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“Should We make Deadlines for Tasks in our TO-DO List”?

I make a to-do list in the morning of the day, which nearly includes all the tasks i have to do in my job. I usually define time deadlines for tasks. For example: (creating a doc: 11:00 - 12:00 pm), ...
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How do various GTD services implement Next Actions lists? (Is there a canonical way?)

I really like Doit.im's interface, but there's a major flaw in the way they handle the Next Actions list. Every project task appears as an actionable item by default (which is obviously ridiculous): ...
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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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Planning productive results beyond 1-2 months: systems? SMART goals? Something else?

I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
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Is watching educational videos at higher speeds helpful?

I find that I can watch lectures/videos at 1.5x or 2x speed (depending on the speaker) and still understand what they are saying. This allows me to finish material in less time, which seems to be a ...
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Am I procrastinating or are these tasks really important?

If you want to achieve a goal, you'll have to do a list of tasks, that help you get closer to that goal. We all know action is king when it comes to achieving goals: you'll want to cut out ...
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Scientific studies on the effectiveness of accountability partners

Does anybody know of any scientific studies which show that using accountability partners can effectively get someone to to build a habit or do something? I'm particularly interested in studies that ...
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How to change my negative thoughts into positive ones?

I am 52 yrs old. So let's see if a "old" dog can learn new tricks ;) Background info: I am in a horrible marriage and am trying very hard to make a income of my own so I can leave. I have a spine ...
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A social media dashboard to get all the notifications in one place [migrated]

Anyone knows any site where you can have all your social media "dashboards" in just one page? I keep "wasting" time visiting different pages at once to see what my friends are doing, but I would like ...
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The best “negative motivation” movies (or books, etc.)?

Requiem for a Dream is the best negative motivation movie I ever seen. This movie really helped me. And recently I started to notice that negative motivation is the only type of motivation that ...
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Higher quality work lead to higher productivity? [on hold]

I read this once in a random business article months ago and I cannot recall which article. It kills me because I believe the statement, but I cannot back it up with a source. Does this sound familiar ...
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Full Year Calander Poster [on hold]

I have a large, blank wall and a truly insufficient sense for the passage of time. Clearly, one is the answer to the other. Fundamentally, I am looking for "the right questions to ask" to visualize ...
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I have trouble motivating myself to read programming books

I honestly love programming but I find it tiresome to read programming books. Well, I find it tiresome to read most books actually, with the exception of short stories. Do you guys have any advice you ...
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How do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
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How to improve concentration on more important priorities than facebook?

I used to be a very focused student in school. But after coming to college after i got access to unlimited internet,freedom my concentration has fallen very steeply. Even while studying for my final ...
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Which contents are suitable for learning from listening

I thought it is productive to generate or download some audio files and listen to them in dead times (for example in car) to speed up the learning in my education. I am a university professor and I ...
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Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...
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How to remember correct solution to (academic) mistakes? Learning techniques

While studying I do a lot of tutorial questions and I find that I always make at least one mistake in every tutorial. Once I've found the error I have several ways that I've tried to deal with it. ...
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online courses or reading books? [closed]

I like learning new courses. Watching video lectures online seems to take a lot of time. Which is a better way to learn, doing online courses from sites like Coursera or reading the course related ...
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How can we use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...
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How to distance myself from a negative colleague in another dept. with whom I have to interact regularly? [migrated]

As quality officer i have to interact a lot with the business analyst. Things went ok in the beginning when the BA just started in the company (i have been here for 8 years), but later on we become ...
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Do video subtitles make learning easier or harder?

I am a visual person, so reading is easier than listening. When watching videos with subtitles I find that my eyes tend to mostly watch the words more than the speaker because it is easier and faster. ...
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How to “do it now”? [duplicate]

Popular self-help literature on procrastination recommends to Do it now! and build The Now Habit, that is, the solution to procrastionation is supposed to be that you don't procrastinate. That's all ...
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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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How can I improve reading speed and comprehension?

How can I improve my reading ability? I want to increase my reading speed and comprehension. Do you have experience in increasing your reading. What did work for you? Which approaches failed?
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Do audio books help our productivity?

Audio book sales are increasing since 2010 in the world. But do audio books really help us analyze a book? I ask because some people (including me) like to touch what they read. This is also the ...
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Trouble focussing during one on one classes

I am new to this forum . I need some help with concentration problem that I encounter very frequently . Firstly, I am an average student with big ambition .Moreover, I haven't performed well in ...
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Remapping the underscore key

I'm thinking about remapping my underscore key since I use it frequently in filenames and its quite a pain to get to when I type. I have no problem doing so, but I was wondering if there is a standard ...
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How to be productive on publishing scientific papers?

How some people are more productive on publishing papers? Do faculty with many publication follow an strategy or method? what is that? What are the major skills or think style in research which lead ...
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Knowing I want to accomplish something but feeling like I don't want to

I have found interest in a few subject matters. These subject matters have me really curious, I'm spending a lot of time thinking about these subject matters in one way or the other. When I'm engaged ...
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GTD Outlook 2013 setup guide vs. 2010

I bought the GTD Outlook 2010 Setup Guide last year for some tips on configuring that version of Outlook to support the GTD process. Now I've upgraded to Outlook 2013, and there's a new Setup Guide ...
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Reminder services: do they exist?

I'm trying to figure out what life coaching services are out there. What I have in mind is something like the following: Call/e-mail the service with a message similar to the following: "Call ...
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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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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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Self-hosted Evernote alternative?

I'd like to have an app running on my own server that stores and syncs notes, with a great interface. Any suggestions?
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How to systematically manage notes for electronic books in PDF format?

I normally read my PDF-format electronic books in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat and edit notes, highlight paragraphs therein. But I find this is not a very good strategy to systematically manage this ...
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How do I deal with distractions by checking websites? [duplicate]

I am an instructor in a university. For job promotion I need to publish some papers. Usually if I start a software or a research I like to complete it. But nowadays, when I sit behind the computer ...
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How to be more focused while reading and listening? [duplicate]

Many times, I loose focus while reading and listening. While having conversation with someone, if someone explains me something lengthier after few lines, I loose concentration and can't grasp ...
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How to make habit of quick and better decision making? [duplicate]

I often come across situations where I get too much confused and too much time to take a decision, even in case of small things. Let me explain with examples: Ex 1 - Suppose, I want to buy a shirt. ...
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Consistent Productivity

I have been conscious of being productive at living for a few years now and by and large it has enriched my life. I value time far more than I used to before and that keeps me focused at tasks at ...
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“How to Resist the Temptation of Multitasking at Work”…? [duplicate]

When i ma at work my mind wanders in all different directions and i find that im all messed up. I can't concentrate on one task at a time and do many task simultaneously. for instance..im in a middle ...
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How Can I Eliminate Habit of Distraction at Work?

I work in a medium sized organization and my job is a desk job. I usually make a list of things I have to do during the day, but I hardly achieve anything. I put off things until late evening and ...
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Scatter brained, information overload

I wonder if the 14 years of extreme multi-tasking in my job has contributed to training my mind to be scatter brained, however I've been this way for as long as I can remember- the information age ...
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What are some critiques of David Allen's GTD system?

I'm curious if people could point me to some constructive critiques (books, essays, videos, etc) of David Allen's GTD system.
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Todo list manager with progress bar

After doing some fiddling with some Excel sheets, I saw that it worked out nicely for me to have a monthly or trimestrial todo list with checkboxes and a progress bar on top. The general look and ...
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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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Skipping a few chapters to learn others properly?

The university I study in has this nasty habit of combining two subjects into one. For example, Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality are taught as separate subjects in other universities. So are ...
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How to manage multiple simultaneous private projects?

I have a number of private web design projects that I work on during my spare time. Non of the projects have any real deadline, other than my own urge to finish them. As there is no real deadline, I ...
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Productivity Enhancing Linux Distro

I wasn't sure whether to put this in a more technically oriented StackExchange site or here, but here is my question: How plausible would it be to create a custom Linux distro (or modified version of ...

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