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How do I deal with distractions when working on a computer?

I spend most of my working day on a computer and know that when I am "in the zone" I am extremely productive. Getting to "the zone" is very dependent upon the task itself and environmental distraction ...
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2answers
189 views

How do I break free of this rut?

I have following linked problems: I want to do one thing at a time; and another at another time. I start taking small steps toward my goals and then think of doing another thing, talk myself out of ...
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120 views

Re-conditioning the brain to read numbers “visually”

I have a problem with how my brain reads numbers, it's very inefficient, I see "1" written on paper, and if I'm doing math my brain flashes to me the written word "one" which I mentally read at my ...
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1answer
306 views

How can I prevent StackOverflow from killing my productivity? [duplicate]

I'm a programmer. I use StackOverflow a lot for solving problems. It's so helpful that I rarely need to ask my own questions. But StackOverflow can also be distracting and kill my productivity by ...
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118 views

What is an efficient way for storing paper based reference materials?

I have a bunch of reference materials which cannot be scanned. What are efficient ways for storing/filing such materials? Manila folders get mentioned a lot, but in my attempts of using them I have ...
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4answers
429 views

Tickler system for electronic files - how?

I've accumulated probably over a hundred interesting articles (mostly pdfs, but some web sites), that I want to periodically review. I'm not sure what's the best way to do this. I could print ...
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0answers
173 views

What are the primary rebuttals to the 4 Hour Body and the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris?

I have read and understand the popularity of the '4 Hour' series of best-selling books by Tim Ferris. H However Tim himself asks the readers to consider everything he writes with a skeptical mind as ...
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10answers
4k views

Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...
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0answers
19 views

How to master a programming language - Java? [duplicate]

Its been quite a time that i have started working with Java. I have lot of interest in doing programming.. While i also get demotivated when i feel i dont know certain things in it too.. As everyone ...
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1answer
52 views

How to let go what happened and start THE SAME PROJECT again?

I had a final project viva I worked hard on it but the teacher pointed out many mistakes. Now it has been marked(and it is marked fine) . Now I want to correct those mistakes for my satisfaction but I ...
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4answers
851 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
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1answer
139 views

Postponing research work [duplicate]

I am a grad student in theoretical physics. Whenever I have some well defined research works (calculations, plotting etc) at hand, I postpone them. I engage myself in other things like studying ...
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2answers
135 views

Suggestions for time planning software for college students?

Anyone knows good time planning software (for a college student) for free, to be used on a Windows desktop? Apps like the Calender app in Windows 8 ? I'm looking for a software that sends reminders ...
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2answers
218 views

Which tool, template of methods should I use for tracking a long-term goal?

There is no painful & energizing task of visualizing the progress of long-term goal. I have been following this. It is good for planning the next immediate activities on daily(,weekly and ...
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17answers
2k views

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 ...
8
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6answers
489 views

Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
1
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1answer
559 views

What factors make differences among students with same amount of merits?

Most of the time it is seen that two or more students seeming to have same merit but perform differently in their academic careers. What factors contribute to the differences among the students with ...
1
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1answer
166 views

Code formatting (custom vs standardized) impact on productivity

Would custom formatting code in an IDE (like allowing a particular text / line / parameters to appear in bold or higher size - the ones which are currently being built) help in increasing programmers ...
3
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2answers
313 views

How can I overcome psychosomatic symptoms?

Often I experience extreme tiredness or stomach aches when I need to work on a project that I don't want to work on. Sometimes just walking into the same floor where work is waiting causes those ...
3
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6answers
353 views

How do you become good at thinking on your feet to solve programming problems?

I think as a developer thinking on your feet is an essential skill, but it seems some people in our industry are a lot better at it than others. Experience in an area/technology obviously helps. I ...
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0answers
26 views

How to learn a lot of subjects and understand them? [duplicate]

I am a developer. I have very ambitious plans about learning: I want to learn programming, physics, math, languages. How to combine this all? Which subjects fit better to other subject? Programming ...
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29answers
2k views

What are famous quotes about productivity?

What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.
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2answers
159 views

Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)

Part of my job involves creating new articles. Each article is stored inside a spreadsheet and has an article number in cell A and a name in cell B. The only reason I ever need to open the ...
3
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5answers
795 views

How do I maintain focus towards work for extended periods?

I work in a team and after some days of regular focus & productivity, normally towards the end of the month, I lose interest in the work. It usually takes about a week to regain focus but, this ...
69
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23answers
22k views

How do I clear my mind before going to sleep?

I have great difficulty stopping to think of things I'm doing at bedtime. Whenever my night's sleep is bad, my day is much less productive. I try to compensate by drinking coffee, but this only works ...
6
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2answers
240 views

How to measure/increase productivity

I am into software development and 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 ...
3
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4answers
377 views

How to not get embarrassed on small things? [closed]

When I have done something good,or have replied to people, then though I don't say sorry to them but feel embarrassed and argue with my self and keep thinking about the same thing all the day. How ...
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2answers
102 views

Software engineering workflow app?

I am a software engineer and I feel that I am cruelly missing a good workflow and organisation [web]app. Ideally I need : Everything in one place (one app) Permanently stored Possibility to ...
0
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1answer
98 views

Getting as much done with the most focus [duplicate]

I have like probably many people in here a 40 hour week. In my spare time I have a project I want to work on. My goal is to become way better in a competitive activity. This is not a programming ...
0
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3answers
69 views

Memorisation Help

Pushed for time, I am in need for proven strategies which reinforce memorisation of heaps of information. I am in need of a method which I can universally apply to any kind of information.
15
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3answers
542 views

Finding new solutions by describing problem to other people

I noticed sometimes as I'm typing out questions on the stackexchange network I get a whole new idea. It seems like the process of describing the problem helps me think in different ways. Are there any ...
0
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0answers
37 views

How can I emote better? [duplicate]

I have just returned back to a regular work and have never really liked my coworkers at any of my jobs because I had incidents where I snapped at coworkers over comments that I didn't take very well. ...
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3answers
119 views

How can i Focus on Learning one Skill at a time? [duplicate]

Well, i have a problem of learning/focusing on perhaps too many things/topics at a time. For instance i am learning a new programming language. By the time i have read few tutorials on the internet, i ...
4
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2answers
1k views

What is the most efficient hands-free mouse?

Hands-free mice are numerous: Camera based head tracking systems: SmartNav, Tracker Pro, FreeTrack, HeadMouse Extreme and HeadMaster, Mouth-operated joystick types: the TetraMouse, the QuadJoy, ...
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votes
48answers
23k views

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 ...
2
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2answers
196 views

Simple Task Management with dependencies

First, I'd like to state that I read Task Management Application with task dependencies but it doesn't answer my question because I'm looking for something much simpler than that. I'm looking for a ...
1
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4answers
299 views

How to stay focused on achieving my Goals?

I have read many books on goal setting. i made a list of 10 goals for the year and then just did nothing. All of my goals are realistic and specific. They are short-term to mid-term goals. I started ...
6
votes
3answers
220 views

How not to stress and hurry in work?

My way of work is agitated. I work in stressed way even if the deadline is far away... I have a bad habit to try to do everything immediately. My boss told me that twice : take your time, no hurry !. ...
2
votes
0answers
59 views

Best books on Personal Productivity? [closed]

what are some good books on Personal productivity which have proven practical advice on being more productive and efficient at work? please provide workplace productivity related books also.
9
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6answers
529 views

How to deal with 3pm slump if you can't take a nap

This article suggests that feeling tired at 3pm is perfectly normal, and should be countered by simply having a nap. However, in some workplaces, this isn't possible (a lack of beds for one). I can ...
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0answers
30 views

How loud should sleep noise be? [closed]

Using white noise is often suggesting for helping people to sleep. The question I have, is how loud should it be? Should it be like voice level, or just a quiet buzz?
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Todo list manager with progress bar

After doing some fiddling with some Excel sheets, I saw that it worked out nicely for me to have a monthly or trimestrial todo list with checkboxes and a progress bar on top. The general look and ...
5
votes
4answers
976 views

Personal Kanban - Use multiple boards?

I'm using personal kanban and currently have 2 separate boards - one for job hunting and school, one for household chores. Each is has color coded task types in addition. I don't switch between boards ...
11
votes
6answers
3k views

How to avoid mind drifting while listening?

While talking to someone at work or even on the phone I often find myself drifting off where my attention wanders off. This happens even during short say 5 ~ 10 minute conversations. If while talking ...
7
votes
6answers
365 views

Effectively converting stuff you read to actual results

I (& I'm sure many of others) go through a lot of trouble to read about improving productivity. This includes Books (59 seconds, Seven Habits, GTD etc.), Blogs (Pavlina, LifeHacker) ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

Is it possible to improve vigilance through training?

I would like to know, for practical purposes like driving, coding, martial art training, video games or any activity that require the person to be well focused, if it's possible to improve vigilance ...
3
votes
2answers
268 views

What are websites that enable you to dispatch tasks to others? [closed]

So, based on the Fancy Hands equivalent for Germany question, I wanted to start a question to collect websites which enable you to be more productive and dispatch tasks to someone else. So, which ...
0
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0answers
214 views

Are productivity HUDs effective?

I recently came across a tool that helps people focus on one thing at a time; it's basically a heads up display for your current task, and seems to be geared towards people with dual monitors. Does ...
15
votes
7answers
6k views

How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
2
votes
6answers
473 views

I don't know how to use my time productively after work hours

I work from 8:00 to 5:00 so by the time I get home it is close to 6:00 pm. There are two main things I want to do but I can't: Going to gym which is about 5 minutes drive from my home Studying ...

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