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1answer
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Is there a way of arranging the bookmarks Chrome's bookmark bar more efficiently?

I have too many bookmarks in my Chrome bookmark bar. At the moment I'm using folders to group the bookmarks and now I was wondering: is there a better way to organize the bookmarks?
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7answers
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Arranging next actions to figure out what to do next

I spend too much time figuring out what to do next. GTD helped me clarify incoming items and filter out "someday", "reference", "@errand", etc. so now I have a very nice list of about 80 "next ...
9
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2answers
956 views

Can a good comfortable chair increase work hours and productivity?

Can a good comfortable chair increase work hours and productivity? Would it be good to invest in a very good chair?
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14answers
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What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
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3answers
217 views

Good way to organise product documentation?

When I buy a new item (think computer, fridge, phone) it often comes with a whole stack of paperwork: Receipt Warranty Manuals Service schedule Special offers on something else Other things ...
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2answers
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How to replace a missed nap in Uberman polyphasic sleep?

A lot of Uberman users report that it's very hard to recover from a lost nap. I ignored this advice and tried it anyway last week. It turns out to be a major issue that eventually forced me back to ...
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How do I remind myself of tasks that I have to do at a certain time?

Like most people I have many things that have to be done at a certain time or on a certain day. Some examples: wish a friend a happy birthday at a certain time remember to bring XXX to work ...
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4answers
229 views

Tasklist manager that keeps track of changes to tasks?

I have been using Todoist to pretty good effect. I would like to understand my tasklist usage better, especially how much I reschedule things for later. Are there any tasklist managers that keep track ...
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Should you use the standard task application in your e-mail system?

I see a lot of people use the standard task application in their e-mail client. This forces you to keep e-mail open all day long, looking over what to do next multiple times a day. Side effect is that ...
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5answers
422 views

When to clean inbox in the daily routine in GTD?

In GTD method, one important thing is to clean the inbox tasks once time everyday. But what is the best moment to do it? First at the morning? When come back from work? Before to go to the bed? I ...
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1answer
409 views

How to conduct update status meetings, that are productive and time efficient [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Methods for reducing time spent in meetings In my organization there is a priority project that has a status update meeting every Wednesday, and the only subject is to ...
9
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8answers
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Which GTD apps provide cloud syncing, android device access, and SSL?

It seems like every system I've tried is missing something. Remember the Milk Requires paid for android application and requires a lot of tinkering because of it's flexibility. Producteev Doesn't ...
5
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2answers
236 views

How can I combat my tendancy of always wanting to do what I'm not able to?

Sorry if the title of the question is a little unclear, but I have found that in general I am motivated to make changes (minor or major) in my life (or just in general "get things done"), but that the ...
8
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2answers
560 views

Starting GTD without collecting everything

In the past, I've attempted to use GTD and have failed miserably. Of the past attempts, the biggest problem was the collecting phase: even after dedicating time to the task (2-3 days), I could not ...
10
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2answers
566 views

Can a project have multiple next actions?

I've recently read over Getting Things Done again, after reading Making Things Work, and as I was starting to implement my GTD system, I ran into an issue. I had ended up with a project that had ...
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3answers
331 views

Is doing a partial Pomodoro method cheating?

I'm trying to find any articles/experiences on this. I tried using Pomodoro to motivate myself to have a task list and read in 25 minute blocks without getting distracted. (This was a weeklong ...
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2answers
408 views

Are there studies on the effect of relationships on productivity?

Life Optimizer - 5 Reasons Why Relationships Should Be Your Top Priority mentions that the most important thing in a productive life would be relationships. I tend to agree that we do need ...
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9answers
886 views

How do I get my motivation going?

Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; so, you are basically procrastinating by surfing the web, chatting with people, ...
7
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4answers
312 views

How do I communicate in a more productive way?

Sometimes, when e-mailing with someone, I feel that it's not productive to wait for their answer, and sometimes you don't understand the answer or you need to ask more questions to fully understand ...
2
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3answers
110 views

In a company setting, what are the drawbacks of prioritizing tasks by revenue?

In a company setting, what are the advantages of drawbacks of prioritizing tasks by revenue? In the article Entrepeneur - Five Simple Ways to Boost Productivity, I read: Delegate tasks that don't ...
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10answers
886 views

How to prevent oneself from feeling overwhelmed?

Sometimes, there are a lot of things that you are expected to do and you just don't know where to begin. You feel like you are being overwhelmed with a lot of tasks and deadlines. How should one ...
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3answers
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Does having an office with a window view increases my productivity?

I would like to rearrange my home office, currently my desk is located next to a window which has an all-right view. The question is whether I should relocate the desk to a spot where there isn't any ...
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3answers
405 views

How to encourage feedback?

A few months working hard on your latest project made it possible to finish it a month before the deadline. Great! It might be a good idea to get some feedback before showing it to the client. ...
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2answers
452 views

How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
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7answers
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Does brain training software like “Lumosity” work?

I've read conflicting reports on the effectiveness of brain training, but I have come across few reports by users of such tools. Is "brain training" effective in enhancing cognitive function?
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11answers
2k views

How to be more productive at my own side project while having a family and a full-time job?

I have a 9-6 full time job and trying to develop a project on my own. I can only work on it during my off hours, meaning after 7pm. It looks like I have full 5 hours till midnight, but after dinner ...
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4answers
3k views

How does office temperature affect productivity?

I'm curious if there have been any studies that can tie office temperature to productivity. Is it better to be warm or cold or 'just right'? Is there a standard temperature that is best for ...
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4answers
934 views

How to focus on a long class?

I'm a college student who finds it very easy to be distracted. One important sentence missed means I'll have trouble understanding the rest of the class. Sometimes this can be solved by asking someone ...
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1answer
289 views

How to deal with things that cannot be divided into several pomodoros while applying the pomodoro-technique?

I am a student and have found that there are several things which cannot be divides into pomodoros. There are two kinds of them: 1) Courses, meetings, etc., which are fixed scheduled by the school ...
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2answers
223 views

Does it help to have dedicated computer workstations for dedicated types of work?

Has anyone seen research that demonstrates dedicating different computers to specific tasks (separated by physical distance) increases productivity?
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3answers
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What to do when the work in a Pomodoro is completed before 25 minutes?

I earmarked two Pomodoro to clear my inbox this morning, and when I got half way through the second I was done. The Pomodoro Technique manual says that this presents an opportunity to 'over learn' - ...
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4answers
759 views

How to complete more pomodoros in a day in Pomodoro technique

The obvious answer is to make less interruption and focus more on a job, but it seems not so easy as it sounds. If you know methods those make your pomodoro technique more effective and allows you to ...
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8answers
6k views

Does a Trackball make you more productive?

Does using trackballs instead of mice makes you more productive? Are there any scientific studies on this subject?
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7answers
4k views

What is an Android task manager with sub-tasks and complex filtering?

Basically, I'm looking for an Android app that will let me do just two things: Have unlimited levels of nested sub-tasks Filter so I can view only tasks that have no sub-tasks. Let's say I have ...
9
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2answers
216 views

How do I introduce someone to Personal Productivity Improvements?

I've found the personal productivity methods and techniques I use (such as GTD and Inbox Zero) to be hugely helpful, but I've always struggled with good ways to introduce them to other people. Some ...
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0answers
232 views

What's a good Pomodoro timer software for MacOS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good computer-based Pomodoro timers? I discovered the Pomodoro Technique and want to use it when working on my MacBook. Can anybody recommend a good Pomodoro ...
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8answers
3k views

How to improve Self-Discipline?

What are some specific set of behaviors that lead to self-discipline. Preferably backed by studies/research or confident experience. What I am trying to achieve is be able to work a specific number ...
3
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0answers
130 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
555 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, ...
6
votes
1answer
280 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 ...
48
votes
10answers
4k 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 ...
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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
269 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
812 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
votes
2answers
745 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 ...
7
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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
vote
1answer
370 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
votes
6answers
459 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
291 views

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

What revision control programs or methods do you guys use when writing?
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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: ...

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