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How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
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101 views

How can I automatically clear my inbox?

Is there any sort of tool that could, say, automatically archive all emails in my Gmail inbox tagged with a certain label that are older than 2 days old? This would be a big boost toward inbox zero, ...
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2answers
194 views

How can I organize my daily deals emails?

I get a lot of daily deals emails, from Groupon, to LivingSocial, to Google Deals, to a bunch of very specific ones like Newegg's shell shocker deals, and all of that is on top of regular daily ...
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834 views

Improve 10 finger typing: app to force the correct shift-key

I'm good at typing with 10-fingers, as I use a blank keyboard. But I have a problem. I almost always use the left Shift key, even if the right Shift key would be better (same for Ctrl). What I'm ...
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2answers
384 views

Mobile java application for Pomodoro

Any suggestions about mobile Java (J2ME) apps suitable for measuring Pomodoros? I've already tried Pomodoro and Doing!, but the first can't measure break period and has no settings (I work in the ...
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254 views

How to find a task/goal that you are passionate about?

Are there tools that can help me identify what kinds of tasks/goals I could be passionate about. Any resources that provide insight into reasons why people are passionate about certain goals/tasks?
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1answer
80 views

Are chair neck supports good?

Some ergonomic chairs feature a neck support. On the one hand, I believe that this would help relieving the neck pain I'm currently suffering; on the other, I suspect that they could be actually ...
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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 ...
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68 views

How to have a quick overview about time zones of international partners?

I'm sitting in Europe myself and I have to deal with partners in USA (different locations), Japan, Australia, ... I'd like to see quickly what time it is at their site - is there a tool which makes ...
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4answers
153 views

iPod content while running

About me: Asp.Net C# softwaredeveloper, so a bit microsoft/windows focussed. The background info: It's productive to listen to podcasts while working out. The question: What content is ...
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Tips to get back a healthy “Early to bed,early to rise regime”

I feel a little bit of a back-story is necessary here: I was an under-grad student up until last year. I had this habit of sleeping way too late and waking up with time enough to get to classes on ...
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3answers
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How long should an afternoon nap last?

At the beginning of the afternoon I usually feel tired, so I take a nap. However my naps usually last 1 to 2 hours, and when I get up I’m really not in the mood of doing anything productive, I’m ...
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308 views

How can I deal with others who have different personal productivity goals?

I have many interests in personal productivity. I don't like to waste time so I sometimes pass up social events (going out or to bars) for 'bettering myself' through some extra work on a weekend ...
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0answers
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Managing your “life” data? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What FUTURE-PROOF software for building & managing a personal BIG knowledge base? We all have a ton of information that we store mentally or in files on the computer ...
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7answers
230 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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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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3answers
77 views

What is the fastest way to take pictures of a case file?

It is a common practice in brazilian law offices to take pictures of case files, page by page. The procedure is required because the files can't be taken longer than five days, so it's more convenient ...
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1answer
177 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 ...
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3answers
366 views

How best to organize research by project for multiple different projects?

I have multiple projects each requiring their own research that's not interrelated. (ie: Database Admin, Systems Admin, Database Development). Knowledge in these areas is endless and falls under ...
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5answers
431 views

How to code faster?

I am really behind on my schoolwork (a result of both procrastination and my disability) and I need to finish 4 programming assignments in 5 days. Usually each assignment take me two days to do, ...
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3answers
1k views

Artifical sound generator for counteracting the workplace sound

I was wondering if there are some generator of sound (such as white noise, or other kinds of sound for the following purpose) for counteracting the sound in working environment? The generator can be ...
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9answers
756 views

New and interesting ways of getting up in the morning?

I'm looking for new and interesting ways of getting up in the morning instead of settings 30 alarms 2 minutes apart from each other on your phone. I would like to know your experiences with using any ...
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2answers
324 views

Does using your bed only for sleep result in more valuable sleep?

I read a while back that you should only use your bed for sleeping, that means no video games and no TV while in bed. In return you apparently get better, more valuable sleep. Is this true?
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458 views

How to live a life that doesn't require constant tension for livelihood? [closed]

When I was jobless, for days I used to search for a profession that will give me a balance of relaxation, monetary solvency, education and social status in the context of my country. Then after much ...
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5answers
223 views

Boosting Energy

I have a real bad tendency to take long naps when I am tired. Is there anyway to restore my energy after study for a long period of time without napping or using caffeine?
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382 views

How to separate working environments in a single computer?

I have multiple projects in my life but only one notebook. This means that documents, software, notes, almost everything goes into the same machine and this can be very distractive. My solution to ...
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5answers
457 views

Is it a bad idea to work in the evenings or at night?

Sometimes when I'm bored I work in the evenings and even into the night on work related projects. Is this a bad thing? Will it harm future productivity during the day? Should you strictly limit ...
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2answers
152 views

strategies to learn multiple foreign languages

As for now, I speak three languages including my native language. As I am residing in Singapore, I am thinking of learning Chinese Language as a 4th one. But I am afraid that as I also speak Japanese ...
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Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
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0answers
666 views

Why do Americans use yellow legal pads for note taking? [closed]

I have seen many movies and TV series where Americans use yellow legal pads for note taking. Does this have some kind of advantage to white or recycled paper? Is this a common thing in USA? Sorry ...
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256 views

How to start as a customer-hunter? [closed]

I have just started my career in a Banking organization. Banking organizations need customers and deposits. So I am given a quarterly target to open some new accounts and to collect fixed-deposits. ...
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0answers
71 views

Good resources to try Mindfullness technique [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to avoid mind drifting while listening? While reading answers to few questions on this forum I read about "Mindfulness". I have problem staying focused during ...
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5answers
424 views

How to be productive when relaxing?

Let's say I work at my most productive hours and I do a lot of work. At a certain point, I will become tired. Self-discipline might make me work for another hour or so but after that the quality of ...
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0answers
211 views

Is “Foot Rest” a good complement of ergonomics chair? [closed]

According to some web site, a foot rest can Promotes good seated posture and blood circulation I am not sure how important is it, since I already got a decent ergonomics chair, not sure if buying ...
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4answers
975 views

GTD application that syncs with iCal

I am looking for a mac os x GTD task based application (in the wunderlist way) where you enter and classify tasks, and you can also assign tasks to iCal, is this possible?
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Catching up a whole field in science with textbooks and videos of lectures

For a future research project I need to grasp as all of the information I can and concepts over condensed matter physics (with my current background I am fairly familiar with the mathematics and ...
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6answers
1k views

How can I comfortably sleep less than 8 hours?

I normally sleep eight hours or more. I wish to sleep less, say by one hour. Are there any natural products/drugs/tips that can help me be in good mode after having slept only seven hours?
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217 views

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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2answers
159 views

How to withstand a highly distractive environment, or else, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go'

The headline here is: I live in a frat house with 10 other people. They are noisy, frisky people, and living with them greatly improved my drinking social skills, and I loved it at first, but I'm ...
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How to improve one's 'learning' and 'understanding' capabilities?

The question is vague, but makes sense. Playing Chess / Poker would improve certain abilities. Performing mental calculus would improve others. But which activity, other than those, would ...
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2answers
586 views

What next after pomodoro technique? [closed]

What other time organizing or self organizing techniques would you recommend after the Pomodoro Technique? Please suggest books, theories, and articles.
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3answers
150 views

Cultivating Patience

What is a good way of cultivating patience? I feel that the impatience (the urge to get done with things irrespective of quality) severely hampers my productivity. I tend to have to redo the things ...
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3answers
2k views

How to avoid mind drifting while listening?

While talking to someone at work or even on the phone I often find myself drifting off where my attention wanders off. This happens even during short say 5 ~ 10 minute conversations. If while talking ...
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7answers
761 views

How to use bathroom time effectively

I spend a non-neglible time in the bathroom, sitting on the pot. It occured to me that I could be using the time better and not let precious productivity time literally go to waste. So, how do I ...
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4answers
526 views

wake yourself up on time

My question is pretty simple How do you wake yourself up on time?. Of course the most simple idea is to set an alarm clock or get someone else to wake you up but what are other methods you can employ ...
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2answers
707 views

What is the most efficient hands-free mouse?

Hands-free mice are numerous: Camera based head tracking systems: SmartNav, Tracker Pro, FreeTrack, HeadMouse Extreme and HeadMaster, Mouth-operated joystick types: the TetraMouse, the QuadJoy, ...
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9answers
980 views

Manage multiple tabs in browser

I am not too sure whether this problem can ever have a solution, but here I go. As some (maybe more than some) have experienced more than 100 tabs open on your browsers. I have a habit of opening a ...
3
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3answers
257 views

Finding the most efficient way to do something

I have over the last few months noticed that there are many different, more effective and more efficent means of doing things then the way the general population does them.For example, learning the ...
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4answers
880 views

Why am I not able to motivate myself to code?

I have got an idea that can make a good app for web and mobile. I tell myself to design the prototype so as to see how people take it. The problem is when I sit to code, I can't get things done. I ...
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10answers
7k views

Is it possible to learn foreign languages effectively by watching tv series? [closed]

Some people say that watching TV series can be very helpful in learning foreign languages. However, I am skeptical about it as I think that this kind of activity is just too passive. My biggest ...

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