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4answers
80 views

Abstract thinking fail? [closed]

Before the question itself, let me introduce some examples. The colleague of mine introduces me the scheme of the project we will work in. The project is a programming one, so it includes such ...
2
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5answers
114 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 ...
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 ...
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2answers
106 views

How do I keep avoiding social networking sites/apps even when people urge me to use them?

The story starts this way..... I must be 13 or so when I started using facebook.As many teens do, I spent(wasted) many hours each day on facebook, twitter etc. But after maybe 1 year, I realized that ...
0
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2answers
73 views

How to find time management & organization skills classes for adults?

My girlfriend struggles mightily with time management and organization. She is a teacher, she works incredibly hard outside the classroom, grading papers & tracking student progress or preparing ...
7
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2answers
351 views

Daily ToDo list + Visual long term planning

TL;DR I'm looking for simple software where I can plan long-term projects visually, then load next steps into a daily ToDo list. I'm a graduate student so I have an extreme mix of important tasks ...
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17answers
3k views

What to do when tired instead of surfing the internet?

After a full day, I am tired, and often end up mindlessly surfing the internet in the evening. It is the easiest thing to do when I've already made a lot of decisions during the day. Unfortunately, ...
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2answers
153 views

How to start being more productive and keep it that way? [closed]

In the past 5 years I started learning programming. I also got into sports for about 13 hours per week. I am only 17 years old therefore I'm still in high school, so I have about 8 hours per day with ...
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29answers
1k views

What are famous quotes about productivity?

What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.
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1answer
90 views

How many pomodoros does each experience level represent in Pomodroido?

I was wondering how many hours I have spent on my project so far.
7
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4answers
371 views

What kind of mindset do disciplined people have? [closed]

I'm curious of how disciplined people think? What is their mind like? I found that some tips on how to be disciplined are good, but not good enough if one's mind is not thinking about it differently. ...
6
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6answers
464 views

How do I motivate myself to study sincerely?

I am an IT professional. I am working as a developer for last 5 years. Along with this I am pursuing a degree course in distance learning. Due to this job I get very few hours daily to study (maximum ...
2
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3answers
164 views

Speed reading software with highlights

Do you know any speed reading software, preferably open source, that highlights text in chunks of words (3/5 words). I know some but they just flash text like cards. What I'm trying to do is improve ...
2
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3answers
283 views

How to get past the fear of moving forward?

I have many things I want to do, but I never get anything done. I want to start learning things, but never have the motivation. I want to start doing things that are readily available, but hold myself ...
6
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2answers
146 views

Simple tool to manage Question and Answer

Looking for a simple tool to manage a horde of frequently asked questions and answers. I'm working on a project where I get many similar questions, and i want to cut and paste the answers. For a ...
2
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4answers
679 views

How do I maintain my calendar with times belonging to different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like some of these things to be at a ...
4
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3answers
198 views

Relaxation under difficult conversations

I'm a Computer Engineer with good innate technical/analytical skills, and I realized that to keep growing as a professional I should improve my 'soft-skills'. I've read carefully a bunch of ...
2
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2answers
151 views

Keeping up with current events efficiently

How do you guys keep up with current events without this activity becoming too time-consuming? I've always subscribed to an RSS stream of a major news agency and filtered important news out of it by ...
12
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4answers
348 views

How to avoid procrastinating on the Stack Exchange network?

I love the Stack Exchange network, but I often find myself procrastinating by looking at the most recently updated questions on the sites I visit most. Those questions are rarely (if ever) relevant ...
12
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2answers
439 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. ...
4
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3answers
219 views

Productivity, getting started?

I read GTD, ZTD, and, a ton of web articles about productivity.But, the problem is always the same - how do I start? That's always the same problem with new habits or life changes, determining the ...
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7answers
802 views

How to beat the “Too Long Didn't Read” syndrome?

A large portion of my work deals with reading research papers and textbooks which run for hundreds of pages. However, with all the pomodoros going on, its frustrating to be reading redundant or ...
0
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1answer
150 views

Content lists in GTD system or in separate services

I have a system that involves content lists (as I call them). I use Things by Cultured Code and some time ago I'd been using it with these kinds of lists too. Here how it works: I have a list ...
12
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16answers
2k views

Why am I not making money and success even If I am organised, motivated and hard-working?

I am totally organised. I keep a file of everything, I monitor my activities, keep my expenses analytically, process my todo list and my projects with different types of gtd. I have an above average ...
0
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1answer
62 views

Tackling university and a job

The situation: I am at my second year in University. Where I live the Bachelours degree is 4 years, so I haven't gotten to the middle yet. I started my first real job as a developer a couple of ...
3
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2answers
210 views

Advantages of a virtual assistant

Following some comments on another question (http://productivity.stackexchange.com/a/2797/2382) - I'll split this out as a separate question. There are many recommendations to outsource tasks to ...
4
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1answer
100 views

Redirected during the day: Can I reduce the negative impact?

I wanted a job. During the interview I was asked a common question: How well do you handle being switched to a different task in the middle of a day? Things move pretty fast around here. Of ...
0
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1answer
81 views

How to increase reading speed with or without apps/extensions?

For the past few days I have been exploring various extensions and sites which help you in speed reading the articles/content. I was fascinated in the beginning by their promises but in the end I'm ...
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3answers
286 views

Getting static electric shocks in work [closed]

I keep getting static electric shocks in work. I'm wondering if I can do anything with my shoes to stop this, or any other tips. I'm even getting these when wearing trainers. Work has a carpet. This ...
5
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4answers
303 views

Does the 2 minute rule apply during weekly reviews?

The first part of a "Getting Things Done" (GTD) weekly review is getting clear: emptying the inbox. At the same time, the weekly review is for reviewing, not doing. For tasks less than two minutes, it ...
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11answers
6k views

Am I destroying my career as a software engineer [closed]

I have worked as a software engineer (.NET) for 2 years. Our job is easy and it doesn't require a lot of technical or conceptual knowledge. In fact, we always use console apps with XSLT and basic C# ...
0
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2answers
215 views

How can I use Agile/SCRUM at home?

As a software developer at work, I really enjoy working in SCRUM. When I come home at the end of the day, it's easy to waste time, especially when I get my two kids in bed and I find myself in front ...
4
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3answers
511 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
4
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5answers
433 views

Time for learning to code

I don't have any time for learning to code :( Please help me finding the solution. My daily life starts at 5h, having breakfast and go to bus stop at 5h45. Arriving at company at 7h00. Working until ...
16
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5answers
8k views

Self-hosted Evernote alternative?

I'd like to have an app running on my own server that stores and syncs notes, with a great interface. Any suggestions?
0
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0answers
14 views

how should one can program themselves on not to concentrate on other stuffs while working and increase thier productivity [duplicate]

I would like to know how to control thoughts and increase productivity especially while working. When ever I start to work even though I am coding in front of computer, but 50% of my concentration ...
13
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5answers
434 views

What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?

I some some tasks which are to be done daily. I some some tasks which are to be done on some specific days. I want to track what I did and did not do and why. Also, how should I handle the tasks ...
3
votes
4answers
292 views

What frameworks exist for establishing and questioning goals or objectives

I have been using the GTD methodology and I have the control side of it well in hand. However, for the perspective side, contained in the 'horizons of focus' technique, I'm having trouble establishing ...
15
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5answers
530 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 ...
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3answers
120 views

How to Increase productivity in professional life with respect to team members

I would like to know how to increase productivity and increase concentration for following Your colleague who waste your time each day coming and talking to you more than 45 min on a working day ...
7
votes
3answers
693 views

How do I energize and motivate myself?

I feel like I am always low on energy, my mood is always sad. I feel depressed all the time and I feel like blood rushing through my veins. I know this is all because I keep failing at all the things ...
3
votes
5answers
445 views

How to share files and email a/c with personal assistant?

I have hired a full-time personal assistant for myself, so that I can delegate my work to him and stay super productive Before starting on the delegation, I have a doubt in 2 areas on Email Sharing ...
3
votes
1answer
99 views

How should I track tasks based on urgency and importance, and choose due dates for non-urgent important tasks?

I've read about the concepts of urgency and importance, but I'm struggling with the actual mechanics of tracking these things. How should my todo list be set up? Should I have multiple lists? ...
3
votes
1answer
56 views

How to automatically enter contact data into a database of contacts?

I want to be able to enter contact details of people from their email signatures into my address book automatically, without having to copy each phone number and name or other element one by one into ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

How do I trigger a dopamine release based on certain stimuli?

This question is regarding Dopamine and possible ways to cause some related trigger or spark. Now, the concept/objective is to get into that "motivated/fun/interested" state. So, you feel some what ...
6
votes
3answers
589 views

How to keep up with a todo application?

I've used every single todo and time/task management application out there. The choice has been difficult to make but I've concluded in asana, wunderlist and things. I 've jumped from one to another ...
18
votes
10answers
9k 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 ...
0
votes
2answers
71 views

What is the better approach to studying?

I am curious about which is the better approach to studying. One approach is to allocate a set time for a subject and finish whatever i finish in that time Another approach is to study a certain ...
3
votes
4answers
202 views

How to use caffeine properly?

I was thinking: 5 days on caffeine, 2 days off caffeine in a week can be ideal. The problem that I found is that if I drink caffeine on weekends (aka use coffee 7 days), the tolerance grows further ...
40
votes
12answers
6k views

What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...

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