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Getting back to work after small break

After doing some work I take a small break and then that small break turns into a long one, ultimately resulting in procrastination. How do I take efficient small breaks so that I do not have above ...
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What can help me be happy about my work?

Before I choose to commit to a project, I'm usually very excited about it. But as soon as the commitment actually requires me to put an effort in, the excitement is partly replaced by stress or the ...
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Project Management Software for Software Development?

I have been looking around for relevant project management software in regards to this, but it is pretty much impossible to find, at the fault of how meta searchs of google work. When I search a ...
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Online sharing and collaborating tool

To improve productivity, I would attempt to reduce the amount of travelling time, especially if it is for a meeting where the resources can be shared online. I have recently used TeamViewer as a tool ...
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Most effective work habit for coding?

Working on a big solo project (~15,000 LOC), I am encountering the following phenomenon: I seem to work best when I program in short bursts of 10-15 minutes. Right now I am working on a section ...
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Software to restrict access to time-wasting applications? [duplicate]

I am looking for free solution to block some programs on my pc for sheduled time? Seems to be hard to find one.
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How can I prevent switching constantly from one task to another?

I want to try Evidence-Based Scheduling so I've broken everything into small tasks. This process was interesting since I've detected some tasks that wasn't immediately evident and forced me to design ...
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How to continue GTD during high-stress periods and afterwards?

Often during crunch time of a project when only one goal is of supreme priority, I stop looking at my next action list because it is obvious what the next action ought to be. If such event persists ...
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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 ...
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How to productively read a computer science text book?

I find it hard to achieve true understanding reading theoretic computer science (TCS) books. In particular, I struggle with symbolic notations and proofs. After spending a very long time perusing all ...
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Looking for printable daily organizer/planner/scheduler for 2013

I am having a hard time searching for an electronic version (any file type that can be printed) of a daily planner. Paper version of these planners look something like this: Only requirements for ...
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Checking your work over and over again

When I was in college writing papers I would literally write one sentence, then go back and re-read the entire paper that I had written up to that point. I would do this over and over again. ...
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What is a good site to manage household chores?

For any given relationship with children, there is a lot of household chores that needs to be managed or delegated in some way. One way that I prefer is to maintain a list of tasks that needs to be ...
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226 views

First Things First system

I remember once hearing about a productivity system called First Things First. What is the system, and how does it work?
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Does a cluttered workspace viewing area make it harder to focus?

Beyond personal preference, is there any credence to the idea that, for example: in a cubicle with a fabric wall behind the monitor - if that wall is covered in paraphernalia (be it photos, post it ...
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255 views

How many usable hours do I have in a day?

I want to know, how can I figure out how much time I have in a day to use? What is a good way to calculate exactly how much time I have to put into my work?
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How to improve typing speed post 100wpm

I relearned how to type this past summer, I switched from a 5 finger style to a 9 finger touch typing style. I'm still on a qwerty keyboard, and do not want to switch to dvorak or any other layout. I ...
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Should I use pomodoro breaks to work on personal tasks?

My system is I have a MS Word document for my backlog. I add both work tasks, and small personal tasks (eg send email to so and so, ring such and such organisation, buy xyz, post on stack exchange ...
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339 views

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep?

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep? Say we score caffeine intake like this: Green tea = 20 Black tea = 40 Coffee = 80 How much mg of caffeine do you take ...
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Is there research about the productivity benefits of standing vs. sitting at work?

Mostly what I've found is anecdotal. Would love to know if there has been any actual research on this subject. I've tried both and don't find a dramatic difference, wondering if investing in a ...
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How do you go about preparing for your talk?

How do you go about preparing for a talk? Could you please tell me whether you write the talk down first and memorize it, or if you write the entire talk down, practice reading it and then on the ...
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803 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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Do future project actions go on actions? Dependencies?

In the GTD system, Actions represents next actions -- things you can do now to do the next step. But I have a quandry: how do I handle future actions? Let's say one project is "paint X for my living ...
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894 views

Excel Spreadsheets for Time/Project Management?

I have tons of stuff to do, and I get bogged down. I end up doing nothing for hours, sometimes even days. I have personal projects to complete and books to read, but sometimes I'm just flailing around ...
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GTD - Duplicating Items between lists

I am trying to implement GTD using OneNote. If for example I have a project "fix house" and a next action "ring plumber" Should that action be on 3 lists: Next actions list At phone list Project ...
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When is tracking time a waste of time?

I have been reading a lot of Drucker lately one of the things he emphasizes is to "know thy time". I have been tracking time with toggl, I started out with tracking everything. I have since pulled it ...
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251 views

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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269 views

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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591 views

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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288 views

Thinking about romance interfering with productivity.

Last night I went on a first date with a girl I met on a dating app. The date went well, and we've organised a second date. However, I've started over thinking the text game, worry about screwing ...
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596 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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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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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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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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428 views

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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How can I notedown my dream in bed with minimal movement?

I really like the concept of lucid dreaming, but in addition to having to wake up in the middle of the night (according to it's technique), my biggest hurdle to being able to practice it is actually ...
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Postprandial somnolence. Is there a way to be active after lunch?

Postprandial somnolence is a normal state of drowsiness or lassitude following a meal. According to wikipedia, exposure to blue light counteracts it. Do you know additional measures to be active ...
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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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164 views

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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