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4answers
443 views

What is the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...
6
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5answers
11k views

How to switch to biphasic sleep?

I have read about research evidence that biphasic sleep (i.e. sleeping 2 times every 24 hours instead of once) is probably closer to the normal human rhythm. Typically two approaches are mentioned: ...
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1answer
189 views

Best way to learn speed reading [duplicate]

I want to know what is the best way to learn speed reading? I searched the answer for a week now, but I found no personal experience recommendation. I also found a lot of books and software, but I ...
1
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1answer
147 views

Time Management issue

I am a class 12 science student and I have coaching classes ~7 hours a day and they start at 10 am and with small frequent breaks they end at 5 Pm. My problem is that I wake up at 8:45 am and I am ...
1
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3answers
518 views

Why I am receiving so many advertisement emails?

Recently I have been inundated with tonnes of emails. These are promotional emails from valid companies that I have registered with before. I am always very careful in saying that I don't want ANY ...
0
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1answer
105 views

How to get motivated to improve memory?

As per Maria Konnikova, motivation is required to keep something remember for a long time. I completely agree with her (however I'll call it as interest). We remember a complete movie, all talks ...
6
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2answers
569 views

How do I maintain high levels of productivity when working with flexible deadlines?

When I am not under pressure I am not working nearly as hard as I can. Here are some examples: When I have a task for exactly X days I will always complete it on time. For example a commission of a ...
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14answers
5k views

How do people learn technologies fast?

I keep on reading blogs and tweets about how somebody just sat through few days, learned a new technology and hacked together a new project in a weekend. It is simply unfathomable for me. I recently ...
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5answers
2k views

How to take notes when reading technical books

Do you know of any systems such as mind maps or flash cards for taking notes while reading technical/programming textbooks? For example, after reading two chapters of a dense textbook and taking a 1 ...
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4answers
279 views

How to focus on small periods of time that I find available for my personal projects every day?

During a day I schedule a lot of things, including work, entertainment, routine things, house stuff etc, plus unexpected tasks that usually can't wait. So, there are not a few times that I find some ...
1
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5answers
138 views

Avoiding the Inbox

I keep a relatively clutter free email inbox, but it just keeps filling up and it is difficult to ignore those messages. Turning off popups has really helped, but I need to create a new email message ...
3
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1answer
138 views

DIfficulties working when I am not at home

I have a job where I work mostly with my laptop. I sometimes work with my laptop from home, and feel this environment is perfect for me to work in because I can wear my comfy jogging trousers, ...
9
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4answers
573 views

How to work on multiple projects effectively?

I'm working on 2 projects, both investors are in a hurry, and I'm a computer sciences student. It's summertime now but in fall, I have no room to breath. Sometimes I feel like not doing anything, ...
0
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3answers
265 views

Tabletop sit/stand desk recommendation

I'm looking for a sit/stand adjustable desk for my dorm room, which provides a desk/chair combo. As a result, the desk should be basically flat in the 'sit' position and adjust up 18 inches or so for ...
4
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4answers
339 views

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep?

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep? Say we score caffeine intake like this: Green tea = 20 Black tea = 40 Coffee = 80 How much mg of caffeine do you take ...
1
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1answer
295 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 ...
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5answers
1k views

How to fall asleep faster

I'm working a internship this summer where I need to be up by 6:30 and don't get home until 8pm. I'm having trouble falling asleep at night because I'm naturally more of a night person. Does anyone ...
5
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6answers
301 views

Keeping in 'The Zone' when phones ring, people talk etc

I have just started a new job, as a programmer I have to get in 'The Zone' to get alot of work done, I do this by listening to music and just getting on with it. But people kept talking to me, as I ...
3
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5answers
442 views

Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...
2
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2answers
321 views

Substances to increase productivity, concentration

I am a workaholic, I don't need to treat it but I need to increase my productivity and efficiency. I am also adrenaline addict. What substances can help me reach my goal? Do Nicotine patches and ...
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1answer
168 views

Will frequent job change affect career growth? [closed]

I have big confusion about career growth. Because, initially I started my career in small scale industry with low pay. I cannot support my family on this salary due to current economic conditions. ...
2
votes
2answers
729 views

Can a periodic caffeine detox boost productivity in long term?

This is a question for primarily caffeine users. I'm currently not interested in "don't do coffee" type answers. I have a chance to undergo a caffeine detox. I'm interested in how long do you think ...
2
votes
2answers
116 views

Optimize Travel Time on Smart Phone

I spend a good chunk of time driving or being driven. How do I optimize this time? What do you do on your smart phone to best utilize travel time? What do you do while you are driving [solo] to best ...
3
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2answers
176 views

What are the attitudes are required to improve communication ability?

I am a software developer. I am able to speak with my friends and colleagues but I have a problem in making effective communication with higher officials. I struggle a bit when speaking with higher ...
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2answers
80 views

Collaborating Online and enforcing anonymity for members to increase productivity

I have a group of online workers that need to work on a common task , the notifications for the work to be done are also common like the todo lists, wikis, docs etc. What I want is enforcing anonymity ...
0
votes
1answer
109 views

Is there a software available that auto completes sentences? [closed]

I'm looking for a plugin or desktop software that completes sentences I often write, e.g. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you". I'm using the latest Opera browser on Windows XP. Can anybody ...
1
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2answers
197 views

Reducing procrastination / Incentivising work completion?

Though working, going to college and working on startups... I still have trouble staving off procrastination such as television shows, movies and online multiplayer gaming. How do I reduce this ...
2
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3answers
179 views

What are the 'things' that help 'people' work productively

Just to be more clear. I recently spent on a decent office chair from Staples and a wide office desk from Ikea, which really allowed me to work productively for long hours from home. I also have got 2 ...
9
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3answers
259 views

What goes into a 9-5 warm up

A 9-5 job (or any job that fits that description) can be mentally exhausting. How does one prepare for this on a daily basis, to start off focused, increase productivity throughout, and/or prevent ...
1
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3answers
394 views

How do I improve typing speed on a touchscreen device?

I have a medium size (4") smartphone that I find myself increasingly using for long bursts of typing. I am finding it extremely hard to use more than two fingers consistently and two finger typing ...
3
votes
3answers
295 views

What are alternative sleeping patterns

Currently I sleep 7-8 hours a night, but I've heard of different sleeping strategies where you sleep in shorter increments and do them often. What is the most common form of an alternative sleeping ...
2
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4answers
377 views

How to keep myself at the same high motivation level over time?

I have my ups and my downs as everyone. Experimenting with techniques for getting stuff done, organising life etc. is my second nature and I love documenting my attribution in different conditions and ...
12
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7answers
524 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 ...
4
votes
2answers
468 views

How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
0
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3answers
176 views

How to keep calm and increase productivity [closed]

At the reputable software company where I work, I have the following problem: Task estimations are carried out and I am asked to give the estimated time for tasks. What ever I give as my estimation, ...
11
votes
6answers
826 views

Meditation using breath : Stay in meditative state once reached there

This is my first day on this site, and this is my first question too. It is somewhat similar to this but I believe mine is more specific. I practice meditation for the last 1 year and I really enjoy ...
20
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17answers
3k views

Why am I not making money and success even If I am organised, motivated and hard-working?

I am totally organised. I keep a file of everything, I monitor my activities, keep my expenses analytically, process my todo list and my projects with different types of gtd. I have an above average ...
0
votes
4answers
1k views

How do I get over addiction to movies? [duplicate]

I have 100Gb of movies, which I don't want to delete, but if I don't I'll watch them again and again. It's hurting my time beyond my imagination. Every night, the movie keeps on running though I am ...
3
votes
1answer
151 views

What are the “mental hacks” for sticking to a field for decades?

In this age of startups and "quick" tech money, what are some good tips to give a young man like myself who has come to understand that this is just a phase and the tech market will become so ...
2
votes
2answers
283 views

How to identify appropriate goals?

Identifying suitable goals is obviously an important part of personal productivity; there's little point in honing skills in the pursuit of a pointless goal. Whilst the selection of appropriate goals ...
2
votes
5answers
116 views

Exercise to sleep

I have good sleep habits as a general rule and am very happy with them. However I've joined a new club for a particular sport and the practice time is 9pm to 10pm. The problem with this is that it's ...
8
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5answers
452 views

Less time, Less Experiences and many tasks

Every new idea that I had, I want to pursue, but cannot because of limiting factors such as: Time Experience and too many things to do. I am a software engineer. I love programming and have to ...
7
votes
5answers
395 views

Are there any concerns with using an exercise ball as a chair?

I've been looking into an exercise ball more seriously as a chair alternative. I've heard the benefits which include core strengthening and encouraging you to sit up straight. Are there any drawbacks? ...
2
votes
3answers
319 views

How to schedule leisure time for productive work

When it comes to fun activities, is it best to do those before work or wait until after you have accomplished some work? I'm asking in terms of which arrangement leads to higher productivity while ...
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votes
1answer
261 views

Flatbed scanner with feeder and external USB drive port? [duplicate]

I'm trying to efficiently and cheaply scan many documents (Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly) Getting a flatbed scanner with a document feeder appears to be the best option, but I'm ...
2
votes
3answers
210 views

How to reduce time to 'flow'?

In a world of distractions there is nothing quite like a getting into a state of flow to be productive - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology). Unfortunately I reach the state less than I would like....
0
votes
1answer
104 views

Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly [closed]

I'm trying to mass-scan stacks of documents, but my scanner doesn't have a page feeder. Instead, I want a device that takes a piece of paper off the bottom (or top) of a stack, moves it over the ...
3
votes
2answers
217 views

Advantages of a virtual assistant

Following some comments on another question (http://productivity.stackexchange.com/a/2797/2382) - I'll split this out as a separate question. There are many recommendations to outsource tasks to ...
1
vote
6answers
190 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 ...
2
votes
5answers
206 views

Are marginal gains better than dramatic changes for increasing personal productivity?

Like many people I tend to be impatient when it comes to my personal productivity. I want to to adopt a couple of big changes that will see may productivity shoot up over night. But in many cases we ...

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