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What happend to Microsoft Pivot?

Does anyone know whatever happend to microsoft live labs pivot. Where can I download it? Couldn't find anything on the web. Seems like Microsoft has wiped all the traces of it.
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Remember The Milk alternative that is not “in the cloud”?

I use RTM for my personal task management, and I love it. I'd love to use it for work as well but my company has policies that do not allow me to put company data onto external services. I currently ...
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How to get a song out of your head

I have a problem, in that my head is sometimes like a broken iPod player. When I'm supposed to concentrate on a job, or simply try and shut my mind down to go to sleep, a song will pop into my head. ...
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How can I use lucid dreaming as a tool for creativity?

This is the authoritative introduction to Lucid Dreaming. Then there's a lot more you can find on the web. Most techniques and applications of lucid dreaming seem to focus on personal development and ...
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Do I need to find the most appropriate time to study?

At a time, I was a night owl. My family kept nagging all the time why would I stay up the whole night and go to bed when everyone else is waking up. So I changed it, as I also read articles that ...
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What is a learning attitude, and how can I improve mine?

What is a learning attitude, how do I determine whether I have one, and what can I do to cultivate it? I have also noticed that during interviews, the interviewers ask questions to see if the ...
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What is a good way to learn or memorize the conversions inch/cm, mile/km, foot/meter?

I was thinking to make comparative drawings on a paper and stick the paper on the wall. Do you have other ideas? I have studied math, but used for many years cm/m/km, and now I need to learn the new ...
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Is there software that implements Mark Forster's SuperFocus?

From http://www.markforster.net/blog/2011/2/10/rules-for-superfocus.html: SuperFocus is a very simple but effective method of processing your work. You write everything you have to do in a long ...
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How to master a large variety of technical literature

I've an Engineering background I like to read technical literature (college level onwards) quite omnivorously - especially mathematics, computer science, engineering, and medicine. This is part of my ...
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Finish all the jobs without completing any pomodoro?

I had a strange problem when applying pomodoro techniques. In my working environment, it's normal that I will get interrupted accidentally during the pomodoro phase. Hence the pomodoro is hard to ...
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Working before breakfast--for how long should one go?

I find that my absolutely most productive time is right as I wake up, especially if it's early--5am-ish till probably 7am is that sacred window of time. I always do things that I really want to do ...
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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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Good manageability for multiple Gmail and Google Apps email accounts?

I'm a contracting programmer, I have my own personal email, 2 x Google App accounts that different consulting companies give me when I work for them. The problem is I find it such a hassle to check ...
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What motivators can I use to encourage my team to track their time?

Our team has repeatedly tried to implement time-tracking tools to help us more realistically estimate the effort required for our development projects. Unfortunately, regardless of the tools we try, ...
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Advantages of a fountain pen for scribbling productivity

Inspired by the answer on this question about penmanship, I'm considering again the fountain pen way. I always give it up either 'cause I think it will make a mess and be impractical or just not easy ...
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What to mention in a talk that helps the audience to become more productive?

We (a group of university students) generally meet for tea every week and discuss various topics, and my friends ask me to give a talk on productivity and time management in one of our next meetings. ...
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Are there specific methods for dealing with backlogs?

Backlogs are dreaded things. They accumulate if you let them, on any setting where a list is present, be it one you make yourself (to-do) or things that just pop in to say hi (email). Not thinking ...
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Speed reading drills on a rehearsed text

How effective is it to integrate the rehearsal of a text with speed reading it? I ask this because when I was taking the course Breakthrough Speedreading, a common routine for getting speed was to ...
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Should I send e-mails in RTF or plain text? [closed]

Which would you suggest, sending emails as plain text or in the RTF format? To make sure things don't get all windy, reasoning about the following topics preferred (no particular order): aesthetics ...
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What is the average reading speed in words per minute?

I have heard about different statistics about the average reading speeds of English among English speakers ... but I don't find any of them particularly reliable as their is wide variety. Can somebody ...
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Is there anything similar to TRIZ known outside of Russia for improving personal productivity?

I was born in Russian and went to school there in middle 90ies. During my school time we had a special subject called "TRIZ" that stands (in Russian) for "theory of inventive problems solving". Apart ...
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Dvorak vs. Colemak breakdown? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How effective is the Dvorak keyboard at improving productivity? What are the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages between them? Let's assume the premise that both ...
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How does taking a break from work improve productivty?

What research has been done on this subject? I.e Is it better to work 95% of the time and break for 5% or 70% - 30%? What should you do during your break?
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Are there alternatives to the GTD system?

What are likely alternatives to the Getting Things Done productivity system? Full fledged alternatives that "compete" with GTD Group of smaller systems used together to replace GTD "Simpler" systems ...
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What does research say about when/where we have our best ideas?

Some people (like me) have their best ideas exercising, as they try to sleep, and others at completely different occasions. There seem to be some more popular than others. In any case what does ...
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Are there software solutions that implement Structured Procrastination?

Let me just say this philosophical essay changed my way of working: Structured Procrastination Basically it says that you should put urgent critical tasks at the very top of the list; but ones that ...
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What's a note, what's a reminder, what's an event?

So, I was putting my father-in-law's birthday into my iPhone using Siri and I couldn't figure out whether it should be a reminder or an event. Which do you think? Sometimes I make a list of things, ...
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How to get rid of silly mistakes?

I've always been having some silly mistakes in homeworks/tests/exams etc, as well as programming. I very often seem to be 1-2 silly mistakes away from a perfect score, despite having done a draft and ...
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What can I do to quickly become a better orator/public speaker?

What can I do to quickly become a better orator? For example giving a public speech, a presentation before a crowd, etc. I'm looking for things I can do to ingrain good speaking practices as habits, ...
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Inability to function without use of the exocortex

As someone at least passably competent at productivity-enhancing procedures and tools, I've developed an extensive exocortex for information. This information usually enters the input chute from ...
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Is there any psychological research into the value of GTD's trusted outside system?

One of the basic ideas of GTD is to dump all the things that are on your mind outside your skull, because you can't trust your brain to reliably remember all the details. Personally I find this ...
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Organization system for cables, adapters, etc - electronics clutter

First a bit of background: I have most other kinds of physical and virtual "stuff' organized, but over the years I have accumulated scores, if not hundreds, of cables & adapters from a variety of ...
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Repeating and Reviewing of Pomodoros

One of the objectives of the Pomodoro techinque is to make the Pomodoros more effective. This is done by either repeat and review on a Pomodoro level or on a Pomodoro set level. On a Pomodoro level it ...
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When leveraging the Pomodoro technique

Is there a threshold of the number of Pomodoros you can execute in a sequence before the technique has positive effect? I could imagine that you do not want to use the Pomodoro technique if you have ...
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How to stop vocalization habit in reading

Voicing the words,as you write or read...How to stop it? It wastes a lot of energy, and limits the speed.... any other tricks than singing... cause I also need to comprehend the matter
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Does anyone produce a truly heavy duty, long arm stapler?

One of the things I do which makes handling paper documents much easier, is to print out in booklet format. With a duplex A3 printer, I can print out a document of 60 A4 pages onto 15 sheets of A3 (in ...
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How do I avoid missing important/urgent e-mails?

I get so many emails (mostly as part of email lists) that the way I process them is to simply scan my eyes down the list of messages, looking at sender, subject, and the first few words. I only ...
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Is there an adopted strategy for dealing with cell phones ringing in the office?

I work in office with a kind of a cubicle farm arrangement where sound propagates no-problem. When a cell phone not in silent mode rings it can be heard in at least 10-meters range and therefore ...
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What is the hidden secret in Think and Grow Rich (by Napoleon Hill)? [closed]

He mentions in the book that it is in every chapter and while inspired by it, I did not have a clear idea of one single secret after reading the book. Did anyone discover a "secret", or is it ...
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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 ...
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Why does the Pomodoro technique recommend writing down every interruption?

The Pomodoro technique suggests that internal and external interruptions of a task should be annotated (e.g. with a ' or -). What is the purpose of doing this? The only reason I can imagine is that ...
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How can I make my evening work time more productive?

I have always been at my most productive in the morning. However I have recently had a child which has required that I rearrange my schedule somewhat. I still wake as early as possible and get work ...
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Where can I get a custom designed notebook from? [closed]

There are people out there who are just like me. We rarely memorize information just for the purpose of having it. We use Google to know things and we look things up as we need them. We are those ...
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Version control for homework?

Background: I'm a high school student. I've noticed lately that I'm not particularly fond of my current scheme for keeping my files up to date (ferrying around a USB stick, naming files 'essay-1.doc', ...
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Is it possible to handle perpetually ongoing tasks in Personal Kanban?

I'm exploring organization systems like Personal Kanban and one thing I'm still not clear on is how to represent ongoing activities that are always there and always have to be done. For example, say ...
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I feel sleepy and tired when I encounter problems during a working day, is that normal?

I think it is kinda strange but I just noticed that I have this odd habit of feeling tired, sleepy and dizzy when I encounter a (programming) problem that I can't solve after a while of trying. It ...
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How to improve my observation?

I have noticed that I do NOT notice the details which others seem to notice without any efforts. My mind is too occupied in its own thoughts to notice the fine details. Are there any ways to improve ...
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What are some good metrics of physical health that indicate optimal mental productivity?

Regular exercise and sleep all contribute mightily to productivity. With that in mind, I can think of the following physical health metrics for someone's productivy Resting Heart Rate (lower is ...
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2answers
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Does speed reading work well with reading non-native language?

My native language is Serbian, but from my early age I started to learn English. And now, when I am a programmer I read almost all stuff in English (stuff for college, books, internet stuff, movies, ...
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Working and studying--being productive

The summary: I need to be hyper-productive. I work more or less for eight hours a day, but I still need to graduate. I can not stop working--I need to do so--but I'm still trying to find a way to ...

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