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1answer
382 views

Hacking sleeping pattern and increasing productivity

I plan to develop my own 'customised' sleeping pattern. My idea is to reduce my sleep to about four hours (up to five) per day. I read about polyphasic sleep, especialy uberman's and everyman 3. The ...
6
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4answers
681 views

Scientific studies on the default duration of a pomodoro?

I was wondering about the default duration of a pomodoro (25 minutes). In the PDF on the Pomodoro technique it says The length of a Pomodoro, 25 minutes, seems short enough to make it possible to ...
6
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3answers
277 views

Do I need to find the most appropriate time to study?

At a time, I was a night owl. My family kept nagging all the time why would I stay up the whole night and go to bed when everyone else is waking up. So I changed it, as I also read articles that ...
5
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4answers
306 views

How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
5
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5answers
143 views

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile?

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile? For example, I've been trying to get Firefox portable to work from a USB drive on the library computers with certain add-ons installed. I find this ...
5
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7answers
347 views

Is Google changing the way we approach problems or just plain “making us stupid”?

I have found that my long and short term memory is much worse than it once was. Often I can't focus on thing in detail only skimming whole articles. So, I tried googling these symptoms and I found ...
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5answers
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How long after you drink coffee before it starts being useful

That is to say, how long before you notice the effects, feel more alert, and so on. I'm assuming it's different for each person, but there must be a range. Also, does it differ for different types ...
4
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2answers
191 views

How to overcome productivity/daytime-correlation

After reading some threads here on PP.SE, I've encountered that a lot of people seem to be more motivated and focused in the late evening/night to do challenging and work-intense tasks. ...
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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5answers
2k views

How can we use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...
2
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1answer
224 views

Would Like To Be A Better Person In Life [closed]

I'am 28 now and i have the tendency to take everything for granted.I have always been extremely ignorant about numerous things that one would encounter in his/her life like studies,taking care of ...
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6answers
3k views

How to concentrate (read a book or work) when other people are talking instead of listening to their conversation?

I find it very difficult to concentrate on a task, if people are talking in the "neighborhood", e.g. reading a book in the tram or train or in a doctor's waiting room where other people are ...
12
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3answers
319 views

Pomodoro: should I still take a break if I'm highly engaged?

Short breaks are definitely beneficial when I'm leaning on Pomodoro to keep me motivated for a task. But what if I'm highly engaged in the problem I'm attacking? Will pacing myself with 5 minute ...
12
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9answers
679 views

How can I list down website passwords for better productivity?

I am an avid web surfer and I surf a lot of websites. I also have my accounts on numerous sites. The problem is when I need to sign in to some websites, I have to search my two mailboxes for username. ...
8
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4answers
507 views

Too obsessed. Cant concentrate

I am an addicted computer programmer. I am doing my Engineering. I am extremely obsessive about things. I am soo much obsessive that people tell me that I work really slow. I feel that I am unable to ...
7
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6answers
900 views

How to retain focus without coffee?

I would like to limit my coffee intake, which is about 5/6 glasses a day. I want to do this for health reasons and I think I'm more deppresed due to strong coffee usage (coffee makes me very tired in ...
6
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5answers
452 views

Single tasking vs Mulitasking

I'm a student and hoping to be an entrepreneur. Besides study I spend most of my time working on software development and recently thinking of organizing a team to work on the field of software and ...
6
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1answer
283 views

Is there data on the effectiveness on mind-mapping?

When I'm trying to figure out a problem, I find it helpful to sketch out the parts of it on paper. Be it words or drawings, brainstorming thoughts into a visual form is quite effective for me to ...
5
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3answers
176 views

Facts only news sources

I have found myself get emotionally worked up on news reporting and would highly prefer to avoid news altogether as this heavily impacts my ability to work productively. For work reasons however there ...
5
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4answers
488 views

Advantages of a label printer

Following some comments on another question (The productive label printer) - I'll split this out as a separate question. GTD recommends owning a label printer. Personally I've never quite got my ...
5
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2answers
743 views

How do I implement Mark Forster Superfocus task management on my Android mobile?

Mark Forster Superfocus task management and his previous systems does work for me. However, it was written for a pen/paper notebook implementation. I have problem implementing it on my Android mobile. ...
4
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3answers
631 views

Motivational texts on Android Lock screen

I'm trying to find an android application that is able to motivate me quickly when I'm outdoors and look at my screen. It could look like as follows: It can display a motivational text (citation) on ...
4
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3answers
413 views

How to focus on the current task and avoid any distractions?

I'm often finding myself getting distracted very easily: I walking to another room to do something (e. g. fetch something, write down something or do a task), on the way I'm seeing something that ...
4
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2answers
207 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?
4
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4answers
269 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 ...
3
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3answers
164 views

Going from idea to execution

I have a problem with not being able to move from idea to execution. By idea, I mean a detailed, specific plan on what to do and how to do it. I make lots of plans, but rarely follow through with ...
3
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5answers
1k 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 ...
3
votes
2answers
237 views

How to notate that a task can't be started until a separate task is completed in GTD

I did a search through the site and found some similar questions with some answers that aren't quite what I'm after. What I'm looking for is if there is a recommended way to note that a task is ...
3
votes
1answer
110 views

Sleep quality depending on daytime

Let's say you do everything well to have a good sleep: no excitation before, light diner, good position in bed, ... Also given you sleep as much as you need too and wake up naturally, is it better to ...
3
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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 ...
3
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8answers
786 views

Do audio books help our productivity?

Audio book sales are increasing since 2010 in the world. But do audio books really help us analyze a book? I ask because some people (including me) like to touch what they read. This is also the ...
2
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1answer
183 views

What and how to think

There is a lot of literature about "what and how to do", but I can't find anything about "What and how to think". What should I think about when I have space from actions, when walking, bathing, ...
2
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5answers
535 views

How to become a proactive rather than a reactive (lazy) learner?

My whole life I have been a reactive, lazy learner. What that means is that more or less any knowledge I ever acquired came in one of the three possible manners: Someone madated a task for whose ...
2
votes
3answers
224 views

Completing petty tasks using Pomodoro techniques

While working on first task to practice Pomodoro technique, I raised 9 internal interruptions. Later on I decided them to move in specific lists. There are many interruptions and tasks which are ...
2
votes
1answer
595 views

What to do in a 5-10 min break to recharge the batteries? [closed]

After a session of full concentration, I usually like to take a 5-10min break, usually take a coffee break, or go for a quick stroll around the office. I find that this allows my "batteries to be ...
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4answers
285 views

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

What revision control programs or methods do you guys use when writing?
9
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11answers
666 views

How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?

My job requires me to drive about 30 minutes to the firm and 30 minutes back to home. How can I use this otherwise wasted time efficiently? Do you have special audio CD's or tracks you do listen to in ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I increase my concentration in classroom?

I am in first year of my undergraduate university. I find it very difficult to concentrate in class and 90% of the time I do not know what is going on in the class. I am getting a bit low grades and ...
8
votes
1answer
247 views

Should I schedule my tasks with deadlines?

Currently I have a few tasks that I want to do, such as reading book X, reading blog Y, listening to podcast Z, watching video W. I do them usually in my free time when I'm done with urgent work and I ...
7
votes
1answer
159 views

If I can both sit and stand during an 8-hour day, what is the optimal balance of time sitting/standing?

So I have two desks right next to each other (actually, one is a regular desk and one is a refrigerator, my "standing desk"). I work from home, usually about 8 hours a day. Is there any research ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I clear my head so I can keep studying?

I am attending a foundation training program for a bank. They have just shoved tons of materials into our throat I could not fully digest. I am trying my best though. Exam is on tomorrow. But after 9 ...
6
votes
3answers
785 views

Handling task dependencies with GTD

How does Getting Things Done (GTD) recommend handling task dependencies (one task that can't be started until another task is completed)? I understand how it works when they are part of the same ...
4
votes
4answers
338 views

How to overcome cold/allergies/mild sickness?

I am often very productive and motivated. However, this is destroyed when I have a cold or allergies or am simply not feeling well. I am not talking about having a very obvious illness - I am ...
4
votes
5answers
526 views

Does multiple computer screens reduce productivity?

I was reading the wonderful post of Trent Walton : UniTasking which contains a lot of useful thoughts and ideas, plus some good links to some neat OS X apps. (which I have started using right after I ...
3
votes
3answers
122 views

How to “segmentize” your emotion and feelings

I have to run two, completely separate businesses, and juggling between them in a single day is very hard. At the end of the day, I am often exhausted emotionally when I reach home. What is more ...
2
votes
2answers
435 views

Can a periodic caffeine detox boost productivity in long term?

This is a question for primarily caffeine users. I'm currently not interested in "don't do coffee" type answers. I have a chance to undergo a caffeine detox. I'm interested in how long do you think ...
2
votes
4answers
912 views

GTD application that syncs with iCal

I am looking for a mac os x GTD task based application (in the wunderlist way) where you enter and classify tasks, and you can also assign tasks to iCal, is this possible?
2
votes
5answers
373 views

What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
2
votes
2answers
207 views

How to set a realistic deadline for a study task when you aren't familiar with the subject?

I am doing a self study now a days. The topics are unfamiliar. Hence the question.
2
votes
1answer
388 views

Techniques for mind dump (including mind sweeps/trigger lists)

I have a fairly solid workflow that hangs together well, but I'm interested in hearing more about how people deal with mind dumping--the process whereby after a busy week/event/trip and you clear your ...

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