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Engaged Reading for web pages

Sometimes even if I am interested in a topic and in need of sorting through it, I am still unable to get myself "into it" and engaged (especially for technical articles) unless it is printed out and I ...
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1answer
244 views

Where do I leave 'keep in mind' things?

In GTD and personal kanban, you put all tasks and projects into a backlog/todo column. Where do I put things that I have to 'keep in mind' when performing those tasks? For example: every time I want ...
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1answer
220 views

Task Manager Vs. GTD Task Manager

What is the basic difference between these three: Task Manager GTD Task Manager To-do List As I think, all of them are the same thing, at least (1) and (2) are. And the only difference between ...
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4answers
541 views

Time management problem with pomodoro technique

I have used successfully the pomodoro technique for some time. I've found just one big problem that has caused a slight but constant loss of motivation in using it, causing in the end the need to stop ...
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2answers
299 views

How to sort out and where to archive browser bookmarks?

Recently, I realized I should really reduce my bookmark count. As in the 80/20 rule, I probably use less than 20% of my browsers bookmarks. This might be highlighted by the fact that currently I have ...
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145 views

Is it a good idea to test multiple “pieces of knowledge” on one card?

I'm using Anki, a flashcard learning tool, for learning Japanese vocabulary. Of course, this includes words with kanji. For these I need to know both the reading and the meaning. Now I'm wondering ...
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81 views

Is there a way to schedule a break for long meetings in Google Calendar?

We have a couple of planning meetings a week that last about 4-5 hours, and would like to add a break every hour. Like option to add reminders, is there a way to add breaks in a meeting? We are ...
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4answers
358 views

How do you deal with “FOMO” psychologically?

Or how would you deal with it? What do you think is the best approach? (Except shutting down facebook, which doesn't help me if I still know I'm forced to sit at home or in the library anyways.) ...
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480 views

How to focus without bad habits?

I have a terrible habit, Whenever I am deeply concentrating on something I chew my fingers, Not just a slight munch, but enough that i am splitting the skin. The issue is that I am so focused on ...
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4answers
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Strategies for studying multiple subjects at the same time

If I want to study N different subjects what would be the best strategy to do this? One extreme would be to take only one subject first and devote all of my free time to study it, then after I'm done ...
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3answers
216 views

Facts only news sources

I have found myself get emotionally worked up on news reporting and would highly prefer to avoid news altogether as this heavily impacts my ability to work productively. For work reasons however there ...
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5answers
508 views

How to manage time sensitive tasks on a kanban board

I use personal kanban. On my board I have priority stickies (i.e. red, yellow, green). My backlog fills up pretty quick with tasks. My issue is keeping the time sensitive backlogged tasks ...
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2answers
298 views

How would you Gamify your Life? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gamification to improve myself I had Gamified my life about 4 months ago. Here is what I do: Whenever I sit down to study or some other productive/good activity (ex. ...
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2answers
140 views

Deciding what to study while job hunting

I'm job hunting again. When I find a tempting position, one that looks great in every way except it requires some skill "ABC" I'm not familiar with, I get a book or find online tutorials, and study ...
2
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1answer
226 views

How to handle emerging sub tasks and dismissed tasks-in-progress

When working on a (programming) task, often I discover that the goal I set cannot be achieved the way I thought: either (1) it must be split up, or (2) abandoned altogether. In the Pomodoro book, this ...
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5answers
265 views

Easy way to archive web pages

I read lots of web pages articles (magazines, blogs, wikis, forums). Keeping the interesting ones stored in a single location have become a big problem. Also, looking for important information that I ...
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10answers
16k views

How to wake up if even alarm clock doesn't wake me up?

I have deep-sleep problem. When I go sleep, i set up at least 3 alarm clocks on my notebook ("alarm-clock" applet on linux), and set volume to maximum. They are very loudly. But I never hear them, and ...
8
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6answers
1k views

How do I control irritation or anger?

Of course there are plenty of reason to be irritate in home or office environment. I just want to control this. How do you manage this situation?
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7answers
323 views

Staying concentrated during small pauses

My workflow includes some steps that make me wait for 0.5 to 2 minutes to complete: long remote git operations, creating / rebooting an instance in the cloud, etc. It's safe to assume that these ...
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8answers
696 views

I end up doing something else even when I know what should I be doing

I have a strange problem. Maybe some of you might also have it. I know what is right and what is wrong, how my time can be used effectively, what I should be doing at this time. But sadly, I end up ...
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9answers
1k views

How can I get myself to read books?

This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple: If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start ...
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4answers
118 views

Reinvent the wheel or finding if it has been done?

Quite often I find with the dilemma of building something that would take only about 10 hours to build, and maybe 30 hours to perfect. Most simple things like this have already been built elsewhere, ...
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2answers
3k views

How much time the brain can keep on learning some subject through reading?

Almost all things I read on internet about studying, are just tips on how to improve concentration, improve performance and other stuff you probably already read. But, I stumble on a difficulty very ...
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1answer
144 views

Seeking the universal goal [closed]

The existence of the universal goal Everyone has its own dreams, goals, objectives, etc. Some are interested in domains that others don't like. Still, I think we all share one, or several, common ...
3
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1answer
115 views

Sleep quality depending on daytime

Let's say you do everything well to have a good sleep: no excitation before, light diner, good position in bed, ... Also given you sleep as much as you need too and wake up naturally, is it better to ...
5
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6answers
529 views

How to get motivated to finish my incomplete book?

How do I get motivated to finish a book I've been writing for a long time now? I read this article and liked #1 and 2 but I have no idea how to make it fun or how to enjoy it. I can find the good ...
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3answers
156 views

Failure tracking in Kanban tools ? Is it the philosophy of the tool?

I've been trying Kanban tools for a few days, and I do think I can adopt one of those tools really soon. I 'll decide after the 3 weeks routine period if it still fits my need. I wonder: I immediatly ...
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7answers
364 views

Is Google changing the way we approach problems or just plain “making us stupid”?

I have found that my long and short term memory is much worse than it once was. Often I can't focus on thing in detail only skimming whole articles. So, I tried googling these symptoms and I found ...
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6answers
647 views

Tips for working in the bedroom

All sleep and productivity resources I have seen recommend against working in the bedroom. But what do you do when you have no other choice? Right now since I'm sharing an apartment, I have my desk ...
2
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5answers
332 views

Work at Home vs at the Office

I am self-employed in software development and I can work either at home or at office with my friends and co-workers. I have a sub-notebook which I connect to peripherals at home or at office. The ...
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3answers
99 views

If I'm organizing by the week of assignments, should a late assignment go in the week it was turned in or the week it was due?

I currently attend an independent study school (similar to home schooling), so I do everything at home and send it in by email. I organize my work in folders by week. Week 1, Week 2, etc. Sometimes ...
6
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9answers
610 views

Recommended notes with tags management software

I'm looking for a software that enables me to manage a large number of notes, short tidbits of information, and to find back later easily the one I'm interested in. I should be possible to add easily ...
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2answers
265 views

How to Find the Right Side Project

Productivity soars whenever I find the right side project to work on. However, as soon as the project is finished or whenever I'm working on something that feels boring to me, productivity goes right ...
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0answers
402 views

Speed Reading: Spreeder vs ReadFa.st [closed]

I've been starting to learn to speed read, and two very different softwares that teach differently. Which is more effective and easily used when putting these tactics offline? The flash reading (one ...
1
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1answer
225 views

Task timer tool [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Freeware/Shareware programs for tracking daily tasks? Is there a simple tool to manage/track individual tasks with start/stop timer? i.e. when I start a task, I ...
2
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7answers
417 views

Programmer/Coder/SysAdmin Typing Productivity

I try to learn how to type fast and have managed to learn a lot. I am quite good at typing english text now. I do a lot of programmation though and if QWERTY seems fitted for english text, it doesn't ...
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2answers
237 views

How can I communicate with others to help them consider alternative viewpoints?

What is the best way to communicate with others such that they will make strides to consider alternative viewpoints? I feel this would help to reduce anger in groups.
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10answers
938 views

Personal Planning Software

I am currently planning my life in a text-based format, like this: Yearly goals. Doesn't include concrete action steps. Monthly goals: Specific action steps associated with the goals from (1). Daily ...
2
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7answers
453 views

How to cope with absentmindedness?

I work in a bank. In my desk I do 18(eighteen) kinds of tasks. One of them is to handover Cheque Books. The procedure is as follows: (1) Find the requisition slip. (2) Inspect if the signature on ...
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17answers
4k views

What to do when tired instead of surfing the internet?

After a full day, I am tired, and often end up mindlessly surfing the internet in the evening. It is the easiest thing to do when I've already made a lot of decisions during the day. Unfortunately, ...
14
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17answers
1k views

What genre of music helps in increasing productivity? [closed]

I'm convinced some quiet background music can increase productivity and I'm willing to try. I'd rather listen to music on head phones than street noise. I believe that the music should : Be ...
4
votes
5answers
664 views

Project Management Software for Software Development?

I have been looking around for relevant project management software in regards to this, but it is pretty much impossible to find, at the fault of how meta searchs of google work. When I search a ...
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5answers
178 views

How can I productively manage my time when I have more than one manager?

In a matrix management structure, I may be delivering work, documents, calculations for 3 different members of senior management, all of whom have a range of priorities defined for the deliverables. ...
3
votes
4answers
7k views

Sleeping on the desk (the most comfortable and simple method)

During school I have a 2 hour break in between lessons. I try to take a 30 min power nap in the library. The problem is, sleeping with the desk is not very comfortable for me. I am 1.8 m tall and I ...
4
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5answers
509 views

how to get out of an unproductivity rut? [closed]

Lately, I have been being highly unproductive, almost 70% less. What are some of the things you guys do to get back on track?
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2answers
412 views

how to maintain a constant productivity level?

I'm facing the following situation: I can work very productively on one or two projects for a couple of weeks (40-60 hours), feeling that nothing (and nobody) can stop me, getting all things done. But ...
2
votes
1answer
560 views

how can i always be in the present Moment?

I have often heard meditation is good and calms your mind,i have also enjoyed the benefits of it and but it just lasts several minutes,i know that meditation means present moment but i always keep ...
7
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7answers
621 views

Putting limits on one's time online

As per Piers Steel's "procrastination equation", Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay) I find that most of my own procrastination tends to involve the Internet and the easily ...
0
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3answers
5k views

in GTD system. Where do I keep projects/Project planning?

I am just starting GTD, and trying to setup my system, but I am confused about where/how to keep projects. Are projects stored as reference material? What about Project planning? Would this be in ...
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3answers
80 views

Science Tip of the Day and Twitter [closed]

I recently started to use twitter as a source for "Tip of the Day" style hints to new and old scientific developments, useful tips in statistics or mathematics, and programming tricks. While I ...

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