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6answers
380 views

Exam stress reduction tips

Whenever an exam is approaching, I begin to feel anxious, worried, I also feel fear that something will go wrong and of course it does go wrong, but not due to my lack of knowledge : it's that stress ...
3
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2answers
182 views

How should an individual's goals take priority in relation to a group's goals?

Background: At home I spend quite some time talking with my life-partner about what we are doing, where we are going, how we are living together, what our different point of views are on the same ...
10
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5answers
559 views

How to quickly remove bad experiences from mind & switch to another task?

If something bad happens to me in a day, I can't remove that bad experience from my mind; at least for that entire day or sometimes for next 2-3 days (no matter how small that bad experience is). And ...
6
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2answers
223 views

how to keep consistent self belief

I am sharing with you my week experiment result. Out of 7 days, 2 days my confidence was up and every difficult task was done and I was happy but on the other 5 days my confidence was less, some ...
4
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3answers
356 views

How to avoid losing my motivation during long periods of inactivity?

When I started university, I was really excited about learning new things. My first 2 years were harsh but with a lot of effort and discipline I managed to get good grades and got into all the ...
13
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10answers
1k views

How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
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3answers
248 views

maintaining productivity through disillusionment

Just a question of how is the best way to maintain at least an adequate level of productivity when one feel disillusioned with most aspects of daily life - a daily life that can't be changed ...
3
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5answers
324 views

Is there a tool that can automatically check my inbox and perform an action?

In trying to eliminate the various timesinks that plague my day, I thought about the time that I spend dealing with automatic emails. The most common kind are invoices for which I've automatically ...
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2answers
95 views

Whats an effective color for a todo board?

Different colors have different effects on our moods and behaviors. So, for a todo board that is in line of sight of your workspace, what would be an effective color? Some supporting ...
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4answers
987 views

Personal Kanban - Use multiple boards?

I'm using personal kanban and currently have 2 separate boards - one for job hunting and school, one for household chores. Each is has color coded task types in addition. I don't switch between boards ...
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1answer
72 views

Productivity trainer audio similar to fitness trainer

When we go to workout with a trainer or use a fitness training video, the trainer goads us on to train harder and push ourselves even further. This helps us to push ourselves beyond the limits we ...
4
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5answers
532 views

How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
0
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3answers
95 views

How to keep up with smaller priorities when there are larger priorities?

I am having trouble balancing "little recurring tasks" with the more pressing, timely tasks. Examples of little recurring tasks from my last semester: Every Friday at 5PM I had 10 homework problems ...
5
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2answers
936 views

How to make sure that I don't forget all the books I read and all the experience I have

I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them. For example, in ...
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5answers
2k views

Overcome extreme laziness and increase productivity

How do I tackle extreme laziness to increase productivity? For example, here are some problems associated with it: Writing down tasks to do, but executing none Getting bored at all times Feeling ...
9
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6answers
473 views

How do I concentrate on tough topics when reading on the computer?

I'm a graduate student in computer science, but I have only read 3 academic papers so far this year. The Internet is too fun for me, and I actually have learned a lot from it. The problem is that it's ...
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2answers
197 views

Sleeping when not tired - Procrastination?

Suppose that I am working late and night, and suddenly I decide to go to sleep even though I am not tired - postponing all the remaining work for later. And it's like I have a holiday, I am not ...
2
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4answers
287 views

Is there something where can I throw away my frustration for an individual

Somebody cheated on me. I can't do anything. I want to throw away my frustration. Is there any website or something where I can tell truth to the world. I want people to be aware of that guy. I know ...
16
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7answers
979 views

How do you act confident?

How do you act confident in front of your peers when you have a low self-confidence?Also, how do you get rid of your low self-confidence and bad body image?
2
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2answers
225 views

app which to keep track of reminders and scrap notes

I am looking for an all encompassing app which allows me to handle the my calendar (with mobile reminders) and my "scrap notes" (to-do lists, links I want to check out in the future, cool stuff I find ...
4
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3answers
310 views

Effective method of thinking beyond the first idea

As the title says, do you know any effective ways of escaping the trap of thinking about a problem only in the terms of the first idea/solution that came up? I have encountered this issue both in my ...
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16answers
9k views

How do you remember to sit up straight?

I spent some time thinking about this recently. It's kind of frustrating. It seems that most of the advice out there on posture is about why sitting up straight is good for you. There are also all ...
0
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3answers
368 views

How to maintain Day-Specific Actions such that they don't become Daily To-Do lists?

Following quotes are picked out from the GTD book of David Allen: Day-Specific Actions: These are things that you need to do some- time on a certain day, but not necessarily at a specific time. ...
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2answers
571 views

How to incorporate the processing diagram of GTD on paper?

What would be an efficient way of penning down these branches with my own activities on paper?
5
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3answers
541 views

How can I get rid of the psychological effects of bad experiences from the past?

As a college student, I had my shares of failures in exams, courses, quite a handful of it, so much that it resulted in my one year extension in the university. With this I feel that my past failures ...
5
votes
3answers
4k views

How do you organize your life in Asana?

I am looking forward to migrate fully to Asana from Things because of pricing/costs reasons. What I have right now in Things (for Mac) is : Today Next Scheduled Someday Projects I have never used ...
4
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7answers
403 views

The flow phenomena

Short: How to trigger so called "flow" phenomena during everyday work routine (which is not really challenging)? A bit more detailed: On Wikipedia site about flow we can read: Flow is the mental ...
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3answers
230 views

Is It Worth The Time?

There was an xkcd recently that raises an interesting question, which I would like to pose to Productivity.SE. The math of the chart is undeniable, so I am not asking "how much time is saved by doing ...
3
votes
1answer
240 views

Task estimated to be 8 pomodori, what to do?

Scenario: I am reading a tutorial; it is separated in Chapters. I have "proved" over the course of 5 chapters that each one of them takes me 8 pomodori (there hasn't been an exception). Problem: ...
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11answers
18k views

How to cancel out caffeine's effects on sleep?

I'm a programmer and I need caffeine in order to do my job. But, the paradox is - the same caffeine that enables me to do my job degrades the quality of my sleep, which in return degrades my ability ...
2
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2answers
164 views

How to set/control my hours with a new employer?

When I start a new job I face a difficult time with hours. I like to work from 7 or 8 (when it is nice and quiet) to 3 or 4 in the office and then do a bunch more at home. These hours are not usually ...
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8answers
16k views

Do noise cancelling headphones block human speech and PA systems?

Often, when people have wanted to reduce sound from nearby conversations, people have recommended noise cancellation headphones. However, I have heard that they cannot block this kind of noise. They ...
3
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2answers
199 views

Becoming efficient and thus reducing how much we work & stress?

We're all about productivity and efficiency these days. But these all serve to get more done in less time, making us more stressed and looking for even more ways to cut time down. At least, that's ...
1
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3answers
126 views

Dislike towards sleeping late in order to study

I dislike/cringe at the thought of having to sleep late in order to study. This is for the reason that I make it a point to go to the gym everyday, and to get the most out of it I need to get the most ...
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6answers
7k views

I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun

I always end up playing a game or something when I'm supposed to study. Hey, having fun is a lot more fun than studying, right? What can I do to make the consequences of my action seem more real? I ...
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13answers
3k views

How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
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vote
1answer
142 views

Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
6
votes
4answers
1k views

How to concentrate on only one thing?

I have a problem. I can't concentrate on one thing at a time. I can't read a whole article, I can't read a whole book, I can't watch tv without reading news from social networks for example. Could ...
3
votes
2answers
236 views

While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
6
votes
4answers
651 views

What are the general steps to increase your IQ?

I believe that the engine that drives us forward is our IQ. Increasing it will result in a higher productivity rate so I'd like to know what are the general steps that will put a person on that path. ...
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3answers
222 views

Why is learning theoretical stuff necessary to be a software engineer? [closed]

I'm a engineer student. After passing 3 years of learning hard theoretical stuff, I expected that my fourth year would be interesting for me as a software engineer, but we are still learning about ...
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vote
1answer
93 views

Help in determining when it's productive to pause?

I understand there comes a point where you can be so fatigued/stressed/distracted that continuing to work on a project will be less productive than if you were to step away to do something else. ...
4
votes
6answers
775 views

Is there any application which can track things on daily basis

I am looking for some personal tracking or logging application in which i can enter my records for each day. Just like we have the hard copy of the diary with all dates and times and we can look back ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Bad biological clock and weird sleeping hours

I always sleep from around 4am until 12pm (a total of 8 hours of sleep). It is kind of a Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) I am from an Asian country and there people believe that you should sleep ...
10
votes
7answers
2k views

How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
26
votes
11answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
307 views

I have a mastermind group set up. Now what? What activities should we be doing while together?

I am interested in any ideas on interesting activities or discussions we could do/have while together. Also any tips on how to effectively run a mastermind group and ensure our members get the maximum ...
5
votes
4answers
205 views

Advantages of disconnected time

It's often recommended to 'unplug' - that is to switch off your emails and mobiles ect for a particular amount of time. While the benifits of doing this socially are obvious, the benifits of doing ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

What are the criteria of when to make use of alternative contacts in out-of-office e-mails?

My question is more regarding career etiquette and maybe "social / emotional quotient", but for me it is a matter of "personal productivity" and I think it would be a great fit here. Sorry also if the ...
12
votes
5answers
777 views

How to trick our minds into doing mundane tasks?

There are some daily tasks I am too lazy to do: simple cleaning, washing dishes, etc. When I have no other pressing tasks, I end up not doing these simple tasks. However, when I have something coming ...

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