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6answers
459 views

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 ...
9
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5answers
313 views

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 ...
2
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3answers
122 views

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 ...
3
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2answers
172 views

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" ...
3
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2answers
121 views

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.
4
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2answers
237 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 ...
2
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3answers
341 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
215 views

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 ...
2
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4answers
96 views

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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3answers
118 views

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 ...
8
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2answers
450 views

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 ...
3
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2answers
295 views

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 ...
3
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2answers
136 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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1answer
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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0answers
196 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
148 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 ...
1
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4answers
205 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 ...
1
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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 ...
1
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4answers
252 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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6answers
175 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
174 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 ...
4
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3answers
80 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
541 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 ...
1
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1answer
302 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 ...
1
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1answer
225 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 ...
1
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1answer
74 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 ...
5
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4answers
180 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 ...
1
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3answers
125 views

What is a way to become good in anything i do? [closed]

I basically want to know if there as an art on how to learn to learn. Be it coding or talking or thinking,i want to try and be good in anything i do.How can you achieve that? any book or podcast?
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1answer
66 views

I want to write a self-compelling personal productivity app [closed]

I want to write a personal productivity app which I will be compelled to open every time I open the computer. Any suggestion? I can write a time management app (then share it with you if you like) ...
7
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3answers
329 views

Is there any scientific evidence to show that 1 full day a week or 1 hour a day is more effective for learning?

I'm trying to learn how to code and have decided I need to make it a part of my weekly schedule (rather than doing it as and when) Is there any scientific evidence to show working one day intensive ...
0
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4answers
230 views

Trying to study and work fulltime

I have read several of the other questions about this and they seem to state it is doable. But I am unsure how. I want to study for an undergrad degree in science. I work full time (58 + hrs per week ...
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4answers
106 views

Why is most work unpleasant? [closed]

Human beings have to work to sustain their leisure. But why can't work be pleasurable? I looked for a Stack Exchange site to ask this question, and this seems to be the best fit. If this is not, can ...
1
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0answers
33 views

Adding tasks and comments directly to an email in Outlook or sorting by topic [closed]

I'm looking for suggesions about how people approach their workflow within the confines of having to use Outlook. I get a large number of emails at work (as I'm sure most people do), and one of the ...
2
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0answers
45 views

How to switch to a new, spam-free, email address but avoid checking the old? [closed]

I have been using the same email address for about 15 years and, as you can imagine, it has, over the years, "velcro-ed" a large number of spam senders. I would say less than 5% of all the emails ...
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2answers
264 views

How shall I study now…?

I am a class 12 student. I am going to write my board exams on march of next year, and write IIT JEE (engineering entrance exam). I haven't prepared well - I haven't studied much of the concepts ...
2
votes
1answer
130 views

problems with programming

TL;DR: I am starting a programming pre-job training based on C# in a few days. While I have tried to learn the basics and theory but I inexplicably cannot code, can you help me out with a few tips? ...
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0answers
22 views

Is there a physical pomodoro timer that can reset itself for each time period? [duplicate]

I started getting work done using a kitchen timer and set it to 20 minutes for work, then reset to 5 minutes for break, 20 minutes for work, etc. I find that I often get distracted during the break ...
8
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7answers
715 views

How to love programming or my job

Programming has never been my passion, but currently I want to change my mindset and love it. I don't wan't to go through life hating what i'm doing, but it's hard to change my view because coding ...
0
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1answer
62 views

Stop shouting during sleep [closed]

While dreaming, I regularly get agitated and shout so loud that I wake myself up. I believe that if I can solve this problem, my sleep quality will be much better and I will be more productive. Might ...
0
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1answer
41 views

Tasks for small amounts of time [duplicate]

All of us encounter small amounts of available time in random places. For example: Waiting for a friend to go to the bathroom Waiting for coffee to be ready in the break room Being in line at ...
0
votes
1answer
125 views

money made me extremely lazy [closed]

I've not had a job in 5 years. I get considerably more money than i need, just living on the (imo, ridiculous) public welfare program I'm on. Now I'm very lazy =/ and my skills have suffered too. ...
0
votes
2answers
64 views

Difficulty to read books written by native English authors? [closed]

I am born and brought up in Indian and now I am living in USA. My mother language is not English. Reading books is my hobby. I am able to read comfortably books in English language those are written ...
1
vote
2answers
90 views

Tips for a Bi-polar disorder patient? [closed]

For about 3 ~ 4 days I super work, I barely sleep. For the next week or ten days, I barely work. I watch movies, I pretty much waste time. The meds are not that effective .. I tried practically ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

What is the best way to learn speedword systems ? (for example Dutton speedwords)

I am looking at ways to improve my note taking ability. For some reason when I am taking notes in meetings/lectures/conferences, the act of writing it down and reviewing later appears to be the secret ...
1
vote
2answers
229 views

Reducing mess - ideas from the Personal Productivity world?

I want to reduce physical mess (including papers). Deciding on an organization system and implementing it is to overwhelming/takes to long/doesn't work. I am looking for methodologies and ideas from ...
4
votes
3answers
113 views

How to handle planning delays and get back on track again?

I have been working on a long term goal (a year term). I have divided the tasks into many small chunks (monthly, weekly, daily) and am working on it. But inevitably interruptions will occur, like ...
3
votes
2answers
79 views

How to manage outgoing emails that need an answer (by date)?

Very often I sent emails that need an answer. Sometimes I need factual information, other times I just need confirmation that things are being handled. To complicate things, answers may be required ...
3
votes
1answer
144 views

Procrastination [duplicate]

I always end up postponing my various chores that have to be done at the end of my day. It's not that I'm physically tired, but mentally I am. So how to keep up the mental energy throughout the day?
1
vote
1answer
150 views

Drawbacks of the Pomodoro method [duplicate]

No one likes procrastination, or at least the idea of it. So I decided, for this summer, to let it go. To take premeditated walks instead of watching random youtube videos. To break my work time into ...
5
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2answers
633 views

Daily Review vs. Weekly Review?

I'm currently in the process of defining and starting my GTD system. While I understand the overall aim of the review is to assign yourself time to process your inbox and review your lists/tickler, ...

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