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Is it ever better to keep working on a problem until its done and not sleep?

If we forget about any time constraints for this question and instead focus on how well and efficiently you can get a task done, I would like to know if there is ever a time when it's better to keep ...
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4answers
238 views

How can I eliminate stress and learn to let go?

I have a stress issue that it's eating me up. Not only stress, but even anger is an issue for me. I think that anger leads to stress and stress leads to anger, at least for me. Al of this ...
0
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1answer
76 views

In which circumstances are the different mobile computers most productive? [closed]

Under what circumstances is a laptop more productive than an ultrabook/netbook than a tablet? I really want to analyze the implications of the differences. For example, tablets do not have a ...
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5answers
1k views

How to develop interest in something that does not attract me?

Suppose that I need to study a topic which is required by/for my university/job/career, and that the provided resources are either: 1) very hard to learn; 2) boring or tedious. Is there any way to ...
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6answers
687 views

How to deal with 3pm slump if you can't take a nap

This article suggests that feeling tired at 3pm is perfectly normal, and should be countered by simply having a nap. However, in some workplaces, this isn't possible (a lack of beds for one). I can ...
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2answers
291 views

How can I channel my energies in the right direction?

I am sure all of us would be facing/have faced such stages in life when you're buzzing with energy and ideas and you find 24*7 less for them. I find myself in such a quandary often. And I feel this ...
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73 views

Why does coffee make me buzz later, when I've left work?

This afternoon, I'd drunk two and half cups of coffe that day, and I was slumping at 3pm. I drunk another half cup of coffee, and that did help. But then when I left work, at 7pm, I was totally ...
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7answers
394 views

How can I minimize the time I spend preparing food without sacrificing quality or greatly increasing cost?

Cooking only for myself, how can I more quickly and efficiently prepare my food to minimize the amount of time I spend preparing and cooking without compromising nutritional value (i.e. no microwave ...
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2answers
168 views

Getting tired after certain meals [closed]

What foods make you drowsy and what foods make you awake? I just had dinner and I can hardly stay awake even though I took a nap today. How can one eat to feel awake? Before going to sleep, what ...
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2answers
204 views

Breaking down a task when it is large consisting of tiny subtasks

Productivity methodologies like Pomodoro suggest that you break down tasks into small, manageable subtasks. A job I was doing today involved reviewing some written material, checking that all ...
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2answers
248 views

How to set goals when studying?

One of the main issues I have when it comes to studying is that I don't have a tangible goal. At school, if the teacher says "hand it in this paper tomorrow", you know that when you finish the paper, ...
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3answers
204 views

How long have you felt confident as a good programmer? And what you did to make it happen faster? [closed]

I started late and I'm a year and a half studying and working with programming. But I still do not feel good enough for most tasks. Also I want to know how I can improve as a professional faster. Any ...
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1answer
72 views

What should be my next career direction? [closed]

Three years ago I started my own business with the help of my husband. First year went very well with reasonable sales. I was also busy planning the future course, making new tip ups, marketing the ...
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1answer
213 views

When is the best time to drink the first coffee of the day?

When is the best time to drink the first cup of coffee? I find that sometimes if I drink coffee before I've got into the zone of doing work, the coffee won't help and actually makes me feel more ...
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10answers
7k views

Why does nothing motivate me?

I have had so many family issues that they made me a "bad" person. In simple words, I don't care about anything. People, problems, life in general. I have no morality, no god, no nothing. I am 20 ...
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2answers
199 views

What's the most effective physical exercise routine to boost productivity?

Exercise increases your energy and your mental performance. But what kind of exercise is best for increasing productivity? Heavy weightlifting? Intense cardio? Mild cardio? Something else? Some ...
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2answers
121 views

How to get started after getting home from work?

My situation is little different in that getting home from work is a 40 min hike up a hill - 250m elevation over 3.3km. When I get home I feel tired, and it's easy to just sit around and the time ...
2
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1answer
165 views

How to use a tickler file system at work

I've started to look at using tickler systems (especially the 43 folder concept). At my office we have a lot of meetings so I keep a folder for each project. Whenever there is a meeting I grab the ...
5
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1answer
653 views

Places to find accountability partner for personal growth

I've been having trouble lately to make myself motivated to learn and selfimprove in the field of software development. I've come up with this idea that to help myself motivate to learn from books ...
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1answer
273 views

How to solve problems while walking

I'm a university student, and I've recently moved to working while standing, and walking instead of sitting. I read a lot through the textbooks while walking(reading in kindle is very handy), and it ...
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1answer
71 views

What is an effective heuristic for deciding when to filter mail in Gmail?

After reading this Lifehacker article, I'm questioning my use of filters in my email. I have two separate GMail inboxes, one for my school/work account at my university, the other for my personal ...
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2answers
208 views

How to use Getting Things Done to identify things I keep not getting to?

(I use Remember the Milk as my main GTD app, FYI.) As I understand it, you shouldn't assign artificial due dates to tasks because then you can't trust the system. You'll look at it and say "Oh, ...
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4answers
242 views

Procrastinating tasks while contemplating whether doing the task is a good idea

The kind of task is typically sending an email that might rock the boat. It also applies to purchasing decisions, 'Do I really need this thing?'. I'll have the idea to send the email (eg ...
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1answer
583 views

Is being an early riser AND going out on weekends possible?

If I get up early every day and force myself not to sleep during the day, sooner or later I'll start going to bed early and getting up early, and the getting up part won't be a problem. However, ...
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4answers
365 views

How to refocus after being distracted?

I practise pomodoro technique and for the most part it works pretty well. However, sometimes when I do get distracted (today it's been bitcoin, and Tinder), I find it hard to get back in the zone. ...
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6answers
755 views

Keeping track of personal tasks.

At work I've been using the Pomodoro technique. I use just an MS Word document to keep track of my backlog for the day, and a three column table (time, to do, notes) to move these tasks into the ...
4
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1answer
209 views

How to increase retention capabilitiy

I have a common problem that whatever I study, I am not able to retain it later. I understand the learning outcomes at the time of study (or I am under the illusion of this), but after some time ...
6
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1answer
345 views

How to set motivating high level goals for yourself?

Game design theory (Engineering Emergence, 2012) breaks tasks down into different levels. Low level atomic tasks: Tasks that cannot be broken down into smaller subtasks. Killing a monster, creating ...
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2answers
191 views

Is there a community where professionals who work from home can work together virtually?

I work from home, but I think I'm much more productive around other professionals who are also (or at least appear to be) working hard. I wondered if there are any websites where people could make ...
3
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4answers
499 views

Zero productivity in programming

I've been learning graphics programming for 6 months. I have read lots of books in this field and I understood the techniques and principles quickly. I also read and write lots of source code but I ...
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3answers
739 views

Scientific studies of time management techniques

This is my first post here, and I would like to say hello to everybody who is reading and writing posts on Personal Productivity Stack Exchange :) I have known this subject (personal productivity) ...
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2answers
70 views

How to stay on top of my online activity?

How do you stay on top of your online activity - e.g. posting on questions, answers, comments on various forums? Sometimes it takes take to compile a decent reply or a follow up comment, but by the ...
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4answers
3k views

How to score better in competition exams?

I have to take some competition exams in the few upcoming months regarding a job in the government sector. I've taken this kind of exams before, but failed to score enough (need to score approximately ...
3
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4answers
279 views

Converting work (studying & coding) into constant stimulation

I have an addictive personality for activities with constant stimulation. videogames - call of duty reddit/youtube - always changing I struggle with keeping focused and interested in work ...
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5answers
556 views

Will being more productive make me happy?

Ultimately my goal is to enjoy my life and be happy. I would get satisfaction out of making the world a better place, making a tangible contribution. I also want to advance in my career, so I that ...
7
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1answer
204 views

How to increase awareness about present/now?

Our thoughts tend to wander off to the past or present, and our awareness of the present is reduced. This indirectly promotes or reduces our perception of reality. As a regular habit, we tend to live ...
3
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1answer
280 views

Thinking about romance interfering with productivity.

Last night I went on a first date with a girl I met on a dating app. The date went well, and we've organised a second date. However, I've started over thinking the text game, worry about screwing ...
6
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4answers
257 views

Email delegation/procrastination on the desktop

I've been using Mailbox on my iPhone since the first day it came out. I'm a very visual thinker and use my email as an action list for daily productivity. Mailbox is fantastic for this because I can ...
11
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3answers
1k views

How can i train my brain to overcome instant gratification?

Instant gratification is a very bad habit and can destroy one's ability to accomplish long term goals. It can be said that it is root of all evils. It would be great if we can somehow avoid these ...
8
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2answers
591 views

Too many independent next actions

Because of accumulation, I have far too many tasks that qualify as a "next action" (say, 200+). Many of these tasks are independent and do not belong to a project. For example, it could be [1] ...
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4answers
235 views

How to easily change activity and switch focus to it?

I found out, that sometimes when I change the activity, I can not fit to it and I still think about the previous one. For example, when I am really excited due to a call (or great weekend), it is hard ...
4
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3answers
173 views

Third Place, Where to get things done outside or workplace and home

I'm looking for another place to work on a coding project outside of my home (which isn't working) and outside of my workplace. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have a secluded place where you can ...
3
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1answer
116 views

Reposes (Longer breaks) in the long-term for maximal productivity

I am regardful of this other question on decompression but herein, I'm asking about a longer period of repose (to distinguish it from the aforesaid "break") based on empirical, scientific evidence. ...
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8answers
5k views

What are the best things to do when reaching home after work in order to be productive?

I am working as a computer programmer in a government firm. My job timing is 07:30am to 02:30pm. I leave for work at 7:00am and come back to home at around 04:00pm. After reaching home, I usually have ...
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7answers
1k views

How to keep self promises unbreakable for long time?

Few days ago I promised myself that: I will be dedicated to my study for a long time. I will never watch any movie, never waste time on internet or x-box, etc. (sometimes I wish to break my x-box ...
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3answers
106 views

What tool to use to document HTTP request-response? [closed]

I am a developer at a start-up company. We've been developing an android application that uses HTTP protocol. Currently we are using dropbox + MS word to interact with each other. As dropbox manages ...
4
votes
3answers
565 views

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 ...
4
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3answers
214 views

Sport vs. studies early get up

I can easily make myself get up in the early morning when it comes to studies, e.g. if I have a deadline of project submission or if I have some classes or lectures. However, I also participate in ...
3
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2answers
408 views

How can I overcome psychosomatic symptoms?

Often I experience extreme tiredness or stomach aches when I need to work on a project that I don't want to work on. Sometimes just walking into the same floor where work is waiting causes those ...
13
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2answers
485 views

How much time to getting correct wording for emails?

I find that I can spend a lot of time on an email, getting the wording right. These are usually emails where I need to sound persuasive, or I'm risking causing minor offence or sounding abrupt. eg ...

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