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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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8answers
6k views

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
692 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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5answers
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. ...
4
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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
430 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
215 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 ...
2
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4answers
992 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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3answers
120 views

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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5answers
218 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. ...
3
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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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5answers
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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 ...
3
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2answers
590 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 ...
8
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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 ...
9
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7answers
767 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 ...
7
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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 ...
4
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2answers
730 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, ...
7
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9answers
994 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 ...
9
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4answers
891 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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2answers
272 views

how can i design forms like this [closed]

i see such awesome personal productivity forms here. http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ How can i design a form like this?
2
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2answers
214 views

Is it really useful to know too many things?

Recently I had a very strong thought about preventing myself from using the Internet. I found that I knew too many things - from daily news to facebook, twitter, and all kinds of garbage information ...
2
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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 ...
8
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2answers
269 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 ...
10
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7answers
335 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 ...
10
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5answers
401 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
514 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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3answers
213 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, ...
7
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2answers
256 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 ...
5
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4answers
224 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
742 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' ...
18
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2answers
832 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 ...
6
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3answers
299 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
1k 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
votes
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 ...
5
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6answers
334 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. ...
14
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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
772 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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vote
3answers
219 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
votes
5answers
289 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: ...
10
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5answers
509 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
1k 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
votes
2answers
347 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
votes
3answers
213 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 ...
60
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22answers
19k 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 ...

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