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How to be more talkative? [closed]

I consider myself an introvert and never spoke much. For example, when I'm in class and I know and answer to a question my professor asks, I usually don't say anything. And when I'm eating with ...
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1answer
115 views

What “light therapy” lamp should I get that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing cost? [closed]

There are some Brookstone lamps, but they mostly cost over $100. Then there's a $60 lamp here, but I'm not sure if I'll miss out on some features by buying it. I'm mostly concerned with staying ...
9
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9answers
576 views

Suggestion for a disorganized guy

I'm not well organized and I'm feeling not as efficient as I could be. I've tried to use some personal organizing methods to improve myself in this area, like - using a todolist (using a pen & ...
26
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5answers
2k views

Can drinking coffee increase productivity?

Can drinking coffee especially in office hours increse your productivity? It is normal practice in many offices to drink coffee. Can caffeine increse your productivity? Some people suggest drink water ...
2
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2answers
58 views

Separating services accessed with an Internet browser

Nowadays Internet browsers is used not only to visit websites, but as a medium of using tools - from calendar, e-mail and documents (e.g. GoogleDocs) to a programming terminal (e.g. IPython Notebook). ...
5
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4answers
466 views

Examples of Productive use of TextExpansion software

I've heard from a few sources who wax lyrical about how text expansion software has been for them - but I'm struggling to find good uses for it - the only use I can see is to save me writing out my ...
13
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9answers
710 views

How can I list down website passwords for better productivity?

I am an avid web surfer and I surf a lot of websites. I also have my accounts on numerous sites. The problem is when I need to sign in to some websites, I have to search my two mailboxes for username. ...
5
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1answer
164 views

Is there a general method for determining a rubric (to measure competency)?

It's easy to compare how good you are at something by using a standard method, relative to poor, average, good and excelent concepts. The economy of nearly every country in the world can measure it's ...
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5answers
2k views

The productive label printer

GTD recommends a standalone label printer so nothing gets in the way of printing labels immediately when they are needed. Problems Researching what's available as far as label printers go, I'm ...
3
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1answer
2k views

Why do we waste time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? I know that I should be working now. Yet I watch funny videos, read the news and browse interesting links. Why is it ...
5
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7answers
2k views

I want to track pages of book read per day [closed]

I am try Beeminder but it is not apprpropriate tool to page tracker. Can we have tool which is free and I can use it to increase my reading speed? Can I track my pages read something like velocity? I ...
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1answer
158 views

Looking for a dilbert comic [closed]

Looking for a certain dilbert comic. It starts out the crew is in a meeting and someone asks a question no one knows the answer. The PHB, i'm pretty sure, says something like 'i'll look it up on my ...
2
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1answer
97 views

Time limit/allocation for chores?

For the sake of a more definitive question, I define chores as domestic tasks that are recurring, generally unenjoyable and have no hard datelines. The conditions are such that available manpower is ...
4
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5answers
506 views

Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows - all the time?

Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows (computer) - all the time? I mean is it helpful and sensible to "keep an eye" always (while working) on the Pomodoro watch ...
7
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3answers
454 views

Are there established patterns/methodologies to establishing a knowledge management system?

I am a founder of a start-up which has been taking shaping in the past year. In this time our team has conducted a substantial amount of research, planning and other work which resulted in a ...
9
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4answers
2k views

Free and simple speed reading software?

Many years ago I did a 5-day speed reading course. At the time, my reading speed (paper, not screen) went from 200ish words a minute to between 1100 and 1250 wpm. It was fantastic. Comprehension ...
5
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1answer
138 views

Managing an exceptionally large working week

I'm currently a full time developer (9-6). I am also currently working on my own business idea in my free time. This business idea will take a fair amount of effort to get anywhere near completion. ...
7
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7answers
558 views

Solutions for working with pen/paper while using a computer at the same desk

I do my work at a desk with computer monitors, a mouse, a keyboard, and a notepad and pen. The problem is that if I want to stay facing the monitors and have my keyboard, mouse and notebook at hand, ...
45
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9answers
7k views

Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...
2
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2answers
176 views

What is the most effective way to filter your twitter stream?

I love twitter but as I follow more people I get more and more updates that are just noise to me. For example many people I share interests with and who I follow but I don't know keep posting about ...
10
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2answers
372 views

Does Noise Help Concentration and Productivity?

Does Noise (White/Pink/Brown) help concentration? Any literature to speak about this? Note: This is not similar to this because I am asking specifically about noise not music. I am not asking about ...
7
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3answers
342 views

Most effective study schedule?

I'm a college student with four classes. I typically study like: Mon - Class A (4 hours) Tue - Class B (4 hours) etc. The 4 hours aren't in a row (I take breaks and all that). One of my friends ...
1
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2answers
147 views

WebEx - How long is too long

When using WebEx for remote training of software systems, is there a point at which a session is too long. At what point is onsite training better than trying to do it remotely?
7
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3answers
329 views

How do you turn off your GTD mentality when you need a break

How do you turn off your GTD mentality when you need a break? Say you've even scheduled free time to do whatever it is that relaxes you. Perhaps what relaxes you are some of the personal projects you ...
8
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4answers
890 views

What consequences should a missed deadline have?

This question is related to an earlier question I asked Should I schedule my tasks with deadlines? Recently, I've had break from work for two months, so I focused on my personal projects. My ...
18
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4answers
918 views

What nutrition is best to stay productive throughout the day?

I read in Steve Jobs's book that he used to avoid coffee during the week and drink lots of water to remain productive and energetic throughout the day. I would like to know what food and beverages to ...
6
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3answers
917 views

Peer review: my personal productivity system.

I would like to tell you about my personal productivity system and get your opinion, since I think it could be enhanced, but right now I do not know how would I do it. Ok, so I have all information ...
3
votes
1answer
162 views

Speeding up online video playback

I'm currently watching a video tutorial, and it would be quite handy to be able to speed up and slow down the pace according to how well I'm coping with the material. This is also something that would ...
4
votes
4answers
421 views

How can I become ambidextrous?

For about 2 years, I have been trying to do as much as I can with my left hand. I want to one be as comfortable with my left hand as my right. It hasn't worked so work so far. It's just that... - ...
5
votes
4answers
509 views

What computer skills are the most essential for beginners?

People come at me frequently asking questions about computers. It can be flattering at first but you know they are coming back with the most absurd questions because they don't know enough to figure ...
2
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5answers
634 views

GTD App that syncs locally

I'm wondering if there are any GTD or to-do list apps that sync locally and not to the cloud? This would be useful for devices that do not have internet access and need to plug in to a computer to ...
14
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6answers
2k views

Tradeoffs of using standing desks

I'm considering a standing desk. Are there any generally accepted trade-off that might occur when working at a standing desk?
7
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3answers
718 views

How do you sync your electronic to-do list with your physical to-do list?

I keep several large whiteboards at home that handle all of my daily, weekly, quarterly and long-term tasks/projects. I do not want to carry a day planner around given the way my life is, I use my ...
9
votes
5answers
988 views

Important long-run goals vs urgent tasks

I noticed that small tasks are eating the large ones, even if the last are more important in a longer run. Things that have no deadlines and have no clear structure (e.g. learn Spanish, do some ...
6
votes
4answers
450 views

Does Readfa.st actually help you learn to speed read?

I just came across a site called Readfa.st. It has this way of getting you to learn to read fast by hiding the text you're not supposed to be reading. Apparently, it'll teach you to slowly learn to ...
6
votes
2answers
693 views

Site with examples of templates for day planner?

I have developed my own template to use each day. It is personalized to account for routine tasks, emergent tasks, a to-do section for ASAP/tomorrow/this week/long term items, along with a section ...
16
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5answers
2k views

Scanning documents, going paperless: what to keep, what not to keep

I have years of clutter that I keep around for that mythical "just-in-case" scenario that never happens. Even when I physically put the papers out of sight, I can FEEL them through the closet door, ...
4
votes
7answers
4k views

How to overcome confusion?

Now-a-days I get confused at small things. When It comes to making choices/taking decisions, I get confused and unable to make my own choices even if the choices are not a big deal. When I have to ...
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1answer
311 views

Which one you prefer? 2 style of count-down Timer for Pomodoro Technique [closed]

Previously I posted an article to ask for review of my pomodoro app. I'm making a new design as an alternative to taskbar timer. As pomodoro technique users, which one do you prefer as a timer on ...
4
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3answers
4k views

What are some good graphics tablets for writing math or physics equations?

Most important criteria: that the stylus is not too thick (and that the writing pad can record things from a thin stylus). Superscripts and subscripts are impossible with most current styluses I'd ...
14
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6answers
3k views

How to keep focused without losing interest?

I am not sure how common is this, but I experience loss of interest pretty often. Unlike many people, my problem is not in starting things but in sustaining the interest. One day, I decide that I am ...
12
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10answers
18k views

A time-management watch with alarms, timers and vibration?

I'm looking for a wrist-watch that can help me in various time-management tasks. I'd like to regularly write down what I'm doing (time logging) so I know where my time is going, the watch could ...
0
votes
1answer
88 views

Online calendars. How long before the event do you set up the notification? [closed]

For example, if you make an event in Google Calendar or Yahoo Calendar, do you make the notification with 1 hour, 2 hours, a day before or at the same time? I know it depends on the event, but I ask ...
15
votes
4answers
642 views

Do programmers combine GTD and issue trackers?

I wonder how programmers here handle their GTD and issue trackers. Do you take the time to add your tickets to your personal GTD systems?
3
votes
2answers
193 views

How to be gentle to interruptions?

Interruptions are common in all work environments, and, at some point, desirable. Also, we all experience the problem of losing track of where are we at in our flow when we get interrupted. However, ...
2
votes
1answer
168 views

Alternative methods to get focused & get things done

I am having the hardest time getting focused some days and I like what I do but just liking is not enough to keep the steam going. Sometimes the usual methods work but some days nothing seems to help ...
24
votes
7answers
789 views

Do game-based methods exist?

Games have this fascinating power to invite players to become better at... beating the game. I like how after repeatedly smashing a damn Orc a few times I am magically more efficient at well smashing ...
8
votes
6answers
1k views

How would you describe reading a book in a GTD system?

One of the projects listed in my GTD system right now is to read a book. How would you define the next action(s) for this kind of project? I usually break out my actions into chunks between 5 and 30 ...
20
votes
11answers
6k views

Waking early without waking others

At present I'm a night-owl. However, I'd dearly like to change. One of the problems is obvious - going to bed earlier. But I'll ignore that for this question. The question is - if I want to wake ...
3
votes
2answers
664 views

Handle unexpected delays and new tasks

I am still practicing with productivity methods, so I am not very familiar with terminology and techniques... maybe it's all already written in a technique I have not learned yet. My question is ...

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