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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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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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6answers
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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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4answers
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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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8answers
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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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879 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 ...
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5answers
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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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3answers
770 views

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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6answers
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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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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5answers
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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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2answers
245 views

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
544 views

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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3answers
405 views

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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2answers
957 views

How to use voice notes?

I started to use Evernote, and I want to find the best system for me to work with it. I am currently thinking about how can I use voice notes. The problem that I see with voice is that you need to ...
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6answers
4k views

How can I eliminate fear of phone calling?

I've always been a shy person, never really speaking up or trying to take the leader role. But I tried to change and step out of my comfort zone, and now I'm not really afraid of most things. I don't ...
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7answers
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My thoughts distract me, how do I keep my focus?

I recently started working full-time as a software developer. [potentially unnecessary background info here] I've always had a problem focusing. It's very difficult for me to push down my curiosity ...
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8answers
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What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?

Here: you can read : "Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; [blabla] ..." This is not the real problem I've been facing ...
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5answers
765 views

Too obsessed. Cant concentrate

I am an addicted computer programmer. I am doing my Engineering. I am extremely obsessive about things. I am soo much obsessive that people tell me that I work really slow. I feel that I am unable to ...
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4answers
1k views

Do digital wrist watches have productivity advantages over software based features?

My wife recently received a digital wrist watch (Casio Baby GShock) as a gift. She is a teacher and uses the watch for (other than quickly telling the time) timing her lessons, other presentations and ...
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1answer
806 views

Free Alarm Clock And Calendar Software?

I need something like Atomic Alarm Clock but free. I feel limited with organizer that has no alarm clock. It would be amazing to have calendar notifications with an alarm clock as well.
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5answers
289 views

Are artificial incentives a good idea to boost productivity?

If there's projects or tasks I've been meaning to get around to doing, could adding a reward or incentive program provide me artificial motivations to completing these projects or tasks? (In general, ...
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2answers
1k views

How to get past feeling defeated?

I have a couple of passions in life, one of them is music. I love playing drums and really want to play in a band. I've moved to LA about 3 years ago and have been searching for a group to play with ...
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4answers
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Is there a task manager that incorporates spaced repetition learning?

I'm having students in mind, let's suppose that a student plans to prepare exam for next month. According to the "forgetting curve", the key for successful study is spaced repetition learning. Are ...
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5answers
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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 ...
6
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3answers
741 views

How do I efficiently use my daily learning limit?

Is there an ideal amount of knowledge to be taken in on a daily basis? I've different kinds of conflicting information. From the list of ideas I've seen, which, if any, is most correct? Here are ...
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4answers
761 views

Day Tracking Program, with Charts

I need to find a program or excel template to help me track what I do during the day. The ideal candidate would be simple to use, and I would spend virtually no time filling it out. I would then like ...
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2answers
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How to fight over-excitement?

Sometimes I get drowned by my imagination. I'll give an example. An hour ago I was reading some stuff about esoteric programming languages. Then my imagination kicked in. After that I was just sitting ...
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4answers
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ToDo list application with projects, start and due dates, a priority field and custom filtering for Mac OS X?

I'm searching for a todo-list application for Mac OS X which can do the following. list tasks organize them in "projects" (à la GTD) assign a start date and a due date to each task and ...
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2answers
195 views

How do your busiest people transfer their knowledge?

This question was originally posted on Programmers SE. I've placed it here based on advice in the comments. We have recently polled our company wide wiki users and found out that there are two large ...
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9answers
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How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
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2answers
1k views

How to train fluid intelligence

I read an article that fluid intelligence can be trained, not simply just by doing problems that involves fluid intelligence: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080505075642.htm are there ...
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9answers
922 views

How to get more experiences out of life?

The older I get the harder it seems to experience something novel. At 38 I feel as though I've eaten most of the low lying fruit. I have some ideas such as skydiving, or bungee, or taking a ...
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vote
1answer
588 views

Is reclining my neck bad for my neck?

As in, having a neck posture of slightly over 90 degrees? For the lower back, it seems that a 135 degree sitting posture is optimal. And we definitely do know that a neck posture of less than 90 ...
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1answer
204 views

App for storing and managing quiz questions

I need an application for storing and managing information relating to general knowledge, science..etc which can be used in quiz. For an example I collect news such as "Nobel prize in Physiology or ...
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2answers
67 views

What are the keybindings in Mindnode

Mindnode boasts "nearly all interactions can be performed very easily with the keyboard". I've been looking for the keybindings and I can't find them. How do you use Mindnode from the keyboard?

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