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Method for keeping the most of a bibliographic work?

I just ended a research project in physics, and most of my time was spent reading articles. However, I still think that my method to extract and keep the most information from what I read could be ...
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1answer
178 views

Recollection of non-linear content

I just read Joshua Foer's book "Moon-walking with Einstein," and examined some relevant passages from Rhetorica Ad Herennium in hopes of being able to learn and remember faster. One issue that these ...
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1answer
209 views

Inability to function without use of the exocortex

As someone at least passably competent at productivity-enhancing procedures and tools, I've developed an extensive exocortex for information. This information usually enters the input chute from ...
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1answer
280 views

Do I need to use projects to track sub-tasks?

I am just starting on adopting GTD and while this might be a very naive question, I did not see it get answered on the forum. The question essentially is, how frequently would you create projects to ...
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1answer
812 views

Automated time tracking program for Linux [closed]

I've heard of several time tracking applications that can tell you how much time you spend using each application, how much time is spent on each website that you visit, etc. Does such a program exist ...
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2answers
164 views

Does text expansion help you be more productive?

I have read a few articles on text expansion (mainly from Lifehacker) and they express the benefits of text expansion in their workflows to save time throughout the day. Has anyone put this to ...
4
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1answer
101 views

Computer ergonomics: is a change as good as a rest?

I am in the process of trying various setups to help prevent RSI while doing computer work; I was wondering if there is any data that helps me decide whether or not I should have the same setup at the ...
4
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2answers
242 views

Methods to minimize sleep in a healthy way

I think that my body currently needs at least 7 hours of sleep for me to be fully alert and at my best. Are there any methods by which I could get less sleep and still feel and be at my best? (E.G. ...
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175 views

Reviewing Past Productivity

I have tried tons of apps, some of the ones I like being Wunderlist and Workflowy. A feature that these 2 don't have (to my knowledge) is a weekly review.. I would love to be able to go back and see ...
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1answer
551 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
2k views

Ultimate E-mail (Outlook 2013 and/or Gmail)

I have read about GTD, 5 sentences and have seen the inbox zero video. I am currently using Outlook 2012 (preview) which I like a lot. I have used outlook 2010 and 2007 before. I am wondering if ...
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3answers
152 views

Is temptation-killing a healthy mode of improving productivity?

There are many blogs, articles and even research (including the famous Marshmallow Experiment) conducted on improving productivity through improved willpower and temptation suppression (Basically, ...
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2answers
173 views

How to engage those dreaded tasks on time [duplicate]

I am an MS student and I also have a part time job. I am facing the same producticity problem that has bothered me during my Bsc. As to organization, I have a calendar on my desktop showing important ...
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2answers
471 views

How to replace a missed nap in Uberman polyphasic sleep?

A lot of Uberman users report that it's very hard to recover from a lost nap. I ignored this advice and tried it anyway last week. It turns out to be a major issue that eventually forced me back to ...
4
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1answer
162 views

How do you get the most out of services like Springpad? [closed]

I recently signed up for a Springpad account, as I like the idea of having it on the go on my iPad, plus accessible from any PC. However, it seems a bit overwhelming and confusing, I'm not really sure ...
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0answers
56 views

How identify negative aspects of your own personality? [closed]

Recently, I was talking to one of my relatives who has a very irritating personality. This fact is known to everyone in the family, but the relative himself doesn't seem to get it. I wondering if I ...
4
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0answers
105 views

How can I develop a system to question deeper motivations? [closed]

I have been doing self-enquiry / questioning exercises to assess where I want to take my career path / life. I found a simple method of asking "what do you want to achieve? What do you need to do to ...
4
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3answers
598 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 ...
4
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2answers
340 views

Does using your bed only for sleep result in more valuable sleep?

I read a while back that you should only use your bed for sleeping, that means no video games and no TV while in bed. In return you apparently get better, more valuable sleep. Is this true?
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0answers
72 views

Good resources to try Mindfullness technique [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to avoid mind drifting while listening? While reading answers to few questions on this forum I read about "Mindfulness". I have problem staying focused during ...
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0answers
528 views

Dvorak vs. Colemak breakdown? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How effective is the Dvorak keyboard at improving productivity? What are the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages between them? Let's assume the premise that both ...
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9answers
914 views

Do audio books help our productivity?

Audio book sales are increasing since 2010 in the world. But do audio books really help us analyze a book? I ask because some people (including me) like to touch what they read. This is also the ...
3
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7answers
579 views

What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity? [closed]

If I'm interested in increasing my personal productivity. What publications or books should I read based on reviews and number of copies sold?
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3answers
273 views

A software/application to Organize my random sets of data/content/texts/info

I have the need to store random contents (on my local hard drive/ laptop hard drive) for personal use so I can look these contents up later on when I need them. That would safe me lots of time and ...
3
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7answers
920 views

Five days to memorize hundreds of terms and diagrams. How?

There are quite a few questions about how to quickly or effectively memorize information. I'm asking this again, because I'm not looking for an answer about how I might ideally do this, but want to ...
3
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5answers
443 views

How to be productive when relaxing?

Let's say I work at my most productive hours and I do a lot of work. At a certain point, I will become tired. Self-discipline might make me work for another hour or so but after that the quality of ...
3
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6answers
387 views

Classify email efficiently

Everyday I get hundreds of emails. I use mail.app on OS X. I feel the need to classify them according to their importance or urgency. I was thinking about creating three folders called "urgent", ...
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5answers
1k views

How to schedule a group meeting for free?

I'm looking for a way to find a common time to schedule a meeting among 3 or more people; this can be really frustrating, but for example, an online service could help a lot. Are there any free ...
3
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3answers
661 views

How to understand complex topics faster?

This is mostly geared towards learning complex things in my quest to getting my Information Systems degree, but any general information is welcome as well. I would like to know what you use to help ...
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4answers
219 views

How to use caffeine properly?

I was thinking: 5 days on caffeine, 2 days off caffeine in a week can be ideal. The problem that I found is that if I drink caffeine on weekends (aka use coffee 7 days), the tolerance grows further ...
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5answers
363 views

Must I work in a company that does not give leaves?

I have been working in a start up company since 3 years and 4 months. I did not avail any leaves until last year when I used all of it to take care of a dear one. Off-late, I have been feeling very ...
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6answers
361 views

How to become more productive or remain one of the updated person in work as a Software Developer

As we know being as a software devloper/computer geek requires be updated in terms of new technologies as well as must be good hand on computer machine. To be a good software person i do below ...
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3answers
196 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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4answers
477 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 ...
3
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9answers
547 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 ...
3
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6answers
240 views

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 ...
3
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7answers
203 views

How to work effectively during air travel

Focusing is very hard during a flight. Lots of distractions, small work space, etc... I've searched the web for advice on this topic, but most articles simply discuss how hard it is to work. I've read ...
3
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5answers
386 views

What are basic techniques to cope with an extremely tough and totally unfamiliar university subject?

Let someone has completed a Bachelor degree. For some reason, he needs to take a graduate course in something hard and unrelated to his Bachelors; how should he approach studying the subject? For ...
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3answers
168 views

Learning the definition of a new word

Whenever I see a word that I haven't seen before, I make sure to look it up. How can I make sure that I remember it? I suppose one could use spaced repetition. What else could I try? Related ...
3
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5answers
355 views

Mind mapping features [closed]

I work with Mindomo, a mind mapping software. If you ever heard or even used mind mapping, what features should a software like this "must have"? If you want to play around with it, I can give away ...
3
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8answers
2k views

What are the (dis)advantages of Mindmap software?

Anyone with experiences on mindmap software? I've used Freemind and iMindmap for a while. What are do you consider strong and weak points of the mindmap programs? Freemind is as the name already ...
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4answers
235 views

Measuring how well we focus?

All the books and advice on focusing essentially boil down to: practice focusing and you'll learn how to focus more effectively. However, the level of expertise we have in focusing can only be ...
3
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4answers
119 views

How to even out work flow when there is a lot of work and when there isn't much work

In my workplace (developer, but I assume this question would apply to all environments), we get a few months of manic work with loads of tasks to do, which tend to get rushed for deadlines, and then ...
3
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4answers
346 views

Is talking to yourself a good thing?

I talk to myself aloud through out the day. I never felt it weird. But it does get embarrassing when colleagues give you weird looks. I know I am not alone though. Also I am introvert. So it sort of ...
3
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4answers
749 views

What makes a good morning routine?

My question is twofold: What makes a good routine and how do I stick to it? Things to do in the morning include keep hygiene, have breakfast, pack lunch, and do bodyweight exercises. I find that the ...
3
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5answers
255 views

Dealing with distractions from GMail

GMail is my office mail. A lot of my work has pieces where I need some information from email or replying to email. I go into gmail to search for something or send a reply to an email and then end up ...
3
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7answers
3k views

How to overcome confusion?

Now-a-days I get confused at small things. When It comes to making choices/taking decisions, I get confused and unable to make my own choices even if the choices are not a big deal. When I have to ...
3
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5answers
461 views

How do I stay on top of e-mails while remaining focused on real work? Are there tools for this?

What I am looking for I am trying to find tools that can help me stay focused on the list priorities and thus improve productivity. I face a problem with my work and nature. I feel this is related to ...
3
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5answers
514 views

How to share files and email a/c with personal assistant?

I have hired a full-time personal assistant for myself, so that I can delegate my work to him and stay super productive Before starting on the delegation, I have a doubt in 2 areas on Email Sharing ...
3
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2answers
107 views

Context vs. Lists

I'm not very familiar with this whole Getting Things Done thing, but I believe this is where context and lists are very important. I was wondering what the difference between the two were. It seems to ...

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