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The desire of being productive, but failing at implementing it [duplicate]

I feel like life is too short, and I feel like I have to take advantage of every moment. I am a college student, I don't have much free time on my hands but when I do, I want to do something new, ...
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How to prevent spurious productivity

To quote Dan Ariely: "... technology makes things worse by creating a new term called 'structured procrastination'... our ability to do nothing while feeling that we're actually doing ...
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How do I keep working if I'm going to die anyway?

Steve Jobs said that the single most motivating factor for him was that he was going to die. However for me that is the most demotivating factor because after all, if you're going to die, what's the ...
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How to handle a job that forces multitasking?

I work in corporate R&D, with tasks related to data analysis and some software engineering. A majority of my work (often all actionable projects at a given moment) contain huge amounts of downtime ...
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How remember little “important” things and be conscious when to keep checks?

I have been dealing with this for quite a few years now, I always forget little important things while doing any random task. And i mean "any" task , not any particular task or every task. For example ...
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How should I boost my confidence and overcome depression? [duplicate]

I have completed my graduation 1year back but no job yet due to low grades in my course. So I feel depressed. When I prepare for an interview,I have a strong feeling that I am not deserved person and ...
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As a university undergraduate, how can I get more self-disciplined in my academic studies?

I have an issue in that I don't think I was ever taught real discipline. I was always a really good kid, polite, never really acted out or anything of the sort really, and so my parents never really ...
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Dropping old habits since childhood

I have been raised in a family where I was controlled and pushed to do something without knowing the value of why they were pushing me. In response (or by nature), I became rebellious. That ...
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Is there a laminator which can handle multiple pages? [closed]

I am a primary school teacher. When making your own resources, the powers that be like them to be laminated. Sometimes I wonder if this is because they know that you have to laminate every single ...
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What techniques are there to make more time for useful activities?

Related: How to increase productive number of hours I want to "make" more time to do more things. Techniques I know are: Trading 1 - trade task A which you take longer to do, for task B that you ...
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Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
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A watch to stop procrastinating [closed]

I want to design a watch for a science project: a watch with a big timer displayed on its screen. The watch principally displays the time remaining for a task and not the real time. How it functions: ...
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Time taken to learn a new skill as per Malcolm Gladwell

In the book 'The Tipping Point' Malcolm Gladwell makes a point about devoting 10,000hrs to mastering a new skill. How can he come up with a hard number like 10,000 for something so subjective? Is the ...
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How do I retrain bad habits? [duplicate]

Background: This answer talks about Ironic Process Theory, in which deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts make them more likely to surface. I find I have this problem with certain ...
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How to make studying interesting like movies?

Why is everything more interesting than studying? E.g: eating, drinking, watching a movie, looking around, sitting, standing, daydreaming, listening to songs... Even doing the most boring thing is ...
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Regressions in reading

All speed reading tutorials insist that avoiding regression is a major contributor to the reading speed and memorizability. Take this one as example. However, I notice that I read best when I read the ...
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How Should I make a Plan of Action to achieve my Goal?

For instances have a 1 year goal to acquire a new skill. Now how should i make a plan of Action? Should i work on my objective Daily or Weekly? Should i follow the plan blindly or adjust to ...
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What Should be the Duration of any Learning Goal?

What should be the duration of any Learning Goal? for instance i want to learn a new computer programming language...then should i make a deadline for 3 months or 1 year?
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My wpm (words per minute) is already 93, how can I get any better?

I am not willing the use the Dvorak keyboard so how can I improve my typing speed on a Qwerty keyboard? I can type without looking at the keyboard, but I do take some time to delete mistakes and ...
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Dilemma of spending time with family members, watching TV and doing something fruitful?

I am a developer who spends most of the hours of the day at office. Once I am back home, I have a few hours left with me, in which I try to indulge in some hobby, like reading a book and doing some ...
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When the pomodoro is finished, what if I want to keep on working?

I'm not great at time-based work, so I'm giving Pomodoro a go. My problem is that, when I'm mid-sentence or mid-way through whatever I'm doing and the timer goes, I don't want to drop it right there, ...
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Get the motivation to change (i'm stuck)

Maybe I'm posting this at the wrong place but let's give it a try. Last year was pretty tough; working full-time, having classes in the evening until almost 10:30 pm, my parents divorced, and had to ...
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Pomodoro for studying programming books

Currently how I use Pomodoro is using 25 minutes of study, then 5 minutes rest. And I do this for studying programming books. Is that how I should be doing it or should I first break down sections of ...
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I don't know how to use my time productively after work hours

I work from 8:00 to 5:00 so by the time I get home it is close to 6:00 pm. There are two main things I want to do but I can't: Going to gym which is about 5 minutes drive from my home Studying ...
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How to remember things you don't often use?

I just contacted the help desk with a problem with an e-mail account. They said "sometimes you have to switch between port 25 and 26" (that is one week it's 25, the next it's 26 and vice-versa). I ...
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Seeking advice on sleep pattern

Due to circumstances I have to temporarily change into an unnatural sleep cycle. It will be for 5-6 months. So I have the following two choices: Sleep 4 hours from 1500-1900 and Sleep 3 hours from ...
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Improving reading skills without “speed reading”

I really enjoy reading and I read a lot, but I read very slowly. I know this because, for example, the time estimates for reading on my kindle are always about double what it is for the "average" ...
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Without getting my hand strained how can I physically write faster?

How can I physically write faster? I've got a hell lot of writing work to finish within short time.
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241 views

How does GTD fade to the background?

David Allen talks on one of his audio programs about the GTD process fading to the background, meaning it's just the way you work without thinking about it anymore. I have been doing GTD of and on for ...
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How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?

I guess this is a fairly broad question for this Stack Exchange, but anyway, here goes: how do I just force myself to do my tasks that I need to do, even though I'm depressed and lack the energy or ...
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How to Improve Focus While Learning Anything?

I have a problem while focusing to Learn anything. for instance i am learning through a tutorial on the net about some topic, i have a bad habit of researching all material from many websites and ...
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Reviewing Notes for Future Classes

Right now I am taking American history. In the future, I'm going to take a more advanced American history class. I was wondering if there was a good way to take notes in my current class for reviewing ...
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Okay I made a mind map, now what? [closed]

I've been trying to wrap my head around how exactly mind mapping is suppose to help you learn more efficiently. I've tried this strategy with several different subjects with no avail. I'm just not ...
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Is there a FOSS, full-featured, cloudless GTD software that supports both desktop and mobile platforms?

Excuse the very specific question, but I think my criteria are warranted. Having read Getting Things Done, it seems that the system offered by David Allen not only has merits, but it is also ...
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Reducing Decision Fatigue by offloading to paper - Where does it fit in the personal productivity world?

Much of personal productivity methodology seems to be based on reducing the strain on the brain of deciding what to do. What I have found help is to write down of a paper the tasks I think I should ...
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137 views

Productivity Chat Bots

Does anyone know of any companies/services which offer automatic chat bots in order to boost productivity (i.e., aiding in stuff like reminders or personal deadlines)?
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106 views

Evidence that color-adjusting software helps to keep sleep-awake rhythm [closed]

Is there any evidence that software such as f.lux, that adjust the colors on your computer screen based on the time of day, really works to keep a normal sleeping rhythm?
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Open hardware alternative to livescribe? [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative to Livescribe / smartpen. In particular: device working with any system (desktop, mobile) - no vendor lock-in device working on any paper (ex. no need to buy fancy ...
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2answers
153 views

How can I remind myself about tasks at the right time to reduce the number of interruptions?

I have a bunch of ToDos written down, and I need a way of being reminded to do them at the right time. Being reminded at the wrong time causes interruptions as you need to stop whatever you're doing ...
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210 views

Reading long educational books / getting just the relevant information

I love reading educational books, be it business books, personal productivity books, etc. But it is very rare that I finish one. I would prefer books to just contain the core concepts rather than what ...
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2answers
69 views

what to do with said “knowledge”/area of interest [closed]

How can I apply what I have learned to real life, so that it has a purpose and does not feel gimmicky but rather, creative and useful? I am 21 I am not sure where is the best place to ask this and ...
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4answers
267 views

How to measure improvement progress in a soft skill?

I have a goal to learn/improve a soft skill (for example, charisma). To achieve this goal and to continuously assess my progress I need to be able to measure it. How do you measure a soft skill? Is ...
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180 views

How to click Web links with a keyboard?

Many applications are designed with keyboard short-cuts to allow one to work more quickly. For example, while working at a keyboard, one can type CTRL+s more quickly than one can move the mouse to ...
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3answers
177 views

How to remove nervousness and do not panic

Well, I am a physics graduate student and since I am from the technical subject I have to deliver many seminars and have to work with different people in the field. However, my problem lies in my ...
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3answers
81 views

Effectively open links in Gmail w/o mouse

I have recently become acquainted with the hotkeys for Gmail. They are very logical and a big timesaver. However, I am unable to easily activate a link that is contained in an email using only the ...
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3answers
551 views

Is there evidence that GTD increases productivity?

Is there evidence that David Allen's Getting Things Done strategy actually works? I am aware of much anecdotal praise, but with anecdotes, it is hard to say whether the system actually helped the ...
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1answer
309 views

How does The Secret Weapon work, exactly? [closed]

While looking for advice on implementing the Getting Things Done system in Evernote, I found The Secret Weapon. I haven't read Allen's book yet. It appears they roughly implement GTD by having a ...
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1answer
230 views

How to organize life? A bunch of specific details [closed]

How to reinforce behavior? How should I deal with Not urgent, not important goals? I am thinking of letting the 'quest' appear for a specific time duration on the list and if not completed in that ...
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1answer
80 views

How to organize studies for HS Physics with only three days left (and nothing yet learned)? [duplicate]

I love physics, but I get really frustrated when I have troubles understanding. We're having a test on two chapters, "magnetism" and "induction". Each chapter consists of 25-30 pages of reading and 30 ...
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4answers
183 views

Return e-mails to inbox at a later date

I often use e-mails I receive as reminders for things I have to do. However, a little while back I became a bit annoyed at constantly always having just a couple of messages sitting in my inbox, and ...

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