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How to get couch potato to improve productivity

How do you get a couch potato (i.e. somebody lazy who is completely uninterested in personal productivity and instead uses other people to get things done --- or gets very little done at all) to ...
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How to keep the “spark” alive after graduating and starting to work?

I have recently graduated from college and started working quite far away from home (1200 miles appx). And I am finding this new life, new daily routine a little too easy to adjust to. I am an ...
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I'm chronically late to work: how do I change this?

Since I started working on May, I'm always late. Not by minutes, but hours. Last month I logged the hour I arrived at my desk every day and calculated I'm on average 1.5 hour late. I've been trying ...
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How to measure/increase productivity

I am an individual contributor in the team working from off-shore. My manager is onsite and he assigns work to be on calls. The project is in very initial stage so I am mostly doing POC's. However, I ...
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160 views

If I can both sit and stand during an 8-hour day, what is the optimal balance of time sitting/standing?

So I have two desks right next to each other (actually, one is a regular desk and one is a refrigerator, my "standing desk"). I work from home, usually about 8 hours a day. Is there any research ...
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Is there a positive correlation between coming to work early and productivity?

I work as a software engineer. In this line of work, we typically have a flexible schedule, and as long as we get stuff done we can come to work late and leave early. In my experience it seems that ...
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2answers
471 views

Is there research about the productivity benefits of standing vs. sitting at work?

Mostly what I've found is anecdotal. Would love to know if there has been any actual research on this subject. I've tried both and don't find a dramatic difference, wondering if investing in a ...
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260 views

How to correctly resume yourself with the same enthusiasm after sleep?

Many times I find ideas of good things working in my head. Those ideas are good and I want to work on them tomorrow, also. And sometimes, I feel interested in a project/work, doing it with pleasure. ...
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What genre of music helps in increasing productivity? [closed]

I'm convinced some quiet background music can increase productivity and I'm willing to try. I'd rather listen to music on head phones than street noise. I believe that the music should : Be ...
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347 views

Is Google changing the way we approach problems or just plain “making us stupid”?

I have found that my long and short term memory is much worse than it once was. Often I can't focus on thing in detail only skimming whole articles. So, I tried googling these symptoms and I found ...
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How can I manage several hours of intellectual work (web dev/coding) a day without getting mentally exhausted?

I'm a coder. It's what I do. It's what I like doing. It's also what pays the bills. I do this at home and I set my own hours. However, I have a problem. I have a very, very hard time getting in ...
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What have been published about a real person changing his life from passiveness and laziness to vitality and activeness in the long term? [closed]

The Problem Even though I have a good set of goals I'm passionate about, and no matter what I try - despite of occasional, temporary periods of relative success, I always get back to a state of ...
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195 views

Difference between tags and notebooks in evernote?

Let me show you an example first: I have the evernote a stack called school and a notebook in it called physics. I put all the physics related school stuff into it. My problem is that I struggle a lot ...
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1answer
206 views

What is the optimum number of tasks in a day to be productive?

I have read that one must only work on 3 major tasks within a day to be productive. Is there any truth to this or even anecdotal evidence? Or maybe there's some other magic number? I do feel it ...
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1answer
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How do I avoid interrupting my work on task assignments to improve my skills and workflow?

I am working as a programmer trainee and my trainer is incompetent; he is often unable to help me and I am doing large parts of my work by myself without instructions. I have a constant feeling that ...
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4answers
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What's your preferred time interval for a Pomodoro(by default 25 minutes)? [closed]

I recently released my app PomodoroApp to help me track my performance of applying Pomodoro Technique. The first feedback I got from the comments of this question is "Another one would be option to ...
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9answers
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Is having a girlfriend dragging me down?

I am 19 years old and I find myself in a good relationship. However, I have noticed that ever since I got my girlfriend, I don't wake up before 6 anymore. I don't study 8 hours a day anymore. I don't ...
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4answers
393 views

The black hole of procrastination

Why does procrastination tend to block everything productive I want to do, rather than just the task I'm trying to avoid? I have a report to write up for next week and I've been procrastinating on ...
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2answers
77 views

How can I better organise a workspace? [closed]

I am getting to a point where the tasks I need to do are well organised, and my living space is also pretty organised. However, my workspace tends to get disorganised quite quickly. How can I rectify ...
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2answers
560 views

What next after pomodoro technique? [closed]

What other time organizing or self organizing techniques would you recommend after the Pomodoro Technique? Please suggest books, theories, and articles.
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3answers
149 views

Getting up in the morning without snoozing for hours [duplicate]

I really want to get up early every day and manage to do a lot of things. While my motivation is really high during the day, in the morning I forget everything and will do everything just for few more ...
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2answers
41 views

Is there any way that you get a free app space on google play? [closed]

I want to deploy am android application on Google play or some other market place for free.I see they fear virus and male ware to be uploaded and they dintgoogl make it free.But , what can i do please ...
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4answers
270 views

Jack of all trades, but master of none [closed]

Jack of all trades, but master of none I know the meaning of this quote. I feel that the quote applies to me. I've tried to analyse my knowledge and I found that I know a bit of everything but I ...
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10answers
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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3answers
122 views

Switching tasks

I love programming, but excessive programming is bad for health/sanity. So I want to make it my goal to exercise for at least 30 minutes after work. I can't exercise right after work since my commute ...
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3answers
292 views

Effective method of thinking beyond the first idea

As the title says, do you know any effective ways of escaping the trap of thinking about a problem only in the terms of the first idea/solution that came up? I have encountered this issue both in my ...
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6answers
913 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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3answers
470 views

How can I make sure to get up early in the morning and study?

I am in my early twenties. I work as an actuary so my job is hectic with long hours and almost no breaks. I am studying as well. I also have a lot of family responsibilities (especially in the ...
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1answer
49 views

How do you make sure your Idea for Application Development is worth a try? [closed]

It been my dream to develop apps in mobile and generally in software development stream since the day i have started to learn and love programming. I have now above 4+ year Software Developemt skill ...
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0answers
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Hide related content on popular websites [closed]

I am looking for an addon (preferably Firefox) or program that does the following to increase productivity, but I have no been able to find one using Google. The tool should hide suggestions to read ...
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3answers
151 views

Best practice: replying an email, keep or quote?

Suppose that we have a limited mailbox space. What are the advantages and disadvantage of the following practices when replying an email? (1) Quoting the original message and removing the original. ...
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1answer
94 views

Computer ergonomics: is a change as good as a rest?

I am in the process of trying various setups to help prevent RSI while doing computer work; I was wondering if there is any data that helps me decide whether or not I should have the same setup at the ...
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4answers
572 views

Massive amounts of books to read and audio books to listen to

I have a huge list of books I want to read (around 70) some of them related to Computer Science (mainly programming) and most of them self-help (various topics). I also have a list of audio books that ...
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8answers
909 views

Learning to be organized — how?

I've got a friend that has recently become aware that his own disorganization makes his performance really go down, and asked me for help on how to be more organized. I have been organized and ...
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2answers
1k views

Task Management Application with task dependencies

For some reason, even though there are tons of task management applications out there, I'm not able to find many that have the capability to manage task dependencies. That is to say, if I must do A ...
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37answers
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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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1answer
127 views

How to improve typing speed post 100wpm

I relearned how to type this past summer, I switched from a 5 finger style to a 9 finger touch typing style. I'm still on a qwerty keyboard, and do not want to switch to dvorak or any other layout. I ...
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1answer
103 views

Using pomodoro technique for studying

I normally use the pomodoro technique when working on my own projects. Now, I have an upcoming test. So I was wondering if I should use the pomodoro technique for studying as well. Is the technique ...
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4answers
474 views

Study Skills and Strategies for an Academic Subject like Math

I'm interested in learning about and implementing study aids, boons, leads, pointers, ..., preferably those proven through research. I'm regardful of questions such as How to set a realistic deadline ...
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1answer
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What is the purpose of incremental reading?

I found some articles, such as this article from SuperMemo and this article from Wikipedia, about incremental reading. I read quite often, and for many different purposes, but cannot understand in ...
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2answers
269 views

How do I maintain my calendar with times belonging to different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like some of these things to be at a ...
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15answers
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What method(s) can I undertake to ensure I get the most possible information from a book when I read it?

I like to read nonfiction books on various topics that I'm interested about, but I find that the information doesn't really stick. For example, I read a biography of Thomas Jefferson about a year ago ...
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11answers
7k views

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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3answers
195 views

How to assess the worth of my free time? [closed]

What are the best approaches to assess the cost of my free time? I am looking for suggestions on formulas for computing the cost of one hour of my free time in money equivalent for decision making. ...
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4answers
192 views

In GTD, is a project a context?

At my workplace, I work on multiple projects, usually at the same time. GTD seems to suggest defining contexts by what resources are available, e.g. @Desk. But if I'm at my desk, there's typically a ...
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1answer
116 views

How to remain productive when you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder)? [closed]

I suffer from ADHD(Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder). Is there any way to work around it? Is there any experimented common cure which people might know of. Medicine or exercises?
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3answers
179 views

How to recover from a sad situation and concentrate on the tasks on hand? [closed]

I know this question is very situation based. But I really need help. Please provide your thoughts. It would be really useful for me. I have to appear for an exam in June which require lot of ...
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8answers
275 views

Are there any concerns with using an exercise ball as a chair?

I've been looking into an exercise ball more seriously as a chair alternative. I've heard the benefits which include core strengthening and encouraging you to sit up straight. Are there any drawbacks? ...
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4answers
308 views

How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
2
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3answers
300 views

Technique for writing an algorithm or solving a problem

When we try to solve some some programming problems or any algorithm, we come across an overwhelming amout of information which is difficult to organize. A simple example is - If I am trying to ...

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