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Planning productive results beyond 1-2 months: systems? SMART goals? Something else?

I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
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How to systematically manage notes for electronic books in PDF format?

I normally read my PDF-format electronic books in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat and edit notes, highlight paragraphs therein. But I find this is not a very good strategy to systematically manage this ...
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How to structure content in a private wiki where information grows naturally?

Introduction: I often dive into some topics quite deeply in order to deal with some private issue. So I spend a lot of time researching, organizing information and coming to my conclusions. Then I ...
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How to use OneNote to implement a GTD system?

In standard* fashion, I must ask how to use OneNote to implement a GTD system? * Using Remember The Milk for GTD *Using Evernote to implement GTD
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Does text expansion help you be more productive?

I have read a few articles on text expansion (mainly from Lifehacker) and they express the benefits of text expansion in their workflows to save time throughout the day. Has anyone put this to ...
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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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What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?

I have some tasks, some of which to be done daily and some other to be done on some specific days. I want to track what I did, what I did not do and why. Also, how should I handle the tasks started ...
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Experiencing stress from participating in online blogs or forums [closed]

Whenever I participate online by commenting(on blogs or forums), I find myself overwhelmed by stress. I experience an adrenaline-fueled fight-or-flight response, just thinking of all the negativity my ...
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Technique for writing an algorithm or solving a problem

When we try to solve some some programming problems or any algorithm, we come across an overwhelming amout of information which is difficult to organize. A simple example is - If I am trying to ...
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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 can I make my productivity system more efficient and usable?

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
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Is it detrimental to not have a new stapler in over three years? [closed]

Microsoft has a Windows "honestly" ad about their tablets, where they feature a guy, supposedly an accountant, who brags that he "hasn't approved a new stapler purchase in over three years" (YouTube: ...
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Making printable checklists

I'd like to print some large A4/A3 sized checklists on paper for people to tick out. Is there any tool that just helps me to churn these out like bullet points in a minute and not have to spend half ...
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Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...
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How to deal with unreliable technology?

One of the biggest productivity drains in my life seems to be unreliable technology. I really do see the potential for technology to simplify and streamline my productivity, and am a keen user of all ...
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Synchronize shopping lists

What is the most effective way to synchronize shopping lists in a household, so that family members can quickly help purchase items for each other? (My guess is that there are smartphone apps for ...
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Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
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While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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Evernote vs. Google Keep for Personal Productivity: Pros, Cons or Other Suggestions?

I'd like to put all my eggs in one basket. Which have people have found most successful, and why?
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An app like Trello, but without the Metro UI?

Trello is so much better for me than Wunderlist. But it doesn't have a non-Metro UI for Windows. Heck the app for Win 8 doesn't even work for me. When I add a board, it doesn't get updated in the app. ...
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Long-term planning tool

There are quite a few applications that track and notify time (Google Calendar,... ) but I found that none of them has the ability to help planning over a long period (let's say, 5 years, 10 years ...
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Nudges - to achieve personal change?

I have tried a system of sending myself timed emails daily (using virtual meetings in Google Calendar), each containing a self-message; e.g. at 6am 'stay positive', at 8.30am 'break work down into ...
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Todo list manager with progress bar

After doing some fiddling with some Excel sheets, I saw that it worked out nicely for me to have a monthly or trimestrial todo list with checkboxes and a progress bar on top. The general look and ...
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Save browser state / tabs opened between usage?

I tend to leave a lot of related webpages open when I work, that I would like to keep working with at later points in time. Is there an easy way to "save" a browser's state with all the opened tabs, ...
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Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
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How to track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
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How do I move from collecting ideas to executing projects?

I use Evernote as a way to record ideas and web clippings that interest me. Some are ideas for projects. Some are collections of ideas that relate to prospective projects. There are quotes, metaphors, ...
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GTD spreadsheet based system with alert or Calendar (iCal, gCal) notifications

I create a GTD system based on excel, whose link I report here. The advantage of having this gtd is that I can share it with my european colleagues without the need of having a dedicated software ...
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Easy way to archive web pages

I read lots of web pages articles (magazines, blogs, wikis, forums). Keeping the interesting ones stored in a single location have become a big problem. Also, looking for important information that I ...
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Recommended notes with tags management software

I'm looking for a software that enables me to manage a large number of notes, short tidbits of information, and to find back later easily the one I'm interested in. I should be possible to add easily ...
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How can I organize my daily deals emails?

I get a lot of daily deals emails, from Groupon, to LivingSocial, to Google Deals, to a bunch of very specific ones like Newegg's shell shocker deals, and all of that is on top of regular daily ...
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What is the fastest way to take pictures of a case file?

It is a common practice in brazilian law offices to take pictures of case files, page by page. The procedure is required because the files can't be taken longer than five days, so it's more convenient ...
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Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
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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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Where should I store good advice?

I sometimes come across good advice like 11 Essential Habits for Success or How To Listen Effectively, and I can't use it immediately but I like it enough to want to keep it around. However, if I ...
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Taking notes on mobile device

I like reading articles on my smartphone with Android. The articles are usually in web browser or pdf or epub reader. The problem comes when I'd like to extract a few sentences that I like. I ...
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How do I take quick notes in odd places to maintain mind like water?

My biggest gain productivity (and reduction in stress) came when I embraced the idea of writing everything down. (Thank you, David Allen!) The hard part is managing to always have something handy with ...
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What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
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What's a good replacement to Gqueues Pro?

I like task management tool GQueues (http://www.gqueues.com/). But the pro version is as costly as $25/mo which is too expensive for me as a student. What's a good replacement to it? I mainly would ...
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org-mode and productivity

I've already seen several times the org-mode application between applications for productivity, information processing, planning, note-taking etc. I wonder what are the advantages of this ...
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What is the best tool for improving brain power? [closed]

Today I discovered Lumocity which is a well developed site to improve "brain power" like: memory attention creativity Is this the best site of its kind? Are there any other recommended tools to ...
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Do gaming peripherals (mice & keyboards) increase productivity of general computer tasks?

I've been thinking of upgrading my input devices and I'm not sure whether buying the more expensive "gaming" devices with programmable keys justifies the investment. I'm looking in particular at ...
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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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What are the digital equivalents of index cards?

I have a very deal of trouble filtering visual information and so have problems working with lists, digital or analog. When I realized that the inherent visual nature of lists was the source of most ...
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Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?

Lately I've been getting interested in "quantified self" metrics. I've been tracking basic health metrics like weight, sleep, caffeine/alcohol consumption, and several other subjective health and ...
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Are there any multi-column basic text-editors to use as a todo list?

I would like an application like Notepad except with multiple columns, preferrably adjustable, for the purpose of creating several todo lists that can be opened with a single document, rather than ...
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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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I want to track pages of book read per day [closed]

I am try Beeminder but it is not apprpropriate tool to page tracker. Can we have tool which is free and I can use it to increase my reading speed? Can I track my pages read something like velocity? I ...
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WebEx - How long is too long

When using WebEx for remote training of software systems, is there a point at which a session is too long. At what point is onsite training better than trying to do it remotely?
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Speeding up online video playback

I'm currently watching a video tutorial, and it would be quite handy to be able to speed up and slow down the pace according to how well I'm coping with the material. This is also something that would ...