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How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
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213 views

What methods can I use to allocate my time between different tasks?

Say you have several tasks, each with different priorities. What methods or algorithms can I use to divide my time between the tasks? As input, I'd like to have priority and as output a percentage of ...
2
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1answer
110 views

How to come out of bad sleeping patterns? [duplicate]

Background Story: It has been ten years since I slept before 10 'o' clock and wake up at 6 or before. In all these 10 years I have been atleast sleeping after 12 and waking up after 8 nowadays these ...
4
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5answers
444 views

How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
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6answers
545 views

How to fall asleep

I think many people can relate with this problem, eventhough I'm giving a personal description Ever since I was young I had extreme trouble with sleeping. I think I can best attribute it to ...
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61 views

Is delay in updating to-do-lists softwares normal?

I am deciding which software to use for my scheduling and to-do-list, note-keeping and based on some questions on this site, I decided on evernote and google keep (and I am deciding which application ...
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2answers
290 views

How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
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0answers
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Using Kanban for studying [duplicate]

'Studying' isn't a task which comes to an end. I have finished school but want to pick up some new skills in my current field. No doubt, studying is a time consuming process, especially when you're ...
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3answers
385 views

Required or a Distraction?

I am 27 yrs old and a software developer by profession. I feel I can learn and do a lot more but I also want to give time for other things. I am learning to play guitar, a new language. My wife is ...
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6answers
5k views

How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
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3answers
130 views

Does note taking not by hand help remember things?

I've heard of various studies that found that just taking notes helps remember things, even if you throw the notes out immediately after. Is this only true for note taking done by hand with a pen and ...
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3answers
110 views

How to write equations involving different sized symbols neatly in notes? What kind of paper to use?

I prefer writing on lined paper. I find it faster and neater and it helps with formatting. When I'm writing math some things don't fit neatly between the lines; for example the divider used in writing ...
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7answers
165 views

Putting “maybes” on calendar

My impression of GTD is that it's pretty strict about your calendar - it should only contain the necessary things (meetings, time-specific tasks), so you can get a picture of the landscape of your ...
8
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2answers
297 views

What to write in a daily journal?

I have often read in self help websites that successful people maintain journals. What has maintaining journals to do with success? What should be written in a journal daily? How to maintain a ...
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1answer
55 views

Average learning time for big list of topics [closed]

I have HFA (high functioning autism) and because of that it's very difficult for me to calculate time and make a realistic estimation about the time it will take to perform a certain task. I usually ...
2
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4answers
208 views

How can I eliminate stress and learn to let go?

I have a stress issue that it's eating me up. Not only stress, but even anger is an issue for me. I think that anger leads to stress and stress leads to anger, at least for me. Al of this ...
0
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1answer
135 views

how to come out of self destructive mindset and be productive? [closed]

I try to achieve more but I couldn't do anything,I feel like I am cursed and helpless. When I am free I always think of studying and I do planning for my future Because of my studying goals I ...
3
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1answer
304 views

Mindfulness and Pomodoro technique question

The idea of being focused on what I'm doing right now from Pomodoro technique. And the idea of mindfulness from Buddhism looks very similar to me. 1.Can mindfulness training from Buddhism helps to ...
0
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2answers
125 views

What is the best way to organize university courses with GTD?

I've started to implement GTD to my life recently and I was figuring out, how should I organize my university courses into my system? They're not really goals (courses are pretty small for a goal) and ...
4
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3answers
202 views

Is there a website for managing todos as a graph rather than a list?

My todos tend to have lots of dependencies, and a graph (i.e. nodes and edges, or vertices and arcs if you prefer) is a much more expressive representation for this kind of structure. Somehow, ...
6
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3answers
513 views

Best practice for balancing schedule, activities, tiredness and personal energy levels?

Many people who are on an early-morning weekday schedule (7:00 AM in my case) will tend to have later wake-up hours during holidays and/or weekends. However in my case, this makes it really difficult ...
4
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5answers
406 views

How to manage time sensitive tasks on a kanban board

I use personal kanban. On my board I have priority stickies (i.e. red, yellow, green). My backlog fills up pretty quick with tasks. My issue is keeping the time sensitive backlogged tasks ...
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1answer
108 views

How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional lfe [closed]

How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional life please share some keypoints that he should noted up
6
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3answers
429 views

Kanban isn't working for me - what's going wrong?

When I switched to a system where fewer things were getting done at a time, it made sense as I felt that my to-the-hour scheduled days just weren't working. The problem here is this. I have my Kanban ...
4
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2answers
105 views

Looking for watch that monitors sleep, can wake me up at best moment, and doesn't need to be recharged every day

I'm looking for a simple kind of smartwatch. The one that: - shows me the time (seems obvious) - monitors my sleep and wakes me up at the best moment (e.g. 15 minutes before the alarm time when I'm ...
13
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2answers
2k views

Is it possible to handle perpetually ongoing tasks in Personal Kanban?

I'm exploring organization systems like Personal Kanban and one thing I'm still not clear on is how to represent ongoing activities that are always there and always have to be done. For example, say ...
4
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5answers
1k views

How to use multiple monitors effectively?

Summary I have been issued a second monitor at work, and now I'm looking for ways to use it effectively. Full explanation Much of what I find on the net via searching is step by step "click here, ...
17
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8answers
2k views

What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?

Here: you can read : "Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; [blabla] ..." This is not the real problem I've been facing ...
66
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18answers
6k views

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 ...
2
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4answers
175 views

Are there any movements to declutter digital mess?

There are plenty of people trying to minimize the number of things they use, to remove all the meaningless, valueless things they own. I have been trying the same for quite some time now, locating all ...
5
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4answers
196 views

How do you Unlearn things?

Imagine you have an habit or a way of thinking that you think is wrong but you keep thinking /doing the same way because you have done it all your life the same way. How do you reverse it? Edit: ...
5
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3answers
319 views

Alternative methods of tagging to organize thoughts?

As ideas occur real-time, traditionally (pre computer age) people would typically record thoughts/ideas/research in the order they occurred, and then come back and pull out similar veins of thought as ...
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18answers
7k views

What is the best way to improve English vocabulary?

I want to improve my English vocabulary. I want to know some of the best ways to improve my vocabulary. How many words should I learn daily? What resources should I use?
2
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5answers
282 views

When the Todo-list/planning becomes an overwhelming task in itself

I am not good at maintaining productivity and effective time planning. I have a kind of ADD possibly. On the other hand I'm an achiever, and so it is inevitable for me to organize in an almost a ...
3
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2answers
156 views

Language independent memorization peg system

Most pegwords in Mnemonic peg systems ti memorize large numbers are based on the letters written in a certain language: I would like to create a set of Icons for the numbers from 0-99 that are ...
20
votes
6answers
776 views

The black hole of procrastination

Why does procrastination tend to block everything productive I want to do, rather than just the task I'm trying to avoid? I have a report to write up for next week and I've been procrastinating on ...
0
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1answer
95 views

wiki integration with mail program, calendar, files [closed]

I'm trying to find an answer to this issue since pretty some time but I'm not able to find any valuable and hiagh-quality answer. The issue is related to the organization of my work thorugh GMAIL and ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

How can I transfer my GTD system from Things on Mac, to anything on Android?

I've been using Things for iPhone and Mac. But, I just switched to an Android. How can I move all of my stuff to an Android GTD app? I don't really care which Android GTD app.
20
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13answers
2k views

How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
5
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5answers
3k views

Limit online time on Android

Often I find myself stuck in endless navigation on my phone. I just want to check if I received a message, or doing some basic research, and without noticing it I jump from link to link (or spending ...
2
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4answers
123 views

How to make myself take breaks from games and other screen activities?

A long time ago I made a program for my laptop which counts down from 90 minutes and shuts down my computer after. Fool as I am, I included a feature which resets the timer, so while in theory it ...
3
votes
4answers
179 views

How Can I Prioritize Maintenance Tasks With Goal Tasks?

How can I schedule in the maintenance tasks into my day yet allocate enough time for my important goal tasks? If I didn't have any goal tasks, my "maintenance" tasks (clean rooms, read email, kill ...
5
votes
5answers
168 views

Disconnect from work at home

I recently moved to a new company which has a big dimension (worldwide presence). We're using a custom framework build in several componentes in mixed languages with lack of documentation, most ...
1
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1answer
88 views

Is a general management responsibility a GTD project?

I have several responsibilities which in theory require me to take considered actions, but in practice many of those actions are emphemeral - such as the responsibility to manage certain types of ...
6
votes
5answers
641 views

How to stop learning and start coding?

I'd like to ask you for some advice. I'm currently building the MVP for my startup. I'm also quite motivated to improve my skill in programming, but since I decided to do this project I spent a lot of ...
3
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5answers
89 views

Pollen or hay fever season and personal productivity

There are several weeks in each year when my productivity drops to zero because of hay fever. I basically can't think about any productive solution for this problem. I am a programmer. It's not just ...
0
votes
1answer
245 views

How can I learn multiple things at once

I would like to ask if there are any tips as to how I can learn multiple things at once. For example, I'm currently reading programming books (python, ruby) and also learning music theory and design. ...
6
votes
4answers
265 views

How to arrange my desk (that has a computer) to read programming books?

Since I was a an undergrad student (now master) I couldn't find a way to arrange my desk so I can read programming books (and other books) easily. Normally what happens is that I have a keyboard in ...
31
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10answers
3k views

How can I remain productive when working long hours?

Occasionally I have to spend some late nights working on projects. It is not a common occurrence, but sometimes projects just need an extra night or two to hit a deadline. Unfortunately I have found ...
31
votes
9answers
4k views

Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...

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