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How to deal with dreaded tasks?

How do you deal with difficult tasks, which take long to complete? My problem, for example, are emails which require a lot of writing or research. They are not the main core of my work, and usually ...
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1answer
502 views

Fancy Hands equivalent for Germany

I'm looking for an alternative to Fancy Hands in Germany. They offer personal assistants for everyday tasks, that don't want to get off your todo list. Here is a list of typical tasks from their ...
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4answers
371 views

How to handle short-term high workload?

Occasionally, I have several important, high workload tasks to be done within a short period of time. Some examples would be (as a student) several assignments released at the same time and due at the ...
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8answers
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Resetting ones' whole biological clock?

Everyday, I struggle to get up at around 7:00am to get ready for collage at around 8:00am. Over 95% of the days, I either: (i) Miss the first class of collage (ii) Not able to Brush and/or bath, and ...
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0answers
172 views

Does Lucid Dreaming hurt the learning process? [closed]

Given how dreams are a way for the brain to process the day and make connections to other things, creating the new neural circuits to support new things you have learned, doesn't altering the normal ...
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5answers
447 views

How do I manage a weekend of virtually no sleep?

I have to be smart with my time. I'm doing a shoot that requires me to work straight through saturday night into the morning, the same for Sunday and then be back first thing Monday morning. I will ...
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6answers
523 views

How to stop obsessing over my to-do list?

The past two years have been crazy. In 2010, I graduated from college and my now-husband and I purchased our home. In 2011, I started a master's degree and we got married. This year, I started a ...
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5answers
169 views

What should I do with emails that contain information that I often refer back to?

For example - one program at work has this annoying popup which requires me to put in my username/password but in a strange format that I can never remember - I have an email from a colleague telling ...
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3answers
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How to stop mind from drifting off while reading?

Lets say I'm reading a text on programming language which has some example on poker. As soon as I read it, my mind drifts off about some related things around poker, like probability, last time I won, ...
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3answers
763 views

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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2answers
101 views

What would be a good book to find non-useful time taking activities [closed]

I read "168 hours" by Laura Vanderkam and I found it very interesting for taking away activities that can be considered a waste of time. In general this was a good way to track how my time is being ...
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2answers
381 views

How to Improve Inter-personal Skills

In career development, inter-personal skills have main worth. In any business/non-business organization requires always improvement in inter-personal skills of employees. I need to outline, few ...
2
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4answers
271 views

Send it to my Ereader

I have a Nook Touch, but this question aims to address a system that would suit any Ereader device. What do I need to do to reliably take anything I find on the web and automatcally have a version ...
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3answers
186 views

How can I deal with my personal email while working a full-time job?

I'm constantly behind (and sometimes WAY behind - like 6 months behind) with my personal email. I'm pretty good at keeping my work email under control (my inbox is frequently empty) using a GTD-like ...
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6answers
645 views

How to setup linux as a pure working environment

I am a freelance programmer and I suffer from procrastination - a lot. When I manage to dive into work I really enjoy it, but then after a while something crosses my mind, and I have strong urge to ...
6
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4answers
896 views

Scientific studies on the default duration of a pomodoro?

I was wondering about the default duration of a pomodoro (25 minutes). In the PDF on the Pomodoro technique it says The length of a Pomodoro, 25 minutes, seems short enough to make it possible to ...
0
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1answer
128 views

How to avoid to-do STACK list?

When making to do list I often have a problem of creating them as Stacks (U know first in last out list ). Some how there will be some items at the top which will block all other items , so until I ...
4
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2answers
162 views

How to understand a word?

One of the major study tips are understanding what you learn. But when you learn a new word, how do you understand it without memorization?
2
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2answers
141 views

How can I obtain audio books?

My greatest personal productivity discovery has been audiobooks. I've obtained some from people and the net but I tend to consume audio books, listening everywhere I go. My particular interest in ...
2
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4answers
2k views

Where to keep the desk lamp with regard to laptop for less eye strain?

According to some websites, lighting for computer work should not produce a glare on the screen or originate from a window behind the screen. But then, where should I keep it? Behind me / pointing ...
2
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6answers
215 views

Time tracking logging device

I'm looking for a device I'm not sure if it easists. I'd like a hardware button that I can press occasionally. I'd like to later be able to plug it into - say, a USB port and get a list of ...
3
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1answer
283 views

Mindfulness and Pomodoro technique question

The idea of being focused on what I'm doing right now from Pomodoro technique. And the idea of mindfulness from Buddhism looks very similar to me. 1.Can mindfulness training from Buddhism helps to ...
11
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1answer
2k views

Typing versus Handwriting for recall

It is common for self-teaching courses to insist of writing something down, rather than just thinking about it. But how about typing it? Is it just the extra time it takes to write something down ...
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3answers
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Are there any computer science TV shows or documentary series?

I like documentaries and knowledge shows in TV, but are there good shows for computer science? Maybe even with advanced topics? I am less interested in the newest smartphones and games, but if you ...
5
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3answers
279 views

Feeling of stress when I have to learn something new

I am a senior student doing a Computer Science degree. At the moment I have to be working on my advanced final project thus I have alot of software development concepts to grasp in short period. When ...
2
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4answers
218 views

How do you usually look for inspiration to move on?

Imagine the situation when you stuck with your everyday duties: you have a clear ultimate goal for this week/year/life, but the initial motivation you had when a project started is totally used up. In ...
6
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5answers
188 views

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 ...
3
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2answers
159 views

Sleeping habits, should they be treated as cause or effect?

So for some time I've been taking various actions to manage my sleeping habits. You know, what time you get up in the morning, how undisturbed the sleep is and so on. All this has been motivated by ...
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3answers
209 views

Are there any tips for studying and working at the same time?

Currently I'm a full time employee with the potential to improve myself. I've enrolled in a Master's degree program that will require me to take classes during working hours. For example, I will ...
1
vote
1answer
554 views

How to get a GTD Inbox in taskwarrior?

I am currently in the process of switching my task management software from Things to taskwarrior. (Cultured Code introduced cloud synchronization, even without encryption, in Things 2, so I'm out). ...
1
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1answer
64 views

How can I approach time and arrangements being compromised by unfavourable company? [closed]

I had two friends that about 6 months ago, elected to hang out with my ex instead of me. I had calmly addressed the issue in the past and the fact that I was not comfortable with that but they chose ...
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7answers
1k views

Evernote implements GTD?

The GTD page on Wikipedia says that Evernote implements GTD. How is that possible? I know that Evernote can be personally used in a way so as to implement GTD, as said in: How to use Evernote to ...
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2answers
250 views

Getting Annoyed by workmate

I get annoyed most times when someone does something wrong, as result I can't work properly and it effects my productivity as IT professional. e.g. one of my work mate answers question to one of SO by ...
3
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3answers
157 views

How to Google text in the clipboard

I have come across WinURL, which launches any URL stored in the clipboard. Does anyone know of such a tool that will Google any text in the clipboard? Edit: I'm looking for a solution that does not ...
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3answers
928 views

How to increase ability to “think on your feet”?

I am not sure whether this question is appropriate for this forum. But still I would share my reason for posting it. During official meetings (and even shouting matches and arguments) to substantiate ...
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5answers
2k views

Limit online time on Android

Often I find myself stuck in endless navigation on my phone. I just want to check if I received a message, or doing some basic research, and without noticing it I jump from link to link (or spending ...
2
votes
2answers
293 views

How to record and optimize sleep patterns?

I believe when it comes to productivity only the individual can know what's best. And that takes time and intentional reflection. I want to optimize my sleeping patterns. I think I need 8 hours of ...
3
votes
4answers
121 views

Engaged Reading for web pages

Sometimes even if I am interested in a topic and in need of sorting through it, I am still unable to get myself "into it" and engaged (especially for technical articles) unless it is printed out and I ...
3
votes
1answer
234 views

Where do I leave 'keep in mind' things?

In GTD and personal kanban, you put all tasks and projects into a backlog/todo column. Where do I put things that I have to 'keep in mind' when performing those tasks? For example: every time I want ...
2
votes
1answer
214 views

Task Manager Vs. GTD Task Manager

What is the basic difference between these three: Task Manager GTD Task Manager To-do List As I think, all of them are the same thing, at least (1) and (2) are. And the only difference between ...
4
votes
4answers
500 views

Time management problem with pomodoro technique

I have used successfully the pomodoro technique for some time. I've found just one big problem that has caused a slight but constant loss of motivation in using it, causing in the end the need to stop ...
3
votes
2answers
249 views

How to sort out and where to archive browser bookmarks?

Recently, I realized I should really reduce my bookmark count. As in the 80/20 rule, I probably use less than 20% of my browsers bookmarks. This might be highlighted by the fact that currently I have ...
3
votes
2answers
128 views

Is it a good idea to test multiple “pieces of knowledge” on one card?

I'm using Anki, a flashcard learning tool, for learning Japanese vocabulary. Of course, this includes words with kanji. For these I need to know both the reading and the meaning. Now I'm wondering ...
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vote
2answers
71 views

Is there a way to schedule a break for long meetings in Google Calendar?

We have a couple of planning meetings a week that last about 4-5 hours, and would like to add a break every hour. Like option to add reminders, is there a way to add breaks in a meeting? We are ...
2
votes
4answers
349 views

How do you deal with “FOMO” psychologically?

Or how would you deal with it? What do you think is the best approach? (Except shutting down facebook, which doesn't help me if I still know I'm forced to sit at home or in the library anyways.) ...
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vote
3answers
407 views

How to focus without bad habits?

I have a terrible habit, Whenever I am deeply concentrating on something I chew my fingers, Not just a slight munch, but enough that i am splitting the skin. The issue is that I am so focused on ...
7
votes
4answers
5k views

Strategies for studying multiple subjects at the same time

If I want to study N different subjects what would be the best strategy to do this? One extreme would be to take only one subject first and devote all of my free time to study it, then after I'm done ...
5
votes
3answers
189 views

Facts only news sources

I have found myself get emotionally worked up on news reporting and would highly prefer to avoid news altogether as this heavily impacts my ability to work productively. For work reasons however there ...
4
votes
5answers
342 views

How to manage time sensitive tasks on a kanban board

I use personal kanban. On my board I have priority stickies (i.e. red, yellow, green). My backlog fills up pretty quick with tasks. My issue is keeping the time sensitive backlogged tasks ...
0
votes
2answers
285 views

How would you Gamify your Life? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gamification to improve myself I had Gamified my life about 4 months ago. Here is what I do: Whenever I sit down to study or some other productive/good activity (ex. ...

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