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Are there techniques to stop fearing confrontation so intensely?

Confrontation is a huge part of my life. For example, in my job as project manager I need to confront clients about things that might make them upset or I need to talk to them when I know they are ...
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7answers
663 views

Write long text on tablet while laying back on bed/sofa

I think using an iPad or other tablet is very comfortable, but when you have to write long texts/emails/documents, then it becomes a serious annoyance. I wonder if anyone could suggest any good ...
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9answers
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How to handle interruptions in developer work without losing concentration?

I work as a developer for some years now. Mainly the issue why it's antisocial work is because you need to spend much time programming. I've been always the kind of developer who likes to cut off from ...
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4answers
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How big is your backlog and how do you manage it?

How big is your backlog and how do you keep it under control? Do you actually keep track and do all of it, or do you have a method of eliminating old but valid tasks such as declaring e-mail ...
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3answers
242 views

At what point do you start saying “No”, to new tasks and how do you deal with it?

I'm sure that everyone here, is here because they lead a busy life and want to efficiently pick up tips on making the most of their time. At some point, when a person in authority over you asks you ...
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1answer
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How can I share information in OmniFocus for iPad with a non OmniFocus user?

How can I share information in OmniFocus for iPad with a non OmniFocus user? I have made some tasks in OmniFocus and I want to export these to share with a non OmniFocus user. Email, Text or PDF ...
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13answers
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Gamification to improve myself

I'm currently working out a way to gamify my daily work / life. I want to reward myself via a points system, assigning points to tasks I should do but tend to neglect. These are things like paying ...
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4answers
492 views

What are must have time management and productivity books? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity? As the question states, I'd like to see a list of books that are really really must read ...
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235 views

How to deal with problems associated with dyslexia?

I think I might be dyslexic . Here are the reasons why: I seem to forget the same words over and over again (don't we all?). I find it difficult to remember names of people after six months (even ...
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5answers
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How to plan a month of work in advance

I had a main list with the main projects and tasks, organized according with priority, importance and other factors. I would like to be able to plan a whole month of work in advance, so when the day ...
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2answers
310 views

Bring a long term change into my life

Each one of us has some difficulties and obstacles draw him/her to this site. I know I do, and I believe most of them are caused by addictive behaviours (sleeping, browsing, playing, etc.) There are ...
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3answers
703 views

How to speak more 'clearly'?

Some people have an ability to speak their minds so clearly it can be understood from a distance, even though they're not exactly speaking louder than anyone else. On the other hand, many people are ...
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3answers
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How do I increase my concentration in classroom?

I am in first year of my undergraduate university. I find it very difficult to concentrate in class and 90% of the time I do not know what is going on in the class. I am getting a bit low grades and ...
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3answers
176 views

Learning the definition of a new word

Whenever I see a word that I haven't seen before, I make sure to look it up. How can I make sure that I remember it? I suppose one could use spaced repetition. What else could I try? Related ...
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2answers
358 views

Sweeping a wet bathroom floor [closed]

I find that sweeping a bathroom floor when it is wet is very hard. When wet, dust and hairs tend to stick to the floor, making them very hard to sweep up. Furthermore, they tend to get stuck in the ...
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2answers
312 views

What is the best tool for improving brain power? [closed]

Today I discovered Lumocity which is a well developed site to improve "brain power" like: memory attention creativity Is this the best site of its kind? Are there any other recommended tools to ...
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3answers
805 views

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 ...
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2answers
414 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
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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, ...
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5answers
368 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 ...
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3answers
467 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
298 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 ...
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4answers
271 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 ...
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2answers
615 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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13answers
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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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5answers
908 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
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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 ...
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2answers
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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, ...
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3answers
301 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 ...
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1answer
116 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 ...
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2answers
337 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
235 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 ...
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2answers
174 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 ...
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4answers
787 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 ...
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4answers
647 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
503 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 ...
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3answers
379 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
532 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
290 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 ...
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8answers
551 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
257 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 ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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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
515 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 ...
6
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2answers
422 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
515 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 ...

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