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2answers
135 views

How can I bring productivity techniques that work for me to a new employer?

As a consultant, I am frustrated at the lack of motivation incumbent teams often show. It would definitely come across badly if I tried to indicate to them that I do things more efficiently, but how ...
20
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8answers
713 views

Being productive without energy

I use a variety of GTD-related systems that work smoothly for juggling many projects---as long as I have plenty of energy to pick out the right actions for 'now' and get cracking. However, when I sit ...
77
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14answers
4k views

How can I improve reading speed and comprehension?

How can I improve my reading ability? I want to increase my reading speed and comprehension. Do you have experience in increasing your reading. What did work for you? Which approaches failed?
12
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3answers
345 views

How can I turn productive actions into routine?

Every now and then I start doing something which helps my productivity: devise a better todo list, wake up earlier etc. However, I find that I only engage in this activity for a short period of time ...
17
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9answers
865 views

How can I improve my workplace to have less interruptions?

In the past week I've tried switching between several work spaces Office If it's open space and someone starts talking loudly you get distracted. There are also people around who may want ...
9
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4answers
453 views

What techniques or approaches can help me get started with mind mapping?

I've read descriptions of mind mapping before, and understand the basic concepts of the system (nonlinear, graphical representation of thoughts.) I've even read the descriptions of how mind maps are ...
24
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6answers
628 views

How do I teach productivity techniques to kids?

I would like to get my kids to learn some productivity techniques so that their future lives can be as productive as possible. I am going to start with two of the most basic ones, but it is difficult ...
12
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4answers
621 views

How do I register deadlines in a GTD system?

In a GTD system, I have (among other things) a list of "next actions" organized by context, which are things that I have decided I should act on at my discretion, and a calendar, which shows things ...
14
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4answers
486 views

Has research been done between messiness on a desk and productivity?

Is there any correlation / linkages between productivity (whether it is digital or paper-based) and the tidiness or messiness of the desk? I love looking at other people's work spaces and I generally ...
18
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3answers
4k views

How do I properly integrate The Pomodoro Technique with GTD?

The Pomodoro Technique isn't merely about setting up a timer and working for 25 minutes. To truly benefit from the technique one must look at how to spend those 25-minute blocks across tasks. This ...
30
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3answers
647 views

How to avoid night-productivity when it's a must to wake up earlier?

Like many of us, I'm very productive at night. Often I'm reading or working when I should be sleeping, and as a consequence I wake up later in the morning next day. This is a real problem when you ...
2
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1answer
668 views

What to do in a 5-10 min break to recharge the batteries? [closed]

After a session of full concentration, I usually like to take a 5-10min break, usually take a coffee break, or go for a quick stroll around the office. I find that this allows my "batteries to be ...
0
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1answer
248 views

Does having a eBook reader like the Kindle help in improving productivity? [closed]

I shall be getting an eBook reader soon, and was wondering if it will help in boosting my productivity. I could see activities such as searching data of books could be faster. I could immagine that ...
34
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8answers
1k views

Is there any way to “save” highly motivated state in the evening and “load” it in the morning?

Sometimes in the evening I am in the flow state or I am just highly motivated to do my work. Unfortunately after some hours of work, I become so tired that I am no longer productive and I just want to ...
6
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1answer
299 views

Is there data on the effectiveness on mind-mapping?

When I'm trying to figure out a problem, I find it helpful to sketch out the parts of it on paper. Be it words or drawings, brainstorming thoughts into a visual form is quite effective for me to ...
8
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3answers
214 views

How can I help develop a culture that positively impacts my motivation to work?

How can I leverage the people around me in order to achieve better productivity on my own tasks? I feel that GTD does not have to be an one man show. Is there some sort of social-GTD?
18
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4answers
424 views

What are the first steps to unfreezing a mind paralyzed with stuff bouncing around in it?

This happens to me so often I've lost track. I have so many things to do. One thing gets to the frontal lobe (top of the heap, whatever) then something else jumps on top of it before I have a chance ...
8
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4answers
304 views

How to capture everything when work stuff and home stuff need to be kept separate?

Because of the nature of my job most personal electronic devices are off-limits at work, including accessing personal e-mail accounts. Likewise, I cannot access work e-mail at home, and really should ...
14
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10answers
986 views

Can reading electronic displays be made more comfortable?

We all have to handle large amounts of information on a daily basis, but some of us find it hard to focus on the information displayed on electronic devices. It's easy to read through tens of pages in ...
9
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8answers
940 views

How do you store your writing implements?

I have got a lot of pens and stuff, which I also need, but not only due to my delibarate oversupply of pens, but also the lack of organisational system for them my question is now: How can I more ...
14
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2answers
637 views

How do I prevent being overwhelmed by my GTD inbox?

The first thing I learned about GTD was to get things "out of my head" into an inbox. This results in an overly long Inbox list which tasks that I still need to rewrite into (multiple) "do-able" ...
12
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4answers
701 views

Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...
10
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2answers
4k views

How to use Google Tasks to implement a GTD system?

How can I implement a GTD system in Google Tasks in combination with GMail and GCal?
15
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4answers
682 views

What is “Getting Things Done” (GTD)? [closed]

Rookie question that a lot of people who are using this site may want to know the answer for (including me). I have read a couple of things referring to GTD but nothing definitive. It'd be good to see ...
10
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7answers
625 views

Do ergonomic keyboards/mice provide significant productivity improvement over “average” counterparts?

There's not much to add to the title of the question... I'd like to know if there's been any studies done on ergonomic keyboards and mice, and their effect on productivity. This might help me and ...
66
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3answers
3k views

Early birds vs. night owls: what does research have to say?

I know that I personally work a lot better in the evening and at night rather than in the morning. However, I am curious whether it is just a matter of habit or some sort of natural predisposition. ...
94
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17answers
5k views

How do I deal with distractions when working on a computer?

I spend most of my working day on a computer and know that when I am "in the zone" I am extremely productive. Getting to "the zone" is very dependent upon the task itself and environmental distraction ...
17
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5answers
1k views

Paper vs. digital: both have advantages, but which adv. is more important?

I started wondering recently if paper really could be the way to go. That is, in my everyday, non-GTD-obsessive personal issue tracking and task management. Here's why I'm considering this: A task ...
15
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4answers
6k views

How to set up a GTD workflow in gmail

I want to set up a GTD workflow based around my gmail account. Although I have some other possible sources of tasks and projects coming "in", most things I need to do come "in" through my gmail ...
13
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4answers
615 views

How do I gauge the effectiveness of my time management system?

I'm guessing a lot of people here have some sort of time management system. I'm curious what techniques people use to improve that system over time. For me at work: Weekly look at where I spent ...
22
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7answers
1k views

Would improving my penmanship improve my productivity?

I'm not... good with a pen. Years of hastily-scribbled notes and quality time spent with my trusty Model-M have left my penmanship in a sorry state; it's not completely illegible when I take the time ...
3
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0answers
465 views

What paper stock should I use to print my planner pages? [closed]

I've recently resorted to buying pre-printed planner pages from Franklin Covey, but the layout isn't exactly what I'd like. I'd prefer to print pages I've designed myself or via the DIY Planner ...
16
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8answers
728 views

What features should I look for when choosing task-management software?

There are a seemingly-endless variety of tools available for keeping track of tasks. From feature-clogged behemoths that will do everything (tracking time and generating Gantt charts) to the venerable ...
27
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9answers
1k views

Often-heard advice for success: “Wake up earlier.” But how much sleep is enough?

A recurring tip I've seen in autobiographies or books on succeeding in business is "wake up earlier." I don't particularly remember which millionaires suggested that advice, but I'm sure it's more ...
35
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5answers
2k views

Does good physical condition (e.g. fitness and nutrition) lead to increased personal productivity?

What evidence or studies exist to suggest that people who are physically fit and following good nutrition experience increased personal productivity? On the one hand, I would expect that when one ...
14
votes
7answers
2k views

What can I use to efficiently track progress on my tasks/goals?

I've been looking forever for a way to manage my tasks and goals efficiently. Most of them were too specific for project managers and had far more options than necessary to manage simpler tasks. None ...
2
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0answers
109 views

Effective use of online assistants [closed]

As a busy individual, I am trying to figure out how I can gain leverage in my personal life in the same way I have leverage in my work life. Online personal assistants seem to be a god-send. ...
19
votes
7answers
3k views

How to use GTD both at home and at work

I'd like to use GTD, but work in an office away from home. I rarely take work home with me, but sometimes, for example, bring bills to be paid to work with me. I would especially like to hear from ...
21
votes
8answers
1k views

What tools/techniques are useful in managing notes in different physical/digital locations?

When keeping numerous notes on any number of subjects, whether personal, work, school, etc, it's easy to let the notes grow out of control, and start missing things. I run into this a lot. I have ...
9
votes
4answers
4k views

What are alternatives to XMarks for bookmark synchonization? [closed]

I am using XMarks to synchronize my bookmarks across multiple machines/browsers. I like the way that it works, and it does the job, but I am wondering about alternatives that have more features or ...
13
votes
4answers
801 views

What can I do to fight procrastination? [closed]

What can I do to fight procrastination? I'm looking for general advice, professional research and useful tips.
12
votes
6answers
405 views

How do I encourage people to automate frequent tasks?

We often find in our consulting practice that automation can have a huge impact on personal productivity when using computers. These could be as simple as text replacement or as complicated as a ...
10
votes
1answer
114 views

Which studies are the most significant in demonstrating radical variations in individual productivity for knowledge workers?

For example, in software development there is the oft-sited Fred Brooks number (5-10x) from the Mythical Man Month and the Robert Glass number (28x) from Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering, ...
24
votes
9answers
4k views

What is the linkage between “next actions” and “projects” in GTD?

Getting Things Done (GTD) defines a "project" as anything that will take more than one action to be considered complete. "Next action" items, with a specific context, are kept handy so that when an ...
15
votes
5answers
538 views

How do I apply 'CRM' in personal life?

I see the sales guys at work using CRM techniques where they have a massive database which reminds them when to call people, make notes about when and where they are going on holiday, etc. So, now I'm ...
160
votes
34answers
8k views

How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
17
votes
9answers
730 views

How do you organize ideas?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to manage all the ideas related to a project (drawings, text, pseudocode, etc.). Until now I tried: Notebooks/paper: Pros: Cheap Easy to use Hard to change ...
51
votes
18answers
1k views

What are the best practices for being productive when working from home?

What tips can one provide to get the best programming results when working from home? When kids and spouse are home, is it possible to get any programming done in these circumstances? Please share ...

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