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401 views

How to process the items of a project or tasks without a specific deadline?

I have gone several times through the GTD book of David Allen and I have some questions left unanswered: First, I collect all stuff in an Evernote notebook called "Inbox", for example: "Buy some ...
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6answers
178 views

Nudges - to achieve personal change?

I have tried a system of sending myself timed emails daily (using virtual meetings in Google Calendar), each containing a self-message; e.g. at 6am 'stay positive', at 8.30am 'break work down into ...
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2answers
50 views

Append mail content to a document online

I want to be able to have a document hosted online (e.g google doc) that I would be able to send an email to a certain address, and the content of the email will be automatically added (preferably ...
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4answers
272 views

What kind of punishment can be applied to group productivity?

I run a small site that requires constant work with two other co-founders. What we do is meet every week to talk about what's been done and plan the next week. The goal set here is always very ...
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3answers
146 views

search based mind map

I want to make a mind map, or something similar, for summing up certain things I am studying. But I don't just want to sum up the information, I want to help me search for these things in the future, ...
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4answers
455 views

Hierarchical notetaking application

I'm already using a few applications for hierarchical note taking. I like the graphical implementation as in the worklowy and gqueues. Workflowy has nice organization of information but it lacks the ...
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6answers
579 views

How to enjoy trying to solve hard problems?

How do I enjoy solving hard problems? I love learning--reading and understanding textbooks or papers, for instance--but I am slower to try to solve problems or apply what I've learned. I am naturally ...
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3answers
1k views

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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2answers
154 views

Notebook to actions/projects/someday maybe: Good habits and processes

So following on from Equipment for computer-printing, into a notebook I eventually found what I was looking for and now have a notebook that I use in meetings/trains and anywhere a pen is more natural ...
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9answers
642 views

How to make myself do homework?

I'm in college, I have ADHD, but it's not as bad as some of the horror stories I've read about. Basically how can I make myself do homework, and get off the damn computer? Hopefully this is the right ...
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3answers
192 views

Finding possible meeting dates between parties via intersecting calendar files

In my experience, finding a date for a meeting is often hard if all members of the meetings have full schedules. However, one easy approach to find possible date would be to simply compute the ...
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15answers
2k views

What do you do while eating? [closed]

Not so much a question about eating at work, but eating breakfast and dinner. What I've been finding is that I don't have anything else to do while eating. I can't write emails etc. Sitting and just ...
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6answers
268 views

Working on too many ideas?

It is said that to work effectively we should focus and concentrate. But it is also true that to get more productive, one has to work a lot. So is it better to work on more than one project at a time ...
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2answers
617 views

Is there research about the productivity benefits of standing vs. sitting at work?

Mostly what I've found is anecdotal. Would love to know if there has been any actual research on this subject. I've tried both and don't find a dramatic difference, wondering if investing in a ...
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5answers
2k views

Being an introvert, how do I move forward and not feel dejected with my progress?

I am a student who is introverted and I believe in making my own success. I set goals, plan my time well and work towards the goal. However, of late, I feel that I am moving towards my goals at a ...
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6answers
10k views

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?
3
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6answers
334 views

How do you become good at thinking on your feet to solve programming problems?

I think as a developer thinking on your feet is an essential skill, but it seems some people in our industry are a lot better at it than others. Experience in an area/technology obviously helps. I ...
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4answers
427 views

Advice on GTD productivity system

I'm considering spending the $48 per month on the GTD (Getting things done) system advertised by David Allen. Is this a complete time management and productivity system ? Do you need to purchase ...
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8answers
736 views

Recommended Task and Goal Management Apps [closed]

What recommendations are there for good apps that combine goal setting with task (or to-do list) management ? I currently use Microsoft One Note, because you can create lots of related pages and it ...
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3answers
378 views

A software to organize the information as a set of nested tables

We all organize data and information in varios ways, but the a table form proven to be one of the easiest to use. For the simplest cases we can use Excel. However, I was wondering if there exists ...
7
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12answers
597 views

How to reach your potential

Let me give some background information: I'm a high schooler currently enrolled in one of the most prestigious high schools in the country. In this decade it has won multiple awards for being the ...
2
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2answers
254 views

Save browser state / tabs opened between usage?

I tend to leave a lot of related webpages open when I work, that I would like to keep working with at later points in time. Is there an easy way to "save" a browser's state with all the opened tabs, ...
4
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3answers
124 views

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 ...
1
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2answers
691 views

The rules or training: how to behave in open space?

I work in open space so I am in one room with about 15 next persons. Many times they are talking together and it is hard to concentrate to work. I can partly solve it by headphones and music or noise ...
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6answers
659 views

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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3answers
63 views

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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5answers
999 views

Is there a positive correlation between coming to work early and productivity?

I work as a software engineer. In this line of work, we typically have a flexible schedule, and as long as we get stuff done we can come to work late and leave early. In my experience it seems that ...
3
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1answer
410 views

System that blends First things First and GTD?

I've been impressed by some of the aspects of both GTD and Covey's First Things First approaches, but can't get to grips with how to combine them. Are there any complete and available systems that ...
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2answers
1k views

What does Inbox Zero really mean?

We have been having a discussion about this. Several people say that they follow Inbox Zero, but do very different things. The variations that I have heard are: All emails read, but still in the ...
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4answers
522 views

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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4answers
260 views

What physical actions can trigger psychological and physiological changes to be more productive?

I recently watched this TED talk about confidence which has a key point: You can fake your body into being confident simply by doing certain actions (you literally change your physiological status ...
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5answers
268 views

Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
4
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2answers
206 views

How to productively read a computer science text book?

I find it hard to achieve true understanding reading theoretic computer science books. In particular, I struggle with symbolic notations and proofs. After spending a very long time perusing all the ...
4
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5answers
281 views

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 ...
3
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5answers
349 views

Doing a lot of things in one day— good or bad?

Ok so I am a student so my question is not exactly related to workspace but it is related to work productivity so that is why I am posting it here. I am planning to learn a few things during the ...
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1answer
99 views

Documentation matrix for scientific papers

Interested to know about any systematic and preferably standardized framework for analyzing research paper in consistent matrix form which would allow us to compare the same parameters over multiple ...
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3answers
952 views

How to track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
8
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4answers
237 views

How to better switch gears between tasks?

I can never get myself to start things. When I do, however, and there's an unsolvable problem that needs solving, if I pick up even a little momentum in trying to solve it, I will stay on the ...
7
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6answers
227 views

Consistent errors in math and programming

I am a programmer, and I discuss when I code, but everytime I compile, there are at least 1 to 3 bugs. For the math questions I do, given 10 questions, no matter how easy it is, I consistently have ...
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5answers
163 views

Detecting and overcoming procrastinating

When the deadline is far away, I start procrastinating, not by not doing it, but by doing slowly; it is not by intention. I observe it by how it is always near the deadline when I get things finished. ...
2
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3answers
155 views

Why do I become more lazy when thinking about the things I want to strive to achieve?

I am a cadet at the US Coast Guard Academy and am a Civil Engineering major. I'm determined to stick to this major, but I'm struggling to keep my GPA above 2.0. However, I've noticed that the more ...
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6answers
375 views

How safe and future-lasting is my personal life on the cloud?

I love the cloud and see a majority of benefits in using it and storing data on it. Except safety. And by meaning safety I do not mean only keeping your password safe. I mostly set strong unreadable ...
4
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3answers
723 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
2
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6answers
546 views

How to organise the mental and physical chaos in my life?

I have been reading and experimenting with techniques for many years. I have read the GTD book among dozens of others but I still can't find the answers to everyday problems. Working as a Web ...
4
votes
5answers
198 views

How do you go about preparing for your talk?

How do you go about preparing for a talk? Could you please tell me whether you write the talk down first and memorize it, or if you write the entire talk down, practice reading it and then on the ...
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3answers
467 views

How do I get motivated to study hard things?

Nowadays I study Logic and Philosophy. I think a lot in order to generate new ideas and try not to just know what other's ideas are. This is hard, and I know that Mastery/Autonomy/Purpose help in ...
6
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7answers
451 views

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 ...
9
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8answers
672 views

How to remain calm during a tense period?

I am working in a bank as an assistant of one of my seniors. One day one of the bundles of account-opening forms was lost. I became much anxious and was thinking about an way out. I was continuously ...
4
votes
1answer
435 views

How do I maintain consistency when learning a new skill?

Sometimes, I find it difficult to maintain focus when learning new skills, especially when I'm just getting the hang of it. Most times, it's due to being distracted by learning another skill. How do I ...
3
votes
1answer
112 views

Is there a system/method incorporating bookmarks, citations/references, and a document editor (e.g., Google Docs/Drive) with a revision history?

Currently, I'm writing a paper in Microsoft Word 2007. I use Endnote to organise my references and bibliography and hold electronic copies of papers I've found where possible. I have stacks of books ...

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