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How to manage calendared actions in GTD

I'm currently applying GTD principles in my productivity pipeline. But I'm confused about quite a few things. One of it is how do I decide if I should put something in the calendar? I'm used to ...
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What kind of mental exercises can improve memory?

For example Suduko is said to keep brain sharp because it makes us think a lot. What kind of mental exercises can improve memory?
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How can I be more productive on Fridays?

I feel like every Friday, it's the same story. I set out the day, trying to have a productive Friday, but it seems like it's more challenging on Fridays. Does anyone relate to this? How can you ...
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How to speak and understand the Arabic language fluently?

I know how to read and write Arabic reasonably well. However, I am not able to speak Arabic fluently ( I can speak just a little bit). I want to speak and understand Arabic (especially Emirati ...
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Simple shorthand system?

There are several written stenography systems (like Gregg shorthand) that allow for quickly and efficiently condensing text into a series of symbols. Those systems would take hours and hours of ...
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StackExchangeNotes? Note-taking software that uses text mining techniques and finds similar notes

There are 100s of note-taking applications, but I'm surprised that none seem to help me solve the biggest problem I have with notes: remembering to remember. I use large collections of notes to plan ...
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New and interesting ways of getting up in the morning?

I'm looking for new and interesting ways of getting up in the morning instead of settings 30 alarms 2 minutes apart from each other on your phone. I would like to know your experiences with using any ...
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How do I use sleep to my advantage?

I am curious about how I can better sleep, in order to improve my productivity. One thing I want to understand, is how I can accurately figure out how long is my sleep cycle. I read it's around 80 to ...
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Why can't I sleep for a long time after 1 cup of coffee [closed]

A few weeks ago I started drinking coffee since we now got free coffee at school. Although this had a negative effect on me. Whenever I drink a cup of coffee at 9 am I'm able to stay awake and ...
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Strategies to focus for a long time

In my college the system is really bad. We may take 4 lectures one after another. Each is of one and half hour long with 10 minutes breaks in between which we use to ask the lecturer of what we ...
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What kind of tasks belong on to do lists and which don't?

I like making lists and I keep them in Evernote or a paper notebook. Most of the time, this is great. However sometimes I get frustrated looking at the list when there are things on there that I ...
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How to force myself to focus while reading?

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
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How to get rid of my approval seeking desire?

I am 32. I am an approval seeker. Drawing and crafts is my hobby but before I make anything for my house I wonder whether my husband will like it or not. That stops me from doing much if I know he ...
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Why does colouring relieve stress?

Seeing the adult colouring books being sold worldwide it seems that colouring has something to do with stress relief. I want to know why does colouring relieve stress? Why not cooking or any other ...
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I try to keep myself in the present moment all the time. Do I still need to have separate sessions of meditation?

Whenever I start daydreaming or cursing or giving explanation to other people in my imagination, I always tell myself "come back" and stop the respective activity (of course when I realize it). ...
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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 ...
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Is the “two-minute” rule really an efficient way of dealing with to-do items?

In one of David Allen's audio tapes I recall him mentioning his "two-minute rule", which means - if you recall something you need to do, and that something takes less than 2 minutes to do, then drop ...
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When quitting a bad habit, how do I find a substitute habit to distract myself from that bad habit?

I have an issue with trying to avoiding a specific website - this website happens to be Reddit.com (actually, it can be facebook or anything). So, I tell myself repeatedly - "no more reddit !" and I ...
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10answers
969 views

Methods for reducing time spent in meetings

One of the biggest hits to productivity is time lost in meetings. Are there any methods to avoid unnecessary meetings and improving the productivity of the meetings that are held?
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How to maintain a diary about the wasted things which I had bought?

It seems I have a habit of compulsive shopping. I buy food items, then keep them on kitchen counter and then throw them after some days because I don't use them in their due time. I buy some things ...
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How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?

Some examples of such activity: browsing this site without a particular goal browsing your friends' profiles on social networks reading news hugging with you spouse (endlessly) watching TV You can ...
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1answer
37 views

How to overcome resistance to do *more* than your initial goal?

Right now, I have a couple of solid habits that I do every day for around 20 minutes, but I often exceed that limit and go to about an hour. I log my habits with an Android app called HabitBull, which ...
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1answer
138 views

How to get back to polyphasic sleep after over-sleeping?

I am attempting to transition into a polyphasic sleep pattern Uberman. But sometimes I over-sleep. I wonder which is the better way to try and get back to the polyphasic sleep after that: Continue ...
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1answer
199 views

How to remain productive when you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder)? [closed]

I suffer from ADHD(Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder). Is there any way to work around it? Is there any experimented common cure which people might know of. Medicine or exercises?
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How do I clear my mind before going to sleep?

I have great difficulty stopping to think of things I'm doing at bedtime. Whenever my night's sleep is bad, my day is much less productive. I try to compensate by drinking coffee, but this only works ...
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1answer
283 views

How to write with two hands simultaneously?

To clarify, I'm not talking about how to become ambidextrous. I have seen a movie, where a professor can write with both of his hands simultaneously on two different papers, different things. Even ...
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Since “Empty mind is a devil's workshop”, am I supposed to be busy all the time in order to be happy?

Am I supposed to take that proverb literally, and keep doing something or the other all the time? My intention is to be happy and peaceful.
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Is watching educational videos at higher speeds helpful?

I find that I can watch lectures/videos at 1.5x or 2x speed (depending on the speaker) and still understand what they are saying. This allows me to finish material in less time, which seems to be a ...
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2answers
146 views

Is it worth taking work breaks “by feel”?

As a student working on multiple things, not finding enough time is a constant problem and finding efficiency tweaks is always a goal. Every single source I look at recommends scheduling work into ...
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1answer
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Why is it recommended not to browse Internet during the pomodoro break?

Why is it said that we should take a walk instead of browsing Internet during pomodoro breaks? What if I watch a non mind engaging activity like watching cat video on YouTube during the break? How ...
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2answers
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In regards to establishing a series of new habits, is it counterproductive to shorten the timespan required?

They say that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. But I find this to seem a bit arbitrary. Suppose I want to instill 3 new habits: 1. Exercise 10 minutes a day 2. Write a diary every day for ...
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6answers
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What are the weaknesses of the GTD system?

For those who use the GTD (Getting Things Done) system or have used it in the past, what are some areas where GTD is weak and might need improvement?
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2answers
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Remembering to do something when in the past there was nothing to remember for it

This is somewhat related to remembering things you don't use often. How do you remember something new where you never had to know it before? For example my new drivers licence requires me to update my ...
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4answers
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How to reduce the usage of mobile at home?

I am addicted to mobile as my wife thinks. She complains that I don't give her time like I give for the mobile. But I don't realize it. I think I am using the mobile normally and not like addiction. I ...
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4answers
662 views

I have 10 days to gain 35 words/minute typing speed. How?

My typing exam is on 20 June. I need to be able to type 35 wpm. My speed is currently 17 wpm while looking at the keyboard . How can I gain the required speed in the time allowed?
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6answers
334 views

How to be better updated but reading less at the same time?

I feel I read irrelevant news articles, as well as feel saturated with a lot of them. I'm using Feedly now, and GTD method with Wunderlist in my life. I would like to be better updated but reading ...
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3answers
140 views

How do you work efficiently on an airplane?

I was curious about ways to improve my productivity while I'm flying. I do have a Macbook air laptop. So I aim to do some work on the plane. I'm curious about ways to improve my ability to do work on ...
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3answers
312 views

How to correctly resume yourself with the same enthusiasm after sleep?

Many times I find ideas of good things working in my head. Those ideas are good and I want to work on them tomorrow, also. And sometimes, I feel interested in a project/work, doing it with pleasure. ...
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2answers
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Getting through planning significant events

TL;DR I'm looking for ways to think about and approach planning significant days (special birthdays in particular) more enthusiastically, to try and ensure that I wouldn't rather claw my eyes out ...
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14answers
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Touch Typing for Programmers

I have been using Typing Master to learn touch typing, but it doesn't cover the symbols and numbers I user as a programmer to any significant extent. Is there any touch typing software that is more ...
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5answers
92 views

Short cuts to commonly used websites

I'm making a list of useful abbreviations to use when trying to get to a site on the internet. For example, no one adds www anymore to the begining of websites. For sites like google.com it's slightly ...
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2answers
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How long does it take to speed up on touch typing?

I have started to practice touch typing a couple of weeks ago. Today, I have performed an online typing test and it showed a dreadful 26 WPM. Is this normal? I am reading people able to touch type at ...
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4answers
790 views

What are the general steps to increase your IQ?

I believe that the engine that drives us forward is our IQ. Increasing it will result in a higher productivity rate so I'd like to know what are the general steps that will put a person on that path. ...
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2answers
198 views

Strategies for keeping a relaxed stated while working on stressful projects

I have a long and hard project in my TO-DO that most times I think about it make me feel stressed, overwhelmed and sometimes anxious. Avoiding it would have a great cost and the stress is not helping ...
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1answer
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Dangerous procrastination [duplicate]

I have always done things that appealed to me in the moment and are not worth anything in the longer run. I have spent when I am disappointed with myself. Lied and convinced myself into falling for ...
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5answers
2k views

Hierarchy tree editor

I am looking for a desktop application that can be used to efficiently manage hierarchical data structures, much like a filesystem tree hierarchy but that saves my hierarchy in a file. MSFT Excel is ...
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2answers
300 views

While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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6answers
737 views

Keeping track of personal tasks.

At work I've been using the Pomodoro technique. I use just an MS Word document to keep track of my backlog for the day, and a three column table (time, to do, notes) to move these tasks into the ...
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5answers
787 views

Project Management Software for Software Development?

I have been looking around for relevant project management software in regards to this, but it is pretty much impossible to find, at the fault of how meta searchs of google work. When I search a ...
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12answers
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...

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