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Ultimate E-mail (Outlook 2013 and/or Gmail)

I have read about GTD, 5 sentences and have seen the inbox zero video. I am currently using Outlook 2012 (preview) which I like a lot. I have used outlook 2010 and 2007 before. I am wondering if ...
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What's the best task manager with sync with Android?

I'm trying to find a task manager to use in my notebook and Android. I wanna hear from you what's the best task manager that let's you sync to use it online, in a notebook, tablet, smartphone Android, ...
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How to self study/learn?

Currently I treat self learning like college. I read books, take notes and test myself. However, I am not finding this effective, as whilst the motivation is there (love of the topic, wanting to ...
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fasting and low-calory diet good for the brain?

I recently watched a BBC Horizon documentary that seems to argue that fasting is good for your general health and your mental acuity. What scientific evidence is there for and against it? The ...
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1answer
67 views

How to keep the rein of customers in my own hand? [closed]

I work in a banking organization. I am not yet as expert and knowledgeable as my seniors in terms of working in the software system that our bank uses. In fact I am not given any username for the ...
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1answer
361 views

How to set goals or milestones learning a new language?

When I make a project I use to divide it into several specific goals. And this use to work for me. Now I'm learning a new language (English language) for my own. I have some activities like: Read ...
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1answer
135 views

how to finalize a project?

I have this problem. I like to plan projects, and to define what will be and not present; I also like to create graphics, and also to develop most of the project, but when it comes to details, I ...
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553 views

How do you estimate time for a new task?

I have designed a site using WordPress. This was just a test WordPress site. I am now okay with the coding in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and WordPress. Now my senior wants me, just by looking at a JPEG ...
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How would you deal with open feature requests that you issued yourself?

Currently, I am (successfully) cleaning out my GMail account, but while having achieved "Inbox Zero" (but not "0 Actionables"), my subfolders / labels are still overflowing. One issue I have: I was ...
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2answers
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Digesting points during non native language communication

Does people tend not to digest much more information when they are being communicated, told or presented information in Non Native Language? If that is a case, how to overcome that kind of situation ...
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355 views

How do I map my progress so I can easily pick up where I left off?

This seems to be a struggle I have (on multiple levels). I am working to control my WIP so focus loss is reduced, but it still is inevitable. So my question is, when working on something more ...
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2answers
302 views

How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
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1answer
101 views

How can I automatically clear my inbox?

Is there any sort of tool that could, say, automatically archive all emails in my Gmail inbox tagged with a certain label that are older than 2 days old? This would be a big boost toward inbox zero, ...
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2answers
197 views

How can I organize my daily deals emails?

I get a lot of daily deals emails, from Groupon, to LivingSocial, to Google Deals, to a bunch of very specific ones like Newegg's shell shocker deals, and all of that is on top of regular daily ...
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5answers
941 views

Improve 10 finger typing: app to force the correct shift-key

I'm good at typing with 10-fingers, as I use a blank keyboard. But I have a problem. I almost always use the left Shift key, even if the right Shift key would be better (same for Ctrl). What I'm ...
3
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2answers
407 views

Mobile java application for Pomodoro

Any suggestions about mobile Java (J2ME) apps suitable for measuring Pomodoros? I've already tried Pomodoro and Doing!, but the first can't measure break period and has no settings (I work in the ...
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3answers
263 views

How to find a task/goal that you are passionate about?

Are there tools that can help me identify what kinds of tasks/goals I could be passionate about. Any resources that provide insight into reasons why people are passionate about certain goals/tasks?
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1answer
82 views

Are chair neck supports good?

Some ergonomic chairs feature a neck support. On the one hand, I believe that this would help relieving the neck pain I'm currently suffering; on the other, I suspect that they could be actually ...
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2answers
141 views

Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)

Part of my job involves creating new articles. Each article is stored inside a spreadsheet and has an article number in cell A and a name in cell B. The only reason I ever need to open the ...
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4answers
68 views

How to have a quick overview about time zones of international partners?

I'm sitting in Europe myself and I have to deal with partners in USA (different locations), Japan, Australia, ... I'd like to see quickly what time it is at their site - is there a tool which makes ...
2
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4answers
154 views

iPod content while running

About me: Asp.Net C# softwaredeveloper, so a bit microsoft/windows focussed. The background info: It's productive to listen to podcasts while working out. The question: What content is ...
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5answers
625 views

Tips to get back a healthy “Early to bed,early to rise regime”

I feel a little bit of a back-story is necessary here: I was an under-grad student up until last year. I had this habit of sleeping way too late and waking up with time enough to get to classes on ...
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3answers
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How long should an afternoon nap last?

At the beginning of the afternoon I usually feel tired, so I take a nap. However my naps usually last 1 to 2 hours, and when I get up I’m really not in the mood of doing anything productive, I’m ...
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5answers
310 views

How can I deal with others who have different personal productivity goals?

I have many interests in personal productivity. I don't like to waste time so I sometimes pass up social events (going out or to bars) for 'bettering myself' through some extra work on a weekend ...
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0answers
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Managing your “life” data? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What FUTURE-PROOF software for building & managing a personal BIG knowledge base? We all have a ton of information that we store mentally or in files on the computer ...
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7answers
234 views

What is classed as a 'break' using the pomodoro technique?

I know there is a question regarding the longer break, but I want to know what should I be doing during the 5 minute break? Should I get away from the PC or just check email and facebook? I'm just ...
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3answers
154 views

Method for keeping the most of a bibliographic work?

I just ended a research project in physics, and most of my time was spent reading articles. However, I still think that my method to extract and keep the most information from what I read could be ...
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3answers
78 views

What is the fastest way to take pictures of a case file?

It is a common practice in brazilian law offices to take pictures of case files, page by page. The procedure is required because the files can't be taken longer than five days, so it's more convenient ...
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1answer
180 views

Recollection of non-linear content

I just read Joshua Foer's book "Moon-walking with Einstein," and examined some relevant passages from Rhetorica Ad Herennium in hopes of being able to learn and remember faster. One issue that these ...
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3answers
388 views

How best to organize research by project for multiple different projects?

I have multiple projects each requiring their own research that's not interrelated. (ie: Database Admin, Systems Admin, Database Development). Knowledge in these areas is endless and falls under ...
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5answers
433 views

How to code faster?

I am really behind on my schoolwork (a result of both procrastination and my disability) and I need to finish 4 programming assignments in 5 days. Usually each assignment take me two days to do, ...
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3answers
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Artifical sound generator for counteracting the workplace sound

I was wondering if there are some generator of sound (such as white noise, or other kinds of sound for the following purpose) for counteracting the sound in working environment? The generator can be ...
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9answers
767 views

New and interesting ways of getting up in the morning?

I'm looking for new and interesting ways of getting up in the morning instead of settings 30 alarms 2 minutes apart from each other on your phone. I would like to know your experiences with using any ...
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2answers
347 views

Does using your bed only for sleep result in more valuable sleep?

I read a while back that you should only use your bed for sleeping, that means no video games and no TV while in bed. In return you apparently get better, more valuable sleep. Is this true?
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464 views

How to live a life that doesn't require constant tension for livelihood? [closed]

When I was jobless, for days I used to search for a profession that will give me a balance of relaxation, monetary solvency, education and social status in the context of my country. Then after much ...
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5answers
224 views

Boosting Energy

I have a real bad tendency to take long naps when I am tired. Is there anyway to restore my energy after study for a long period of time without napping or using caffeine?
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3answers
403 views

How to separate working environments in a single computer?

I have multiple projects in my life but only one notebook. This means that documents, software, notes, almost everything goes into the same machine and this can be very distractive. My solution to ...
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5answers
461 views

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
155 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
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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
810 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
259 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. ...
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0answers
72 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
449 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
219 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
1k 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
219 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
164 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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