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10answers
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Is there a proven method for managing emails?

I find I often have an overflowing email inbox. Are there any methods or systems to help efficiently and effectively filter through, sort, and reply to emails?
14
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5answers
8k views

How to use Remember The Milk (RTM) to implement a GTD system?

How can the Remember The Milk (RTM) task management system be used to implement the Getting Things Done system?
7
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7answers
3k views

Simple shorthand system?

There are several written stenography systems (like Gregg shorthand) that allow for quickly and efficiently condensing text into a series of symbols. Those systems would take hours and hours of ...
3
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2answers
149 views

How to handle productivity-sapping social media at work [closed]

In my opinion one of the biggest productivity killers today is social media. How can I promote responsible social media usage within an organization? Experiences and thoughts welcome!
96
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22answers
6k views

Does listening to music help or hurt productivity?

Listening to music while working: does this help productivity, hurt productivity, or depend on [fill in the blank]? What has research concluded if anything? (Assume the use of a personal headset or ...
5
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2answers
774 views

How do I implement Mark Forster Superfocus task management on my Android mobile?

Mark Forster Superfocus task management and his previous systems does work for me. However, it was written for a pen/paper notebook implementation. I have problem implementing it on my Android mobile. ...
5
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3answers
232 views

Handling digital clutter [closed]

We are well aware how physical clutter causes distraction and how we are emotionally tied to it and just cant let it go. But digital clutter is different beast altogether. I don't know what to do ...
18
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3answers
463 views

Is written stenography still useful?

Are handwritten stenography systems (such as Gregg shorthand and Pitman shorthand) still useful today for personal productivity? If so, how can they be incorporated into daily life in a digital age?
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1answer
246 views

“To Do list” sites [closed]

What "To Do" list programs/applications are out there, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each? I'm looking for web-based sites that store data in the cloud as opposed to desktop ...
4
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4answers
228 views

Does a cluttered workspace viewing area make it harder to focus?

Beyond personal preference, is there any credence to the idea that, for example: in a cubicle with a fabric wall behind the monitor - if that wall is covered in paraphernalia (be it photos, post it ...
18
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4answers
631 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 ...
33
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7answers
1k 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 ...
6
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3answers
363 views

Multitasking and GTD - Linear vs. Non-Linear

I have several open projects in my GTD system. They are all important ("top priority") and they are all driving towards a similar due date, however, they are not interdependent projects. What is the ...
12
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3answers
591 views

How does sleep debt decay?

Sleep debt is the concept that if you skip half an hour of sleep now, you'll need to catch it up later. I would expect though, that if you skip some sleep, but then start having a normal amount sleep, ...
19
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10answers
732 views

Methods for reducing time spent in meetings

One of the biggest hits to productivity is time lost in meetings. Are there any methods to avoid unnecessary meetings and improving the productivity of the meetings that are held?
4
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3answers
208 views

How do I speed up turning ideas into text? [closed]

When producing blog posts, even when it is only a few paragraphs, takes me a long time. Most of my time seems to be spent converting my ideas into writing. It is really hard to write something that ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

Is there any career path related to personal productivity? [closed]

How can I use my personal productivity hobby to help my career? It's mostly related to HR jobs or private counseling, but I assume there are more creative uses for it as well.
10
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1answer
271 views

How do you recover from a long streak of non-productivity?

I find myself going through long periods of inactivity such as a long vacation or time spent doing things not really related to work (routine, non-complex errands which take a lot of time and put your ...
14
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6answers
1k views

Methods for Goal Setting

There are a lot of methodologies for doing more and doing things faster. The problem is that you end up doing the wrong things faster. At the other end of the scale you set many important goals, but ...
4
votes
1answer
162 views

How do you get the most out of services like Springpad? [closed]

I recently signed up for a Springpad account, as I like the idea of having it on the go on my iPad, plus accessible from any PC. However, it seems a bit overwhelming and confusing, I'm not really sure ...
11
votes
2answers
135 views

How can I bring productivity techniques that work for me to a new employer?

As a consultant, I am frustrated at the lack of motivation incumbent teams often show. It would definitely come across badly if I tried to indicate to them that I do things more efficiently, but how ...
20
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8answers
703 views

Being productive without energy

I use a variety of GTD-related systems that work smoothly for juggling many projects---as long as I have plenty of energy to pick out the right actions for 'now' and get cracking. However, when I sit ...
74
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11answers
4k views

How can I improve reading speed and comprehension?

How can I improve my reading ability? I want to increase my reading speed and comprehension. Do you have experience in increasing your reading. What did work for you? Which approaches failed?
12
votes
3answers
343 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 ...
17
votes
9answers
862 views

How can I improve my workplace to have less interruptions?

In the past week I've tried switching between several work spaces Office If it's open space and someone starts talking loudly you get distracted. There are also people around who may want ...
9
votes
4answers
451 views

What techniques or approaches can help me get started with mind mapping?

I've read descriptions of mind mapping before, and understand the basic concepts of the system (nonlinear, graphical representation of thoughts.) I've even read the descriptions of how mind maps are ...
24
votes
6answers
618 views

How do I teach productivity techniques to kids?

I would like to get my kids to learn some productivity techniques so that their future lives can be as productive as possible. I am going to start with two of the most basic ones, but it is difficult ...
12
votes
4answers
606 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 ...
14
votes
4answers
486 views

Has research been done between messiness on a desk and productivity?

Is there any correlation / linkages between productivity (whether it is digital or paper-based) and the tidiness or messiness of the desk? I love looking at other people's work spaces and I generally ...
18
votes
3answers
4k views

How do I properly integrate The Pomodoro Technique with GTD?

The Pomodoro Technique isn't merely about setting up a timer and working for 25 minutes. To truly benefit from the technique one must look at how to spend those 25-minute blocks across tasks. This ...
30
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3answers
642 views

How to avoid night-productivity when it's a must to wake up earlier?

Like many of us, I'm very productive at night. Often I'm reading or working when I should be sleeping, and as a consequence I wake up later in the morning next day. This is a real problem when you ...
2
votes
1answer
653 views

What to do in a 5-10 min break to recharge the batteries? [closed]

After a session of full concentration, I usually like to take a 5-10min break, usually take a coffee break, or go for a quick stroll around the office. I find that this allows my "batteries to be ...
0
votes
1answer
246 views

Does having a eBook reader like the Kindle help in improving productivity? [closed]

I shall be getting an eBook reader soon, and was wondering if it will help in boosting my productivity. I could see activities such as searching data of books could be faster. I could immagine that ...
34
votes
8answers
1k views

Is there any way to “save” highly motivated state in the evening and “load” it in the morning?

Sometimes in the evening I am in the flow state or I am just highly motivated to do my work. Unfortunately after some hours of work, I become so tired that I am no longer productive and I just want to ...
6
votes
1answer
297 views

Is there data on the effectiveness on mind-mapping?

When I'm trying to figure out a problem, I find it helpful to sketch out the parts of it on paper. Be it words or drawings, brainstorming thoughts into a visual form is quite effective for me to ...
8
votes
3answers
212 views

How can I help develop a culture that positively impacts my motivation to work?

How can I leverage the people around me in order to achieve better productivity on my own tasks? I feel that GTD does not have to be an one man show. Is there some sort of social-GTD?
18
votes
4answers
420 views

What are the first steps to unfreezing a mind paralyzed with stuff bouncing around in it?

This happens to me so often I've lost track. I have so many things to do. One thing gets to the frontal lobe (top of the heap, whatever) then something else jumps on top of it before I have a chance ...
8
votes
4answers
300 views

How to capture everything when work stuff and home stuff need to be kept separate?

Because of the nature of my job most personal electronic devices are off-limits at work, including accessing personal e-mail accounts. Likewise, I cannot access work e-mail at home, and really should ...
14
votes
10answers
968 views

Can reading electronic displays be made more comfortable?

We all have to handle large amounts of information on a daily basis, but some of us find it hard to focus on the information displayed on electronic devices. It's easy to read through tens of pages in ...
9
votes
8answers
929 views

How do you store your writing implements?

I have got a lot of pens and stuff, which I also need, but not only due to my delibarate oversupply of pens, but also the lack of organisational system for them my question is now: How can I more ...
14
votes
2answers
620 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" ...
12
votes
4answers
695 views

Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...
10
votes
2answers
4k views

How to use Google Tasks to implement a GTD system?

How can I implement a GTD system in Google Tasks in combination with GMail and GCal?
14
votes
4answers
678 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 ...
10
votes
7answers
615 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 ...
66
votes
3answers
3k views

Early birds vs. night owls: what does research have to say?

I know that I personally work a lot better in the evening and at night rather than in the morning. However, I am curious whether it is just a matter of habit or some sort of natural predisposition. ...
94
votes
17answers
4k views

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 ...
17
votes
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 ...
14
votes
4answers
6k views

How to set up a GTD workflow in gmail

I want to set up a GTD workflow based around my gmail account. Although I have some other possible sources of tasks and projects coming "in", most things I need to do come "in" through my gmail ...
13
votes
4answers
603 views

How do I gauge the effectiveness of my time management system?

I'm guessing a lot of people here have some sort of time management system. I'm curious what techniques people use to improve that system over time. For me at work: Weekly look at where I spent ...

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