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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?
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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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% ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Listening / learning while still being productive at work

A lot of people around me in my office listen to music or podcasts on their headphones. I am not particularly a fan of just listening to music all day, however, I can see the benefit of podcasts. ...
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Help me study and read paperlessly, with some ebook reader efficiently?

I have directories like this here full of PDFs that I want to read, comfortably. I consulted the GoodReader's developers (a book application for iPad) and they said that I need Mac -computer to ...
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683 views

How to effectively read and understand scientific literature?

If have read some other topics regarding this subject, but they were rather focused on the immediate understanding of a paper and not long-term knowledge of a topic. Suppose I read a book about about ...
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Prioritization of multiple tasks due at the same time

If you have multiple things to tackle within a period of time, for example one day/week/month, would you start from the easiest one or the hardest one?
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Does anyone have any recommendations for an alternative workstation ergonomic setup

My job means I have to sit at my computer all day, 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 46 weeks a year. That’s 1610 hours a year and 1/3 of my whole day (given that I also sleep about 8 hours so am not ...
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2answers
350 views

What is a good planning software for a proactive student?

I'm studying Computer Engineering and I run a small hosting reseller company and a computer club and am involved in other activities as well. What good software can make me very efficient. I give a ...
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2answers
211 views

How to set a realistic deadline for a study task when you aren't familiar with the subject?

I am doing a self study now a days. The topics are unfamiliar. Hence the question.
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265 views

Balancing time and quality

Are there any proven or benchmarked methodologies that can be leveraged to balance the challenge between maintaining quality in spite of strict timeline through a disciplined and consistent approach? ...
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Any calendar app that enforces free time, gaps between meetings?

Does anyone know of a calendar application that will warn me if I have violated the following conditions? Too many appointments have been scheduled on a given day Too many appointments have been ...
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460 views

Fixing 'reverse-tiredness'?

I'm a nightowl by nature, always have been. I've read Steve Pavlina's strategies on changing this, I follow Lifehacker, and all sorts of things. However, here's how my day goes (from midnight) ...
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Does breathing air with an increased percentage of oxygen make you more productive?

Does breathing air with an increased percentage of oxygen make you more productive? If the brain requires oxygen to function properly, does that mean that breathing air with an increased level of ...
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1answer
500 views

What's a good replacement to Gqueues Pro?

I like task management tool GQueues (http://www.gqueues.com/). But the pro version is as costly as $25/mo which is too expensive for me as a student. What's a good replacement to it? I mainly would ...
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164 views

How to schedule your time in a crisis?

You have 4 months until the university admission exam. You forgot most of the stuff you will be tested (from 3 years of not using the concepts) and your only possibility of reviewing the forgotten ...
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179 views

Dealing with massive amounts of emails

I have two personal email accounts I have somewhat neglected, and they currently have a massive amount of email in them. I am wanting to implement something like Inbox Zero with these two accounts,as ...
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Does sitting with back straight really improve focus (and productivity)?

As part of my work, I am required to sit on pieces of furniture without any back support eg. Bar stool. My teacher reprimands me when I slouch saying that my focus will suffer if my spine isn't ...
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152 views

Is temptation-killing a healthy mode of improving productivity?

There are many blogs, articles and even research (including the famous Marshmallow Experiment) conducted on improving productivity through improved willpower and temptation suppression (Basically, ...
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1answer
227 views

Memory techniques verses the exocortex

I have a general interest in memory techniques and find it relatively simple to memorise information. I also have a fairly well organised exocortex - it's very easy for me to search for any detail ...
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937 views

How to organize my gaming time?

I see all kinds of people (including some of my friends) that simply don't know when to stop playing (for instance, wake up, play WoW, eat , play WoW, eat, play WoW , sleep). Lather, Rinse, Repeat. I ...
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Memorizing Facts

When I am studying biology or history or any type of subject that requires one to memorize a lot of facts, I usually read my assigned text and type up the notes on my computer. Then I would re-read ...
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What are some alternative methods to measure productivity?

The traditional productivity analysis consists in comparing output over time in given periods of time. For instance if I make 5 pizzas in 15 minutes it's easy to tell when I improved by either raising ...
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2answers
165 views

Returning Back from the Productivity Nap

I was reading about Power Naps for Productivity and to quote a few words: "Studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning." I ...
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Dealing with Existential Crisis

I was reading a comic on PhDComics and although it is funny, sadly, it is also true. Grad students I know (including me) usually fall into one of these existential crisis at least once a semester. And ...
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519 views

How to manage multiple simultaneous private projects?

I have a number of private web design projects that I work on during my spare time. Non of the projects have any real deadline, other than my own urge to finish them. As there is no real deadline, I ...
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473 views

What's the most effective studying method?

I study at a high school/college and I'll soon have my exams period. I was wondering what is the best way to study, given that I want to get the most use out of my time. What should I pay attention ...
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Lumosity.com - Is it really effective? What would it improve in me?

Is Playing games as in Lumosity.com really effective. Can that boost my attention span, concentration skills? How else can it benefit me?
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142 views

Is there evidence for the impact of Web Apps on productivity?

As somewhat of a power user when it comes to computing (I'm a software engineer, it comes with the territory), I find that I really dislike most web apps. While some (such as GMail) offer keyboard ...
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357 views

Binaural beats for productivity

A collegue of mine is trying binaural beats for productivity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_beats I don't know what it is yet, but apparently it's special sounds that can have a relaxing ...
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249 views

Concentration+calmness vs curiosity+distraction

I often find it hard to concentrate on uninteresting details (programming bugs etc.) where I already know the outcome, but it takes time and concentration to fiddle. Sometimes I procrastinate and ...
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1answer
198 views

Erratic productivity

I consider myself a productive person. I get most of my things done to a level which I'm happy with. But sometimes my productivity just goes down the drain. I sleep in to the point of oversleeping ...
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Touch Typing for Programmers

I have been using Typing Master to learn touch typing, but it doesn't cover the symbols and numbers I user as a programmer to any significant extent. Is there any touch typing software that is more ...
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568 views

Can working less get more work done?

I wonder if it is possible to get more done by working less. Lets say that on a normal day: I work 8 hours and finish 10 units of work. If I work less in a day, there are 3 possibilities: I finish ...
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351 views

What techniques can I use to remember to do simple things that are context sensitive?

I find there are often things that I want to do specifically when I'm doing something else, and always forget to. A couple examples (silly as they seem) will probably make this more clear. The ...
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if productivity sweet spot 40 hrs/week, do personal projects reduce our productivity

I was just reading this article http://business.time.com/2012/04/26/stop-working-more-than-40-hours-a-week If what they are saying in this article is true, doesn't that mean that working on personal ...
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544 views

Gathering tasks all the time?

I currently am maintaining my tasks in a google excel sheet. I add tasks to it once I start working on my laptop. But there are other house hold tasks, or the ones which my wife tells me, those I ...
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3answers
334 views

How is self-learning different from course-based learning?

I have taken lots of classes where the professor was horrible at teaching and I literally had to become a "self learner". The professor recommended textbooks and there were frequent tests which kept ...
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7answers
2k views

What is a good way to begin your work day?

I work for a very small company and most of the time I work alone and manage my own work and don't get much feedback. I'm not completely used to this and though I have projects and to do lists and ...
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3answers
240 views

I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help with this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best headphones/earplugs to drown out loud nearby conversations I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help me? I wasn't sure if this ...
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10answers
10k 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 ...
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5answers
247 views

Dealing with distractions from GMail

GMail is my office mail. A lot of my work has pieces where I need some information from email or replying to email. I go into gmail to search for something or send a reply to an email and then end up ...
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4answers
2k views

How to become a fast learner?

In the college, I faced the problem of not grasping my study-materials fast. It used to take intense study and brainstorming to understand a material which seemed to be a piece of cake for others. ...

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