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

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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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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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How do mechanical engineers organize their work?

In programming we have all kinds of fancy named procedures or processes like Agile, Scrum etc. We use tracking tools like JIRA or TFS where we create items for the steps we take to create a piece of ...
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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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What to do when an activity last shorter/longer then the time estimated?

I'm a working student. I own two websites and I'm ending my studies in university. All day long I'm at home studying/working. I have a to-do list for the day and iI use two types of intervals: 50 ...
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I'm overwhelmed.. Do you have an advice?

I am working 100% in a production company as a network administrator. I start at 6:30am and usually go to 6pm to go home. I am learning not very much about the administration, and not very in depth ...
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What is the ideal ratio of entertainment / work hours [closed]

I am trying to find out what is the ideal ratio of work & entertainment hours i.e: If I work for 2 hour (Office, Freelance & Learning stuff) I can have 1 hour of entertainment (Movie, Gaming ...
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Programmer wanting to manage 'context switching' between tasks better [duplicate]

I am a programmer, my daily routine demands that I switch focus (aka 'context switch') between many different tasks in a day. On top of this I have to deal the with usual interruptions from meetings, ...
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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 do my work AT work and not at home?

I'm a college student studying Computer Science. Certain classes are about practising the material, which was covered in the lectures. The problem is - I can never get myself to do the work properly ...
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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 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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Tips to stay productive in 24 hour hackathon

I am attending a 24 hour hackathon next month. We have been advised to bring a sleeping bag if we wish to sleep. Therefore I am assuming it is unlikely I will get more than a couple hours of sleep ...
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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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Is listen music for focus in a noisy environment is a good idea? [duplicate]

I'm student in computer scientist so I need to read a lot a stuff on internet and stay focus when I'm writting code on my computer otherwise I risk to make some error in my program. However in my ...
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Does multiple monitors increase productivity

Currently I have a separate Desktop and a laptop. I have seen that in some people tend to use multiple monitors. Gamers of course love it. But as a programmer, should it be something essential to ...
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Is it worth taking work breaks “by feel”?

As a student working on multiple things, not finding enough time is a constant problem and finding efficiency tweaks is always a goal. Every single source I look at recommends scheduling work into ...
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MAIL + File Manager + Wiki tool: working setup?

After some years of experience and trials, I've found out that form me (and for many around there) the best tool to work efficiently would be software which allow to search and access from one single ...
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How do your busiest people transfer their knowledge?

This question was originally posted on Programmers SE. I've placed it here based on advice in the comments. We have recently polled our company wide wiki users and found out that there are two large ...
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Whats the reason of not willing to progress?

I have been in the environment of competition right from childhood. I took competition very seriously and often sacrificed many things in childhood that usually can be done in childhood only, and I ...
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How to have a serious mindset?

I have ADHD and am controlling it with concerta. My lack of focus and attention, I'm learning to use Todoist app + GTD method. When I work, I use pomodoro to keep my attention zoned into one task at a ...
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How to be the most efficient when given a task you can't finish?

Ok, so let me explain myself. I work in web-dev, especially in the domain of insurance. I'm fairly new to this job ( 1 month ), and I have no knowledge of Insurance and how it works. My boss gave me ...
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Strategies to convince adopting a new system

I spent the last week trying to convince a group of people to use a cloud based word processor instead of the traditional desktop in order to avoid common problems of email exchange. What I thought ...
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How to stop being a perfectionist?

For example, until I know each and everything about a topic, I just don't feel like moving ahead, I get stuck. And I find myself getting involved in very minute details of the topic, which usually ...
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How to use all I know at work?

I'm Victor and I'm 17 years old, when I was 14 years old I started to learn programming and English and I realized I could learn faster than the normal people, when I turned 15 years old I started ...
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Should I workout in the morning in order to stay productive & focused on my work for the rest of the day?

I know that we should start our mornings with the toughest tasks. I'm a programmer & an entrepreneur in general and the hardest things for me are for example to fix a bug that I've stumbled upon ...
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How to maintain a diary meant for tracking how, when, and why I delayed instant gratification?

For instant gratification, I do the following in no particular order: Sit on the sofa, gaze to the ceiling and pull self hair strands. Browse non technical SE sites. Roam around the house doing ...
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Jogging as a tool to always stay fresh and energized

Expanding on President Obama Loves to Jog -- is it normal for people to go on a jog whenever they start feeling drowsy at work or when studying? So that when they return they'll feel fully revitalized ...
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How to internalize Parkinson's law

Parkinson's law is a saying that goes like this: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion I'm perfectly aware of this law; however, I don't always apply ...
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Dealing with pointless meetings at work - should I give feedback to the manager? [closed]

In my current project we have meeting every single day, which lasts for around 30 minutes. The meeting has no agenda. However, by tradition, everyone says what they accomplished the day before, the ...
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How should I boost my confidence and overcome depression? [duplicate]

I have completed my graduation 1year back but no job yet due to low grades in my course. So I feel depressed. When I prepare for an interview,I have a strong feeling that I am not deserved person and ...
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Get the motivation to change (i'm stuck)

Maybe I'm posting this at the wrong place but let's give it a try. Last year was pretty tough; working full-time, having classes in the evening until almost 10:30 pm, my parents divorced, and had to ...
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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 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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Short relaxation break 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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How to love programming or my job

Programming has never been my passion, but currently I want to change my mindset and love it. I don't wan't to go through life hating what i'm doing, but it's hard to change my view because coding ...
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Why is most work unpleasant? [closed]

Human beings have to work to sustain their leisure. But why can't work be pleasurable? I looked for a Stack Exchange site to ask this question, and this seems to be the best fit. If this is not, can ...
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money made me extremely lazy [closed]

I've not had a job in 5 years. I get considerably more money than i need, just living on the (imo, ridiculous) public welfare program I'm on. Now I'm very lazy =/ and my skills have suffered too. ...
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Getting back to work after small break

After doing some work I take a small break and then that small break turns into a long one, ultimately resulting in procrastination. How do I take efficient small breaks so that I do not have above ...
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Sleep is taking over my life - Shift Work Sleep Disorder?

For the last 4 years I've been used to sleep from 7AM to 4PM. Now I try to adapt to a sleeping schedule from 10:30PM to 06:00AM, but that does not really work. After 4 hours I wake up (at 2:30AM), I ...
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Meaning of working hard [closed]

I often read articles about working hard leads to success but what exactly does it mean? Is working long hours after hours even when we are tired is "hard work" ? Please explain what is the meaning of ...
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journey of work

This is probably a stupid question from a middle aged man. But this still looks like a problem to me. I have sufficient technical background and running my own start-up with a few projects to sustain ...
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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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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 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 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 quickly restore concentration?

Very often I'm being interpreted while working or studying, sometimes the interruptions are small, and take a minute and sometimes it requires more than few minutes. How do I quickly restore ...