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How do I speed up turning ideas into text? [closed]

When producing blog posts, even when it is only a few paragraphs, takes me a long time. Most of my time seems to be spent converting my ideas into writing. It is really hard to write something that ...
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Effectively open links in Gmail w/o mouse

I have recently become acquainted with the hotkeys for Gmail. They are very logical and a big timesaver. However, I am unable to easily activate a link that is contained in an email using only the ...
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Sleeping at odd hours, stuck in a cycle [duplicate]

So I sleep from 8am to 5pm and can't seem to break the cycle, do I need a doctor? The "waking up early" thing won't work because I am only just going to bed when it's early. I tried the few hours of ...
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107 views

Redirected during the day: Can I reduce the negative impact?

I wanted a job. During the interview I was asked a common question: How well do you handle being switched to a different task in the middle of a day? Things move pretty fast around here. Of ...
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338 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 ...
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183 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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292 views

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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Bad biological clock and weird sleeping hours

I always sleep from around 4am until 12pm (a total of 8 hours of sleep). It is kind of a Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) I am from an Asian country and there people believe that you should sleep ...
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292 views

I have a mastermind group set up. Now what? What activities should we be doing while together?

I am interested in any ideas on interesting activities or discussions we could do/have while together. Also any tips on how to effectively run a mastermind group and ensure our members get the maximum ...
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369 views

How to safely and effectively ignore irrelevant external stimuli?

I have come to realize that a lot of mental energy and focus is wasted on the intake, filtering, and processing of what ends up considered completely useless sensory input. Things like various types ...
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757 views

What are the steps to be taken to bring more clarity to your thought process?

I had recently migrated from being a student to an IT professional and I realized that I need to bring in more clarity in my thought process. My job requires me to ask critical questions (I do ...
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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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553 views

Time management problem with pomodoro technique

I have used successfully the pomodoro technique for some time. I've found just one big problem that has caused a slight but constant loss of motivation in using it, causing in the end the need to stop ...
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4answers
554 views

Can playing computer games be a productive way to spend your time?

Idea of playing games and having fun while still being productive in some way is very tempting. Did you ever manage to combine playing ganes with learning or gaining some other skills? I know that ...
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524 views

How to focus on the current task and avoid any distractions?

I'm often finding myself getting distracted very easily: I walking to another room to do something (e. g. fetch something, write down something or do a task), on the way I'm seeing something that ...
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1answer
130 views

What's a note, what's a reminder, what's an event?

So, I was putting my father-in-law's birthday into my iPhone using Siri and I couldn't figure out whether it should be a reminder or an event. Which do you think? Sometimes I make a list of things, ...
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What is the most efficient software for email and task management

I receive most of my tasks by email or in meetings, and many tasks are complete using email. At the moment I use Thunderbird on my computer, and the Toodledo website on my computer and on my Android ...
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228 views

Does it help to have dedicated computer workstations for dedicated types of work?

Has anyone seen research that demonstrates dedicating different computers to specific tasks (separated by physical distance) increases productivity?
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Is there any free online calendar to use for a Team for 8-10 people?

Is there any free online calendar to use for a Team for 8-10 people? To know who is on leave and when and to know his information like email, phone number etc. and to who is working on which ...
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187 views

How to identify the ideal time to go to sleep and wake up?

Assuming one was not concerned about what time they went to sleep and what time they woke up (even if at times generally thought of as "early") is there any method for selecting what time is the most ...
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165 views

Do video subtitles make learning easier or harder?

I am a visual person, so reading is easier than listening. When watching videos with subtitles I find that my eyes tend to mostly watch the words more than the speaker because it is easier and faster. ...
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175 views

Putting “maybes” on calendar

My impression of GTD is that it's pretty strict about your calendar - it should only contain the necessary things (meetings, time-specific tasks), so you can get a picture of the landscape of your ...
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2answers
98 views

Pushing myself too hard to exercise, causing me stress

Recently it has dawned on me the necessity to exercise regularly, but I am highly over-pushing myself to do it, and its causing me to stress out about doing it. I've been doing it consistently for the ...
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3k views

Todo list - Evernote vs Trello

I've read The Secret Weapon's system for organizing your life using Evernote. It seems that Evernote is well suited as a digital filing cabinet and note taker. However I'm not so sure it fits as a ...
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1answer
340 views

Pros and cons of touch typing finger map lay-out (EDX versus EDC) in QWERTY

When I learned to touch type, back in the mid-80’s, I was instructed to use a finger map that basically mirrors the left and right hand side. I’ve added a figure below and refer to it as the EDX ...
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Is there any application which can track things on daily basis

I am looking for some personal tracking or logging application in which i can enter my records for each day. Just like we have the hard copy of the diary with all dates and times and we can look back ...
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3answers
445 views

Time management strategies for computer science students

Over the past few months, I've been contributing to both Wikipedia and Stack Overflow, and working on open source software projects. However, I've found that my obsession with software development has ...
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336 views

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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1answer
380 views

How to set goals or milestones learning a new language?

When I make a project I use to divide it into several specific goals. And this use to work for me. Now I'm learning a new language (English language) for my own. I have some activities like: Read ...
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253 views

Is there an email/forum productivity tool which can automate reply generation?

I am looking for software which would help me to write quality replies to a poorly worded/structured or otherwise complex emails/forum messages. The tool should allow to graphically break (manually ...
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124 views

Whats the reason of not willing to progress?

I have been in the environment of competition right from childhood. I took competition very seriously and often sacrificed many things in childhood that usually can be done in childhood only, and I ...
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1answer
158 views

Long-wait tasks with Pomodoro Technique

What are some good strategies for coping with tasks that have high "wait times" when using the Pomodoro techinque? Right now I'm about 15 minutes into a pomodoro, but I'm waiting for a program to ...
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219 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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Motivational texts on Android Lock screen

I'm trying to find an android application that is able to motivate me quickly when I'm outdoors and look at my screen. It could look like as follows: It can display a motivational text (citation) on ...
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337 views

How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
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1answer
238 views

How do I combine the principles of GTD with those of the fifth discipline

GTD and The Fifth Discipline are two great books, and systems that are both relevant to almost everything in work and life, but focus on different areas, and make you look at it from a different ...
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178 views

Feeling after working on hard problem

Is it generally the case that getting stuck/working on a difficult problem means that you feel uncomfortable (i.e. you head hurt)? Or do some people feel like they are watching a movie and it is fun? ...
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1answer
230 views

Long-term planning tool

There are quite a few applications that track and notify time (Google Calendar,... ) but I found that none of them has the ability to help planning over a long period (let's say, 5 years, 10 years ...
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4answers
341 views

Merge daily todo with project todo

I'm on a quest of finding the best tool to manage what I do. TL;DR: Freelance web developer looking for tool to connect project management and daily tasks. I like Getting Things Done methodology a ...
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2answers
126 views

Get the grasp of a big system of applications and skills

I work for the IT department of a big company with lots of applications. Usually my day starts managing custom apps, most of which I barely know, and fixing single problems on them. The problem is: ...
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4answers
393 views

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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145 views

Is it a good idea to test multiple “pieces of knowledge” on one card?

I'm using Anki, a flashcard learning tool, for learning Japanese vocabulary. Of course, this includes words with kanji. For these I need to know both the reading and the meaning. Now I'm wondering ...
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242 views

What is classed as a 'break' using the pomodoro technique?

I know there is a question regarding the longer break, but I want to know what should I be doing during the 5 minute break? Should I get away from the PC or just check email and facebook? I'm just ...
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3answers
154 views

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
188 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 ...
4
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1answer
218 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 ...
4
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1answer
284 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 ...
4
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1answer
861 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
169 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
104 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 ...

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