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274 views

How does positive or negative self-talk work?

Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People recommends the following exercise: Say "I like myself" to yourself 50 times a day for at least 14 days. I've tried it and contrary to ...
3
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2answers
185 views

How do I train myself to write more carefully? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve my handwriting? Paper-based notes are quite essential part of my GTD process. I use them mostly for two things - daily todo list and for thoughts ...
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2answers
159 views

How do I log and track all my Firefox tabs I want to come back to with out leaving them open or bookmarking them?

I have a tendency to open numerous tabs in Firefox and leave them open , mainly because I've found things interesting or useful and want to be able to refer back to them. However having hundereds open ...
5
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4answers
514 views

Advantages of a label printer

Following some comments on another question (The productive label printer) - I'll split this out as a separate question. GTD recommends owning a label printer. Personally I've never quite got my ...
12
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3answers
468 views

How can I decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time?

I've recently started thinking that I should spend more money in order to save time. Examples of this include: paying to get my laundry done instead of doing it myself sometimes taking a taxi ...
3
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6answers
444 views

How to find quality articles, news, and information on the Internet?

It is important to know what is new in my scope of interest related to my work. But the problem is that there is so much information on internet and in magazines which I can read that I often spend ...
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3answers
332 views

Outlook automation solution [closed]

There is an email I need to send out everyday via Microsoft Outlook, which includes the updated information grabbed from some web servers. It takes about ten minutes manually (not that bad). My ...
6
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6answers
506 views

What is the most effective way to get into 'the zone'?

The zone: "A place were you do focused work without the existence of time." You have been in 'the zone' when a couple hours have passed without you noticing it. When you're into the zone: you work at ...
6
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2answers
258 views

How long after reading should you review?

I read a lot of advanced math and computational science literature which requires the reader to be pretty involved most of the time. I usually read and simultaneously take notes, solve and comment in ...
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8answers
472 views

What software for Time Tracking and Billing? [closed]

A friend of mine is running a consultancy company and she needs software to manage the people that go to their customers. I've been using Project Management Software before, but this case is slightly ...
2
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4answers
240 views

How to kick start a late beginning of a day for an early riser?

I like waking up early. My productive days are usually the ones that I have definite actions for the day, and I woke up early (getting out of bed between 4 am to 6 am). The days I wake up late, I tend ...
6
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4answers
2k views

What are the digital equivalents of index cards?

I have a very deal of trouble filtering visual information and so have problems working with lists, digital or analog. When I realized that the inherent visual nature of lists was the source of most ...
12
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6answers
10k views

How to use Evernote to implement GTD?

One of the top FAQs is How to use RTM to implement a GTD system. I've decided against RTM, I don't like it as described in a previous thread of mine. I want to know how people use Evernote to ...
6
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2answers
426 views

Does the stopping of smoking increase productivity?

Allen Carr, the author of numerous anti-smoking books and the founder of the Easyway Ltd. states that if one stops smoking with the Easyway technique, the quality of all aspects of his life will rise ...
5
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2answers
326 views

Recording personal progress on activities (projects)

A month ago I decided to record my progress on my personal activities (goals, projects). I have many such activities and usually I work on the activity I have taste for, or how things develop during ...
7
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6answers
374 views

How do I prevent myself from feeling too relaxed during the uneventful weeks preceding big deadlines?

The situation goes like so: big deadline one month from now. So I make some plan. But it gets too easy to procrastinate early on, to put one thing off, to allow a distraction here & there. How ...
2
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4answers
213 views

How to effectively utilize many small chunks of time in a day?

I am into coding software, so my daily schedule consists of lots of small chunks of time(10-15 mins max), usually spent in building code. So I code a little then wait for the code to build. These ...
5
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4answers
210 views

How to prepare a course or a talk?

In one week from now I am holding a course in computer programming, which takes place twice a week. The course has 30 participants. It is the first time I am holding a course. Now I have to prepare ...
1
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0answers
229 views

Team work and productivity: Noisy office vs quite room [closed]

I'm having a meeting in two hours and need lots of references and points. Basically, my university has a module for software development with a real client. Some of my team members work in the ...
0
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1answer
546 views

Is there a free software similar to Freedom? [closed]

With Freedom you can block your internet for few hours when you feel you procrastinate.
5
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2answers
746 views

Experience using a tablet to be more productive

I have recently bought myself a simple android tablet to find out how I can utilize it in being more productive. Here are some of the things I used it for, and I'm very interested in feedback and ...
17
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7answers
802 views

How to beat the “Too Long Didn't Read” syndrome?

A large portion of my work deals with reading research papers and textbooks which run for hundreds of pages. However, with all the pomodoros going on, its frustrating to be reading redundant or ...
5
votes
2answers
259 views

When changing habits, what can you do to cope with stress?

I need to change several habits but whenever I do something that is new to me, I get a little stressed. I used to have depressions and I know that CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy described in ...
16
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11answers
1k views

How can I learn about complex subjects?

I am very interested in certain subjects which are quite complex (and not very mainstream), but I find it hard to learn about them since there seems not be a lot of introductory content about such ...
2
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4answers
420 views

Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?

Lately I've been getting interested in "quantified self" metrics. I've been tracking basic health metrics like weight, sleep, caffeine/alcohol consumption, and several other subjective health and ...
44
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15answers
2k views

Is blogging about what you learn useful?

Well, I have been starting habits of self studying (for the purpose of self improvement) and was making some progress (two months so far). However, one thing I'm not able to do well is blog about my ...
7
votes
1answer
271 views

What is your experience with a trickle list?

I have been thinking about setting up a trickle list to help me get some more strategic stuff done next to all the physical next actions that I capture using GTD. Normally, when I do my weekly review ...
6
votes
5answers
715 views

Are there any multi-column basic text-editors to use as a todo list?

I would like an application like Notepad except with multiple columns, preferrably adjustable, for the purpose of creating several todo lists that can be opened with a single document, rather than ...
2
votes
1answer
396 views

Techniques for mind dump (including mind sweeps/trigger lists)

I have a fairly solid workflow that hangs together well, but I'm interested in hearing more about how people deal with mind dumping--the process whereby after a busy week/event/trip and you clear your ...
16
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8answers
828 views

Be able to focus and read books when your partner watches TV

I like reading books a lot. Usually have only time for that at night, after work, but at that time my wife likes TV a lot and specially zapping; continuously jumping from one channel to another. I ...
3
votes
3answers
410 views

Desktop app/group of apps for todo list/time management

I use Listhings in my browser to make sticky notes and remind myself about stuff. I am looking for an app/group of desktop apps for the same purposes. What I want the app to be like: Desktop ...
3
votes
7answers
313 views

Pomodoro Technique with colleagues

I want to try the Pomodoro Technique at work but I'm worried it will be disturbing (an alarm going off every 25 min) Will it be disturbing for others? Can anyone suggest an improvement to make it ...
7
votes
1answer
680 views

pomodoro + GTD tool as an integrated tool / web service?

I have recently started to employ pomodoro as a way to allocate time for working on specific tasks (using Pomodorium) and am starting to see encouraging results. I figured if there's some tool that ...
28
votes
8answers
6k views

How to be more talkative? [closed]

I consider myself an introvert and never spoke much. For example, when I'm in class and I know and answer to a question my professor asks, I usually don't say anything. And when I'm eating with ...
1
vote
1answer
106 views

What “light therapy” lamp should I get that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing cost? [closed]

There are some Brookstone lamps, but they mostly cost over $100. Then there's a $60 lamp here, but I'm not sure if I'll miss out on some features by buying it. I'm mostly concerned with staying ...
9
votes
9answers
548 views

Suggestion for a disorganized guy

I'm not well organized and I'm feeling not as efficient as I could be. I've tried to use some personal organizing methods to improve myself in this area, like - using a todolist (using a pen & ...
22
votes
5answers
2k views

Can drinking coffee increase productivity?

Can drinking coffee especially in office hours increse your productivity? It is normal practice in many offices to drink coffee. Can caffeine increse your productivity? Some people suggest drink water ...
2
votes
2answers
57 views

Separating services accessed with an Internet browser

Nowadays Internet browsers is used not only to visit websites, but as a medium of using tools - from calendar, e-mail and documents (e.g. GoogleDocs) to a programming terminal (e.g. IPython Notebook). ...
5
votes
4answers
411 views

Examples of Productive use of TextExpansion software

I've heard from a few sources who wax lyrical about how text expansion software has been for them - but I'm struggling to find good uses for it - the only use I can see is to save me writing out my ...
12
votes
9answers
682 views

How can I list down website passwords for better productivity?

I am an avid web surfer and I surf a lot of websites. I also have my accounts on numerous sites. The problem is when I need to sign in to some websites, I have to search my two mailboxes for username. ...
5
votes
1answer
162 views

Is there a general method for determining a rubric (to measure competency)?

It's easy to compare how good you are at something by using a standard method, relative to poor, average, good and excelent concepts. The economy of nearly every country in the world can measure it's ...
7
votes
5answers
993 views

The productive label printer

GTD recommends a standalone label printer so nothing gets in the way of printing labels immediately when they are needed. Problems Researching what's available as far as label printers go, I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Why do we waste time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? I know that I should be working now. Yet I watch funny videos, read the news and browse interesting links. Why is it ...
5
votes
7answers
877 views

I want to track pages of book read per day [closed]

I am try Beeminder but it is not apprpropriate tool to page tracker. Can we have tool which is free and I can use it to increase my reading speed? Can I track my pages read something like velocity? I ...
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votes
1answer
146 views

Looking for a dilbert comic [closed]

Looking for a certain dilbert comic. It starts out the crew is in a meeting and someone asks a question no one knows the answer. The PHB, i'm pretty sure, says something like 'i'll look it up on my ...
2
votes
1answer
96 views

Time limit/allocation for chores?

For the sake of a more definitive question, I define chores as domestic tasks that are recurring, generally unenjoyable and have no hard datelines. The conditions are such that available manpower is ...
4
votes
5answers
425 views

Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows - all the time?

Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows (computer) - all the time? I mean is it helpful and sensible to "keep an eye" always (while working) on the Pomodoro watch ...
6
votes
3answers
416 views

Are there established patterns/methodologies to establishing a knowledge management system?

I am a founder of a start-up which has been taking shaping in the past year. In this time our team has conducted a substantial amount of research, planning and other work which resulted in a ...
9
votes
4answers
2k views

Free and simple speed reading software?

Many years ago I did a 5-day speed reading course. At the time, my reading speed (paper, not screen) went from 200ish words a minute to between 1100 and 1250 wpm. It was fantastic. Comprehension ...
5
votes
1answer
131 views

Managing an exceptionally large working week

I'm currently a full time developer (9-6). I am also currently working on my own business idea in my free time. This business idea will take a fair amount of effort to get anywhere near completion. ...

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