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4answers
210 views

How to have less blackouts while working under pressure?

I'm a 17 year old high school student. I try to explain my problem using a short example: During a maths test I have tried to remember a formula, which I just learned a few days before. Normally I ...
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2answers
88 views

How to handle failure in life [closed]

I had faced some failures in recent exam for a job which was very important to me. I understood mistakes i made and learning to rectify it.I understood the causes of my failure. Its very hard for ...
2
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0answers
36 views

Experiencing stress from participating in online blogs or forums [closed]

Whenever I participate online by commenting(on blogs or forums), I find myself overwhelmed by stress. I experience an adrenaline-fueled fight-or-flight response, just thinking of all the negativity my ...
7
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5answers
363 views

How to become productive on the weekends?

How do I become productive on the weekends? I note down tasks to do during the weekends like doing pending work, collecting some documents, meeting old friends, doing chores etc. but when it actually ...
65
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13answers
4k views

Gamification to improve myself

I'm currently working out a way to gamify my daily work / life. I want to reward myself via a points system, assigning points to tasks I should do but tend to neglect. These are things like paying ...
3
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3answers
121 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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9answers
2k views

Why does nothing motivate me?

I have had so many family issues that they made me a "bad" person. In simple words, I don't care about anything. People, problems, life in general. I have no morality, no god, no nothing. I am 20 ...
2
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3answers
142 views

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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2answers
267 views

How to stop procrastinating tasks?

I'm at my parents house to study for a very important exam in my country, of the same importance as studying for college. So I apply many techniques such as mind maps and resting 10 minutes after each ...
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8answers
468 views

Recommended notes with tags management software

I'm looking for a software that enables me to manage a large number of notes, short tidbits of information, and to find back later easily the one I'm interested in. I should be possible to add easily ...
3
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1answer
80 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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0answers
15 views

how do i study for six subjects when i have one week left in exams? [duplicate]

i have one week left in exams and ive not covered any syllabus.. i have six subjects and i haven't prepared even a single one.. i procrastinate a lot.. i cant study for even half hour.. at normal ...
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1answer
44 views

Saving link from iOS Facebook app to Pocket workflow

I use Pocket to store my found online reading material, some of which is found through friends and followed companies sharing on Facebook. Using the iOS Facebook app, the current method I use to do ...
1
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1answer
32 views

Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech (Mac OSX)

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
4
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2answers
2k views

How do you organize your life in Asana?

I am looking forward to migrate fully to asana from Things because of pricing/costs reasons. What I have right now in Things (for Mac) is : Today Next Scheduled Someday Projects I have never used ...
0
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0answers
9 views

Set clock table duration format for emacs org-mode [migrated]

I recently upgraded to org-mode 8.2.5h and now when I update my clock tables, values that are larger than 24h get for instance displayed as: 1d 9:16. Is there any preference I can set to switch it ...
4
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6answers
253 views

Is it a good idea to try dvorak when you already have a 140 wpm speed?

I can maintain a speed of 140 wpm in freeform typing, I wonder if I can push it a little further. Is it worth learning the Dvorak at this point?
3
votes
5answers
347 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 ...
0
votes
3answers
67 views

How can I make Windows 7 less sluggish? [closed]

I develop statistical software for internal use that runs on Windows 7, and one of my biggest productivity killers is sluggish response from the GUI. Not only does this waste time, but it becomes very ...
7
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6answers
192 views

How to avoid forgetting personal belongings and simple things

I am frequently forgetting my personal belongings like spectacles, pens, etc. as well as basic tasks. Below are the top 3 things I have forgotten and suffered a lot Once I forgot my spectacles on a ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

Increasing the reading comprehension in foreign language texts

My level of English is reasonably high (c2) however due to it not being my mother language I still suffer some handicapping when reading texts in it(for example some specifications or more technical ...
13
votes
2answers
615 views

What should I do when my inboxes are filling faster than I can empty them?

I use the word "inbox" in the generic GTD sense, i.e. anywhere that "stuff" can accumulate, awaiting processing. At work, I receive a lot of emails. I also go to a lot of meetings at which I pick up ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

Looking for boxes to store 8.5 x 11 papers

Looking for storage containers that can store 8.5 x 11 papers efficiently, that is without a lot of wasted space. Basically, I want to dump stacks of papers into boxes, temporarily hiding the mess and ...
3
votes
1answer
156 views

Speeding up online video playback

I'm currently watching a video tutorial, and it would be quite handy to be able to speed up and slow down the pace according to how well I'm coping with the material. This is also something that would ...
10
votes
5answers
461 views

How to quickly remove bad experiences from mind & switch to another task?

If something bad happens to me in a day, I can't remove that bad experience from my mind; at least for that entire day or sometimes for next 2-3 days (no matter how small that bad experience is). And ...
2
votes
2answers
140 views

Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)

Part of my job involves creating new articles. Each article is stored inside a spreadsheet and has an article number in cell A and a name in cell B. The only reason I ever need to open the ...
2
votes
6answers
209 views

Time tracking logging device

I'm looking for a device I'm not sure if it easists. I'd like a hardware button that I can press occasionally. I'd like to later be able to plug it into - say, a USB port and get a list of ...
5
votes
3answers
280 views

What are specific strategies for pacing yourself during the day?

For example, an e-mail comes in and you have that biological urge to respond immediately or work on the problem immediately. In addition, we don't want to come off talking our sweet time, so we ...
3
votes
6answers
311 views

How do you become good at thinking on your feet to solve programming problems?

I think as a developer thinking on your feet is an essential skill, but it seems some people in our industry are a lot better at it than others. Experience in an area/technology obviously helps. I ...
1
vote
2answers
124 views

Learn textual information by observation

I was reading a book "how to think like Sherlock Holmes". I have read few pages only and found that how we can easily remember things and situations by observing them. Can we use the same method or ...
4
votes
1answer
232 views

Review of my task collection system

Per Peer review: my personal productivity system. and also How to improve my personal productivity system? I'm interested in people reviewing my personal productivity system. As I talked about here, ...
0
votes
1answer
102 views

What factors make differences among students with same amount of merits?

Most of the time it is seen that two or more students seeming to have same merit but perform differently in their academic careers. What factors contribute to the differences among the students with ...
3
votes
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 ...
1
vote
6answers
160 views

Clarification need on the Pareto principle as quoted in productivity literature…

I regularly find myself reading about the Pareto principle in productivity literature. Generally, it's quoted as '80% of the results come from 20% of the work', or more popularly, '80% of the sales ...
3
votes
1answer
176 views

How to increase retention capabilitiy

I have a common problem that whatever I study, I am not able to retain it later. I understand the learning outcomes at the time of study (or I am under the illusion of this), but after some time ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

What and how to think

There is a lot of literature about "what and how to do", but I can't find anything about "What and how to think". What should I think about when I have space from actions, when walking, bathing, ...
3
votes
2answers
314 views

Learning a new language or instrument to boost intelligence: worth it?

Bilingualism and musical proficiency has been correlated with increased cognitive abilities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_advantages_of_bilingualism ...
1
vote
1answer
141 views

Code formatting (custom vs standardized) impact on productivity

Would custom formatting code in an IDE (like allowing a particular text / line / parameters to appear in bold or higher size - the ones which are currently being built) help in increasing programmers ...
12
votes
3answers
809 views

How to remain productive in a lazy day?

For certain days in a month, when I wake up in the morning, I will just be lazy to do anything. No reason. I don't know why. I'm just feeling like I have no motivation whatsoever. Such a day will ...
4
votes
3answers
175 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? ...
9
votes
4answers
435 views

any apps to help maintain 'end of day' journal, to keep track of the work done?

I recently started using a 'TODO' app (wunderlist) to keep track of tasks I need to do. I can keep personal and office stuff on it and since it syncs with my phone and home/office computers, it has ...
1
vote
3answers
171 views

Good approaches to refactor myself to become more productive?

I am programmer and I want to be more productive in my profession. I was searching for how to do this and in many places I encountered the idea that I should "refactor" myself. So, how can I ...
25
votes
8answers
2k views

How can I remain productive when working long hours?

Occasionally I have to spend some late nights working on projects. It is not a common occurrence, but sometimes projects just need an extra night or two to hit a deadline. Unfortunately I have found ...
12
votes
7answers
472 views

How to motivate yourself when you are in a company of a negative person?

No, deserting the person is not an option. This person rarely appreciates whatever I do. I am not an expert at anything for sure and am already a procrastinator, but constant finger pointing by that ...
1
vote
1answer
262 views

How to get couch potato to improve productivity

How do you get a couch potato (i.e. somebody lazy who is completely uninterested in personal productivity and instead uses other people to get things done --- or gets very little done at all) to ...
5
votes
2answers
195 views

How to keep the “spark” alive after graduating and starting to work?

I have recently graduated from college and started working quite far away from home (1200 miles appx). And I am finding this new life, new daily routine a little too easy to adjust to. I am an ...
44
votes
8answers
2k views

I'm chronically late to work: how do I change this?

Since I started working on May, I'm always late. Not by minutes, but hours. Last month I logged the hour I arrived at my desk every day and calculated I'm on average 1.5 hour late. I've been trying ...
5
votes
2answers
220 views

How to measure/increase productivity

I am an individual contributor in the team working from off-shore. My manager is onsite and he assigns work to be on calls. The project is in very initial stage so I am mostly doing POC's. However, I ...
7
votes
1answer
159 views

If I can both sit and stand during an 8-hour day, what is the optimal balance of time sitting/standing?

So I have two desks right next to each other (actually, one is a regular desk and one is a refrigerator, my "standing desk"). I work from home, usually about 8 hours a day. Is there any research ...
14
votes
5answers
834 views

Is there a positive correlation between coming to work early and productivity?

I work as a software engineer. In this line of work, we typically have a flexible schedule, and as long as we get stuff done we can come to work late and leave early. In my experience it seems that ...

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