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

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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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Must I work in a company that does not give leaves?

I have been working in a start up company since 3 years and 4 months. I did not avail any leaves until last year when I used all of it to take care of a dear one. Off-late, I have been feeling very ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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In a company setting, what are the drawbacks of prioritizing tasks by revenue?

In a company setting, what are the advantages of drawbacks of prioritizing tasks by revenue? In the article Entrepeneur - Five Simple Ways to Boost Productivity, I read: Delegate tasks that don't ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 would you move forward in my situation? [closed]

Over the last 15 years I have worked as a professional musician, mostly as a percussionist. I have done many jobs with different artists and solo. I have reached the highest point that every musician ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...