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9answers
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How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
7
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2answers
1k views

How to train fluid intelligence

I read an article that fluid intelligence can be trained, not simply just by doing problems that involves fluid intelligence: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080505075642.htm are there ...
13
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9answers
899 views

How to get more experiences out of life?

The older I get the harder it seems to experience something novel. At 38 I feel as though I've eaten most of the low lying fruit. I have some ideas such as skydiving, or bungee, or taking a ...
1
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1answer
566 views

Is reclining my neck bad for my neck?

As in, having a neck posture of slightly over 90 degrees? For the lower back, it seems that a 135 degree sitting posture is optimal. And we definitely do know that a neck posture of less than 90 ...
3
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1answer
203 views

App for storing and managing quiz questions

I need an application for storing and managing information relating to general knowledge, science..etc which can be used in quiz. For an example I collect news such as "Nobel prize in Physiology or ...
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2answers
67 views

What are the keybindings in Mindnode

Mindnode boasts "nearly all interactions can be performed very easily with the keyboard". I've been looking for the keybindings and I can't find them. How do you use Mindnode from the keyboard?
2
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1answer
314 views

How to handle repetitive tasks with predictable subtasks?

I have a selection of tasks that I have to do regularly. To fulfil the task, I have to do a predictable set of subtasks and keep track of them. I wonder how others handle this situation. I will ...
4
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7answers
417 views

How can I prevent switching constantly from one task to another?

I want to try Evidence-Based Scheduling so I've broken everything into small tasks. This process was interesting since I've detected some tasks that wasn't immediately evident and forced me to design ...
8
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4answers
743 views

How can I listen to a webcast while reading or programming?

Since I have a full-time job, I find difficult to do things I like, such as starting personal projects. For example, I'm trying to listen to a webcast, which from time-to-time requires me to switch ...
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5answers
1k views

Why am I not motivated in this excellent situation?

I am working as a freelance contractor. For a long time I have been paid by the hour. This has worked fine and my motivation has never been a problem. Now, I have gotten a deal where I get half of any ...
6
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5answers
449 views

Collaborative Note Taking - Paper + Laptop

In the perfect scenario everyone in my class would use the same cloud apps that I use - Google Docs - and we would all save time writing the basics, not to mention we'd all benefit from key details ...
4
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3answers
816 views

What is the most efficient software for email and task management

I receive most of my tasks by email or in meetings, and many tasks are complete using email. At the moment I use Thunderbird on my computer, and the Toodledo website on my computer and on my Android ...
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6answers
1k views

How do you manage information/resources?

I've tried many different approaches to task management, but I always fail at one specific thing. Being a programmer, I have loads of information that needs to be somehow stored. To be more ...
3
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5answers
372 views

Mind mapping features [closed]

I work with Mindomo, a mind mapping software. If you ever heard or even used mind mapping, what features should a software like this "must have"? If you want to play around with it, I can give away ...
3
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8answers
2k views

What are the (dis)advantages of Mindmap software?

Anyone with experiences on mindmap software? I've used Freemind and iMindmap for a while. What are do you consider strong and weak points of the mindmap programs? Freemind is as the name already ...
2
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4answers
196 views

I need a tool for me and my wife to set priorities

I married this month, and I moved in with my wife. Now we have a lot of tasks to do. It's extremely difficult for one to decide what to do first, not knowing the other's opinion. Something that is ...
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4answers
273 views

What to do when you have a lot things *you* want to do and you want to do it all, without letting nothing left?

I don't have any technique or something that I follow. I normally jump from one thing to other, sometimes having dozens of tabs opened in my browser (more than 50 some times) and even using different ...
48
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22answers
5k views

Always sleepy, tired and not focused

I sleep about 7 hours every night. But I am always sleepy. What can I do in order to stay awake and productive all day long? Update: I wake up only with an alarm clock and when I wake up I am still ...
4
votes
3answers
277 views

What is a good site to manage household chores?

For any given relationship with children, there is a lot of household chores that needs to be managed or delegated in some way. One way that I prefer is to maintain a list of tasks that needs to be ...
4
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2answers
305 views

Is it possible to block a website after 2 visits each day?

Is there a Google Chrome extension where I can block URL's which I have visited more than x-times this day already? I'm catching myself going to Facebook more than twice a day, this sadly happens ...
2
votes
3answers
535 views

Is there a good virtual desktop manager software for Windows? [closed]

For windows 7, I'm looking for a good Virtual desktop manager so that on just single monitor I can divide my work into multiple screens like on linux. What are the good options that people have used ...
10
votes
9answers
494 views

Managing information bits

I have had this peculiar problem for years and tried many tools to solve it, but so far none were satisfactory. I read a lot of blogs, social sites, etc. and regularly encounter very interesting ...
11
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3answers
984 views

How can I track my personal projects?

Are there any freeware tools that I can use to track time for personal projects. I would like to create and split the project in tasks and assign time against it. I am looking for a tool that helps ...
9
votes
5answers
2k views

How to stop talking LOUDLY to myself?

I have a habit of talking "loudly" to myself. I get an immense satisfaction by doing so. At the same time, I tend to do this in the market, while driving the scooter, working on a C program. ...
5
votes
2answers
519 views

Speed reading technique ebook

Which ebook would you recommend to learn speed reading techniques, to improve reading speed and understanding? (ebook, preferred for Kindle, as I don't want printed version - easier to buy overseas)
17
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11answers
1k views

How to stop being controlled by others opinions?

I'm 21 years old. And I dream to be a computer programmer, I really do. The problem is (I am going to get a bit technical here) that when i decide to learn a certain programming language that i see my ...
41
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11answers
15k views

How do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
3
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5answers
363 views

Must I work in a company that does not give leaves?

I have been working in a start up company since 3 years and 4 months. I did not avail any leaves until last year when I used all of it to take care of a dear one. Off-late, I have been feeling very ...
6
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1answer
209 views

How do I prevent my textbook's pages from “falling down” when I put the book on a bookstand?

Could the "drooping" of the pages eventually damage the textbook? I put it on a bookstand as I have neck pain, and it's much easier on my neck to read it straight up.
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6answers
1k views

How do I concentrate while I work on a computer?

My job requires me to work on a computer, which I do fine because maybe I fear my supervisor might pop in. But when it comes to doing personal projects on a computer, I totally slack off. It usually ...
4
votes
1answer
284 views

Do I need to use projects to track sub-tasks?

I am just starting on adopting GTD and while this might be a very naive question, I did not see it get answered on the forum. The question essentially is, how frequently would you create projects to ...
3
votes
2answers
276 views

Strategies to convince adopting a new system

I spent the last week trying to convince a group of people to use a cloud based word processor instead of the traditional desktop in order to avoid common problems of email exchange. What I thought ...
17
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8answers
544 views

When I'm going back to an old complex project, how can I restore my focus and motivation?

I've had a few weeks break from a large and difficult project that I've been working on for two years. The project could be a few weeks from shipping, if I can manage to focus on it. I've noticed a ...
6
votes
3answers
836 views

Symbols/Icons for Note Taking

I'm looking for a method (or at least anything any wrote about this topic) which uses icons or symbols for note taking. So for example, I will be taking notes in class and want to "tag" certain things ...
1
vote
1answer
110 views

How would you move forward in my situation? [closed]

Over the last 15 years I have worked as a professional musician, mostly as a percussionist. I have done many jobs with different artists and solo. I have reached the highest point that every musician ...
9
votes
8answers
366 views

When to reply to e-mails?

Does GTD, or any other agile/time-management method give an advice/best practice about when to reply e-mails? I am talking about typical e-mails, which requires some work to be done (1 hour+). It is ...
10
votes
6answers
570 views

How to efficiently make a hard decision?

I saw an interview with Warren Buffet, where he states that if he makes something like two or three good decisions in a year, then it was a good year. Is there best-practice process on how to make ...
5
votes
6answers
2k views

GTD app for iPad?

I'm trying to find a great GTD app for my iPad. I don't have any other iOS devices or a Mac, but I want to ability to access it through my PC (web based is fine). A lot of the better GTD systems seem ...
6
votes
4answers
373 views

Structuring your day/week to be the most productive when you need to do development and non-development tasks?

I have straight development tasks, non-development/business tasks, and some tasks that kind of sit in the middle to do most days, and I was wondering what would be the most efficient way to structure ...
27
votes
7answers
2k views

How to stop being a perfectionist?

For example, until I know each and everything about a topic, I just don't feel like moving ahead, I get stuck. And I find myself getting involved in very minute details of the topic, which usually ...
10
votes
2answers
322 views

How do I stay motivated when there's too little to get done?

Maybe odd question, but I think I have an odd productivity problem. I lose the will to finish my projects at work when I have very little to do. I am more used to fast-paced environments that keep me ...
7
votes
3answers
751 views

How to discern between actionable items and someday/maybe?

GTD question: I'm very good at capturing "stuff". My problem comes in at classifying the stuff as actionable or someday/maybe. It's all actionable, right? How do I classify items as someday/maybe ...
7
votes
4answers
825 views

Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?

I looked in The Pomodoro Technique book and didn't see this referenced, but what should you do if you know you can't finish a Pomodoro? Let's just say I'm using 25 minute work blocks and 5 minute rest ...
2
votes
3answers
253 views

How to handle next actions that get blocked by new next actions?

It happens all the time I start working on a next action and in the process of completing it I hit a roadblock. Either I have to wait for someone else to complete their work or I need to complete ...
9
votes
3answers
986 views

In GTD how do I track projects with subprojects?

I have been using GTD for several years now but I still find it difficult to manage projects with obvious sub projects that roll up into them. These are usually longer term projects with hundreds or ...
4
votes
3answers
753 views

Excel Spreadsheets for Time/Project Management?

I have tons of stuff to do, and I get bogged down. I end up doing nothing for hours, sometimes even days. I have personal projects to complete and books to read, but sometimes I'm just flailing around ...
22
votes
9answers
3k views

How to motivate people to self-improve themselves?

I'm the curious type of person that likes to learn more, do things in less time, do things better, etc. I take that as a personal challenge and I honestly love it. Of course, it IS a challenge, not ...
5
votes
1answer
822 views

How do I create my own “professional development plan”?

I'd like to create a set of short-term and long-term goals as relate to professional development. My company currently has a formal process for defining plans as relate to projects and meeting goals ...
7
votes
1answer
287 views

Did the pomodoros help or the fact that I was doing something?

I was blogging about me using Pomodoros when proofreading a book. It worked in that it kept me disciplined and focused. In the conclusion I wrote "I'm not sure if it was the Pomodoros themselves that ...
7
votes
1answer
664 views

Long term effect of learning speed reading

A few years ago I learned to speed read, but in recent years I'm using it less and less. Maybe because it didn't bring me what it promised: same or even better comprehension and speed. Did you get ...

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