Questions specific to productivity at work as opposed to home or other places.

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Disconnect from work at home

I recently moved to a new company which has a big dimension (worldwide presence). We're using a custom framework build in several componentes in mixed languages with lack of documentation, most ...
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How to work effectively during air travel

Focusing is very hard during a flight. Lots of distractions, small work space, etc... I've searched the web for advice on this topic, but most articles simply discuss how hard it is to work. I've read ...
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Am I destroying my career as a software engineer [closed]

I have worked as a software engineer (.NET) for 2 years. Our job is easy and it doesn't require a lot of technical or conceptual knowledge. In fact, we always use console apps with XSLT and basic C# ...
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How to Increase productivity in professional life with respect to team members

I would like to know how to increase productivity and increase concentration for following Your colleague who waste your time each day coming and talking to you more than 45 min on a working day ...
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What should we do to become productive/improving ourself when you don't have work in office?

I am a software engineer and in our job sometimes we have lots of work and we need to do overtime working on the project to finish the deadlines. There is also a time when we don't have any new ...
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How do you handle a workday after a bad night sleep?

I am insomniac at least 2 days a week, and the day after a bad night's sleep is terrible, especially its the extreme if its a Monday (obvious!). What are the ways such a workday can be made better if ...
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How to make a plan without readjusting it?

I always struggle with accomplishing the tasks on my to-do lists. For example, one or two weeks before I have exams I construct a plan with what I have to do each day. What almost always happens is ...
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What would you include in an end-of-day routine? [closed]

I am curious to know what you might consider for addition to an end of the day routine at work.
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How *exactly* do you manage all of the various things you need to do during the workday?

During the day (at work), I've got a number of different things I need to do (mostly work-related, but some personal). These fit into general categories: the major things I'm working on that day ...
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9answers
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How can I teach myself to think more innovatively?

Everyday I do the same routine task or assigned work, but in an effort to feel more energetic and enthusiastic, I would like to do the same routine stuff in a more interesting or innovative way. I ...
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Repeating actions over and over again

I asked this earlier but it seems that it was misunderstood, and it looks like this was too, or perhaps I just couldn't explain it, so I'm rewriting this (once again..). Let me start. When I was a ...
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How to switch into a work schedule, in the absence of external pressure?

I'm at a point where I have a gracious amount of free time that I'm not in school. I think I have a viable business idea (centered around a computer application) but it happens pretty often that I'm ...
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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 to fall asleep faster

I'm working a internship this summer where I need to be up by 6:30 and don't get home until 8pm. I'm having trouble falling asleep at night because I'm naturally more of a night person. Does anyone ...
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2answers
223 views

Substances to increase productivity, concentration

I am a workaholic, I don't need to treat it but I need to increase my productivity and efficiency. I am also adrenaline addict. What substances can help me reach my goal? Do Nicotine patches and ...
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239 views

What goes into a 9-5 warm up

A 9-5 job (or any job that fits that description) can be mentally exhausting. How does one prepare for this on a daily basis, to start off focused, increase productivity throughout, and/or prevent ...
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1answer
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How do I combine the principles of GTD with those of the fifth discipline

GTD and The Fifth Discipline are two great books, and systems that are both relevant to almost everything in work and life, but focus on different areas, and make you look at it from a different ...
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Does following a highly disciplined religion help in improving personal productivity?

There are many religions like Islam, Judaism etc that have a very disciplined and orderly approach to life with lots of rules and guidelines even for seemingly trivial endeavors , Does this induce ...
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3answers
535 views

How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
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How can I manage several hours of intellectual work (web dev/coding) a day without getting mentally exhausted?

I'm a coder. It's what I do. It's what I like doing. It's also what pays the bills. I do this at home and I set my own hours. However, I have a problem. I have a very, very hard time getting in ...
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How to work while depressed?

A depressed person must stop working while in depression treatment. But if that person needs to keep working, what can be done? EDIT: Some reasons why I prefer stopping to work: FOCUS:near ...
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Depression or Procrastination, Can either be permanently changed?

This morning I was diagnosed with depression and given medication. My initial reason for visiting the doctor, is because I'm very tired and can't seem to generate the elan to do stuff. As an example, ...
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What can help me be happy about my work?

Before I choose to commit to a project, I'm usually very excited about it. But as soon as the commitment actually requires me to put an effort in, the excitement is partly replaced by stress or the ...
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Relaxing at work

What is a good way to get instant relaxation at work? At home, I can just sleep or play video games. At work, that looks like slacking off, even though I can't concentrate productively while stressed ...
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What would be a good way to maintain an academic and professional journal ?

I maintain a journal(diary) to keep track of personal targets, habit changes, etc. and seeing its positive effects, I would like to maintain something similar for academic/professional acivities. The ...
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Why is my productivity the lowest in afternoon?

Is it just me or is productivity low in the afternoon for general population? I find that I'm unable to do simplest of tasks between 1pm and 5 pm.
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Why do I start wasting time when I am excited about learning some technical stuff?

I make plans, todo lists, etc. about the technical stuff which I have to study. I am not, but I do wish to become an excellent C++ programmer. Now, when I am pretty excited about learning the stuff, ...
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Simple Contact Management System that automatically sends notifications

I am searching for a CMS where I can flag if I had an interaction with a client and then it automatically notifies me a period of time later to remind me to contact them again. This is essentially all ...
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How to spend less time in compositions correction?

My girlfriend is an Italian teacher in an italian school. She usually takes quite a long time to correct the compostions. Let's say at least 30-40 minutes each, and this is quite problematic because ...
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Struggling in coding [closed]

I have a problem that whenever I struggle with a programming problem, for example in computer vision or game programming, I try to look for an existing demo or some code that does that job. I always ...
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What to do during mini breaks from coursework?

I am studying Computer Science and as a group of other students we tend to stay behind in university to do our coursework. Being computer science students we tend to work on a problem for hours on end ...
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How to manage undergraduate studies while working full time

I am doing my undergraduate while doing a full time job. My course is Computer science. I am also working as a software developer in a private company. I have big responsibilities at my work because ...
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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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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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The effect of sleep, nap & PE on personal productivity?

Most of the time, I stay up late until midnight and do things that I want to complete. However, I get 7-8 hours of sleep a day. My normal weekday routine is as follows: Wake up at 8am and go to work. ...
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How long after you drink coffee before it starts being useful

That is to say, how long before you notice the effects, feel more alert, and so on. I'm assuming it's different for each person, but there must be a range. Also, does it differ for different types ...
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Fixing 'reverse-tiredness'?

I'm a nightowl by nature, always have been. I've read Steve Pavlina's strategies on changing this, I follow Lifehacker, and all sorts of things. However, here's how my day goes (from midnight) ...
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I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help with this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best headphones/earplugs to drown out loud nearby conversations I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help me? I wasn't sure if this ...
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How to plan a month of work in advance

I had a main list with the main projects and tasks, organized according with priority, importance and other factors. I would like to be able to plan a whole month of work in advance, so when the day ...
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When to change the job and when the approach

Everybody knows that after some time of stereotype work can become boring and productivity goes down. You can get even disgusted with your job. (Sometimes we see only the negative things, not that ...
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Does the stopping of smoking increase productivity?

Allen Carr, the author of numerous anti-smoking books and the founder of the Easyway Ltd. states that if one stops smoking with the Easyway technique, the quality of all aspects of his life will rise ...
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Looking for a dilbert comic [closed]

Looking for a certain dilbert comic. It starts out the crew is in a meeting and someone asks a question no one knows the answer. The PHB, i'm pretty sure, says something like 'i'll look it up on my ...
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Managing an exceptionally large working week

I'm currently a full time developer (9-6). I am also currently working on my own business idea in my free time. This business idea will take a fair amount of effort to get anywhere near completion. ...
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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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Handle unexpected delays and new tasks

I am still practicing with productivity methods, so I am not very familiar with terminology and techniques... maybe it's all already written in a technique I have not learned yet. My question is ...
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How can I effectively manage a lot of documents?

I have loads of documents which are in a Smead folder like this, but as the documents grow (of all sizes and shaped ranging from check books, A4 size documents etc) the folder is too fat to carry (at ...
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How to handle tasks that can not be completed 'today'

I'm fairly new to the Pomodoro method & wanted to get feedback on how to handle a situation that is common in my line of work. I'm a software analyst/engineer and often times I plan to complete ...
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Self-threatening - destructive or just means to an end

I have been trying out various ways of self-motivating systems, strategies and methods to motivate myself to complete my private projects in time. I often end in a swamp two-thirds in, having trouble ...
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How to discuss productivity (and lack thereof) with your boss?

I have recently graduated college and had a fairly dramatic change of lifestyle. Being that there is never enough time in the day, I used to go to great lengths to minimize my responsibilities and ...
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What fictional characters have high productivity? [closed]

What characters from films, TV shows, or novels are good sources for inspiration on improving one's productivity in work, study, or daily life chores? What can we learn from them about how to be more ...