I'd walk ...
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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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Manage Personal vs Non-personal activities & Calendar event times across different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch, medicines etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like to do these things at a ...
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How can I prevent myself bike-shedding over unimportant things on online forums?

Bike-Shedding Parkinson's law of triviality, also known as bikeshedding, bike-shed effect, or the bicycle-shed example, is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that organisations give ...
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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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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 ...