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1answer
128 views

Where is the limit of thinking before acting?

Sometimes, reflections are necessary to lead successful actions such as designing a proper architecture for a technological system. But how one can find the limit between unnecessary and useful ...
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2answers
265 views

How to correctly resume yourself with the same enthusiasm after sleep?

Many times I find ideas of good things working in my head. Those ideas are good and I want to work on them tomorrow, also. And sometimes, I feel interested in a project/work, doing it with pleasure. ...
7
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1answer
136 views

How to get to back to your goals after a stressful project or period of time at work?

well, I have goals that I work for, but frequently, let's say every few months, I get consumed totally by job stress, and this stress may long many weeks because of the nature of our job, so that I ...
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7answers
329 views

What approach is good? First getting job done then improve or the other?

I have a question for a long time. I am very much bothered by this one. The question is "What approach is good in doing job? Is it first getting the job works, then improve it over time, or You should ...
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5answers
382 views

How to stop misplacing things?

I have a big problem of forgetting where I have put things. I always seem to forget where, for example I left my papers, keys, etc. Is there a way I can remember all the objects and where I have ...
4
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4answers
503 views

Can playing computer games be a productive way to spend your time?

Idea of playing games and having fun while still being productive in some way is very tempting. Did you ever manage to combine playing ganes with learning or gaining some other skills? I know that ...
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208 views

Do´s and dont's for audiobooks?

(Related with this question) I have recently started to hear audiobooks in my daily commute, giving me 40 minutes a day of "book listening". However, though it's my first time on the audiobook world, ...
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2answers
254 views

Effectively using a 21 day challenge

Research suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So there are 21 day challanges where you make yourself do something you want to form a habit for for 21 days and it will miraculously be a part ...
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4answers
223 views

Effectively converting stuff you read to actual results

I (& I'm sure many of others) go through a lot of trouble to read about improving productivity. This includes Books (59 seconds, Seven Habits, GTD etc.), Blogs (Pavlina, LifeHacker) ...
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2answers
728 views

Complete loss of focus / wanting to work

I work on my PC all day, every day, even when I get home. I am a programmer, theres no getting round it, and I love it! But recently I have been having 'programmers block' or complete lack of 'want' ...
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2answers
790 views

What methods exist to keep yourself motivated when working alone?

When I studied, I went to the library to have some form of social control. The social pressure made me work better. I'm now working from home for a living. It's my first week and my motivation isn't ...
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3answers
288 views

Does fluctuating sleep habits decrease productivity?

Sometimes I sleep at 11, other times at 2 and 3 or 4. As a result my waking time also keeps varying everyday. Is there any decline in the productivity of a person with these kind of habits?
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4answers
903 views

How to focus on long boring task?

Not all tasks are easy to do. From some tasks mind tries to run somewhere else. How to avoid distractions during the task that I don't like?
4
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5answers
3k views

How can we use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...
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6answers
323 views

How to evaluate quality of a book

I'm reading quite a lot professional literature, it's often about information technologies, programming books, computer science etc. The problem is that there are many books that are poorly written. ...
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29answers
1k views

What are famous quotes about productivity?

What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.
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11answers
723 views

How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?

My job requires me to drive about 30 minutes to the firm and 30 minutes back to home. How can I use this otherwise wasted time efficiently? Do you have special audio CD's or tracks you do listen to in ...
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3answers
217 views

Personal notetaking with table editing

Do you know a simple way to do personal note taking where I can have tables which I edit in the original layout? Basically like Excel with columns and rows, rather than some Wiki markup syntax where ...
3
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5answers
288 views

Best Practices for returning to a complex task?

I have alot of complex tasks, and sometimes they get lost in the shuffle and I forget to return to them. One thing I know helps in returning to a complex task is using a session manager (examples: ...
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5answers
497 views

Well organized, still overloaded?

After following GTD principles for several years, I now have the system well oiled. Unfortunately, I'm still overloaded--not at the inbox level, but at the project level. Too many things are flowing ...
16
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4answers
850 views

Which is more productive: doing lots of work in parallel or one by one?

I always feel hesitant about this particular problem of mine. Sometimes several ideas come to me, and I feel, I should start doing all of that once. But then I have a problem, I get lost in Where I ...
2
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2answers
338 views

Downside of energy drinks [closed]

I usually drink a few energy drinks during a week, because it really helps my productivity, I can focus on tasks easily, even on those boring ones. I'm better in processing information too. I prefer ...
4
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3answers
210 views

Reading to Understand

When I read a math or science textbook and do not understand something, I can easily look it up online or look at another book for a different perspective. But how does one develop the ability to ...
59
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22answers
18k views

How do I clear my mind before going to sleep?

I have great difficulty stopping to think of things I'm doing at bedtime. Whenever my night's sleep is bad, my day is much less productive. I try to compensate by drinking coffee, but this only works ...
18
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10answers
928 views

Where should I store good advice?

I sometimes come across good advice like 11 Essential Habits for Success or How To Listen Effectively, and I can't use it immediately but I like it enough to want to keep it around. However, if I ...
4
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3answers
281 views

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 ...
6
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3answers
1k views

How can I clear my head so I can keep studying?

I am attending a foundation training program for a bank. They have just shoved tons of materials into our throat I could not fully digest. I am trying my best though. Exam is on tomorrow. But after 9 ...
8
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3answers
427 views

Taking notes on mobile device

I like reading articles on my smartphone with Android. The articles are usually in web browser or pdf or epub reader. The problem comes when I'd like to extract a few sentences that I like. I ...
13
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8answers
2k views

How to improve self discipline when starting from nothing

It seems that I have no ability to be productive. Outside of the occasional week where feeling accountable to somebody else has kept me on task, I have never had the self discipline to accomplish ...
7
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6answers
990 views

How to retain focus without coffee?

I would like to limit my coffee intake, which is about 5/6 glasses a day. I want to do this for health reasons and I think I'm more deppresed due to strong coffee usage (coffee makes me very tired in ...
9
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4answers
292 views

One hour a day or 4 continuous hours a week for an activity?

Should I practice an activity, say drawing, programming, or even sport, in short day-sessions of one hour for example, or do it all at once in a week? If I choose to do one hour a day, I might waste ...
9
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8answers
488 views

How to Stop Glazing when Reading

When I need to read something, I have a really bad habit of just glazing over it and not really comprehending the words. As a result I have no clue what I've read. How can I stop glazing at a ...
9
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9answers
2k views

Is it possible to learn while sleeping?

I heard somewhere that listening to what you need to memorize during your sleep actually helps retaining the information. Based on that I converted a piece of text to a music file to listen last ...
15
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2answers
678 views

How to profit from quitting gaming? (aka how to overcome the quitter's anxiety?)

It always seemed to me that gaming itself was counterproductive, and I've always struggled to spend less time on it, but really never managed to. That is, until now. The only way I found to keep the ...
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4answers
728 views

How do I remember technical information for longer periods of time?

I'm a CS student and like many future software engineers, I have to learn a lot about data structures and algorithms (knowing them and also knowing how to implement them). I find that after I ...
5
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7answers
311 views

How do I take quick notes in odd places to maintain mind like water?

My biggest gain productivity (and reduction in stress) came when I embraced the idea of writing everything down. (Thank you, David Allen!) The hard part is managing to always have something handy with ...
4
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2answers
610 views

Task Based or Calendar based GTD

Many GTD article specifies that you put tasks for small items (that are less than 15 minutes long) and rest in calendar. I am thinking of using toodledo as primary system and then calendar for ...
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3answers
247 views

Schedules, timetable or tasklist?

I need to study for a competitive exam which is held in November. It consists of two subjects : 1.Mathematics 2.English The problem is these subjects in-turn contain a lot of things ...
2
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3answers
126 views

Redoing Questions

Suppose I took an exam and did poorly on it. Would it be good to try and redo those questions again without looking at the answers? If so, how long should I wait before I try those questions again and ...
2
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5answers
386 views

What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
1
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1answer
253 views

Keep repeated tasks in GTD task management system or calendar?

Do you keep repeated tasks, such as your lunch-time routines in your GTD task management system such as MonkeyGTD, or in your calendar such as Google Calendar, and WHY?
3
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3answers
218 views

The effect of sleep, nap & PE on personal productivity?

Most of the time, I stay up late until midnight and do things that I want to complete. However, I get 7-8 hours of sleep a day. My normal weekday routine is as follows: Wake up at 8am and go to work. ...
8
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7answers
760 views

What's a good cloud based notebook? [closed]

What's a good cloud based notebook? The features I'd like to have: I need to be able to sync my notes on my Android cell phone and various computers. I need to be able to have the actual files, ...
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2answers
499 views

How to manage daily tasks especially in office [closed]

I am a software engineer. I was proposed for leader role a year back. But I ran away from my responsibility. I compromised with my rating too due to this decision. Again I have stuck in the same ...
9
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4answers
456 views

Maintaining Diary/Journal - Really Pays back?

Does maintaining Diary/Journal really pays back? How should I maintain it so that when I refer back later it helps me? With what notion and mind set should I refer back so as that today I become ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

Reusability to enhance efficiencies

All of us are dealing with numerous presentations and documents in our day-to-day work life, and I am sure that with the process-oriented culture that runs in most organizations today, at least 70-75% ...
4
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4answers
629 views

Is it beneficial to shower with cold water?

Does it build discipline to shower with cold water? Are there other benefits why you would recommend it? Are the disadvantages?
2
votes
2answers
746 views

Pictures for language learning

If you want to learn a new language, there are a lot of people who recommend that you stay within the new language. You are not supposed to learn vocabulary by learning their direct translations but ...
5
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5answers
13k views

How long after you drink coffee before it starts being useful

That is to say, how long before you notice the effects, feel more alert, and so on. I'm assuming it's different for each person, but there must be a range. Also, does it differ for different types ...
4
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4answers
495 views

Super effective way of storing day to day information where I can access them quickly?

I am going to start organizing chaos of tasks by Getting Things Done (GTD) in my life. For which I am reorganizing information that I need from time to time, for example: Internet Banking ...

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