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How to find out in which subject you will be the most productive?

I seem to be somewhat blessed (or cursed) with the fact that there are multiple things that I can do reasonably well. Because there are so many subjects I am interested in I am actually not really ...
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2answers
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Are there resources on Pomodoro success in teams?

Are there any resources on using Pomodoro in teams? According to The Pomodoro Technique the book, the "text" Applying the Pomodoro Technique in Teams details the Pomodoro technique for teams, but I ...
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3answers
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How can I notedown my dream in bed with minimal movement?

I really like the concept of lucid dreaming, but in addition to having to wake up in the middle of the night (according to it's technique), my biggest hurdle to being able to practice it is actually ...
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7answers
930 views

Software to restrict access to time-wasting applications? [duplicate]

I am looking for free solution to block some programs on my pc for sheduled time? Seems to be hard to find one.
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3answers
590 views

Can tea be the cause of sleeping issues?

I'm drinking it for a while and it relaxes me at work, but I've realized I'm kinda over-excited before to go to sleep. Does it have an effect similar to caffeine?
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1answer
274 views

Should I schedule my tasks with deadlines?

Currently I have a few tasks that I want to do, such as reading book X, reading blog Y, listening to podcast Z, watching video W. I do them usually in my free time when I'm done with urgent work and I ...
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6answers
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How to concentrate (read a book or work) when other people are talking instead of listening to their conversation?

I find it very difficult to concentrate on a task, if people are talking in the "neighborhood", e.g. reading a book in the tram or train or in a doctor's waiting room where other people are ...
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12answers
790 views

How do you start working?

I am a student, so doing my homework has to be the most horrid part of my day. Although I know I can do it, and it really won't take that long, I hate it. Something in my mind makes me repel against ...
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3answers
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Preparing questions when studying some topic

I noticed that I focus very well and do not forget the topic for months when I am told to prepare some questions for problem session (recitation) hours of the course I assist. On the other hand, I ...
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10answers
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How to improve concentration on more important priorities than facebook?

I used to be a very focused student in school. But after coming to college after i got access to unlimited internet,freedom my concentration has fallen very steeply. Even while studying for my final ...
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2answers
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Things vs Omnifocus - what are the advantages and disadvantages of both programs for task management?

I'm searching for a new software for managing my tasks and projects with a modified GTD approach (inspired by Michael Linenbergers "Master Your Workday Now"). I'm on MacOS X (10.6, Snow Leopard) and ...
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3answers
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Has anyone tried using Trello to track GTD projects?

For me, tracking projects has always been the hardest and most intractable part of GTD. In particular, how to manage future actions and keep track of sub-projects I've delegated to others. Future ...
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3answers
359 views

For the Pomodoro Technique, how do I deal with two task streams…career tasks and personal tasks?

I work from home right now. I have an activity list that contains items that are career tasks and more personal tasks. Sometimes there is a fine line between what tasks go in which bucket. E.g. Last ...
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7answers
572 views

Is there a master “catch-all” system for keeping track of things?

I hope this isn't too broad a question, but basically, I find myself constantly trying to keep track of many different things. I'm wondering how other people do this. For example, I have: a list ...
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15answers
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Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
12
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2answers
915 views

How to use the Pomodoro Technique while finishing a task and the Pomodoro rings?

I was using the pomodoro technique while programming. The Pomodoro timer finished and I was just in the middle of adding a new parameter to a function and was refactoring my code to make sure that the ...
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3answers
360 views

How to overcome “hyper” sensitivity? [closed]

Two days back I read about the Germans atrocities during world war II. The gas chambers, the scientific experiments of bone transplants without anesthesia, rapes etc. And now my mind is disturbed. I ...
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3answers
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Intelligence And Productivity Are Correlated - What does the research have to say?

What does the scientific research say about productivity and IQ? Most people would assume that intelligent people accomplish more in their lives ( ie. are more productive) but I have never heard of ...
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4answers
725 views

How to implement a behaviour of discipline

Discipline is -at least in my opinion- the key to changing behaviours and increasing productivity. Pomodoro, GTD as well as other techniques are methods that need discipline in order to consistently ...
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7answers
285 views

How do you keep tasks tagged as “unimportant” from turning into mini-disasters a month later?

Imagine the following situation: Once upon a time, you get asked to do something. You are already extremely busy. Your dolist is overflowing with overdue items tagged "important" and though you're in ...
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1answer
171 views

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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1answer
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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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7answers
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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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1answer
176 views

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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3answers
312 views

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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5answers
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
869 views

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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5answers
775 views

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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3answers
418 views

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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3answers
420 views

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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18answers
8k views

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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4answers
603 views

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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2answers
295 views

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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5answers
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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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6answers
243 views

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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3answers
645 views

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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1answer
187 views

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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1answer
130 views

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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2answers
846 views

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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2answers
398 views

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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0answers
530 views

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 ...
7
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3answers
718 views

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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10answers
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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 ...
5
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4answers
272 views

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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4answers
519 views

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 ...
4
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1answer
131 views

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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3answers
2k views

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 ...
5
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5answers
1k views

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, ...
4
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1answer
219 views

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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