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How do you handle a workday after a bad night sleep?

I am insomniac at least 2 days a week, and the day after a bad night's sleep is terrible, especially its the extreme if its a Monday (obvious!). What are the ways such a workday can be made better if ...
4
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0answers
98 views

How can I develop a system to question deeper motivations? [closed]

I have been doing self-enquiry / questioning exercises to assess where I want to take my career path / life. I found a simple method of asking "what do you want to achieve? What do you need to do to ...
2
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2answers
335 views

How to read a 300-page non-fictional book in a day?

I have a school competition coming up and because of school (and I'll admit, my laziness and other stuff like workout, running) I haven't been exercising for the competition. I read 100 pages out of ...
0
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1answer
169 views

How should I use my last month before my medical entrance exams? [closed]

I am studying for the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and other medical exams. I have only one month left, and I haven't revised everything yet. Now I fear that I won't be able to clear the exams ...
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2answers
54 views

Should you start a pomodoro for a meeting if part of your job is to dial into and participate in meetings?

just wondering how other Pomodoro users factor in meetings, if part of your job is to dial in and participate in telephone meetings? Do you start up and claim a pomodoro for these, or should these be ...
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2answers
96 views

How to work efficiently with tree (hierarchical) data

Often I want to organize data into a tree-like structure. However, I would not know how to do this quickly. Here are two examples: Example 1 I keep track of my spending, and I am interested in total ...
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2answers
140 views

Why people hate themselves? [closed]

I've a simple question related to a specific Mental State. Some times you does a great work (Help) for others(Company/Relatives/Friends/etc.) But because of their emotion and/or some situation and/or ...
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4answers
241 views

How to be emotionally detached from (not obsessed with) the things I do?

I tend to be emotionally attached to things I do. It's bad because it costs me more to achieve my goals. Let me explain: When I read a book of which I love the cover and typography or the starting ...
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4answers
932 views

ToDo list application with projects, start and due dates, a priority field and custom filtering for Mac OS X?

I'm searching for a todo-list application for Mac OS X which can do the following. list tasks organize them in "projects" (à la GTD) assign a start date and a due date to each task and ...
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2answers
103 views

How do you appreciate yourself more? [closed]

It seems intuitive that people who have more high-quality self esteem are more productive because not having this should lead to depression. Apathy, of course, being a component of depression. So, I ...
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5answers
951 views

How to quickly restore concentration?

Very often I'm being interpreted while working or studying, sometimes the interruptions are small, and take a minute and sometimes it requires more than few minutes. How do I quickly restore ...
1
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1answer
82 views

Wake up phase application

I am using an app on my phone that measures my sleeping phase and tries to wake me up from sleep at the best possible time within predefined period (30 minutes). I (in general) sleep 7 hours a day, ...
1
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1answer
71 views

Should creative tasks be performed outside of a pomodoro?

I'm trying the Pomodoro technique. Sometimes, I need to make some strategic decisions. I need to consider some options and choose the best. These are creative tasks and I don't know exactly, how long ...
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16answers
13k 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 ...
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5answers
140 views

A better approach to studying?

I am a university student. Of late, I have gotten into the habit of 'studying' at the last moment. Before I proceed, let me clarify. In my university, exams have questions that require me to write ...
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1answer
205 views

Why I daily wake up at around 10 AM?

I have been observing my sleeping patterns from several days. Here are my observations: If I sleep at around 12:00 AM, I wake up at around 09:00 AM. (9:00 hour sleep) If I sleep at around 02:30 AM, ...
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8answers
627 views

How to improve concentration on more important priorities than facebook?

I used to be a very focused student in school. But after coming to college after i got access to unlimited internet,freedom my concentration has fallen very steeply. Even while studying for my final ...
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6answers
249 views

Best way to record todo items without breaking your flow

Many times while I am working and being protective, an idea comes to me that's not related to my current task but is still important. Till now, I have kept a pen and pad with me to record these. But ...
3
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3answers
155 views

What is the current state of the art technology for PC ergonomics? [closed]

We know that for the most comfortable use of technology, we need to design items for both optimal movement of the body and minimal contortions of muscles from their resting positions. We know from ...
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9answers
316 views

Papers, articles, books etc. file naming conventions

I'm a researcher and so far I've been accumulating hundreds of papers, articles... The point is that I want to organize them by choosing a consistent file naming convention. This is driving me crazy. ...
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1answer
100 views

how to study the four subjects in one month [duplicate]

iam studying in 12th standard my exams just one month away and i have not yet studied once. and what should i do now ? how to study? should i concentrate on important things? or should i learn ...
3
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3answers
342 views

How to understand complex topics faster?

This is mostly geared towards learning complex things in my quest to getting my Information Systems degree, but any general information is welcome as well. I would like to know what you use to help ...
3
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1answer
131 views

Happiness - change who you are or accept yourself? [closed]

I've been watching Dexter and I've raised this question: will you be happier changing yourself to who you want to be, or just accept yourself for who you are? Killing addictions may be a bit ...
5
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1answer
278 views

Motivational background/lock screen

As the title says I am looking for some motivational pictures for my phone for use as a background and/or as lock-screen. I currently on a custom rom android phone. I would like a application or tool ...
5
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2answers
173 views

Version control system for projects involving mixed content

My question: is there a reliable and simple version control system/mechanism/platform/... for projects with content that is effectively monolithic, opaque stuff? Most of the projects I work on ...
8
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9answers
709 views

How can I teach myself to think more innovatively?

Everyday I do the same routine task or assigned work, but in an effort to feel more energetic and enthusiastic, I would like to do the same routine stuff in a more interesting or innovative way. I ...
6
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8answers
304 views

How do you overcome analysis paralysis when learning how to program?

Every time I settle down to continue my programming practice I always get hung up on intrusive thoughts like: Am I being effective enough? Am I going fast enough? Am I learning the most relevant and ...
3
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2answers
147 views

How can someone keep from over-committing by constantly taking on new projects/responsibilities?

It sounds simple enough: just say 'NO', but it isn't always that easy. I have a "friend" that is easily intrigued, but also easily bored. He commits to projects out of genuine interest and curiosity, ...
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6answers
602 views

How to overcome the constant feeling of not being good enough?

I constantly and obsessively question myself during many kinds of activities. When I play Tetris, I cannot stop thinking that world class Tetris players have way faster motor and cognitive abilities, ...
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1answer
111 views

Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
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22answers
4k views

Always sleepy, tired and not focused

I sleep about 7 hours every night. But I am always sleepy. What can I do in order to stay awake and productive all day long? Update: I wake up only with an alarm clock and when I wake up I am still ...
4
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2answers
79 views

How to study for exams with 2 weeks left

I have studied all the subjects ( Hist,Geo,Maths,Physics,Chemistry,Biology,English,Computer) in a scattered way. Like out of 8 or 5 or 6 chapters I am very well prepared with 2 or 3 . I learned that I ...
8
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1answer
363 views

how to stick to something

I am very curious. I can spend days on stackexchange, wikipedia, coursera, plenty of tutorials. I often start projects with very big ideas in mind, but don't really do anything concrete. There are ...
1
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1answer
60 views

Does using a task bar on each monitor showing only the windows that are located on that monitor improves computer productivity? [closed]

Some program allows to have a task bar on each monitor showing only the windows that are located on that monitor: I wonder if it tends to increase or decrease the computer user's productivity in ...
4
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3answers
321 views

How do I motivate myself to work on my projects when achieving average levels of success?

Some background: I am a full time software developer, with a number of side projects on the go. These include a blog or two, making hand painted jewellery, a few pretty diverse things. These ...
2
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5answers
96 views

How to make a plan without readjusting it?

I always struggle with accomplishing the tasks on my to-do lists. For example, one or two weeks before I have exams I construct a plan with what I have to do each day. What almost always happens is ...
0
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4answers
89 views

Do Positive Affirmations work with productivity?

I see evidence for and against it when I do a google search. I was wondering has anyone in this community ever tried using them daily in their meditations or standalone and find any benefit from them? ...
3
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4answers
126 views

How many next actions to make a note of in a project in GTD?

I'm using Omnifocus for my GTD implementation. I find myself spending a lot of time defining a lot of next actions. Inevitably by the time I get to next action 6 of 10 the remaining 4 are no longer ...
2
votes
1answer
70 views

What to do to find the most suitable career for me? [closed]

I really don't know which career to choose. People around me have said to me that I should do what I love to do the most and this is the problem: I don't know the answer. I am an engineering student, ...
2
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2answers
123 views

Avoid petty general and arithmetic errors when in haste

How can I avoid making arithmetic and petty calculation errors while performing manual arithmetic? The problem arises whenever I am engrossed in problem solving. I make mistakes as silly as 3 ...
3
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3answers
157 views

Frequent Career Switch - Mental Issue or Real Passion towards something else

To explain my situation shortly "I am an introverted person from my school and for sometime bullied by my friends but I dont take it to heart. But I was good in studies and average in sports. In ...
1
vote
7answers
244 views

What would you include in an end-of-day routine? [closed]

I am curious to know what you might consider for addition to an end of the day routine at work.
5
votes
2answers
281 views

How do I increase my concentration and attention on a difficult/technical subject?

I have trouble reading programming books and doing and understanding their example code. I have trouble understanding advanced math and even basic math concepts. I have trouble to learn new things on ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

I want to graph the connections between my contacts - are there any online applications for that?

I have a growing number of contacts in my company and I need to organize those contacts into a web of connections - who is working with who, who knows someone and that sort of things. Is there any web ...
12
votes
6answers
10k 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 ...
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vote
2answers
85 views

How can I memorize geography maps?

There is some problem for me to memorize geography maps. It involves actually two tasks: 1) To look quickly on the map and to keep in the head approximate image of picture. (for orienteering) 2) To ...
2
votes
6answers
445 views

What is the fastest way to send emails to myself?

I have some success using gmail inbox as my primary GTD inbox. One glitch however is that it takes a lot of steps to send email to myself, which I want to do to clear my head. Right now I do this in ...
1
vote
1answer
91 views

How can I keep track of the math exercises I am doing?

I'm doing math exercises every day or so. I would like to keep track of the different exercises I'm doing, with as much information as possible such as difference to the exercise (like book + exercise ...
0
votes
2answers
67 views

What to do when starting to feel sick?

Personally, getting sick is a huge detriment to productivity, perhaps the largest. I find I get tired but can't sleep at night (I found a reddit explaining why this may be). Even after the sickness ...
2
votes
1answer
121 views

Long-wait tasks with Pomodoro Technique

What are some good strategies for coping with tasks that have high "wait times" when using the Pomodoro techinque? Right now I'm about 15 minutes into a pomodoro, but I'm waiting for a program to ...

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