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Is doing a partial Pomodoro method cheating?

I'm trying to find any articles/experiences on this. I tried using Pomodoro to motivate myself to have a task list and read in 25 minute blocks without getting distracted. (This was a weeklong ...
3
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2answers
429 views

Are there studies on the effect of relationships on productivity?

Life Optimizer - 5 Reasons Why Relationships Should Be Your Top Priority mentions that the most important thing in a productive life would be relationships. I tend to agree that we do need ...
16
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9answers
899 views

How do I get my motivation going?

Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; so, you are basically procrastinating by surfing the web, chatting with people, ...
7
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4answers
312 views

How do I communicate in a more productive way?

Sometimes, when e-mailing with someone, I feel that it's not productive to wait for their answer, and sometimes you don't understand the answer or you need to ask more questions to fully understand ...
2
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3answers
110 views

In a company setting, what are the drawbacks of prioritizing tasks by revenue?

In a company setting, what are the advantages of drawbacks of prioritizing tasks by revenue? In the article Entrepeneur - Five Simple Ways to Boost Productivity, I read: Delegate tasks that don't ...
17
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10answers
897 views

How to prevent oneself from feeling overwhelmed?

Sometimes, there are a lot of things that you are expected to do and you just don't know where to begin. You feel like you are being overwhelmed with a lot of tasks and deadlines. How should one ...
7
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3answers
1k views

Does having an office with a window view increases my productivity?

I would like to rearrange my home office, currently my desk is located next to a window which has an all-right view. The question is whether I should relocate the desk to a spot where there isn't any ...
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3answers
410 views

How to encourage feedback?

A few months working hard on your latest project made it possible to finish it a month before the deadline. Great! It might be a good idea to get some feedback before showing it to the client. ...
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2answers
455 views

How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
8
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7answers
3k views

Does brain training software like “Lumosity” work?

I've read conflicting reports on the effectiveness of brain training, but I have come across few reports by users of such tools. Is "brain training" effective in enhancing cognitive function?
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11answers
2k views

How to be more productive at my own side project while having a family and a full-time job?

I have a 9-6 full time job and trying to develop a project on my own. I can only work on it during my off hours, meaning after 7pm. It looks like I have full 5 hours till midnight, but after dinner ...
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4answers
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How does office temperature affect productivity?

I'm curious if there have been any studies that can tie office temperature to productivity. Is it better to be warm or cold or 'just right'? Is there a standard temperature that is best for ...
10
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4answers
962 views

How to focus on a long class?

I'm a college student who finds it very easy to be distracted. One important sentence missed means I'll have trouble understanding the rest of the class. Sometimes this can be solved by asking someone ...
4
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1answer
294 views

How to deal with things that cannot be divided into several pomodoros while applying the pomodoro-technique?

I am a student and have found that there are several things which cannot be divides into pomodoros. There are two kinds of them: 1) Courses, meetings, etc., which are fixed scheduled by the school ...
4
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2answers
223 views

Does it help to have dedicated computer workstations for dedicated types of work?

Has anyone seen research that demonstrates dedicating different computers to specific tasks (separated by physical distance) increases productivity?
9
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3answers
541 views

What to do when the work in a Pomodoro is completed before 25 minutes?

I earmarked two Pomodoro to clear my inbox this morning, and when I got half way through the second I was done. The Pomodoro Technique manual says that this presents an opportunity to 'over learn' - ...
5
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4answers
777 views

How to complete more pomodoros in a day in Pomodoro technique

The obvious answer is to make less interruption and focus more on a job, but it seems not so easy as it sounds. If you know methods those make your pomodoro technique more effective and allows you to ...
12
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8answers
6k views

Does a Trackball make you more productive?

Does using trackballs instead of mice makes you more productive? Are there any scientific studies on this subject?
11
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7answers
5k views

What is an Android task manager with sub-tasks and complex filtering?

Basically, I'm looking for an Android app that will let me do just two things: Have unlimited levels of nested sub-tasks Filter so I can view only tasks that have no sub-tasks. Let's say I have ...
9
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2answers
217 views

How do I introduce someone to Personal Productivity Improvements?

I've found the personal productivity methods and techniques I use (such as GTD and Inbox Zero) to be hugely helpful, but I've always struggled with good ways to introduce them to other people. Some ...
1
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0answers
233 views

What's a good Pomodoro timer software for MacOS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good computer-based Pomodoro timers? I discovered the Pomodoro Technique and want to use it when working on my MacBook. Can anybody recommend a good Pomodoro ...
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8answers
4k views

How to improve Self-Discipline?

What are some specific set of behaviors that lead to self-discipline. Preferably backed by studies/research or confident experience. What I am trying to achieve is be able to work a specific number ...
3
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0answers
130 views

Internet Bookmarks [closed]

In Firefox I have on the order of 10^3 bookmarks. I need a tool which provides the following features: Grouping (tagging / categorization - either is acceptable) Browser (prefer Firefox) integration ...
6
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2answers
587 views

How to get familiar with a new group of people in a short time?

I usually have very little time to get to know a group of people that I'm going to work with during my next project. Even though there probably isn't some research on how this influences productivity, ...
6
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1answer
292 views

Measuring Productivity Across Multiple Devices

How can I measure my productivity when using multiple devices? I'm a software developer, and I typically work in several virtual machines during the day. Is there a tool like RescueTime or ...
49
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10answers
4k views

Doesn't the Pomodoro Technique break the flow?

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique yesterday. In my first few trials I've noticed that since this technique requires you to stop working at defined intervals, it can easily break your state ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Is there any free online calendar to use for a Team for 8-10 people?

Is there any free online calendar to use for a Team for 8-10 people? To know who is on leave and when and to know his information like email, phone number etc. and to who is working on which ...
6
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3answers
269 views

Lighting for a work from home room

I'm preparing a room to work from home (behind a computer) and it doesn't have any windows, so no natural light :( What kind of lighting should I use to create a nice working mood without straining ...
21
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10answers
819 views

How to stop your rss feeds becoming a mess/information overload?

So like probably many I use Google Reader to manage, read, filter my subscribed rss feeds. Subscribing only as much feeds as you can read doesnt really work. From time to time i delete some feeds, but ...
2
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2answers
765 views

Will a mechanical keyboard improve productivity

I have heard that mechanical keyboard improve typing speed. Is there any research to support this? I am considering getting a mechanical keyboard, but I already type pretty fast (90 wpm) so I am ...
7
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3answers
1k views

What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and ...
1
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1answer
373 views

How to keep salesmen busy? [closed]

Some kind of jobs depend on the presence of customers to do their job. A few examples are inside salesmen, waiters, and so on. My current problem consists in trying to convince the directors against ...
2
votes
6answers
462 views

When do you check your email to be most productive? [closed]

I was wondering what the most optimal time to check and process emails is. Having bought a smartphone, I can access email anytime now, but the beep of new messages, while gratifying, is also ...
-2
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4answers
291 views

What Revision Control Programs / Methods Do You Use When Writing? [closed]

What revision control programs or methods do you guys use when writing?
13
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8answers
2k views

Does the “30/30 Minute Work Cycle” really work?

I'm about to embark on a pretty time consuming software project, so I'm looking for ways to improve my productivity over long periods of time. While searching for solutions, I found this article: ...
3
votes
7answers
587 views

What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity? [closed]

If I'm interested in increasing my personal productivity. What publications or books should I read based on reviews and number of copies sold?
42
votes
14answers
2k views

How can I improve my memory?

How can I improve my memory so that I can remember more, faster... learn faster...? I know some people are auditory learners, others visual... but once you figure out which one you are, how do you ...
94
votes
46answers
21k views

Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
21
votes
6answers
944 views

How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
5
votes
4answers
502 views

Are there any applications to create workflows for todos?

Currently I use sheet of paper, pencil and eraser; but it is just a bit tedious; especially when making things more detailed. Just text example with different levels of detail: Drink water from ...
4
votes
4answers
270 views

Online sharing and collaborating tool

To improve productivity, I would attempt to reduce the amount of travelling time, especially if it is for a meeting where the resources can be shared online. I have recently used TeamViewer as a tool ...
8
votes
2answers
632 views

What are recommended workflows when working with Markdown--in Windows, on a Mac?

For those who use Markdown regularly (other than for writing questions and answers on StackExchange), what workflows do you use when working with Markdown-formatted text files, and why? What ...
33
votes
22answers
3k views

How do I get more productive from using keyboard shortcuts?

I am constantly stunned by how few people use keyboard shortcuts, because I've always felt that people who have internalized a core set realize a significant productivity boost. How do I get better ...
4
votes
2answers
383 views

What is the optimal text width for Speed Reading?

Was reading here about this technique. From my POV it only works good with a distinct min-max text width. Columns in newspapers of a with of a few centimeters (5-6) seem quite good to me. I also like ...
7
votes
4answers
443 views

Multitasking (as done by human beings) considered harmful to productivity?

What evidence or studies suggest or confirm the idea that human multitasking, i.e. people attempting to perform several tasks at once, is harmful to productivity? Is there any evidence to the ...
24
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12answers
3k views

Nootropics (“learning” drugs) [closed]

So I noticed that there are no questions here about nootropics so I will ask a general question first. Where is the best resource to date to educate myself about the effects, benefits, and dangers of ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

How to schedule a group meeting for free?

I'm looking for a way to find a common time to schedule a meeting among 3 or more people; this can be really frustrating, but for example, an online service could help a lot. Are there any free ...
18
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6answers
647 views

Are there fundamental behaviors that cut across multiple productivity systems?

A variety of productivity systems and techniques are discussed on this site (e.g. GTD, Inbox Zero, FTF, Pomodoro, etc.); however, lots of folks probably land here because they're looking to learn more ...
1
vote
0answers
98 views

How can I train my mind to do multiple tasks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to multi-task in real life? How can I setup my mind to do multiple tasks at same time (e.g. reading e-mail while listening to another person, or writing an email ...
4
votes
1answer
850 views

Automated time tracking program for Linux [closed]

I've heard of several time tracking applications that can tell you how much time you spend using each application, how much time is spent on each website that you visit, etc. Does such a program exist ...

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