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6answers
494 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 ...
16
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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
265 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
347 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
522 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
628 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?
5
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3answers
673 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
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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
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1answer
271 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: ...
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11answers
39k 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
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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
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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 ...
3
votes
2answers
204 views

Becoming efficient and thus reducing how much we work & stress?

We're all about productivity and efficiency these days. But these all serve to get more done in less time, making us more stressed and looking for even more ways to cut time down. At least, that's ...
1
vote
3answers
136 views

Dislike towards sleeping late in order to study

I dislike/cringe at the thought of having to sleep late in order to study. This is for the reason that I make it a point to go to the gym everyday, and to get the most out of it I need to get the most ...
9
votes
6answers
11k views

I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun

I always end up playing a game or something when I'm supposed to study. Hey, having fun is a lot more fun than studying, right? What can I do to make the consequences of my action seem more real? I ...
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14answers
3k views

How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
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1answer
168 views

Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
6
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4answers
2k views

How to concentrate on only one thing?

I have a problem. I can't concentrate on one thing at a time. I can't read a whole article, I can't read a whole book, I can't watch tv without reading news from social networks for example. Could ...
3
votes
2answers
308 views

While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
6
votes
4answers
804 views

What are the general steps to increase your IQ?

I believe that the engine that drives us forward is our IQ. Increasing it will result in a higher productivity rate so I'd like to know what are the general steps that will put a person on that path. ...
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3answers
227 views

Why is learning theoretical stuff necessary to be a software engineer? [closed]

I'm a engineer student. After passing 3 years of learning hard theoretical stuff, I expected that my fourth year would be interesting for me as a software engineer, but we are still learning about ...
1
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1answer
93 views

Help in determining when it's productive to pause?

I understand there comes a point where you can be so fatigued/stressed/distracted that continuing to work on a project will be less productive than if you were to step away to do something else. ...
4
votes
6answers
891 views

Is there any application which can track things on daily basis

I am looking for some personal tracking or logging application in which i can enter my records for each day. Just like we have the hard copy of the diary with all dates and times and we can look back ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Bad biological clock and weird sleeping hours

I always sleep from around 4am until 12pm (a total of 8 hours of sleep). It is kind of a Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) I am from an Asian country and there people believe that you should sleep ...
10
votes
7answers
2k views

How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
26
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11answers
2k views

How can I manage several hours of intellectual work (web dev/coding) a day without getting mentally exhausted?

I'm a coder. It's what I do. It's what I like doing. It's also what pays the bills. I do this at home and I set my own hours. However, I have a problem. I have a very, very hard time getting in ...
4
votes
1answer
328 views

I have a mastermind group set up. Now what? What activities should we be doing while together?

I am interested in any ideas on interesting activities or discussions we could do/have while together. Also any tips on how to effectively run a mastermind group and ensure our members get the maximum ...
5
votes
4answers
207 views

Advantages of disconnected time

It's often recommended to 'unplug' - that is to switch off your emails and mobiles ect for a particular amount of time. While the benifits of doing this socially are obvious, the benifits of doing ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

What are the criteria of when to make use of alternative contacts in out-of-office e-mails?

My question is more regarding career etiquette and maybe "social / emotional quotient", but for me it is a matter of "personal productivity" and I think it would be a great fit here. Sorry also if the ...
12
votes
5answers
862 views

How to trick our minds into doing mundane tasks?

There are some daily tasks I am too lazy to do: simple cleaning, washing dishes, etc. When I have no other pressing tasks, I end up not doing these simple tasks. However, when I have something coming ...
17
votes
9answers
10k views

how to get over something stupid done in past?

I have a tendency to act out wierdly and angrily, (usually throwing stuff here and there) when I suddenly remember something stupid that I had done in past, and then bang my head over how stupid I was ...
1
vote
1answer
224 views

Getting rid of an “I'll do it later” habit [closed]

I am in the IT industry working with software all day long from logic to code. Sometimes, very seemingly small things take a long time while larger tasks are solved in jiffy. I have a habit of ...
3
votes
2answers
321 views

Web application to show busy/free information from a Google Calendar

I work part time as self-employed, and use Google Calendar to organise my time. I'd like to be able to include on my personal website a list of dates that I am available for hire. Does anybody know ...
21
votes
17answers
4k views

How can I speed up my coding?

I am currently studying Informatics and Computer Science. Cause I know there are quite a lot of programmers here on SE, I would like to ask for advice on speeding up my coding. First, a brief ...
3
votes
3answers
262 views

writing reports about phone meetings and keeping track and following up on them

I'm a solo business owner. I regularly have to talk to business partners on the phone for my business, and need to keep track of what we've talked about and what to do next. Right now I just write ...
2
votes
3answers
162 views

Solution for Incomplete-able Tasks?

The problem I have with all current to-do list and task management systems is that what I construe as being ‘tasks’ doesn’t seem to be compatible with what the software makers do. In my definition of ...
5
votes
3answers
537 views

Tracking a list of ideas and side projects

Is there a technique or software (referably text-based) for tracking a list of side projects? Side projects, unlike things that "need to be done" or small pleasures, makes a long and complex list. ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

How to get over passive thinking

I need to get some advice on overcoming mental passivity. I have never had efficient study skills before (always managed to be average or above average by cramming), and now that I'm at a top 10 ...
12
votes
2answers
3k views

Task Management Application with task dependencies

For some reason, even though there are tons of task management applications out there, I'm not able to find many that have the capability to manage task dependencies. That is to say, if I must do A ...
6
votes
9answers
2k views

Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
3
votes
1answer
139 views

Using volunteering to develop my skills

A few months ago, I asked a Question at Workplace on skills advancement, in short I started my career as PHP developer and I'm now interested in RAILS development. I've spent some time learning rails ...
1
vote
2answers
213 views

recover from depression [closed]

I know a case where the person is intelligent , sharp and spontaneous . She has two younger brother and sister .From childhood , her parents were too conservative . Hence she was not allowed to do ...
7
votes
2answers
276 views

How to do intellectual work pressed by deadline under extremely bad emotional conditions

Which strategies can help you get your intellectual work done, under these conditions: Work of an intellectual nature (e.g. PhD thesis, scientific paper, etc) Strict deadline because of life ...
0
votes
3answers
191 views

How to help young people who want to improve their productivity, but are struggling with authority?

Only a few years ago I was in at that age where everyone around me wanted to party and only have a good time. Even then I was driven to look for another path. Now I find myself with some younger ...
7
votes
6answers
497 views

Reading a book a week

I want to try to read a book a week for 12 weeks beginning this summer. I have already began collecting recommendations for which books to read, and I will refine the list at some point, to get the ...

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