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5answers
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How to stop talking LOUDLY to myself?

I have a habit of talking "loudly" to myself. I get an immense satisfaction by doing so. At the same time, I tend to do this in the market, while driving the scooter, working on a C program. ...
3
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7answers
601 views

What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity? [closed]

If I'm interested in increasing my personal productivity. What publications or books should I read based on reviews and number of copies sold?
101
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22answers
7k views

Does listening to music help or hurt productivity?

Listening to music while working: does this help productivity, hurt productivity, or depend on [fill in the blank]? What has research concluded if anything? (Assume the use of a personal headset or ...
41
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8answers
4k views

How to improve Self-Discipline?

What are some specific set of behaviors that lead to self-discipline. Preferably backed by studies/research or confident experience. What I am trying to achieve is be able to work a specific number ...
42
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14answers
2k views

How can I improve my memory?

How can I improve my memory so that I can remember more, faster... learn faster...? I know some people are auditory learners, others visual... but once you figure out which one you are, how do you ...
22
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9answers
4k views

How to motivate people to self-improve themselves?

I'm the curious type of person that likes to learn more, do things in less time, do things better, etc. I take that as a personal challenge and I honestly love it. Of course, it IS a challenge, not ...
43
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6answers
5k views

Does Uberman's Sleep Schedule result in more productivity?

Most people sleep using a Monophasic circadian rhythm sleep schedule, where they go to sleep in the late evening and wake up in the morning, which results in about 8 hours of sleep and 16 hours of ...
12
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6answers
11k views

How to use Evernote to implement GTD?

One of the top FAQs is How to use RTM to implement a GTD system. I've decided against RTM, I don't like it as described in a previous thread of mine. I want to know how people use Evernote to ...
13
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4answers
833 views

What can I do to fight procrastination? [closed]

What can I do to fight procrastination? I'm looking for general advice, professional research and useful tips.
21
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6answers
968 views

how to keep focus in long term?

My problem: I can't keep focus on a few selected areas. Part of the problem is that I want to learn too many things simultaneously. But another, more serious problem is that I can't keep the same ...
25
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7answers
984 views

The black hole of procrastination

Why does procrastination tend to block everything productive I want to do, rather than just the task I'm trying to avoid? I have a report to write up for next week and I've been procrastinating on ...
18
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4answers
881 views

What nutrition is best to stay productive throughout the day?

I read in Steve Jobs's book that he used to avoid coffee during the week and drink lots of water to remain productive and energetic throughout the day. I would like to know what food and beverages to ...
19
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9answers
16k views

Best headphones/earplugs to drown out loud nearby conversations [closed]

I'm a programmer in an environment where people talk loudly. Nearby passionate conversations can be distracting when i need to concentrate. I'm sure I'm not alone. What headphones/earplugs would ...
19
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4answers
681 views

What are some of the techniques on increasing memory stamina?

Maybe it is my age (approaching 41), but my short term memory isn't as good as it was when I was younger. As such, I feel that my level of productivity is suffering. I am looking for ways to increase ...
17
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8answers
4k views

What are the best things to do when reaching home after work in order to be productive?

I am working as a computer programmer in a government firm. My job timing is 07:30am to 02:30pm. I leave for work at 7:00am and come back to home at around 04:00pm. After reaching home, I usually have ...
17
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5answers
419 views

How can I turn productive actions into routine?

Every now and then I start doing something which helps my productivity: devise a better todo list, wake up earlier etc. However, I find that I only engage in this activity for a short period of time ...
16
votes
9answers
911 views

How do I get my motivation going?

Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; so, you are basically procrastinating by surfing the web, chatting with people, ...
12
votes
4answers
711 views

How to implement a behaviour of discipline

Discipline is -at least in my opinion- the key to changing behaviours and increasing productivity. Pomodoro, GTD as well as other techniques are methods that need discipline in order to consistently ...
11
votes
5answers
2k views

What should I do with my 30min break using the Pomodoro Technique

The 5 minute breaks in between Pomodoros are short and give me a breather. However, every time I go on the 30 minute breaks after 4 Pomodoros, I always feel I could be doing something really ...
10
votes
6answers
1k views

How to calculate my personal efficiency in programming?

I want to improve my personal efficiency. How better can I calculate my personal efficiency? I am a programmer. I want to calculate my personal efficiency in programming.
9
votes
5answers
913 views

Important long-run goals vs urgent tasks

I noticed that small tasks are eating the large ones, even if the last are more important in a longer run. Things that have no deadlines and have no clear structure (e.g. learn Spanish, do some ...
6
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6answers
1k views

Avoiding procrastination on university assignments

I am in university, and have been challenged in keeping on top of assignments and studying. It's tricky to juggle work coming from multiple directions, and things tend to get forgotten or pushed aside ...
3
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8answers
2k views

What are the (dis)advantages of Mindmap software?

Anyone with experiences on mindmap software? I've used Freemind and iMindmap for a while. What are do you consider strong and weak points of the mindmap programs? Freemind is as the name already ...
17
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5answers
562 views

Loud conversations in workplace

I work in a small room with 9 people, and the area is completely open (think school classroom). People are frequently having loud conversations and I am unable to concentrate when writing code (I am ...
11
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9answers
609 views

How to calm yourself before meditation?

When I practice mindful meditation (concentrating on the breath), my thoughts wander - a lot. I try hard to bring my mind back but often I fail. What should I do to calm myself before meditation?
9
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4answers
496 views

What techniques or approaches can help me get started with mind mapping?

I've read descriptions of mind mapping before, and understand the basic concepts of the system (nonlinear, graphical representation of thoughts.) I've even read the descriptions of how mind maps are ...
7
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7answers
636 views

Putting limits on one's time online

As per Piers Steel's "procrastination equation", Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay) I find that most of my own procrastination tends to involve the Internet and the easily ...
6
votes
7answers
416 views

Strategy to utilize fragments of time?

I am refering to short and scattered fragments of time like commuting, waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus etc etc. I read an interview of a businessman who said he was working as a photography ...
4
votes
4answers
737 views

How do I set priorities and estimate completion time for 30 projects, 600 tasks?

The question is simple: I have 30+ projects in several categories : Work, Personal, Daily, Self-improvement etc. Each project contains several tasks in different aspects of my life: Intellectual, ...
17
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10answers
926 views

How to prevent oneself from feeling overwhelmed?

Sometimes, there are a lot of things that you are expected to do and you just don't know where to begin. You feel like you are being overwhelmed with a lot of tasks and deadlines. How should one ...
6
votes
4answers
304 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 ...
5
votes
2answers
501 views

Which is a minimal and effective way to prioritise tasks with projects/tags?

I have built my productive task/time management system in various applications and various strategies. It seems that I have concluded in a system that helps me a lot, but I want to force this to 99%. ...
15
votes
4answers
500 views

Has research been done between messiness on a desk and productivity?

Is there any correlation / linkages between productivity (whether it is digital or paper-based) and the tidiness or messiness of the desk? I love looking at other people's work spaces and I generally ...
2
votes
3answers
189 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 ...
2
votes
3answers
652 views

If after a few weeks/months I forget a topic which I studied in the past, does it mean that I never understood it in the first place?

I write blogs whenever I study a technical topic. After a few months if I start thinking about that topic, my mind feels like a blank slate. Does it mean that I never understood the topic in the ...
5
votes
3answers
374 views

How to prevent tiredness of last days of a research project

I am MSc student and now I am writing my thesis report. It is the last days of my project and only one chapter of my thesis remains to be written and also I have to prepare my presentation slides. My ...
5
votes
2answers
276 views

When changing habits, what can you do to cope with stress?

I need to change several habits but whenever I do something that is new to me, I get a little stressed. I used to have depressions and I know that CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy described in ...
3
votes
1answer
265 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 ...
2
votes
6answers
457 views

Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming

I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and ...
6
votes
4answers
529 views

How to not get irritated?

Sometimes I am very cool and wonder, why isn't everybody else cool? But sometimes I get irritated from small things. I become rude and irritated from things like: I have planned to sit alone and ...
5
votes
3answers
227 views

Facts only news sources

I have found myself get emotionally worked up on news reporting and would highly prefer to avoid news altogether as this heavily impacts my ability to work productively. For work reasons however there ...
4
votes
1answer
205 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 ...
4
votes
9answers
1k views

Do audio books help our productivity?

Audio book sales are increasing since 2010 in the world. But do audio books really help us analyze a book? I ask because some people (including me) like to touch what they read. This is also the ...
3
votes
1answer
350 views

How can I make my productivity system more efficient and usable?

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
0
votes
1answer
186 views

how to study for long hours? [duplicate]

I want to study for long hours, and I carry interest in studying too but I am not able to sit for more than 45 minutes, I don't know what to do, to improve my sitting for studies.. please suggest
4
votes
4answers
217 views

How to easily change activity and switch focus to it?

I found out, that sometimes when I change the activity, I can not fit to it and I still think about the previous one. For example, when I am really excited due to a call (or great weekend), it is hard ...
4
votes
5answers
761 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
80 views

How to manage outgoing emails that need an answer (by date)?

Very often I sent emails that need an answer. Sometimes I need factual information, other times I just need confirmation that things are being handled. To complicate things, answers may be required ...
1
vote
3answers
104 views

Numbering scheme for prioritizing tasks based on categories

I'm sorry if this is asked before, but I'm looking for a way to get hopefully a single number to help me prioritize between tasks within different categories. I've seen How to manage multiple ...

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