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How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
14
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6answers
469 views

How to fall asleep

I think many people can relate with this problem, eventhough I'm giving a personal description Ever since I was young I had extreme trouble with sleeping. I think I can best attribute it to ...
13
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7answers
420 views

Need to have focus and correct bad habits

I really need serious help of my habits. It seems that I am not that productive like I was before. Whenever I'm on my laptop, I should be working but instead, I would be opening facebook and do bunch ...
12
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3answers
4k views

How to stop mind from drifting off while reading?

Lets say I'm reading a text on programming language which has some example on poker. As soon as I read it, my mind drifts off about some related things around poker, like probability, last time I won, ...
12
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3answers
331 views

How can I turn productive actions into routine?

Every now and then I start doing something which helps my productivity: devise a better todo list, wake up earlier etc. However, I find that I only engage in this activity for a short period of time ...
10
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6answers
774 views

How to calculate my personal efficiency in programming?

I want to improve my personal efficiency. How better can I calculate my personal efficiency? I am a programmer. I want to calculate my personal efficiency in programming.
10
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3answers
2k views

Is there an automatic time tracking application? [closed]

I'm looking for a time tracking tool to monitor and boost my productivity. What I have in mind is a program that works in the background and keeps track of which application is active at any given ...
8
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3answers
707 views

Preparing questions when studying some topic

I noticed that I focus very well and do not forget the topic for months when I am told to prepare some questions for problem session (recitation) hours of the course I assist. On the other hand, I ...
7
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7answers
584 views

Putting limits on one's time online

As per Piers Steel's "procrastination equation", Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay) I find that most of my own procrastination tends to involve the Internet and the easily ...
7
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8answers
361 views

How can one stay reminded of useful tips, instructions, and other references on a routine basis?

As I spend my Sunday on this three-day weekend finally catching up on a lot of reading—most of it technical in terms of software and web development as well as web design—I find myself posing the ...
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5answers
1k views

Paper vs. digital: both have advantages, but which adv. is more important?

I started wondering recently if paper really could be the way to go. That is, in my everyday, non-GTD-obsessive personal issue tracking and task management. Here's why I'm considering this: A task ...
13
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3answers
338 views

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 ...
12
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8answers
4k views

Does a Trackball make you more productive?

Does using trackballs instead of mice makes you more productive? Are there any scientific studies on this subject?
9
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2answers
458 views

how to stop doing the same again and again?

I have been pondering the say “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So the questions are: how do you detect what things you are doing over and over ...
7
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4answers
4k views

Strategies for studying multiple subjects at the same time

If I want to study N different subjects what would be the best strategy to do this? One extreme would be to take only one subject first and devote all of my free time to study it, then after I'm done ...
7
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3answers
283 views

How do you turn off your GTD mentality when you need a break

How do you turn off your GTD mentality when you need a break? Say you've even scheduled free time to do whatever it is that relaxes you. Perhaps what relaxes you are some of the personal projects you ...
7
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3answers
609 views

How do you sync your electronic to-do list with your physical to-do list?

I keep several large whiteboards at home that handle all of my daily, weekly, quarterly and long-term tasks/projects. I do not want to carry a day planner around given the way my life is, I use my ...
6
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4answers
3k views

Why do I feel tired easily even when I have had enough sleep?

Does anyone have this problem? You had enough sleep, but when you start your day you feel like you haven't slept at all. You feel tired and you feel bored easily, all you want is to rest.
3
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2answers
173 views

How to set goals when studying?

One of the main issues I have when it comes to studying is that I don't have a tangible goal. At school, if the teacher says "hand it in this paper tomorrow", you know that when you finish the paper, ...
13
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7answers
21k views

At what time do “early risers” go to sleep at night? [closed]

There is so much information out there about people who wake up early - for example, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, wakes up at 4:30, as does General Motors' CEO and Disney's CEO. What I never hear about is ...
11
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3answers
2k views

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 ...
11
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4answers
560 views

How do I register deadlines in a GTD system?

In a GTD system, I have (among other things) a list of "next actions" organized by context, which are things that I have decided I should act on at my discretion, and a calendar, which shows things ...
10
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7answers
594 views

Do ergonomic keyboards/mice provide significant productivity improvement over “average” counterparts?

There's not much to add to the title of the question... I'd like to know if there's been any studies done on ergonomic keyboards and mice, and their effect on productivity. This might help me and ...
9
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8answers
1k views

Resetting ones' whole biological clock?

Everyday, I struggle to get up at around 7:00am to get ready for collage at around 8:00am. Over 95% of the days, I either: (i) Miss the first class of collage (ii) Not able to Brush and/or bath, and ...
8
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1answer
362 views

how to stick to something

I am very curious. I can spend days on stackexchange, wikipedia, coursera, plenty of tutorials. I often start projects with very big ideas in mind, but don't really do anything concrete. There are ...
8
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4answers
650 views

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 ...
6
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6answers
362 views

Reading a book a week

I want to try to read a book a week for 12 weeks beginning this summer. I have already began collecting recommendations for which books to read, and I will refine the list at some point, to get the ...
6
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2answers
666 views

What is Gathering Point in Time Management?

What is exactly Gathering Point in Time Management? What is the benefits of Gathering Points?
5
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2answers
329 views

Monitor Display Settings for better productivity

I am a software professional and have to do coding as well as having to do reading on the computer for the whole day. I noticed some time back that I tend to take my face a bit closer to monitor when ...
5
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10answers
525 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 ...
4
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3answers
186 views

Is there an email/forum productivity tool which can automate reply generation?

I am looking for software which would help me to write quality replies to a poorly worded/structured or otherwise complex emails/forum messages. The tool should allow to graphically break (manually ...
3
votes
2answers
305 views

How to improve my personal productivity system?

I am using evernote, mac mail, google calendar and mac reminders. I have tried almost everything and every website/application out there. My main problem was to have as few inboxes as possible and ...
3
votes
2answers
184 views

How can I organize my daily deals emails?

I get a lot of daily deals emails, from Groupon, to LivingSocial, to Google Deals, to a bunch of very specific ones like Newegg's shell shocker deals, and all of that is on top of regular daily ...
13
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5answers
809 views

Mind keeps wandering during conversations

I have trouble remembering instant things in mind. It really feels weird when I am talking about something and then I ask the person talking to me as, "Excuse me! Where were we?." I have been told by ...
11
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5answers
948 views

How to quickly restore concentration?

Very often I'm being interpreted while working or studying, sometimes the interruptions are small, and take a minute and sometimes it requires more than few minutes. How do I quickly restore ...
11
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5answers
1k views

Tickler file for email

Getting Things Done (GTD) recommends using a tickler file for things that aren't immediately actionable but should be dealt with at some point in the future. How can the equivalent be done with ...
10
votes
12answers
2k views

How to get rid of distractions and focus on what I am reading?

I need to study hard for a month, more than 10 hours/day. The problem is, I cannot concentrate on what I'm reading more than 15 minutes. I lose concentration easily while reading. the most important ...
10
votes
5answers
946 views

How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?

In a GTD system, how do I handle a task such as "checking the oil in the car", which should happen once a week or so but is also fairly low priority? My concerns are that this task isn't actionable ...
9
votes
7answers
529 views

What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
9
votes
8answers
629 views

How to deal with dreaded tasks?

How do you deal with difficult tasks, which take long to complete? My problem, for example, are emails which require a lot of writing or research. They are not the main core of my work, and usually ...
9
votes
8answers
464 views

How to Stop Glazing when Reading

When I need to read something, I have a really bad habit of just glazing over it and not really comprehending the words. As a result I have no clue what I've read. How can I stop glazing at a ...
9
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9answers
916 views

How do I memorize lists of technical terms?

I find it easy to remember the meaning of most technical terms if I'm prompted to explain each one of them. However, recalling all of them by their topics is a bit more difficult when they weren't ...
8
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2answers
1k views

Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?

I'm looking for a way to create a context list in Remember the Milk such that only next actions show up, but when I complete a task its successor task automatically shows up in the list. Is there a ...
8
votes
3answers
550 views

Coffee: good or bad for work? [closed]

Are there any reliable researches defending the regular consumption of coffee at work?
7
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3answers
360 views

How to separate working environments in a single computer?

I have multiple projects in my life but only one notebook. This means that documents, software, notes, almost everything goes into the same machine and this can be very distractive. My solution to ...
7
votes
4answers
525 views

wake yourself up on time

My question is pretty simple How do you wake yourself up on time?. Of course the most simple idea is to set an alarm clock or get someone else to wake you up but what are other methods you can employ ...
7
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5answers
920 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 ...
7
votes
6answers
876 views

How do I concentrate while I work on a computer?

My job requires me to work on a computer, which I do fine because maybe I fear my supervisor might pop in. But when it comes to doing personal projects on a computer, I totally slack off. It usually ...
7
votes
1answer
271 views

Did the pomodoros help or the fact that I was doing something?

I was blogging about me using Pomodoros when proofreading a book. It worked in that it kept me disciplined and focused. In the conclusion I wrote "I'm not sure if it was the Pomodoros themselves that ...
6
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4answers
320 views

The balance between rest and productivity

My job is mentally tiring. I find that I often have to study on it a little when I get home to keep up with the current technology, but by then, I'm often too exhausted to focus on anything. My ...

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