3
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0answers
129 views

Internet Bookmarks [closed]

In Firefox I have on the order of 10^3 bookmarks. I need a tool which provides the following features: Grouping (tagging / categorization - either is acceptable) Browser (prefer Firefox) integration ...
6
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2answers
531 views

How to get familiar with a new group of people in a short time?

I usually have very little time to get to know a group of people that I'm going to work with during my next project. Even though there probably isn't some research on how this influences productivity, ...
5
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1answer
273 views

Measuring Productivity Across Multiple Devices

How can I measure my productivity when using multiple devices? I'm a software developer, and I typically work in several virtual machines during the day. Is there a tool like RescueTime or ...
47
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10answers
3k views

Doesn't the Pomodoro Technique break the flow?

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique yesterday. In my first few trials I've noticed that since this technique requires you to stop working at defined intervals, it can easily break your state ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Is there any free online calendar to use for a Team for 8-10 people?

Is there any free online calendar to use for a Team for 8-10 people? To know who is on leave and when and to know his information like email, phone number etc. and to who is working on which ...
6
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3answers
268 views

Lighting for a work from home room

I'm preparing a room to work from home (behind a computer) and it doesn't have any windows, so no natural light :( What kind of lighting should I use to create a nice working mood without straining ...
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10answers
807 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 ...
2
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2answers
734 views

Will a mechanical keyboard improve productivity

I have heard that mechanical keyboard improve typing speed. Is there any research to support this? I am considering getting a mechanical keyboard, but I already type pretty fast (90 wpm) so I am ...
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3answers
1k views

What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and ...
1
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1answer
368 views

How to keep salesmen busy? [closed]

Some kind of jobs depend on the presence of customers to do their job. A few examples are inside salesmen, waiters, and so on. My current problem consists in trying to convince the directors against ...
2
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6answers
456 views

When do you check your email to be most productive? [closed]

I was wondering what the most optimal time to check and process emails is. Having bought a smartphone, I can access email anytime now, but the beep of new messages, while gratifying, is also ...
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4answers
289 views

What Revision Control Programs / Methods Do You Use When Writing? [closed]

What revision control programs or methods do you guys use when writing?
12
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8answers
2k views

Does the “30/30 Minute Work Cycle” really work?

I'm about to embark on a pretty time consuming software project, so I'm looking for ways to improve my productivity over long periods of time. While searching for solutions, I found this article: ...
3
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7answers
579 views

What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity? [closed]

If I'm interested in increasing my personal productivity. What publications or books should I read based on reviews and number of copies sold?
41
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14answers
2k views

How can I improve my memory?

How can I improve my memory so that I can remember more, faster... learn faster...? I know some people are auditory learners, others visual... but once you figure out which one you are, how do you ...
87
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44answers
18k views

Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
20
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6answers
890 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 ...
5
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4answers
489 views

Are there any applications to create workflows for todos?

Currently I use sheet of paper, pencil and eraser; but it is just a bit tedious; especially when making things more detailed. Just text example with different levels of detail: Drink water from ...
4
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4answers
270 views

Online sharing and collaborating tool

To improve productivity, I would attempt to reduce the amount of travelling time, especially if it is for a meeting where the resources can be shared online. I have recently used TeamViewer as a tool ...
8
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2answers
622 views

What are recommended workflows when working with Markdown--in Windows, on a Mac?

For those who use Markdown regularly (other than for writing questions and answers on StackExchange), what workflows do you use when working with Markdown-formatted text files, and why? What ...
32
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22answers
3k views

How do I get more productive from using keyboard shortcuts?

I am constantly stunned by how few people use keyboard shortcuts, because I've always felt that people who have internalized a core set realize a significant productivity boost. How do I get better ...
4
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2answers
374 views

What is the optimal text width for Speed Reading?

Was reading here about this technique. From my POV it only works good with a distinct min-max text width. Columns in newspapers of a with of a few centimeters (5-6) seem quite good to me. I also like ...
7
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4answers
441 views

Multitasking (as done by human beings) considered harmful to productivity?

What evidence or studies suggest or confirm the idea that human multitasking, i.e. people attempting to perform several tasks at once, is harmful to productivity? Is there any evidence to the ...
24
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12answers
3k views

Nootropics (“learning” drugs) [closed]

So I noticed that there are no questions here about nootropics so I will ask a general question first. Where is the best resource to date to educate myself about the effects, benefits, and dangers of ...
3
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5answers
1k views

How to schedule a group meeting for free?

I'm looking for a way to find a common time to schedule a meeting among 3 or more people; this can be really frustrating, but for example, an online service could help a lot. Are there any free ...
17
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6answers
629 views

Are there fundamental behaviors that cut across multiple productivity systems?

A variety of productivity systems and techniques are discussed on this site (e.g. GTD, Inbox Zero, FTF, Pomodoro, etc.); however, lots of folks probably land here because they're looking to learn more ...
1
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0answers
98 views

How can I train my mind to do multiple tasks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to multi-task in real life? How can I setup my mind to do multiple tasks at same time (e.g. reading e-mail while listening to another person, or writing an email ...
4
votes
1answer
812 views

Automated time tracking program for Linux [closed]

I've heard of several time tracking applications that can tell you how much time you spend using each application, how much time is spent on each website that you visit, etc. Does such a program exist ...
9
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0answers
711 views

How can computer programmer relax his mind and replenish his mental powers? [closed]

It is said that computer programmers (dealing with complex abstract problems) can stay highly productive only for a short period during the day, soon experiencing mental fatigue that makes further ...
5
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3answers
459 views

How to manage long tasks in GTD

If I have a long task what is the best approach. Put in Today's task list for many days until it's done or create subtasks like work some time in task A. The task A is a complex task that I can't ...
9
votes
6answers
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. ...
2
votes
2answers
238 views

What's a good free replacement for a corporate Exchange account that will let me migrate Tasks?

I have an extensive set of personal Tasks organized in GTD fashion that I want to migrate off of my corporate exchange account. Is there a good, free alternative out there? I was thinking I could ...
11
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10answers
774 views

What is the simplest (yet surprisingly) effective productiviy increasing technique? [closed]

Many productivity systems are complex and hard to keep going. The benefit of these systems often comes from not the overall systems but from the specific tactics or techniques they encourage. What ...
25
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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?
4
votes
1answer
204 views

First Things First system

I remember once hearing about a productivity system called First Things First. What is the system, and how does it work?
13
votes
1answer
4k views

What is ZTD (Zen To Done) and how does it differ from GTD?

A recent RTM blog post mentions Zen To Done (ZTD), which the poster describes as basically a simplification of the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. What is ZTD, and what are the main differences ...
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 ...
38
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14answers
3k views

What FUTURE-PROOF software for building & managing a personal BIG knowledge base? [closed]

There are some questions similar to this. But i would like to know, what software one should choose, if you go to university for example and are building a knowlegde base of everything you learn & ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

All-in-one Getting Things Done (GTD) and Pomodoro tool?

I want a online GTD tool I can use on an Android phone that has the following features: instant and configurable reminders such as calendar entries online app with a sync feature Do any of these ...
12
votes
5answers
774 views

Getting things done in an environment with constant, unavoidable interruptions

There are many situations where you're working on something that requires concentration, but where you can't avoid interruptions. Some classic examples are working next to a sleeping infant, or in a ...
15
votes
6answers
484 views

How do you get yourself to do “assigned tasks”?

Aaron Swartz (co-author of the RSS specification, founder of reddit.com, Demand Progress, and generally a very cool guy) wrote an (you may want to not click on the link yet) article on productivity ...
10
votes
4answers
11k views

How long does it take to learn Gregg shorthand?

If someone has never used Gregg shorthand before, how long does it take to learn the system? On average, how long would it take to be able to write it as quickly as normal longhand? A bit faster than ...
5
votes
3answers
747 views

What is a good system for managing projects that have paper-based and electronic reference materials?

Update: Significantly simplified and focused the question. I struggle with managing my GTD project files because they contain a mix of electronic and paper-based/physical stuff. Some projects are ...
6
votes
6answers
1k views

Avoiding procrastination on university assignments

I am in university, and have been challenged in keeping on top of assignments and studying. It's tricky to juggle work coming from multiple directions, and things tend to get forgotten or pushed aside ...
3
votes
5answers
461 views

How do I stay on top of e-mails while remaining focused on real work? Are there tools for this?

What I am looking for I am trying to find tools that can help me stay focused on the list priorities and thus improve productivity. I face a problem with my work and nature. I feel this is related to ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

Confusion about using Evernote or RTM to implement personal productivity system

I am bit confused whether to use Evernote or RTM (Remember the Milk) to implement a GTD like system. I am already a RTM user & have been using it for some time as a GTD system. Now I want to ...
2
votes
1answer
323 views

Mandala charts adoption for personal productivity

I've found an iPad app about "Mandala Charts" that, to me, seems to be related to an effective time planning. Or, maybe, to a form of multidimensional analysis. I'm not sure, though, as most of the ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

How does efficient people organize and prioritize things when under heavy work load? [closed]

This is regarding a person (me) working in computers as the only and primary job in operations role ( which I mean more of a engineering role of remotely managing data center and stuff like that with ...
31
votes
11answers
3k views

How can I improve my handwriting?

My productivity is hampered by the poor quality of my handwriting. Nobody else can read it, and even I struggle at times. I usually compensate by typing things, but sometimes handwriting is ...
11
votes
1answer
221 views

Organizing research-oriented tasks

I am an engineering graduate student and I have always been a 'todo list' person. However, I'm having a difficult time keeping myself organized now, because most of my tasks are research-related. With ...

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