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3answers
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Effect of treadmill desk on productivity

Some people have started using treadmill desks to allow themselves to exercise while they are working. Apparently, it allows them to burn "100 to 130 calories an hour at speeds slower than two miles ...
6
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2answers
410 views

When to change the job and when the approach

Everybody knows that after some time of stereotype work can become boring and productivity goes down. You can get even disgusted with your job. (Sometimes we see only the negative things, not that ...
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4answers
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Is it possible to trigger the release of dopamine at will?

Dopamine is the substance your brain makes when you are glued to the television or facebook. It's the stuff that makes you 'want' something. Is it possible to use reverse-psychology and use tricks to ...
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6answers
1k views

Organizing folder logically

Problem I always have problems logically organizing my important data in folders. My goal is to organize such that I am able to find what I want even after a long time, say, 10 years. Or even better, ...
3
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5answers
366 views

What books are helpful when I'm in a rut, creativity and productivity-wise?

I often feel like I'm "in a rut" - going through the motions at work, generally lazy once I get home, etc. There are various projects/activities that I know I want to do (examples include recording ...
5
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3answers
452 views

Sleep Debt Makeup

Which sleep schedule results in more sleep debt? Schedule 1: Night 1: 8 hours Night 2: 8 hours Night 3: 8 Hours OR Schedule 2: Night 1: 6 hours Night 2: 6 hours Night 3: 12 hours
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3answers
292 views

Do it yourself or delegate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time? I found out that I'm a person who likes to do many things self but I found out that many people ...
6
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4answers
270 views

Creating a habit: Pausing to review after reading an article

I've noticed that I don't retain as much as I'd like from articles that I read. I am trying to build a habit where after reading an article (when I have several open), instead of moving on to the next ...
1
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2answers
595 views

Sending reference material from Gmail to OneNote

Evernote has a handy email address one can forward an email to, so it appears in Evernote. I'm trying to ditch Evernote and move to OneNote but this is a road block so far. To get from Gmail to ...
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12answers
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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4answers
1k views

Do gaming peripherals (mice & keyboards) increase productivity of general computer tasks?

I've been thinking of upgrading my input devices and I'm not sure whether buying the more expensive "gaming" devices with programmable keys justifies the investment. I'm looking in particular at ...
8
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5answers
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How do you integrate time tracking tools with the Pomodoro technique?

I am using http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/ when working on my mac. It can trigger scripts when starting / stopping a Pomodoro. Ideally, it would integrate with time tracking tools such as paymo or ...
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3answers
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What is the average time lost when interruptions break your train of thought?

I'm looking for quantifiable results from studies; not best guesses please. I quite frequently find that after an interruption I need to gather my thoughts and refocus on the task I was performing ...
9
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5answers
855 views

How to efficiently use time during a long bus trip?

I will be going on a bus tour of Europe soon. I'll spend some time looking out the window or chatting with the other people, but we'll be spending a lot of time travelling. I can spend time reading ...
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10answers
847 views

How do you fill in the “dead” time when using a computer? [closed]

Working with a computer generates periods of "wasted" or "dead" time. I'm talking about the time during which the computer compiles your program, performs a sophisticated computation or downloads an ...
5
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2answers
1k views

Should daily reviews eventually balance out with a space repetition algorithm?

I use Anki for studying. I add 20 new facts each day. Over the past few months, I have noticed that each day, I have slightly more words to review than the previous day. Over time, this is adding up, ...
4
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3answers
291 views

Is there an email/forum productivity tool which can automate reply generation?

I am looking for software which would help me to write quality replies to a poorly worded/structured or otherwise complex emails/forum messages. The tool should allow to graphically break (manually ...
1
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1answer
115 views

How can I improve my ability to read facial expressions?

I would like to improve my ability to read facial expressions. Obviously, I am going to try to pay more attention to these during conversations, but the difficultly with this method is that you are ...
7
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2answers
327 views

How does positive or negative self-talk work?

Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People recommends the following exercise: Say "I like myself" to yourself 50 times a day for at least 14 days. I've tried it and contrary to ...
3
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2answers
227 views

How do I train myself to write more carefully? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve my handwriting? Paper-based notes are quite essential part of my GTD process. I use them mostly for two things - daily todo list and for thoughts ...
0
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2answers
173 views

How do I log and track all my Firefox tabs I want to come back to with out leaving them open or bookmarking them?

I have a tendency to open numerous tabs in Firefox and leave them open , mainly because I've found things interesting or useful and want to be able to refer back to them. However having hundereds open ...
5
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4answers
739 views

Advantages of a label printer

Following some comments on another question (The productive label printer) - I'll split this out as a separate question. GTD recommends owning a label printer. Personally I've never quite got my ...
14
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4answers
631 views

How can I decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time?

I've recently started thinking that I should spend more money in order to save time. Examples of this include: paying to get my laundry done instead of doing it myself sometimes taking a taxi ...
3
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6answers
497 views

How to find quality articles, news, and information on the Internet?

It is important to know what is new in my scope of interest related to my work. But the problem is that there is so much information on internet and in magazines which I can read that I often spend ...
1
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3answers
375 views

Outlook automation solution [closed]

There is an email I need to send out everyday via Microsoft Outlook, which includes the updated information grabbed from some web servers. It takes about ten minutes manually (not that bad). My ...
6
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6answers
529 views

What is the most effective way to get into 'the zone'?

The zone: "A place were you do focused work without the existence of time." You have been in 'the zone' when a couple hours have passed without you noticing it. When you're into the zone: you work at ...
6
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2answers
286 views

How long after reading should you review?

I read a lot of advanced math and computational science literature which requires the reader to be pretty involved most of the time. I usually read and simultaneously take notes, solve and comment in ...
0
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8answers
541 views

What software for Time Tracking and Billing? [closed]

A friend of mine is running a consultancy company and she needs software to manage the people that go to their customers. I've been using Project Management Software before, but this case is slightly ...
2
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4answers
255 views

How to kick start a late beginning of a day for an early riser?

I like waking up early. My productive days are usually the ones that I have definite actions for the day, and I woke up early (getting out of bed between 4 am to 6 am). The days I wake up late, I tend ...
8
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4answers
5k views

What are the digital equivalents of index cards?

I have a very deal of trouble filtering visual information and so have problems working with lists, digital or analog. When I realized that the inherent visual nature of lists was the source of most ...
12
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6answers
11k views

How to use Evernote to implement GTD?

One of the top FAQs is How to use RTM to implement a GTD system. I've decided against RTM, I don't like it as described in a previous thread of mine. I want to know how people use Evernote to ...
6
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2answers
498 views

Does the stopping of smoking increase productivity?

Allen Carr, the author of numerous anti-smoking books and the founder of the Easyway Ltd. states that if one stops smoking with the Easyway technique, the quality of all aspects of his life will rise ...
5
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2answers
414 views

Recording personal progress on activities (projects)

A month ago I decided to record my progress on my personal activities (goals, projects). I have many such activities and usually I work on the activity I have taste for, or how things develop during ...
7
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6answers
495 views

How do I prevent myself from feeling too relaxed during the uneventful weeks preceding big deadlines?

The situation goes like so: big deadline one month from now. So I make some plan. But it gets too easy to procrastinate early on, to put one thing off, to allow a distraction here & there. How ...
2
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4answers
256 views

How to effectively utilize many small chunks of time in a day?

I am into coding software, so my daily schedule consists of lots of small chunks of time(10-15 mins max), usually spent in building code. So I code a little then wait for the code to build. These ...
5
votes
4answers
225 views

How to prepare a course or a talk?

In one week from now I am holding a course in computer programming, which takes place twice a week. The course has 30 participants. It is the first time I am holding a course. Now I have to prepare ...
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0answers
238 views

Team work and productivity: Noisy office vs quite room [closed]

I'm having a meeting in two hours and need lots of references and points. Basically, my university has a module for software development with a real client. Some of my team members work in the ...
0
votes
1answer
733 views

Is there a free software similar to Freedom? [closed]

With Freedom you can block your internet for few hours when you feel you procrastinate.
5
votes
2answers
823 views

Experience using a tablet to be more productive

I have recently bought myself a simple android tablet to find out how I can utilize it in being more productive. Here are some of the things I used it for, and I'm very interested in feedback and ...
18
votes
7answers
946 views

How to beat the “Too Long Didn't Read” syndrome?

A large portion of my work deals with reading research papers and textbooks which run for hundreds of pages. However, with all the pomodoros going on, its frustrating to be reading redundant or ...
6
votes
2answers
288 views

When changing habits, what can you do to cope with stress?

I need to change several habits but whenever I do something that is new to me, I get a little stressed. I used to have depressions and I know that CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy described in ...
18
votes
11answers
2k views

How can I learn about complex subjects?

I am very interested in certain subjects which are quite complex (and not very mainstream), but I find it hard to learn about them since there seems not be a lot of introductory content about such ...
2
votes
4answers
491 views

Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?

Lately I've been getting interested in "quantified self" metrics. I've been tracking basic health metrics like weight, sleep, caffeine/alcohol consumption, and several other subjective health and ...
46
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16answers
2k views

Is blogging about what you learn useful?

Well, I have been starting habits of self studying (for the purpose of self improvement) and was making some progress (two months so far). However, one thing I'm not able to do well is blog about my ...
7
votes
1answer
362 views

What is your experience with a trickle list?

I have been thinking about setting up a trickle list to help me get some more strategic stuff done next to all the physical next actions that I capture using GTD. Normally, when I do my weekly review ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

Are there any multi-column basic text-editors to use as a todo list?

I would like an application like Notepad except with multiple columns, preferrably adjustable, for the purpose of creating several todo lists that can be opened with a single document, rather than ...
2
votes
1answer
515 views

Techniques for mind dump (including mind sweeps/trigger lists)

I have a fairly solid workflow that hangs together well, but I'm interested in hearing more about how people deal with mind dumping--the process whereby after a busy week/event/trip and you clear your ...
17
votes
8answers
1k views

Be able to focus and read books when your partner watches TV

I like reading books a lot. Usually have only time for that at night, after work, but at that time my wife likes TV a lot and specially zapping; continuously jumping from one channel to another. I ...
3
votes
5answers
494 views

Desktop app/group of apps for todo list/time management

I use Listhings in my browser to make sticky notes and remind myself about stuff. I am looking for an app/group of desktop apps for the same purposes. What I want the app to be like: Desktop ...
3
votes
8answers
414 views

Pomodoro Technique with colleagues

I want to try the Pomodoro Technique at work but I'm worried it will be disturbing (an alarm going off every 25 min) Will it be disturbing for others? Can anyone suggest an improvement to make it ...

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