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

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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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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 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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I have burned out, what is best way to fix it?

I have burned out at my current job. I feel that my productivity is falling. What is the best way to fix it? In the past I have always quit a job then searched for another one. I think this is not ...
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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 use GTD both at home and at work

I'd like to use GTD, but work in an office away from home. I rarely take work home with me, but sometimes, for example, bring bills to be paid to work with me. I would especially like to hear from ...
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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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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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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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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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Does the “30/30 Minute Work Cycle” really work?

I'm about to embark on a pretty time consuming software project, so I'm looking for ways to improve my productivity over long periods of time. While searching for solutions, I found this article: ...
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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 ...
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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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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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What can I do to keep my work space tidy and clean?

I have quite a messy desk at work, and that messiness state is reflect on my desk (or kitchen counter or some other work space) at home. Not matter what I do, it returns to this state of messiness in ...
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How do I stay motivated when there's too little to get done?

Maybe odd question, but I think I have an odd productivity problem. I lose the will to finish my projects at work when I have very little to do. I am more used to fast-paced environments that keep me ...
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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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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 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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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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Coffee: good or bad for work? [closed]

Are there any reliable researches defending the regular consumption of coffee at work?
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How to capture everything when work stuff and home stuff need to be kept separate?

Because of the nature of my job most personal electronic devices are off-limits at work, including accessing personal e-mail accounts. Likewise, I cannot access work e-mail at home, and really should ...
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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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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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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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How does taking a break from work improve productivty?

What research has been done on this subject? I.e Is it better to work 95% of the time and break for 5% or 70% - 30%? What should you do during your break?
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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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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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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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Working and studying--being productive

The summary: I need to be hyper-productive. I work more or less for eight hours a day, but I still need to graduate. I can not stop working--I need to do so--but I'm still trying to find a way to ...
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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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Remember The Milk alternative that is not “in the cloud”?

I use RTM for my personal task management, and I love it. I'd love to use it for work as well but my company has policies that do not allow me to put company data onto external services. I currently ...
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Structuring your day/week to be the most productive when you need to do development and non-development tasks?

I have straight development tasks, non-development/business tasks, and some tasks that kind of sit in the middle to do most days, and I was wondering what would be the most efficient way to structure ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 *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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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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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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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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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 ...