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7answers
971 views

Would improving my penmanship improve my productivity?

I'm not... good with a pen. Years of hastily-scribbled notes and quality time spent with my trusty Model-M have left my penmanship in a sorry state; it's not completely illegible when I take the time ...
3
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0answers
434 views

What paper stock should I use to print my planner pages? [closed]

I've recently resorted to buying pre-printed planner pages from Franklin Covey, but the layout isn't exactly what I'd like. I'd prefer to print pages I've designed myself or via the DIY Planner ...
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8answers
709 views

What features should I look for when choosing task-management software?

There are a seemingly-endless variety of tools available for keeping track of tasks. From feature-clogged behemoths that will do everything (tracking time and generating Gantt charts) to the venerable ...
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9answers
1k 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 ...
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5answers
1k views

Does good physical condition (e.g. fitness and nutrition) lead to increased personal productivity?

What evidence or studies exist to suggest that people who are physically fit and following good nutrition experience increased personal productivity? On the one hand, I would expect that when one ...
14
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7answers
2k views

What can I use to efficiently track progress on my tasks/goals?

I've been looking forever for a way to manage my tasks and goals efficiently. Most of them were too specific for project managers and had far more options than necessary to manage simpler tasks. None ...
2
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0answers
106 views

Effective use of online assistants [closed]

As a busy individual, I am trying to figure out how I can gain leverage in my personal life in the same way I have leverage in my work life. Online personal assistants seem to be a god-send. ...
19
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7answers
3k views

How to use GTD both at home and at work

I'd like to use GTD, but work in an office away from home. I rarely take work home with me, but sometimes, for example, bring bills to be paid to work with me. I would especially like to hear from ...
21
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8answers
1k views

What tools/techniques are useful in managing notes in different physical/digital locations?

When keeping numerous notes on any number of subjects, whether personal, work, school, etc, it's easy to let the notes grow out of control, and start missing things. I run into this a lot. I have ...
9
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4answers
3k views

What are alternatives to XMarks for bookmark synchonization? [closed]

I am using XMarks to synchronize my bookmarks across multiple machines/browsers. I like the way that it works, and it does the job, but I am wondering about alternatives that have more features or ...
13
votes
4answers
795 views

What can I do to fight procrastination? [closed]

What can I do to fight procrastination? I'm looking for general advice, professional research and useful tips.
12
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6answers
398 views

How do I encourage people to automate frequent tasks?

We often find in our consulting practice that automation can have a huge impact on personal productivity when using computers. These could be as simple as text replacement or as complicated as a ...
10
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1answer
114 views

Which studies are the most significant in demonstrating radical variations in individual productivity for knowledge workers?

For example, in software development there is the oft-sited Fred Brooks number (5-10x) from the Mythical Man Month and the Robert Glass number (28x) from Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering, ...
24
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9answers
3k views

What is the linkage between “next actions” and “projects” in GTD?

Getting Things Done (GTD) defines a "project" as anything that will take more than one action to be considered complete. "Next action" items, with a specific context, are kept handy so that when an ...
15
votes
5answers
529 views

How do I apply 'CRM' in personal life?

I see the sales guys at work using CRM techniques where they have a massive database which reminds them when to call people, make notes about when and where they are going on holiday, etc. So, now I'm ...
153
votes
34answers
7k views

How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
17
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9answers
704 views

How do you organize ideas?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to manage all the ideas related to a project (drawings, text, pseudocode, etc.). Until now I tried: Notebooks/paper: Pros: Cheap Easy to use Hard to change ...
50
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18answers
1k views

What are the best practices for being productive when working from home?

What tips can one provide to get the best programming results when working from home? When kids and spouse are home, is it possible to get any programming done in these circumstances? Please share ...

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