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I procrastinated and now I'm in the hole several assignments deep, where do I begin the climb out?

So I procrastinated because I opted to work on job related projects rather than school assignments. Its now Spring Break and I want to turn my classes around before it is entirely too late. How do I ...
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How does GTD fade to the background?

David Allen talks on one of his audio programs about the GTD process fading to the background, meaning it's just the way you work without thinking about it anymore. I have been doing GTD of and on for ...
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How to study for exams with 2 weeks left

I have studied all the subjects ( Hist,Geo,Maths,Physics,Chemistry,Biology,English,Computer) in a scattered way. Like out of 8 or 5 or 6 chapters I am very well prepared with 2 or 3 . I learned that I ...
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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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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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Grasping new things quickly or in less time

I am 4yrs experience software engineer. When a new requirement comes or when I move to another project, I take a long time to understand the process/flow. So become helpless to work on any development ...
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There are GTD software that includes review?

I found a lot of software that claims to support GTD, but of "collect, process, organize, review, do" they usually on focus just on collect and process. There is a software that has some feature to ...
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How to prevent neck and shoulder stress without leading to reduced blood flow and nerve compression on elbow and forearm due to armrest use?

I've read lots of conflicting advice from reputable sources and personal accounts and I can't make up my mind. If you leave your forearms unsupported you'll developed neck and shoulder problems, and ...
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Prioritization of multiple tasks due at the same time

If you have multiple things to tackle within a period of time, for example one day/week/month, would you start from the easiest one or the hardest one?
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How to avoid falling out of the pre-set productive routine and to get back into in asap?

I have a good routine and a long list of tasks to complete. But sometimes for a few days or weeks I go completely off the routine and don't even check the task list. Then its all games, reddit & ...
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Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows - all the time?

Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows (computer) - all the time? I mean is it helpful and sensible to "keep an eye" always (while working) on the Pomodoro watch ...
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How can I become ambidextrous?

For about 2 years, I have been trying to do as much as I can with my left hand. I want to one be as comfortable with my left hand as my right. It hasn't worked so work so far. It's just that... - ...
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Does multiple computer screens reduce productivity?

I was reading the wonderful post of Trent Walton : UniTasking which contains a lot of useful thoughts and ideas, plus some good links to some neat OS X apps. (which I have started using right after I ...
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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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Staying motivated after holidays were cancelled

Setting: I had a high workload and additional personal issues over the last months, which are burning me out. What kept me going was the upcoming holidays end of the year and the outlook to get some ...
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How to handle planning delays and get back on track again?

I have been working on a long term goal (a year term). I have divided the tasks into many small chunks (monthly, weekly, daily) and am working on it. But inevitably interruptions will occur, like ...
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How can someone keep from over-committing by constantly taking on new projects/responsibilities?

It sounds simple enough: just say 'NO', but it isn't always that easy. I have a "friend" that is easily intrigued, but also easily bored. He commits to projects out of genuine interest and curiosity, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Making printable checklists

I'd like to print some large A4/A3 sized checklists on paper for people to tick out. Is there any tool that just helps me to churn these out like bullet points in a minute and not have to spend half ...
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How do I maintain focus towards work for extended periods?

I work in a team and after some days of regular focus & productivity, normally towards the end of the month, I lose interest in the work. It usually takes about a week to regain focus but, this ...
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Doing a lot of things in one day— good or bad?

Ok so I am a student so my question is not exactly related to workspace but it is related to work productivity so that is why I am posting it here. I am planning to learn a few things during the ...
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Is Pomodoro an all or nothing system

I consider GTD to be an all or nothing system, i.e. either you fully engage in the system or you don't. I have found that using bits and pieces of it doesn't really work. But, I've been reading about ...
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How do i control my over excitement during my work?

It is usually found when i finish a sort of work assigned to me i usually get over excited over stuffs and start asking for more work though forgetting what task is being assigned. I give a yes to ...
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Reading to Understand

When I read a math or science textbook and do not understand something, I can easily look it up online or look at another book for a different perspective. But how does one develop the ability to ...
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Is there evidence for the impact of Web Apps on productivity?

As somewhat of a power user when it comes to computing (I'm a software engineer, it comes with the territory), I find that I really dislike most web apps. While some (such as GMail) offer keyboard ...
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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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Good manageability for multiple Gmail and Google Apps email accounts?

I'm a contracting programmer, I have my own personal email, 2 x Google App accounts that different consulting companies give me when I work for them. The problem is I find it such a hassle to check ...
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Finish all the jobs without completing any pomodoro?

I had a strange problem when applying pomodoro techniques. In my working environment, it's normal that I will get interrupted accidentally during the pomodoro phase. Hence the pomodoro is hard to ...
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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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How to deal with things that cannot be divided into several pomodoros while applying the pomodoro-technique?

I am a student and have found that there are several things which cannot be divides into pomodoros. There are two kinds of them: 1) Courses, meetings, etc., which are fixed scheduled by the school ...
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Do everyone's procrastination tendancies seem schizophrenic?

I'm not using the word schizophrenia as a medical term, but I genuinely feel I'm acting like two different people with regard to procrastination. Whenever I have free time to consider my ...
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Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
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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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How to create a weekly nutrition schedule?

I got idea from Sheldon Cooper and think it will be great to not waste my time on thinking about what I'll eat today. Apart from time it could save money, because I could buy right amounts of ...
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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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Looking for outliner with formula support \ spreadsheet with tree structure support

I'm looking for a tool that will allow comfortable creating of hierarchical structures, and allow performing computations on them. For example: plan a budget and\or time estimate of a project The ...
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how much does one need to change their living situation to be productive enough?

While looking at The Happiness Project, Steve Pavlina, Randy Pausch etc I realize there are a number of objective things you need to do in your life to be productive. One needs to learn how to sleep ...
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How to avoid losing my motivation during long periods of inactivity?

When I started university, I was really excited about learning new things. My first 2 years were harsh but with a lot of effort and discipline I managed to get good grades and got into all the ...
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How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
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Effective method of thinking beyond the first idea

As the title says, do you know any effective ways of escaping the trap of thinking about a problem only in the terms of the first idea/solution that came up? I have encountered this issue both in my ...
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Managing the Task bar and tabs clutter

I am a power user when it comes to browsing the Web and reading a lots of articles , PDF , using command windows and word composer and I use a Windows 8 Laptop. Even in the web browser my browser ...
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How do I maintain consistency when learning a new skill?

Sometimes, I find it difficult to maintain focus when learning new skills, especially when I'm just getting the hang of it. Most times, it's due to being distracted by learning another skill. How do I ...
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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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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 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 ...
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Task Based or Calendar based GTD

Many GTD article specifies that you put tasks for small items (that are less than 15 minutes long) and rest in calendar. I am thinking of using toodledo as primary system and then calendar for ...
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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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Is it possible to block a website after 2 visits each day?

Is there a Google Chrome extension where I can block URL's which I have visited more than x-times this day already? I'm catching myself going to Facebook more than twice a day, this sadly happens ...
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What is the optimal text width for Speed Reading?

Was reading here about this technique. From my POV it only works good with a distinct min-max text width. Columns in newspapers of a with of a few centimeters (5-6) seem quite good to me. I also like ...

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