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3answers
435 views

Taking notes on mobile device

I like reading articles on my smartphone with Android. The articles are usually in web browser or pdf or epub reader. The problem comes when I'd like to extract a few sentences that I like. I ...
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9answers
2k views

How to improve self discipline when starting from nothing

It seems that I have no ability to be productive. Outside of the occasional week where feeling accountable to somebody else has kept me on task, I have never had the self discipline to accomplish ...
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6answers
1k views

How to retain focus without coffee?

I would like to limit my coffee intake, which is about 5/6 glasses a day. I want to do this for health reasons and I think I'm more deppresed due to strong coffee usage (coffee makes me very tired in ...
10
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4answers
299 views

One hour a day or 4 continuous hours a week for an activity?

Should I practice an activity, say drawing, programming, or even sport, in short day-sessions of one hour for example, or do it all at once in a week? If I choose to do one hour a day, I might waste ...
9
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8answers
495 views

How to Stop Glazing when Reading

When I need to read something, I have a really bad habit of just glazing over it and not really comprehending the words. As a result I have no clue what I've read. How can I stop glazing at a ...
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9answers
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Is it possible to learn while sleeping?

I heard somewhere that listening to what you need to memorize during your sleep actually helps retaining the information. Based on that I converted a piece of text to a music file to listen last ...
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2answers
701 views

How to profit from quitting gaming? (aka how to overcome the quitter's anxiety?)

It always seemed to me that gaming itself was counterproductive, and I've always struggled to spend less time on it, but really never managed to. That is, until now. The only way I found to keep the ...
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4answers
779 views

How do I remember technical information for longer periods of time?

I'm a CS student and like many future software engineers, I have to learn a lot about data structures and algorithms (knowing them and also knowing how to implement them). I find that after I ...
5
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7answers
320 views

How do I take quick notes in odd places to maintain mind like water?

My biggest gain productivity (and reduction in stress) came when I embraced the idea of writing everything down. (Thank you, David Allen!) The hard part is managing to always have something handy with ...
4
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2answers
621 views

Task Based or Calendar based GTD

Many GTD article specifies that you put tasks for small items (that are less than 15 minutes long) and rest in calendar. I am thinking of using toodledo as primary system and then calendar for ...
0
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3answers
255 views

Schedules, timetable or tasklist?

I need to study for a competitive exam which is held in November. It consists of two subjects : 1.Mathematics 2.English The problem is these subjects in-turn contain a lot of things ...
2
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3answers
129 views

Redoing Questions

Suppose I took an exam and did poorly on it. Would it be good to try and redo those questions again without looking at the answers? If so, how long should I wait before I try those questions again and ...
2
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5answers
391 views

What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
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1answer
259 views

Keep repeated tasks in GTD task management system or calendar?

Do you keep repeated tasks, such as your lunch-time routines in your GTD task management system such as MonkeyGTD, or in your calendar such as Google Calendar, and WHY?
3
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3answers
222 views

The effect of sleep, nap & PE on personal productivity?

Most of the time, I stay up late until midnight and do things that I want to complete. However, I get 7-8 hours of sleep a day. My normal weekday routine is as follows: Wake up at 8am and go to work. ...
8
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7answers
806 views

What's a good cloud based notebook? [closed]

What's a good cloud based notebook? The features I'd like to have: I need to be able to sync my notes on my Android cell phone and various computers. I need to be able to have the actual files, ...
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2answers
509 views

How to manage daily tasks especially in office [closed]

I am a software engineer. I was proposed for leader role a year back. But I ran away from my responsibility. I compromised with my rating too due to this decision. Again I have stuck in the same ...
9
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4answers
462 views

Maintaining Diary/Journal - Really Pays back?

Does maintaining Diary/Journal really pays back? How should I maintain it so that when I refer back later it helps me? With what notion and mind set should I refer back so as that today I become ...
2
votes
1answer
55 views

Reusability to enhance efficiencies

All of us are dealing with numerous presentations and documents in our day-to-day work life, and I am sure that with the process-oriented culture that runs in most organizations today, at least 70-75% ...
4
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4answers
640 views

Is it beneficial to shower with cold water?

Does it build discipline to shower with cold water? Are there other benefits why you would recommend it? Are the disadvantages?
2
votes
2answers
774 views

Pictures for language learning

If you want to learn a new language, there are a lot of people who recommend that you stay within the new language. You are not supposed to learn vocabulary by learning their direct translations but ...
5
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5answers
15k views

How long after you drink coffee before it starts being useful

That is to say, how long before you notice the effects, feel more alert, and so on. I'm assuming it's different for each person, but there must be a range. Also, does it differ for different types ...
4
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4answers
500 views

Super effective way of storing day to day information where I can access them quickly?

I am going to start organizing chaos of tasks by Getting Things Done (GTD) in my life. For which I am reorganizing information that I need from time to time, for example: Internet Banking ...
6
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6answers
459 views

Listening / learning while still being productive at work

A lot of people around me in my office listen to music or podcasts on their headphones. I am not particularly a fan of just listening to music all day, however, I can see the benefit of podcasts. ...
0
votes
1answer
202 views

Help me study and read paperlessly, with some ebook reader efficiently?

I have directories like this here full of PDFs that I want to read, comfortably. I consulted the GoodReader's developers (a book application for iPad) and they said that I need Mac -computer to ...
8
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4answers
716 views

How to effectively read and understand scientific literature?

If have read some other topics regarding this subject, but they were rather focused on the immediate understanding of a paper and not long-term knowledge of a topic. Suppose I read a book about about ...
4
votes
6answers
4k views

Prioritization of multiple tasks due at the same time

If you have multiple things to tackle within a period of time, for example one day/week/month, would you start from the easiest one or the hardest one?
8
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7answers
920 views

Does anyone have any recommendations for an alternative workstation ergonomic setup

My job means I have to sit at my computer all day, 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 46 weeks a year. That’s 1610 hours a year and 1/3 of my whole day (given that I also sleep about 8 hours so am not ...
5
votes
2answers
352 views

What is a good planning software for a proactive student?

I'm studying Computer Engineering and I run a small hosting reseller company and a computer club and am involved in other activities as well. What good software can make me very efficient. I give a ...
2
votes
2answers
213 views

How to set a realistic deadline for a study task when you aren't familiar with the subject?

I am doing a self study now a days. The topics are unfamiliar. Hence the question.
6
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3answers
267 views

Balancing time and quality

Are there any proven or benchmarked methodologies that can be leveraged to balance the challenge between maintaining quality in spite of strict timeline through a disciplined and consistent approach? ...
1
vote
1answer
150 views

Any calendar app that enforces free time, gaps between meetings?

Does anyone know of a calendar application that will warn me if I have violated the following conditions? Too many appointments have been scheduled on a given day Too many appointments have been ...
10
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3answers
466 views

Fixing 'reverse-tiredness'?

I'm a nightowl by nature, always have been. I've read Steve Pavlina's strategies on changing this, I follow Lifehacker, and all sorts of things. However, here's how my day goes (from midnight) ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Does breathing air with an increased percentage of oxygen make you more productive?

Does breathing air with an increased percentage of oxygen make you more productive? If the brain requires oxygen to function properly, does that mean that breathing air with an increased level of ...
0
votes
1answer
520 views

What's a good replacement to Gqueues Pro?

I like task management tool GQueues (http://www.gqueues.com/). But the pro version is as costly as $25/mo which is too expensive for me as a student. What's a good replacement to it? I mainly would ...
1
vote
3answers
165 views

How to schedule your time in a crisis?

You have 4 months until the university admission exam. You forgot most of the stuff you will be tested (from 3 years of not using the concepts) and your only possibility of reviewing the forgotten ...
2
votes
4answers
180 views

Dealing with massive amounts of emails

I have two personal email accounts I have somewhat neglected, and they currently have a massive amount of email in them. I am wanting to implement something like Inbox Zero with these two accounts,as ...
7
votes
7answers
1k views

Does sitting with back straight really improve focus (and productivity)?

As part of my work, I am required to sit on pieces of furniture without any back support eg. Bar stool. My teacher reprimands me when I slouch saying that my focus will suffer if my spine isn't ...
4
votes
3answers
152 views

Is temptation-killing a healthy mode of improving productivity?

There are many blogs, articles and even research (including the famous Marshmallow Experiment) conducted on improving productivity through improved willpower and temptation suppression (Basically, ...
5
votes
1answer
227 views

Memory techniques verses the exocortex

I have a general interest in memory techniques and find it relatively simple to memorise information. I also have a fairly well organised exocortex - it's very easy for me to search for any detail ...
19
votes
6answers
956 views

How to organize my gaming time?

I see all kinds of people (including some of my friends) that simply don't know when to stop playing (for instance, wake up, play WoW, eat , play WoW, eat, play WoW , sleep). Lather, Rinse, Repeat. I ...
5
votes
3answers
310 views

Memorizing Facts

When I am studying biology or history or any type of subject that requires one to memorize a lot of facts, I usually read my assigned text and type up the notes on my computer. Then I would re-read ...
1
vote
3answers
436 views

What are some alternative methods to measure productivity?

The traditional productivity analysis consists in comparing output over time in given periods of time. For instance if I make 5 pizzas in 15 minutes it's easy to tell when I improved by either raising ...
5
votes
2answers
165 views

Returning Back from the Productivity Nap

I was reading about Power Naps for Productivity and to quote a few words: "Studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning." I ...
16
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5answers
1k views

Dealing with Existential Crisis [closed]

I was reading a comic on PhDComics and although it is funny, sadly, it is also true. Grad students I know (including me) usually fall into one of these existential crisis at least once a semester. And ...
11
votes
4answers
709 views

How to manage multiple simultaneous private projects?

I have a number of private web design projects that I work on during my spare time. Non of the projects have any real deadline, other than my own urge to finish them. As there is no real deadline, I ...
4
votes
3answers
476 views

What's the most effective studying method?

I study at a high school/college and I'll soon have my exams period. I was wondering what is the best way to study, given that I want to get the most use out of my time. What should I pay attention ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Lumosity.com - Is it really effective? What would it improve in me?

Is Playing games as in Lumosity.com really effective. Can that boost my attention span, concentration skills? How else can it benefit me?
4
votes
3answers
144 views

Is there evidence for the impact of Web Apps on productivity?

As somewhat of a power user when it comes to computing (I'm a software engineer, it comes with the territory), I find that I really dislike most web apps. While some (such as GMail) offer keyboard ...
6
votes
1answer
368 views

Binaural beats for productivity

A collegue of mine is trying binaural beats for productivity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_beats I don't know what it is yet, but apparently it's special sounds that can have a relaxing ...

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