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Going from idea to execution

I have a problem with not being able to move from idea to execution. By idea, I mean a detailed, specific plan on what to do and how to do it. I make lots of plans, but rarely follow through with ...
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Hierarchy tree editor

I am looking for a desktop application that can be used to efficiently manage hierarchical data structures, much like a filesystem tree hierarchy but that saves my hierarchy in a file. MSFT Excel is ...
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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 ...
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328 views

What books are helpful when I'm in a rut, creativity and productivity-wise?

I often feel like I'm "in a rut" - going through the motions at work, generally lazy once I get home, etc. There are various projects/activities that I know I want to do (examples include recording ...
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407 views

Desktop app/group of apps for todo list/time management

I use Listhings in my browser to make sticky notes and remind myself about stuff. I am looking for an app/group of desktop apps for the same purposes. What I want the app to be like: Desktop ...
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276 views

How to overcome “hyper” sensitivity? [closed]

Two days back I read about the Germans atrocities during world war II. The gas chambers, the scientific experiments of bone transplants without anesthesia, rapes etc. And now my mind is disturbed. I ...
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How to get past feeling defeated?

I have a couple of passions in life, one of them is music. I love playing drums and really want to play in a band. I've moved to LA about 3 years ago and have been searching for a group to play with ...
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244 views

Strategies to convince adopting a new system

I spent the last week trying to convince a group of people to use a cloud based word processor instead of the traditional desktop in order to avoid common problems of email exchange. What I thought ...
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4answers
288 views

Handling delayed delegating in GTD

In GTD, how do you handle delegating an action if the act of delegating itself cannot be accomplished right when you are processing your inbox, and in less than two minutes? e.g. "summarize the last ...
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122 views

How to “segmentize” your emotion and feelings

I have to run two, completely separate businesses, and juggling between them in a single day is very hard. At the end of the day, I am often exhausted emotionally when I reach home. What is more ...
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253 views

Why is there so much hype about mind mapping?

The short version of this question is why are mind maps touted as so great (sometimes pitched as the end-all of diagrams) given their limits to expressiveness? This question is NOT meant to be a ...
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395 views

Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...
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528 views

Personal Kanban - Use multiple boards?

I'm using personal kanban and currently have 2 separate boards - one for job hunting and school, one for household chores. Each is has color coded task types in addition. I don't switch between boards ...
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546 views

Being motivated for self study

I am a software professional. I have reached a stage in career where I will have to do something apart from regular coding. I am very confused about what that extra thing should be. Sometimes I think ...
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148 views

How do I study the books that don't have answers at the back?

There are several classical books on mathematics which are a pleasure to study from. However, after reading its materials and working through the theorems and solved problems, I feel very ...
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237 views

How to notate that a task can't be started until a separate task is completed in GTD

I did a search through the site and found some similar questions with some answers that aren't quite what I'm after. What I'm looking for is if there is a recommended way to note that a task is ...
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245 views

Finding the most efficient way to do something

I have over the last few months noticed that there are many different, more effective and more efficent means of doing things then the way the general population does them.For example, learning the ...
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287 views

Best Practices for returning to a complex task?

I have alot of complex tasks, and sometimes they get lost in the shuffle and I forget to return to them. One thing I know helps in returning to a complex task is using a session manager (examples: ...
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2answers
426 views

Handle unexpected delays and new tasks

I am still practicing with productivity methods, so I am not very familiar with terminology and techniques... maybe it's all already written in a technique I have not learned yet. My question is ...
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What is a good way to learn or memorize the conversions inch/cm, mile/km, foot/meter?

I was thinking to make comparative drawings on a paper and stick the paper on the wall. Do you have other ideas? I have studied math, but used for many years cm/m/km, and now I need to learn the new ...
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645 views

What is the average reading speed in words per minute?

I have heard about different statistics about the average reading speeds of English among English speakers ... but I don't find any of them particularly reliable as their is wide variety. Can somebody ...
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149 views

How to handle productivity-sapping social media at work [closed]

In my opinion one of the biggest productivity killers today is social media. How can I promote responsible social media usage within an organization? Experiences and thoughts welcome!
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2answers
161 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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172 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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318 views

How to get back to track after being lost?

Usually, I get organised and plan my projects down to detail. But sometimes, urgent things happen and I get distracted from my path. Afterwards, everything falls apart like a domino effect and all ...
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1answer
130 views

DIfficulties working when I am not at home

I have a job where I work mostly with my laptop. I sometimes work with my laptop from home, and feel this environment is perfect for me to work in because I can wear my comfy jogging trousers, ...
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187 views

Advantages of a virtual assistant

Following some comments on another question (http://productivity.stackexchange.com/a/2797/2382) - I'll split this out as a separate question. There are many recommendations to outsource tasks to ...
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157 views

How to remove selfishness from productivity?

While in a productive mindset, it is easy to value your time more over social activities, relationships, and friendships. You think more about the work to do rather than the friendships you need to ...
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257 views

Is there a tool that can automatically check my inbox and perform an action?

In trying to eliminate the various timesinks that plague my day, I thought about the time that I spend dealing with automatic emails. The most common kind are invoices for which I've automatically ...
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138 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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275 views

How to use pomodoro in a busy environment

I am a programmer working in an open-space environment. There are basically two types of people which make it difficult to use pomodoro: Those, who want something completely trivial every 10 minutes ...
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2answers
325 views

How to stop stressing out that I'm forgetting something for no reason

Since I started using Doit.im on my phone, I've been a lot better at getting all of my thoughts recorded, so any tasks I need to do get written down. The only exception is the shower, which I will ...
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101 views

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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81 views

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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How much time the brain can keep on learning some subject through reading?

Almost all things I read on internet about studying, are just tips on how to improve concentration, improve performance and other stuff you probably already read. But, I stumble on a difficulty very ...
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Sleeping on the desk (the most comfortable and simple method)

During school I have a 2 hour break in between lessons. I try to take a 30 min power nap in the library. The problem is, sleeping with the desk is not very comfortable for me. I am 1.8 m tall and I ...
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The effect of sleep, nap & PE on personal productivity?

Most of the time, I stay up late until midnight and do things that I want to complete. However, I get 7-8 hours of sleep a day. My normal weekday routine is as follows: Wake up at 8am and go to work. ...
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461 views

What's the most effective studying method?

I study at a high school/college and I'll soon have my exams period. I was wondering what is the best way to study, given that I want to get the most use out of my time. What should I pay attention ...
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Is there a time tracking application for Mac OS X and iOS that can sync with each other easily and does not require an Internet connection? [closed]

I'm looking for simple (all I need is a time tracking feature) time tracking software that meets the following requirements: Does not require an active Internet connection. For this reason web apps ...
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683 views

How to speak more 'clearly'?

Some people have an ability to speak their minds so clearly it can be understood from a distance, even though they're not exactly speaking louder than anyone else. On the other hand, many people are ...
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2answers
181 views

How do I train myself to write more carefully? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve my handwriting? Paper-based notes are quite essential part of my GTD process. I use them mostly for two things - daily todo list and for thoughts ...
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What are some good graphics tablets for writing math or physics equations?

Most important criteria: that the stylus is not too thick (and that the writing pad can record things from a thin stylus). Superscripts and subscripts are impossible with most current styluses I'd ...
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195 views

What fictional characters have high productivity? [closed]

What characters from films, TV shows, or novels are good sources for inspiration on improving one's productivity in work, study, or daily life chores? What can we learn from them about how to be more ...
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1answer
290 views

Consequences to unfinished tasks/projects/goals. Any evidence?

I've read a few comments on how unfinished tasks influences your performance because it makes you feel frustrated. I personally cancel a task/goal/project if I notice it can be done a better way or if ...
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348 views

When to clean inbox in the daily routine in GTD?

In GTD method, one important thing is to clean the inbox tasks once time everyday. But what is the best moment to do it? First at the morning? When come back from work? Before to go to the bed? I ...
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1answer
81 views

How long should one study continuously before taking a break for optimum result? [duplicate]

What's the norm? I was thinking of having a break every 1 hour. How long should a break normally be? And in general how long do people study before taking breaks? Is a 5-10 minute break enough ...
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2answers
158 views

What are the attitudes are required to improve communication ability?

I am a software developer. I am able to speak with my friends and colleagues but I have a problem in making effective communication with higher officials. I struggle a bit when speaking with higher ...
3
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6answers
97 views

Process for constructive criticism

I occasionally find myself needing to evaluate peoples performance and I often struggle with giving feedback properly. I'm aware there are different methodologies for giving feedback; I'm looking to ...
3
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1answer
199 views

Task estimated to be 8 pomodori, what to do?

Scenario: I am reading a tutorial; it is separated in Chapters. I have "proved" over the course of 5 chapters that each one of them takes me 8 pomodori (there hasn't been an exception). Problem: ...
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1answer
132 views

Using volunteering to develop my skills

A few months ago, I asked a Question at Workplace on skills advancement, in short I started my career as PHP developer and I'm now interested in RAILS development. I've spent some time learning rails ...

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