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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 ...
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6answers
463 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. ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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6answers
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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?
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7answers
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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 ...
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2answers
355 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 ...
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2answers
215 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.
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3answers
269 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? ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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3answers
468 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) ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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1answer
528 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 ...
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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 ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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7answers
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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 ...
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3answers
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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, ...
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1answer
228 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 ...
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6answers
961 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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2answers
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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 ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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4answers
735 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 ...
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3answers
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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1answer
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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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Concentration+calmness vs curiosity+distraction

I often find it hard to concentrate on uninteresting details (programming bugs etc.) where I already know the outcome, but it takes time and concentration to fiddle. Sometimes I procrastinate and ...
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1answer
203 views

Erratic productivity

I consider myself a productive person. I get most of my things done to a level which I'm happy with. But sometimes my productivity just goes down the drain. I sleep in to the point of oversleeping ...
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11answers
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Touch Typing for Programmers

I have been using Typing Master to learn touch typing, but it doesn't cover the symbols and numbers I user as a programmer to any significant extent. Is there any touch typing software that is more ...
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4answers
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Can working less get more work done?

I wonder if it is possible to get more done by working less. Lets say that on a normal day: I work 8 hours and finish 10 units of work. If I work less in a day, there are 3 possibilities: I finish ...
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What techniques can I use to remember to do simple things that are context sensitive?

I find there are often things that I want to do specifically when I'm doing something else, and always forget to. A couple examples (silly as they seem) will probably make this more clear. The ...
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if productivity sweet spot 40 hrs/week, do personal projects reduce our productivity

I was just reading this article http://business.time.com/2012/04/26/stop-working-more-than-40-hours-a-week If what they are saying in this article is true, doesn't that mean that working on personal ...
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555 views

Gathering tasks all the time?

I currently am maintaining my tasks in a google excel sheet. I add tasks to it once I start working on my laptop. But there are other house hold tasks, or the ones which my wife tells me, those I ...
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How is self-learning different from course-based learning?

I have taken lots of classes where the professor was horrible at teaching and I literally had to become a "self learner". The professor recommended textbooks and there were frequent tests which kept ...
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What is a good way to begin your work day?

I work for a very small company and most of the time I work alone and manage my own work and don't get much feedback. I'm not completely used to this and though I have projects and to do lists and ...
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I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help with this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best headphones/earplugs to drown out loud nearby conversations I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help me? I wasn't sure if this ...
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Best headphones/earplugs to drown out loud nearby conversations [closed]

I'm a programmer in an environment where people talk loudly. Nearby passionate conversations can be distracting when i need to concentrate. I'm sure I'm not alone. What headphones/earplugs would ...
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Dealing with distractions from GMail

GMail is my office mail. A lot of my work has pieces where I need some information from email or replying to email. I go into gmail to search for something or send a reply to an email and then end up ...
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How to become a fast learner?

In the college, I faced the problem of not grasping my study-materials fast. It used to take intense study and brainstorming to understand a material which seemed to be a piece of cake for others. ...
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Is there a time tracking application for Mac OS X and iOS that can sync with each other easily and does not require an Internet connection? [closed]

I'm looking for simple (all I need is a time tracking feature) time tracking software that meets the following requirements: Does not require an active Internet connection. For this reason web apps ...
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2answers
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How to manage long term projects?

I do very well in short projects or things that need to be done for a short term. But I procrastinate when I have very large projects or lengthy things to do. I kinda lack persistence. What is the ...
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Equipment for computer-printing, into a notebook

I have a notebook, it's perfect-bound like a normal book. I write all manner of things in it - quite often tear out pages when I know I'll not ever have to refer to stuff again, but quite often keep ...
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What things can I do to be successful in a job training program?

I have recently been confirmed a position of a Management Trainee Officer in a banking corporation. I will be attending in the training program for 2 years. Based on the performance of the program, my ...
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My open office is not effective in increasing my productivity, how can I counter this?

We have an open office (no cubical walls) that is intended to increase productivity. However I find that the increase in distractions, both sound and visual negates this due to the difficulty in ...
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Time tracker that notifies you when you spend more than x hours at computer?

Sometimes I spend too much time at the computer and I need something to remind me to do the "other" stuff. I am looking for some kind of alarm that would work as a Chrome extension or Linux ...
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Nutrition for Programmers to Focus and for Clean Mind [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What nutrition is best to stay productive throughout the day? These days even though I am having a good night sleep (I suppose so) and eat nuts, health diet such as no ...
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How to quantify productivity and covariates for future analysis and optimization?

I'm interested in quantifying various event variables such as caffeine intake, other dietary supplements, hobby activity, emotional state, what time I woke up, what was the weather like, and so on, so ...
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Implementation of GTD when each project has a master plan with lots of actions

I am trying to implement the GTD system in my workflow, but there are some things I do not understand. For each project I work in, there is information spread across emails, mind maps, paper sheets ...

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