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4answers
239 views

How to easily change activity and switch focus to it?

I found out, that sometimes when I change the activity, I can not fit to it and I still think about the previous one. For example, when I am really excited due to a call (or great weekend), it is hard ...
4
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5answers
963 views

Does multiple computer screens reduce productivity?

I was reading the wonderful post of Trent Walton : UniTasking which contains a lot of useful thoughts and ideas, plus some good links to some neat OS X apps. (which I have started using right after I ...
3
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2answers
260 views

Improving reading skills without “speed reading”

I really enjoy reading and I read a lot, but I read very slowly. I know this because, for example, the time estimates for reading on my kindle are always about double what it is for the "average" ...
3
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2answers
94 views

How to manage outgoing emails that need an answer (by date)?

Very often I sent emails that need an answer. Sometimes I need factual information, other times I just need confirmation that things are being handled. To complicate things, answers may be required ...
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3answers
180 views

Numbering scheme for prioritizing tasks based on categories

I'm sorry if this is asked before, but I'm looking for a way to get hopefully a single number to help me prioritize between tasks within different categories. I've seen How to manage multiple ...
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6answers
2k views

What can I do during the breaks between the stressful long study hours that would not be counterproductive?

Playing computer games during the breaks would not certainly be productive to do between the long study hours. Watching TV will also not be a good idea (it will jam the brain further, I guess). ...
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2answers
157 views

What is the better approach to studying?

I am curious about which is the better approach to studying. One approach is to allocate a set time for a subject and finish whatever i finish in that time Another approach is to study a certain ...
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5answers
284 views

How to study with efficiency?

I'm 16 and going into high school. I passed my 1st grade with an A average, but my second with B average (4 grades away from A). Anyhow, I wanted to ask someone to tell me how to study with best ...
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1answer
104 views

Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly [closed]

I'm trying to mass-scan stacks of documents, but my scanner doesn't have a page feeder. Instead, I want a device that takes a piece of paper off the bottom (or top) of a stack, moves it over the ...
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3answers
828 views

How to convince my make my mind AGAIN to study?

I had an exam and I have next exam on my way. For previous paper,I made my full mood to study but now after it I know I should study but I feel so relaxed and light that I am not studying and I am not ...
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4answers
4k views

Productivity recommendations for 10 seconds whilst task is completing

Often you'll come across a task that can take around 10 seconds. E.g. a slow web page across a slow internet connection that causes a blank screen for 10 seconds. I'm usually averse to multitasking ...
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11answers
2k views

How to be more productive at my own side project while having a family and a full-time job?

I have a 9-6 full time job and trying to develop a project on my own. I can only work on it during my off hours, meaning after 7pm. It looks like I have full 5 hours till midnight, but after dinner ...
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14answers
5k views

How do people learn technologies fast?

I keep on reading blogs and tweets about how somebody just sat through few days, learned a new technology and hacked together a new project in a weekend. It is simply unfathomable for me. I recently ...
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16answers
10k views

What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
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12answers
3k views

Good at writing Todo lists, but awful at doing them

At night, before going to bed, I write a TO-DO list to remember what I want to do tomorrow. It includes everything I wish to do, like what I wished to do when I was a child! When I get up in the ...
39
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7answers
2k views

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 ...
28
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8answers
2k views

How to stop being a perfectionist?

For example, until I know each and everything about a topic, I just don't feel like moving ahead, I get stuck. And I find myself getting involved in very minute details of the topic, which usually ...
28
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18answers
10k views

What is the best way to improve English vocabulary?

I want to improve my English vocabulary. I want to know some of the best ways to improve my vocabulary. How many words should I learn daily? What resources should I use?
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7answers
2k views

How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
28
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14answers
17k views

Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
29
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9answers
2k views

Often-heard advice for success: “Wake up earlier.” But how much sleep is enough?

A recurring tip I've seen in autobiographies or books on succeeding in business is "wake up earlier." I don't particularly remember which millionaires suggested that advice, but I'm sure it's more ...
23
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5answers
1k views

Why am I not motivated in this excellent situation?

I am working as a freelance contractor. For a long time I have been paid by the hour. This has worked fine and my motivation has never been a problem. Now, I have gotten a deal where I get half of any ...
13
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11answers
79k views

How to study efficiently few days before the exams [considering that one hasn't throughly studied any subject by now]?

I am having exams in these two weeks. But I still haven't studied thoroughly on each subjects. For physics, I have spent more than a week studying electric charges, yes, only electric charges. I spent ...
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4answers
1k views

How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
23
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10answers
935 views

How to stop your rss feeds becoming a mess/information overload?

So like probably many I use Google Reader to manage, read, filter my subscribed rss feeds. Subscribing only as much feeds as you can read doesnt really work. From time to time i delete some feeds, but ...
19
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7answers
4k views

How can I get myself to go to sleep when I know I should?

I've read on resetting one's biological clock and clearing my mind before bedtime (and I do most of the things there, using F.lux, being physically active mostly every day), taking melatonin (0.5-1mg),...
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7answers
2k views

Does more display space make you more productive?

Would more display space result in better productivity when performing computer tasks? Does it matter by size or by resolution? How about multiple monitors? Please restrict your answer to facts and ...
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6answers
1k views

I have burned out, what is best way to fix it?

I have burned out at my current job. I feel that my productivity is falling. What is the best way to fix it? In the past I have always quit a job then searched for another one. I think this is not ...
15
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10answers
20k 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 ...
23
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11answers
17k views

Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
17
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5answers
2k views

How to work while depressed?

A depressed person must stop working while in depression treatment. But if that person needs to keep working, what can be done? EDIT: Some reasons why I prefer stopping to work: FOCUS:near ...
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15answers
2k views

How to spend less time cooking?

What are some good tips to streamline the process of preparing food? While i enjoy cooking and eating fresh, the whole thing takes up a lot of time. What do you do to speed that up? Do you prepare ...
19
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14answers
3k views

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?
19
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8answers
5k views

How to prevent/control daydreaming?

Daydreaming is becoming a serious issue for me as I miss valuable information in places such as classes, meetings and presentations. It doesn't depend on any specific element. In fact, it may be ...
17
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4answers
780 views

What is “Getting Things Done” (GTD)? [closed]

Rookie question that a lot of people who are using this site may want to know the answer for (including me). I have read a couple of things referring to GTD but nothing definitive. It'd be good to see ...
14
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7answers
1k views

Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight

I'm currently using Remember The Milk for my organisation system that is based on GTD. One thing that I find is missing from my system is the ability to capture all the actions relating to a project. ...
12
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2answers
491 views

How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
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3answers
758 views

Scientific studies of time management techniques

This is my first post here, and I would like to say hello to everybody who is reading and writing posts on Personal Productivity Stack Exchange :) I have known this subject (personal productivity) ...
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9answers
949 views

How can I become a more effective listener?

I believe that I am a poor listener. Often after meetings, I find myself having a lot of loose ends, but in the situation I am not enough aware of this to be able to ask a specific question. I am ...
22
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2answers
1k views

What methods exist to keep yourself motivated when working alone?

When I studied, I went to the library to have some form of social control. The social pressure made me work better. I'm now working from home for a living. It's my first week and my motivation isn't ...
13
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10answers
1k views

How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
10
votes
5answers
1k views

Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
10
votes
6answers
596 views

How to efficiently make a hard decision?

I saw an interview with Warren Buffet, where he states that if he makes something like two or three good decisions in a year, then it was a good year. Is there best-practice process on how to make ...
27
votes
13answers
1k views

How can I succeed in remembering people's names?

Even after I have asked a person's name a number of times, I still have trouble remembering it. How can I improve my ability with recalling names?
19
votes
9answers
806 views

Short relaxation break at work

What is a good way to get instant relaxation at work? At home, I can just sleep or play video games. At work, that looks like slacking off, even though I can't concentrate productively while stressed ...
18
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11answers
2k 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 ...
16
votes
2answers
1k views

How do I prevent being overwhelmed by my GTD inbox?

The first thing I learned about GTD was to get things "out of my head" into an inbox. This results in an overly long Inbox list which tasks that I still need to rewrite into (multiple) "do-able" ...
16
votes
4answers
2k views

How to avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to/want to learn?

I study philosophy at university, a subject that covers a lot of ground. My problem is that I often feel overwhelmed by what's been done in the past 2,500 years in so many different fields. There is ...
19
votes
4answers
753 views

What are some of the techniques on increasing memory stamina?

Maybe it is my age (approaching 41), but my short term memory isn't as good as it was when I was younger. As such, I feel that my level of productivity is suffering. I am looking for ways to increase ...
17
votes
9answers
703 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 ...

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