How to combine and transition between using applications, web apps, and physical media, and the associated best practices and habits that increase personal productivity by streamlining the steps or sequence of operations used to perform a task.

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Doesn't the Pomodoro Technique break the flow?

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique yesterday. In my first few trials I've noticed that since this technique requires you to stop working at defined intervals, it can easily break your state ...
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What approach is good? First getting job done then improve or the other?

I have a question for a long time. I am very much bothered by this one. The question is "What approach is good in doing job? Is it first getting the job works, then improve it over time, or You should ...
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How to be a smart worker rather than hard worker to be fit for the IT industry?

How do I work smart rather than work hard, specially in IT context (web development, PHP basically) as this field absorbs only smart professionals? Sometimes I personally feel that I need to work in ...
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How to think effectively?

Today, most people work using their brain. So how to think is a very important problem. Although the faced problems are quite different, there are many general rules are very helpful. For example, we ...
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What are recommended workflows when working with Markdown--in Windows, on a Mac?

For those who use Markdown regularly (other than for writing questions and answers on StackExchange), what workflows do you use when working with Markdown-formatted text files, and why? What ...
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how to maintain a constant productivity level?

I'm facing the following situation: I can work very productively on one or two projects for a couple of weeks (40-60 hours), feeling that nothing (and nobody) can stop me, getting all things done. But ...
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How to separate working environments in a single computer?

I have multiple projects in my life but only one notebook. This means that documents, software, notes, almost everything goes into the same machine and this can be very distractive. My solution to ...
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While learning any new programming language, is it a myth to use a basic text editor instead of an IDE to learn concepts?

I am learning Ruby on Rails these days and asked one of my friend to provide me an IDE for Ruby on Rails, but he suggested to write code on Notepad/Dreamweaver (Windows user currently) first instead ...
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How can I manage a pipeline of content creation?

Say I have a pipeline of articles I'm writing that I want to post at my blog. There is no set date to release any of them, though some might be more time-sensitive than others. Each article undergoes ...
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Personal workflow management web/mobile app with networking capabilities

I am looking for a web/mobile app which could be used to assign tasks to oneself and, more importantly, others who are in your defined network and associated project management. The mobile app is ...
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Version control system for projects involving mixed content

My question: is there a reliable and simple version control system/mechanism/platform/... for projects with content that is effectively monolithic, opaque stuff? Most of the projects I work on ...
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Are there any applications to create workflows for todos?

Currently I use sheet of paper, pencil and eraser; but it is just a bit tedious; especially when making things more detailed. Just text example with different levels of detail: Drink water from ...
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Managing the Task bar and tabs clutter

I am a power user when it comes to browsing the Web and reading a lots of articles , PDF , using command windows and word composer and I use a Windows 8 Laptop. Even in the web browser my browser ...
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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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1answer
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Windows 7 system for defining and managing project workspaces

I work on projects for various clients. There are a handful of documents, all stored locally on my computer, that I frequently need to reference. Additionally, there are some URLs (on our company ...
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How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
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Techniques for mind dump (including mind sweeps/trigger lists)

I have a fairly solid workflow that hangs together well, but I'm interested in hearing more about how people deal with mind dumping--the process whereby after a busy week/event/trip and you clear your ...
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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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Writing more in spite of laziness

I am a PhD student, and I have found that writing down my ideas and thoughts helps me discover new ideas which fascinate me. Such ideas would be difficult to generate just by thinking. Unfortunately, ...
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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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looking for a specific productivity term

I'm looking for a specific term that is used a lot in productivity / time management, that describes the event of being pulled out of your current workflow by someone who needs attention. For example, ...
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How do I use Evernote for college to keep track of homework?

I'm not using EN this quarter because my coursework is just Math and I cannot type math really fast. But all of my homework is done online, and there's a lot of homework. I've made written lists but ...
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Tackling university and a job

The situation: I am at my second year in University. Where I live the Bachelours degree is 4 years, so I haven't gotten to the middle yet. I started my first real job as a developer a couple of ...
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Using Pomodoro switching between two projects

Has anyone tried using Pomodoro technique to work on two unrelated projects? Like alternating 25 minute spells going back and forth between two projects. I currently have a possibility to try this ...
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Systems for managing “daily read” type of information flow (and over flow)

update: Based on the 3 responses I think I need to clarify this question. I read a LOT of news, technology and other sites, daily. I am using two methods for managing this in order to a) spread it ...
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Collaborating Online and enforcing anonymity for members to increase productivity

I have a group of online workers that need to work on a common task , the notifications for the work to be done are also common like the todo lists, wikis, docs etc. What I want is enforcing anonymity ...
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Saving link from iOS Facebook app to Pocket workflow

I use Pocket to store my found online reading material, some of which is found through friends and followed companies sharing on Facebook. Using the iOS Facebook app, the current method I use to do ...
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How should Pomodoro be applied in a college setting? [duplicate]

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 ...