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2answers
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How to use kanban board to do GTD?

Almost everybody in my department at the university use an online kanban board (KanbanTool) to manage writing papers, preparing and conducting classes and exams for students etc. in line with Kanban ...
3
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8answers
159 views

How to spot my own mistakes in writing?

While reviewing things after finishing writing, I tend to miss the mistakes that I have made. Moreover, important things that I should have explained seem to appear "too obvious to be explained". How ...
6
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5answers
146 views

issues in self discipline when it comes to writing

Similar to many folks around here, I love solving problems; however, I lose all interest in writing and producing papers once I had solved the problem. Some of my favorite things to do at that time ...
2
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3answers
153 views

Deciding whether the article/content to be saved in evernote?

I have been using evernote for a very long time but not been able to use it in an effective way. I save articles in evernote but never read them again which doesn't make any sense. Recently, i ...
0
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2answers
95 views

Typos as positive [closed]

I just received a wonderfully charming typo in an email. - Could you giive a quiick ring on XXXXXXX and we can discuss Cheers X Gives one first the slight impression of speed, with the beautiful ...
5
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3answers
538 views

Making good use of a sabbatical

I'm going on a 5-week sabbatical where I'm mostly taking care of my kids, cooking, cleaning etc. I just saw Stefan Sagmeister's TED talk and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to make the ...
3
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6answers
100 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 ...
3
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1answer
257 views

Motivating self to study subjects not related to work

I really like to study a subject like philosophy, discrete mathematics and some others because the topics fascinate me, but having a full-time job as a system analyst and programmer it is really very ...
2
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4answers
193 views

How to identify and stop compulsive collecting behavior

There are many categories and assortments of things to collect, from soda cans to vintage cars. But for some the enjoyment that collecting can bring as a hobby is offset by the destructive nature it ...
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4answers
1k views

How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
6
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3answers
255 views

How to quickly prepare for technical presentations?

I give technical presentations around once a month. These last for about 10-15 minutes. However, I spend way too much time preparing my talk. I start with writing a complete speech and then practice ...
16
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4answers
2k views

How to avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to/want to learn?

I study philosophy at university, a subject that covers a lot of ground. My problem is that I often feel overwhelmed by what's been done in the past 2,500 years in so many different fields. There is ...
4
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5answers
1k views

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 ...
6
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4answers
240 views

Post-project blues - how to readjust to a less hectic life

Whether in work or home, I usually have a number of projects going. I get very geared up and in the zone for projects and this make it particularly difficult to readjust to periods of quiet left by ...
5
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3answers
424 views

Personal productivity when having almost no time

Having children may be a blow to your personal productivity. So much time is suddenly devoted to taking care of kids---there may only be a couple of hours for sleep every day. There may be other ...
1
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1answer
485 views

How Can I Deconstruct the Skill of “Learning Conversational Dutch” Into Subskills?

I recently read the book "The First 20 Hours" by Josh Kaufman, and I wanted to apply his method of rapid skill acquisition to learning conversational Dutch. I'm trying to take that skill and distill ...
1
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2answers
612 views

Android To Do / Task / Checklist App with subtasks that shows Percent Completed for Main Task

I am pretty sure I saw an app like this on the Android market yesterday, but looking for it again for an hour or more, even in my browser history, I am thinking maybe I am mistaken. I am looking for ...
3
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2answers
354 views

What are websites that enable you to dispatch tasks to others? [closed]

So, based on the Fancy Hands equivalent for Germany question, I wanted to start a question to collect websites which enable you to be more productive and dispatch tasks to someone else. So, which ...
5
votes
4answers
800 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, ...
10
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9answers
5k views

Reading multiple books simultaneously or just one at a time

The good: I try to read as much as possible - I would like to understand the world, as ongoing learning, as professional and personal development, just because I like it. The bad: I am a slow reader, ...
2
votes
2answers
111 views

Distracting thoughts while doing Yoga?

I have been doing yoga for a long time every morning. But there is a problem with my thoughts while i am doing yoga. These thoughts distract me and breaks continuation. After few minutes i have to ...
0
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2answers
1k views

How to differentiate Ego from Self Respect and then kill Ego and protect self Respect?

I am aware Ego is a negative attribute and Self Respect is a positive attribute, but I am unable to differentiate them and hence cannot judge my actions. Below are some incidents : I have a mentor ...
0
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5answers
312 views

Reducing fragmentation: App to focus on single task

There are a few apps (like Rescuetime) that track what you're doing with your computer. And there are some tools that can help you when you decide you want to eliminate distrcations (StayFocused ...
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votes
1answer
511 views

Issue with pinky finger when typing [closed]

I've just realised that my typing habits are very awfull, so I managed it to change( I am typing with all 5 fingers placing them on ASDF JKL;(usual style). But I run into a big problem. I have been ...
1
vote
1answer
816 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
3answers
171 views

Frequent Career Switch - Mental Issue or Real Passion towards something else

To explain my situation shortly "I am an introverted person from my school and for sometime bullied by my friends but I dont take it to heart. But I was good in studies and average in sports. In ...
3
votes
4answers
272 views

How to use caffeine properly?

I was thinking: 5 days on caffeine, 2 days off caffeine in a week can be ideal. The problem that I found is that if I drink caffeine on weekends (aka use coffee 7 days), the tolerance grows further ...
4
votes
1answer
244 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 ...
4
votes
6answers
474 views

How to manage reading list?

I have recently started with research. Within a few weeks, I have piled up atleast 15 papers in "to be read" list. Since I am working as well, and access the papers on laptop, desktop, tablet or ...
14
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7answers
493 views

Need to have focus and correct bad habits

I really need serious help of my habits. It seems that I am not that productive like I was before. Whenever I'm on my laptop, I should be working but instead, I would be opening facebook and do bunch ...
2
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0answers
71 views

Minimalistic food [closed]

With the uprise of Soylent on the internet and the problems such a diet could cause I've started wondering about a different approach, food that is easy to prepare, contains everything the body needs ...
2
votes
5answers
465 views

Does following a highly disciplined religion help in improving personal productivity?

There are many religions like Islam, Judaism etc that have a very disciplined and orderly approach to life with lots of rules and guidelines even for seemingly trivial endeavors , Does this induce ...
3
votes
2answers
180 views

How do I resume a long suspended project?

I was working on a CS research project and generated a lot of deliverables like code, data, diagrams, reports etc. which I stopped working on 4 months ago. Now I want to resume it as the project ...
1
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3answers
248 views

From journeyman to master

This question may be a bit vague and open for discussion, but today I've been trying to work out what to start doing. I work as a professional programmer (as do, at a guess, 90% of you lot) but its ...
5
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5answers
180 views

How to stop myself walking away from the desk and focus?

I think I may have an odd habit. When I'm working, particularly on something intense or that involves a lot of writing (e.g. a detailed and/or stressful email), after a while I tend to walk away from ...
4
votes
5answers
152 views

How do I efficiently handle non-electronic mail?

Every day, I get a lot of mail at my household. They range in importance from personal bills to advertisements or flyers. They may be addressed to the different members of the household as well. ...
0
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5answers
162 views

How do I fix being so sleepy after sleeping in?

It's summer and I have no summer classes. I tend to have 25 hour days so with no schedule I stay up later and sleep in later and get more sleep that I probably should, 10+ hours. I am working on ...
2
votes
4answers
391 views

What's the proper way to learn touch typing?

So, I know this is a question that has been "over-asked" but, I have a problem with most of the solutions. Personally, I grew up with computers, but never learned to "type" partly due to the fact ...
6
votes
1answer
561 views

Systematic approach for taking electronic notes (with cross references and links)?

for my work I'm trying to take notes electronically, to easiser sort, search, find and cross-refrence them. I'm using Emacs org-mode for that purpose. My problem: I'm struggling to find a systematic ...
3
votes
4answers
124 views

How to even out work flow when there is a lot of work and when there isn't much work

In my workplace (developer, but I assume this question would apply to all environments), we get a few months of manic work with loads of tasks to do, which tend to get rushed for deadlines, and then ...
5
votes
5answers
426 views

How to deal with unreliable technology?

One of the biggest productivity drains in my life seems to be unreliable technology. I really do see the potential for technology to simplify and streamline my productivity, and am a keen user of all ...
0
votes
3answers
149 views

Productivity tips for Gmail at work

I use Gmail at work and I'm interested in using it more effectively. Does anyone have any productivity tips for how they use Gmail and Google Calendar at work?
8
votes
2answers
581 views

Speed reading technique - How do I get rid of subvocalisation?

I heard about speed reading techniques which enable a person to read quickly. I looked into some of them and removing subvocalization was the best option I found. Can anyone shed light on how I can ...
3
votes
1answer
153 views

How to take the first step when expressing my emotions? [closed]

I always find it difficult to express love or affection towards my family members, friends, and people surrounding me. When my sister was alone in a hostel crying, I found it difficult to say "Hey ...
2
votes
4answers
161 views

Synchronize shopping lists

What is the most effective way to synchronize shopping lists in a household, so that family members can quickly help purchase items for each other? (My guess is that there are smartphone apps for ...
4
votes
2answers
207 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 ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
0
votes
2answers
93 views

How to get my dream job? [closed]

I want advise on what to do to get hired as programmer, software engineer, how to advance my education, and preferably a working future abroad. Please can you suggest me where/how I can find a better ...
3
votes
4answers
576 views

Is talking to yourself a good thing?

I talk to myself aloud through out the day. I never felt it weird. But it does get embarrassing when colleagues give you weird looks. I know I am not alone though. Also I am introvert. So it sort of ...
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votes
5answers
796 views

Is it better to send attachment over email or should we use public url links? [closed]

Recently I have been using using dropbox's public url feature to share my files over email. I'm looking for some information on if it's the best thing to do. Attachments over email Advantage: 1. ...

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