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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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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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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
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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
370 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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3answers
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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
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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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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10answers
551 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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3answers
337 views

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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7answers
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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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10answers
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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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5answers
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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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4answers
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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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6answers
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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
337 views

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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3answers
463 views

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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3answers
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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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4answers
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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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0answers
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
441 views

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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3answers
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org-mode and productivity

I've already seen several times the org-mode application between applications for productivity, information processing, planning, note-taking etc. I wonder what are the advantages of this ...
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Using the GTD framework, should Someday/Maybe's have tasks built out?

Sometimes I have an idea/thought that is definitely Someday/Maybe but I also know some of the tasks to accomplish the idea. Should those tasks be created along with the idea or should it be put off ...
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How do I get out of overcommitment?

I tend to procrastinate more when I am overwhelmed by overcommitment. Sometimes, writing down a priority list and future plan helps, but sooner or later, the plan breaks down and I find myself once ...
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2answers
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How to avoid falling out of the pre-set productive routine and to get back into in asap?

I have a good routine and a long list of tasks to complete. But sometimes for a few days or weeks I go completely off the routine and don't even check the task list. Then its all games, reddit & ...
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8answers
283 views

What can I do to be more productive when working with several applications at the same time on Mac OS X?

I work with my computer the whole day doing different things and using Mac OS X Lion. I have a lot of windows opened and constantly switching from one application/window to other, using Mission ...
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Developing Social Skills [closed]

As a kid no one ever taught me basic social skills such as saying "hi" to someone you know when you see them. And as an adult now, it is hard for me to meet new people and keep lasting relationships. ...
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What was scientifically shown to support productivity when structural organizing/accessing file and folders?

My Personal Information Management problem I have gathered terabytes of data but it has became a habit to store files and folders to the same folder, that folder could be kind of seen as a Inbox ...
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What can I do if my boyfriend sabotages all efforts [closed]

I'm very eager to get my stuff done at work. At home I want to be as productive, but all efforts won't last long. I'm caught in frustration as my boyfriend needs seconds to mess up stuff that took me ...
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7answers
501 views

Are there techniques to stop fearing confrontation so intensely?

Confrontation is a huge part of my life. For example, in my job as project manager I need to confront clients about things that might make them upset or I need to talk to them when I know they are ...
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7answers
494 views

Write long text on tablet while laying back on bed/sofa

I think using an iPad or other tablet is very comfortable, but when you have to write long texts/emails/documents, then it becomes a serious annoyance. I wonder if anyone could suggest any good ...
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9answers
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How to handle interruptions in developer work without losing concentration?

I work as a developer for some years now. Mainly the issue why it's antisocial work is because you need to spend much time programming. I've been always the kind of developer who likes to cut off from ...
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4answers
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How big is your backlog and how do you manage it?

How big is your backlog and how do you keep it under control? Do you actually keep track and do all of it, or do you have a method of eliminating old but valid tasks such as declaring e-mail ...
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3answers
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At what point do you start saying “No”, to new tasks and how do you deal with it?

I'm sure that everyone here, is here because they lead a busy life and want to efficiently pick up tips on making the most of their time. At some point, when a person in authority over you asks you ...
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1answer
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How can I share information in OmniFocus for iPad with a non OmniFocus user?

How can I share information in OmniFocus for iPad with a non OmniFocus user? I have made some tasks in OmniFocus and I want to export these to share with a non OmniFocus user. Email, Text or PDF ...
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13answers
5k views

Gamification to improve myself

I'm currently working out a way to gamify my daily work / life. I want to reward myself via a points system, assigning points to tasks I should do but tend to neglect. These are things like paying ...
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4answers
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What are must have time management and productivity books? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity? As the question states, I'd like to see a list of books that are really really must read ...
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How to deal with problems associated with dyslexia?

I think I might be dyslexic . Here are the reasons why: I seem to forget the same words over and over again (don't we all?). I find it difficult to remember names of people after six months (even ...
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How to plan a month of work in advance

I had a main list with the main projects and tasks, organized according with priority, importance and other factors. I would like to be able to plan a whole month of work in advance, so when the day ...
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2answers
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Bring a long term change into my life

Each one of us has some difficulties and obstacles draw him/her to this site. I know I do, and I believe most of them are caused by addictive behaviours (sleeping, browsing, playing, etc.) There are ...

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