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Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk?

Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk? One that folds up. I enjoy working while standing up but I can't find a portable stand up desk. I want one I could fold up quickly and put in my car ...
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Task-oriented file manager

I usually need to manage many slightly different tasks each day. Every task has its own description and documents (divided by type and/or extension). Filesystem is not good enough because it's not so ...
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How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
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How do I concentrate, feel comfortable and be productive? [closed]

I've recently been using my computer while laying down on my bed with a monitor arm extending my monitor in front of me from the side of the bed. My keyboard and mouse are wireless, and I can use ...
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8answers
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Is stress a good thing?

I know a theory behind stress. I also know general attitude which links stress with all negative things. However I would like to ask "Do you think is stress good or bad?" The question come after ...
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6answers
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Are money goals good?

I'm aware for a while now that goals really can be empowering in life. But what I haven't found alot of info about are money related goals. Do you find them good or bad? Can they truly push you out ...
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Free or low-cost support software for newsletter server [closed]

What we are looking for is a free or low-cost newsletter server for our email campaign. As we have about 200 subscribers at our website every week. We wanna to send them some happenings events. We ...
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3answers
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What is the way to improve higher level English

I live in England for last 8 years. My English is pretty good if I speak with friends. The problem starts when I want to write some text. I study on English Uni so need to write a lot. I do have ...
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1answer
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Separate personal life from work: deal with distracting emotions

Is there any established technique to deal with distractions coming from personal life? For example, how to concentrate after a discussion (not work-related)?
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4answers
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What are the weaknesses of the GTD system?

For those who use the GTD (Getting Things Done) system or have used it in the past, what are some areas where GTD is weak and might need improvement?
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3answers
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Why am I wired to be motivated to go to work everyday and not motivated to do other things?

I have wondered for some time why I find it so hard to keep motivated to do things like exercising, reading, looking for business opportunities, getting up early etc. I have tried a raft of different ...
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1answer
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Do To-Do Lists Qualify as “Extended Mind”?

I have recently read this article and was wondering whether To-Do Lists also qualify as an Extended Mind?
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How to spend less time cooking?

What are some good tips to streamline the process of preparing food? While i enjoy cooking and eating fresh, the whole thing takes up a lot of time. What do you do to speed that up? Do you prepare ...
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What is the most radical productivity technique that you successfully use?

I think, most people understand the importance of such productivity techniques and principles as focusing, setting goals, avoiding distractions, checking email twice a day, rising early, doing ...
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10answers
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How to make morning physical exercises more fun?

I understand the importance of doing morning physical exercises every day. And I do it. I don't do anything special. Just 15 min stretching, 30 squats, 30 pushups, 30 crunches and 30 raising of legs. ...
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5answers
503 views

Single tasking vs Mulitasking

I'm a student and hoping to be an entrepreneur. Besides study I spend most of my time working on software development and recently thinking of organizing a team to work on the field of software and ...
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2answers
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How to keep the “spark” alive after graduating and starting to work?

I have recently graduated from college and started working quite far away from home (1200 miles appx). And I am finding this new life, new daily routine a little too easy to adjust to. I am an ...
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Is Grindstone well suited for keeping track of all GTD related lists? [closed]

I want to follow GTD principles and am evaluating Grindstone for storing next actions, "maybe" list, list of projects, etc. Is it well suited for this? What limitations of Grindstone would I likely ...
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4answers
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How to avoid procrastinating on the Stack Exchange network?

I love the Stack Exchange network, but I often find myself procrastinating by looking at the most recently updated questions on the sites I visit most. Those questions are rarely (if ever) relevant ...
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3answers
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Punctuality Issues

I wanted to see what kind of strategies people use to help make sure they are on time or early for the days events. I am struggling in this area of my life especially since my new baby has come into ...
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6answers
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Planning for writing blog posts, articles, and books

Are there any good methods for planning and writing anything (I'm thinking of articles, blog posts, and books)? My current method is to gather some information about a topic and write about the ...
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6answers
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How do you plan your next day?

Do you plan what you'll be doing the next day every day? If so, how does this plan look like and has it helped you? What's the usual structure for it (is it task oriented or time oriented?) I find ...
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4answers
371 views

How to overcome cold/allergies/mild sickness?

I am often very productive and motivated. However, this is destroyed when I have a cold or allergies or am simply not feeling well. I am not talking about having a very obvious illness - I am ...
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12answers
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How to concentrate without external stimulants? [closed]

I'm a programmer and my work requires intense mental focus. My goal is to get 8 clean, productive hours of programming per day. I tried this yesterday, and I managed to get only 2:35 hours of clean ...
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8answers
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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 ...
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4answers
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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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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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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 ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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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 ...
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2answers
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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?
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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 ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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