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4answers
959 views

How to multi-task in real life?

I am finding it difficult to concentrate on different things. Whenever I do something I just get concentrated on that and all other things fall apart. As an engineering student, I have to manage ...
23
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12answers
11k views

How do I get faster at typing when you already have a decent speed?

At the moment I type roughly with 60 words per minute. What kind of practice would I have to do to get to 90 words per minute? What practice is best and how much time would it take?
9
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2answers
2k views

Which one to use - Evernote or One Note [closed]

Since long time I am using evernote and one note. Now the problem is that my notes are distributed among two applications. I want to narrow down to one place where I can keep all my notes. However, ...
7
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2answers
1k views

Completely electronic GTD setup?

I've read some of the GTD material by David Allan and it's something I'd like to implement. A lot of his material uses hand written notes and lists. This isn’t an option for me since I’m totally ...
6
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3answers
376 views

How can I transform my cycling commute time into productive time?

I am currently multitasking my commute by cycling (2x40 minutes exercise daily) with occasional podcast listening (learning 1-2 times a week), but I feel like I could do more. Has anyone experimented ...
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1answer
128 views

How much time/effort has to be invested before noticing results? [closed]

I know I need better productivity skills, but looking at some of the questions and answers here makes it sound like a daunting task. For example, I can't imagine how long it would take me to get my ...
6
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5answers
289 views

Is there a maximum recommend length for a next task in GTD

Take for example that you are studying for an exam, and you need to read a book. Would you register reading the book as the next action, or would you split it up with one action per chapter?
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3answers
2k views

Is there an automatic time tracking application? [closed]

I'm looking for a time tracking tool to monitor and boost my productivity. What I have in mind is a program that works in the background and keeps track of which application is active at any given ...
3
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4answers
297 views

Handling delayed delegating in GTD

In GTD, how do you handle delegating an action if the act of delegating itself cannot be accomplished right when you are processing your inbox, and in less than two minutes? e.g. "summarize the last ...
8
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3answers
563 views

Coffee: good or bad for work? [closed]

Are there any reliable researches defending the regular consumption of coffee at work?
18
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16answers
15k views

Is it possible to train to sleep less?

I have been trying to reduce how long I sleep so that I have more waking hours available. I have read this question, and this one but it does not really give an answer. My question is whether I can ...
20
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14answers
1k views

How to capture thoughts in inconvenient moments?

I use a GTD system, which places a lot of focus on capturing thoughts for processing into next actions or projects. I've personally found this to be very helpful in getting myself more organized, but ...
2
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0answers
395 views

Evernote : How do you use it ? [closed]

I am a big fan of Evernote and I use it for a lot of things, from personal stuff, to jobs document, knowledge base, How-to's, vacation planner, etc. How do you use evernote and, if you are a premium ...
6
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3answers
765 views

How can I finish writing my Thesis as fast as possible, when I don't believe in it anymore?

I am in the situation where i have to write my Diploma Thesis/Documentation for the year and although I've done quite a lot I didn't particularly arrive at where I set out to be at this point. So in a ...
11
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5answers
2k views

Tickler file for email

Getting Things Done (GTD) recommends using a tickler file for things that aren't immediately actionable but should be dealt with at some point in the future. How can the equivalent be done with ...
10
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5answers
1k views

How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?

In a GTD system, how do I handle a task such as "checking the oil in the car", which should happen once a week or so but is also fairly low priority? My concerns are that this task isn't actionable ...
2
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1answer
5k views

GTD Excel Sheet Template

Is there any excel sheet template, or some simple file format which can be used for GTD task tracking? This is basically required for Windows Platform. I have been using Things on my home Mac and ...
8
votes
2answers
123 views

What are techniques to adopt the e-mail charter? [closed]

I came across the e-mail charter and really like the idea. Adopting it on an individual level is easier. What ideas are there for adopting it on a team/company level?
10
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3answers
760 views

How to break down steps of a project?

Each morning I'd wake up and tell myself that I have to get certain things done. The problem is that when I get to my GTD management program (Things for Mac), I don't really know what to put down. ...
5
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2answers
136 views

How Should I Organize the Clutter That I Accumulate During the Week?

I think I'm facing a problem that most people face. And I think that some people deal with this problem better than others. My wife and I work 9-5 jobs. When we arrive home, after a day at work, ...
6
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3answers
215 views

Which paper systems exist to crank through many vocabulary flashcards?

Anki, a computer based space repetition system is what I'm currently using to memorize words. I've also seen one or two paper based systems and think they might be a good complement to a computer ...
14
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6answers
6k views

How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
41
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6answers
5k views

Does Uberman's Sleep Schedule result in more productivity?

Most people sleep using a Monophasic circadian rhythm sleep schedule, where they go to sleep in the late evening and wake up in the morning, which results in about 8 hours of sleep and 16 hours of ...
18
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10answers
11k views

How often should you take breaks for maximum productivity?

When working on a project, how often should you take breaks and for how long for maximum productivity? Are there any studies or research on optimal use of breaks (universally), or is it more of a ...
6
votes
3answers
908 views

Handling task dependencies with GTD

How does Getting Things Done (GTD) recommend handling task dependencies (one task that can't be started until another task is completed)? I understand how it works when they are part of the same ...
8
votes
4answers
925 views

How does GTD handle due dates?

How does the Getting Things Done (GTD) system handle the concept of task due dates? As I understand it, tasks that must be done on a certain day go on the calendar, but what about tasks that have to ...
43
votes
10answers
5k views

How effective is the Dvorak keyboard at improving productivity?

How effective is the Dvorak keyboard layout (or other alternative layouts) at improving efficiency/productivity at the computer? Has any research been done on improved typing speed or productivity?
9
votes
2answers
325 views

MBOs (Management By Objective), GTD and better solutions to managing knowledge workers

My boss wants to use MBOs to manage me. I am fairly new to GTD methods and it seems like they can be complementary to the MBO-style system. However, I seem to consistently struggle with the MBO ...
6
votes
6answers
1k views

How to incorporate emails into a GTD system?

How should emails fit into a Getting Things Done (GTD) system? Should each actionable email be copied into the GTD system? Should the email account keep a duplicate set of GTD "lists"? Or some other ...
13
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11answers
1k views

Dealing with “waiting for reply” emails

When dealing with emails, there are many that I have sent (and so the "action item" is done), but I am waiting for a reply (and want to follow-up if I don't get a reply in a reasonable amount of ...
8
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5answers
1k views

Summary of Getting Things Done (GTD) system

Getting Things Done (GTD) has an entire book to teach the system. Is reading the whole book necessary for understanding the system, or is there a summary or simplified explanation of it available?
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10answers
1k views

Is there a proven method for managing emails?

I find I often have an overflowing email inbox. Are there any methods or systems to help efficiently and effectively filter through, sort, and reply to emails?
15
votes
5answers
8k views

How to use Remember The Milk (RTM) to implement a GTD system?

How can the Remember The Milk (RTM) task management system be used to implement the Getting Things Done system?
8
votes
7answers
3k views

Simple shorthand system?

There are several written stenography systems (like Gregg shorthand) that allow for quickly and efficiently condensing text into a series of symbols. Those systems would take hours and hours of ...
3
votes
2answers
149 views

How to handle productivity-sapping social media at work [closed]

In my opinion one of the biggest productivity killers today is social media. How can I promote responsible social media usage within an organization? Experiences and thoughts welcome!
99
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22answers
6k views

Does listening to music help or hurt productivity?

Listening to music while working: does this help productivity, hurt productivity, or depend on [fill in the blank]? What has research concluded if anything? (Assume the use of a personal headset or ...
5
votes
2answers
812 views

How do I implement Mark Forster Superfocus task management on my Android mobile?

Mark Forster Superfocus task management and his previous systems does work for me. However, it was written for a pen/paper notebook implementation. I have problem implementing it on my Android mobile. ...
5
votes
3answers
238 views

Handling digital clutter [closed]

We are well aware how physical clutter causes distraction and how we are emotionally tied to it and just cant let it go. But digital clutter is different beast altogether. I don't know what to do ...
18
votes
3answers
472 views

Is written stenography still useful?

Are handwritten stenography systems (such as Gregg shorthand and Pitman shorthand) still useful today for personal productivity? If so, how can they be incorporated into daily life in a digital age?
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votes
1answer
246 views

“To Do list” sites [closed]

What "To Do" list programs/applications are out there, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each? I'm looking for web-based sites that store data in the cloud as opposed to desktop ...
4
votes
4answers
229 views

Does a cluttered workspace viewing area make it harder to focus?

Beyond personal preference, is there any credence to the idea that, for example: in a cubicle with a fabric wall behind the monitor - if that wall is covered in paraphernalia (be it photos, post it ...
18
votes
4answers
639 views

What are some of the techniques on increasing memory stamina?

Maybe it is my age (approaching 41), but my short term memory isn't as good as it was when I was younger. As such, I feel that my level of productivity is suffering. I am looking for ways to increase ...
33
votes
7answers
1k views

Does more display space make you more productive?

Would more display space result in better productivity when performing computer tasks? Does it matter by size or by resolution? How about multiple monitors? Please restrict your answer to facts and ...
6
votes
3answers
371 views

Multitasking and GTD - Linear vs. Non-Linear

I have several open projects in my GTD system. They are all important ("top priority") and they are all driving towards a similar due date, however, they are not interdependent projects. What is the ...
12
votes
3answers
616 views

How does sleep debt decay?

Sleep debt is the concept that if you skip half an hour of sleep now, you'll need to catch it up later. I would expect though, that if you skip some sleep, but then start having a normal amount sleep, ...
19
votes
10answers
767 views

Methods for reducing time spent in meetings

One of the biggest hits to productivity is time lost in meetings. Are there any methods to avoid unnecessary meetings and improving the productivity of the meetings that are held?
4
votes
3answers
211 views

How do I speed up turning ideas into text? [closed]

When producing blog posts, even when it is only a few paragraphs, takes me a long time. Most of my time seems to be spent converting my ideas into writing. It is really hard to write something that ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

Is there any career path related to personal productivity? [closed]

How can I use my personal productivity hobby to help my career? It's mostly related to HR jobs or private counseling, but I assume there are more creative uses for it as well.
10
votes
1answer
274 views

How do you recover from a long streak of non-productivity?

I find myself going through long periods of inactivity such as a long vacation or time spent doing things not really related to work (routine, non-complex errands which take a lot of time and put your ...
14
votes
6answers
1k views

Methods for Goal Setting

There are a lot of methodologies for doing more and doing things faster. The problem is that you end up doing the wrong things faster. At the other end of the scale you set many important goals, but ...

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