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3answers
149 views

Productivity tips for Gmail at work

I use Gmail at work and I'm interested in using it more effectively. Does anyone have any productivity tips for how they use Gmail and Google Calendar at work?
8
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2answers
581 views

Speed reading technique - How do I get rid of subvocalisation?

I heard about speed reading techniques which enable a person to read quickly. I looked into some of them and removing subvocalization was the best option I found. Can anyone shed light on how I can ...
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1answer
154 views

How to take the first step when expressing my emotions? [closed]

I always find it difficult to express love or affection towards my family members, friends, and people surrounding me. When my sister was alone in a hostel crying, I found it difficult to say "Hey ...
2
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4answers
161 views

Synchronize shopping lists

What is the most effective way to synchronize shopping lists in a household, so that family members can quickly help purchase items for each other? (My guess is that there are smartphone apps for ...
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2answers
209 views

How to remove selfishness from productivity?

While in a productive mindset, it is easy to value your time more over social activities, relationships, and friendships. You think more about the work to do rather than the friendships you need to ...
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4answers
1k views

How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
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2answers
93 views

How to get my dream job? [closed]

I want advise on what to do to get hired as programmer, software engineer, how to advance my education, and preferably a working future abroad. Please can you suggest me where/how I can find a better ...
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4answers
585 views

Is talking to yourself a good thing?

I talk to myself aloud through out the day. I never felt it weird. But it does get embarrassing when colleagues give you weird looks. I know I am not alone though. Also I am introvert. So it sort of ...
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5answers
817 views

Is it better to send attachment over email or should we use public url links? [closed]

Recently I have been using using dropbox's public url feature to share my files over email. I'm looking for some information on if it's the best thing to do. Attachments over email Advantage: 1. ...
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1answer
255 views

Review of my task collection system

Per Peer review: my personal productivity system. and also How to improve my personal productivity system? I'm interested in people reviewing my personal productivity system. As I talked about here, ...
2
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4answers
585 views

How to remember mundane stuff

There are some mundane tasks that you perform every day, sometimes under great stress. For instance: Taking your medication Locking your front door Parking your car Since you're so used to them, ...
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4answers
243 views

How can I make myself remember to use a new password?

I just swapped my old password at work and every time I sit down at the computer, I end up typing the old one because it is an ingrained habit. How can I get myself to type the new one instead? To be ...
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10answers
3k views

How can I remain productive when working long hours?

Occasionally I have to spend some late nights working on projects. It is not a common occurrence, but sometimes projects just need an extra night or two to hit a deadline. Unfortunately I have found ...
4
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2answers
362 views

how much does one need to change their living situation to be productive enough?

While looking at The Happiness Project, Steve Pavlina, Randy Pausch etc I realize there are a number of objective things you need to do in your life to be productive. One needs to learn how to sleep ...
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1answer
619 views

I need some way to organize files/data visually on Windows 7

I'm looking for a solution for a user. User is not technologically advanced, but willing to learn. User is not doing this for a job, does not have access to sharepoint, exchange, or other corporate ...
4
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6answers
578 views

The art of moving on from heart break

Would someone be kind enough to tell me how to move on from a heart break. It's been almost 8 months and there are still remnants of past memories. Moving on is easier said than done. She ditched me ...
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0answers
39 views

How to focus on reading while the TV is on [duplicate]

My girlfriend loves watching TV but I like to read. I have a lot of trouble focusing between the noise and visual of the TV. I still want to spend that time relaxing with her because we're lucky to ...
5
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3answers
393 views

Monitor Display Settings for better productivity

I am a software professional and have to do coding as well as having to do reading on the computer for the whole day. I noticed some time back that I tend to take my face a bit closer to monitor when ...
6
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6answers
410 views

Exam stress reduction tips

Whenever an exam is approaching, I begin to feel anxious, worried, I also feel fear that something will go wrong and of course it does go wrong, but not due to my lack of knowledge : it's that stress ...
3
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2answers
207 views

How should an individual's goals take priority in relation to a group's goals?

Background: At home I spend quite some time talking with my life-partner about what we are doing, where we are going, how we are living together, what our different point of views are on the same ...
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5answers
632 views

How to quickly remove bad experiences from mind & switch to another task?

If something bad happens to me in a day, I can't remove that bad experience from my mind; at least for that entire day or sometimes for next 2-3 days (no matter how small that bad experience is). And ...
6
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2answers
235 views

how to keep consistent self belief

I am sharing with you my week experiment result. Out of 7 days, 2 days my confidence was up and every difficult task was done and I was happy but on the other 5 days my confidence was less, some ...
4
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3answers
391 views

How to avoid losing my motivation during long periods of inactivity?

When I started university, I was really excited about learning new things. My first 2 years were harsh but with a lot of effort and discipline I managed to get good grades and got into all the ...
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10answers
1k views

How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
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3answers
256 views

maintaining productivity through disillusionment

Just a question of how is the best way to maintain at least an adequate level of productivity when one feel disillusioned with most aspects of daily life - a daily life that can't be changed ...
3
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5answers
382 views

Is there a tool that can automatically check my inbox and perform an action?

In trying to eliminate the various timesinks that plague my day, I thought about the time that I spend dealing with automatic emails. The most common kind are invoices for which I've automatically ...
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2answers
100 views

Whats an effective color for a todo board? [closed]

Different colors have different effects on our moods and behaviors. So, for a todo board that is in line of sight of your workspace, what would be an effective color? Some supporting ...
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4answers
1k views

Personal Kanban - Use multiple boards?

I'm using personal kanban and currently have 2 separate boards - one for job hunting and school, one for household chores. Each is has color coded task types in addition. I don't switch between boards ...
1
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1answer
72 views

Productivity trainer audio similar to fitness trainer

When we go to workout with a trainer or use a fitness training video, the trainer goads us on to train harder and push ourselves even further. This helps us to push ourselves beyond the limits we ...
4
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5answers
584 views

How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
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3answers
99 views

How to keep up with smaller priorities when there are larger priorities?

I am having trouble balancing "little recurring tasks" with the more pressing, timely tasks. Examples of little recurring tasks from my last semester: Every Friday at 5PM I had 10 homework problems ...
6
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2answers
1k views

How to make sure that I don't forget all the books I read and all the experience I have

I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them. For example, in ...
9
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5answers
2k views

Overcome extreme laziness and increase productivity

How do I tackle extreme laziness to increase productivity? For example, here are some problems associated with it: Writing down tasks to do, but executing none Getting bored at all times Feeling ...
9
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6answers
493 views

How do I concentrate on tough topics when reading on the computer?

I'm a graduate student in computer science, but I have only read 3 academic papers so far this year. The Internet is too fun for me, and I actually have learned a lot from it. The problem is that it's ...
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2answers
209 views

Sleeping when not tired - Procrastination?

Suppose that I am working late and night, and suddenly I decide to go to sleep even though I am not tired - postponing all the remaining work for later. And it's like I have a holiday, I am not ...
2
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4answers
307 views

Is there something where can I throw away my frustration for an individual

Somebody cheated on me. I can't do anything. I want to throw away my frustration. Is there any website or something where I can tell truth to the world. I want people to be aware of that guy. I know ...
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7answers
1k views

How do you act confident?

How do you act confident in front of your peers when you have a low self-confidence?Also, how do you get rid of your low self-confidence and bad body image?
2
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2answers
264 views

app which to keep track of reminders and scrap notes

I am looking for an all encompassing app which allows me to handle the my calendar (with mobile reminders) and my "scrap notes" (to-do lists, links I want to check out in the future, cool stuff I find ...
4
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3answers
345 views

Effective method of thinking beyond the first idea

As the title says, do you know any effective ways of escaping the trap of thinking about a problem only in the terms of the first idea/solution that came up? I have encountered this issue both in my ...
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16answers
12k views

How do you remember to sit up straight?

I spent some time thinking about this recently. It's kind of frustrating. It seems that most of the advice out there on posture is about why sitting up straight is good for you. There are also all ...
0
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3answers
514 views

How to maintain Day-Specific Actions such that they don't become Daily To-Do lists?

Following quotes are picked out from the GTD book of David Allen: Day-Specific Actions: These are things that you need to do some- time on a certain day, but not necessarily at a specific time. ...
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2answers
624 views

How to incorporate the processing diagram of GTD on paper?

What would be an efficient way of penning down these branches with my own activities on paper?
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3answers
665 views

How can I get rid of the psychological effects of bad experiences from the past?

As a college student, I had my shares of failures in exams, courses, quite a handful of it, so much that it resulted in my one year extension in the university. With this I feel that my past failures ...
5
votes
3answers
5k views

How do you organize your life in Asana?

I am looking forward to migrate fully to Asana from Things because of pricing/costs reasons. What I have right now in Things (for Mac) is : Today Next Scheduled Someday Projects I have never used ...
4
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7answers
405 views

The flow phenomena

Short: How to trigger so called "flow" phenomena during everyday work routine (which is not really challenging)? A bit more detailed: On Wikipedia site about flow we can read: Flow is the mental ...
1
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3answers
235 views

Is It Worth The Time?

There was an xkcd recently that raises an interesting question, which I would like to pose to Productivity.SE. The math of the chart is undeniable, so I am not asking "how much time is saved by doing ...
3
votes
1answer
265 views

Task estimated to be 8 pomodori, what to do?

Scenario: I am reading a tutorial; it is separated in Chapters. I have "proved" over the course of 5 chapters that each one of them takes me 8 pomodori (there hasn't been an exception). Problem: ...
15
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11answers
37k views

How to cancel out caffeine's effects on sleep?

I'm a programmer and I need caffeine in order to do my job. But, the paradox is - the same caffeine that enables me to do my job degrades the quality of my sleep, which in return degrades my ability ...
2
votes
2answers
166 views

How to set/control my hours with a new employer?

When I start a new job I face a difficult time with hours. I like to work from 7 or 8 (when it is nice and quiet) to 3 or 4 in the office and then do a bunch more at home. These hours are not usually ...
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9answers
24k views

Do noise cancelling headphones block human speech and PA systems?

Often, when people have wanted to reduce sound from nearby conversations, people have recommended noise cancellation headphones. However, I have heard that they cannot block this kind of noise. They ...

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