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227 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 ...
7
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7answers
680 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 ...
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4answers
99 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 ...
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22answers
21k views

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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3answers
364 views

How to prevent tiredness of last days of a research project

I am MSc student and now I am writing my thesis report. It is the last days of my project and only one chapter of my thesis remains to be written and also I have to prepare my presentation slides. My ...
2
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0answers
43 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 ...
2
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1answer
126 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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3answers
110 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
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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 ...
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6answers
893 views

How to avoid forgetting personal belongings and simple things

I frequently forget my personal belongings like glasses, pens, etc. as well as basic tasks. Below are the top 3 things I have forgotten and suffered a lot Once I forgot my glasses on a bus and lost ...
1
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2answers
86 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 ...
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1answer
59 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 ...
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0answers
21 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 ...
0
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2answers
60 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 ...
0
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1answer
40 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
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1answer
119 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. ...
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3answers
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 ...
6
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9answers
1k views

How to stop watching movies?

Alright, this may sound weird but how do I stop watching movies? In my religion people generally don't watch movies for many reasons: it shows stuff we are prohibited from doing, may have influences, ...
11
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4answers
415 views

What is the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...
0
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1answer
44 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 ...
5
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5answers
771 views

How to develop interest in something that do not attract me?

Suppose I need to study something that is required by my university-degree/job. But the study-materials are either very much hard to learn or boring or tedious. How can I develop a solid interest in ...
1
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1answer
181 views

Do you use “agile results/getting results”? How do you organize it?

http://gettingresults.com/wiki/Main_Page I've been following agile results but have had a hard time coming up with a system that works nicely. Currently I have the 3 outcomes for the week in google ...
10
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6answers
577 views

How to enjoy trying to solve hard problems?

How do I enjoy solving hard problems? I love learning--reading and understanding textbooks or papers, for instance--but I am slower to try to solve problems or apply what I've learned. I am naturally ...
3
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1answer
132 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
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1answer
123 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 ...
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10answers
4k views

Doesn't the Pomodoro Technique break the flow?

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique yesterday. In my first few trials I've noticed that since this technique requires you to stop working at defined intervals, it can easily break your state ...
5
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2answers
524 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, ...
2
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3answers
883 views

Pictures for language learning

If you want to learn a new language, there are a lot of people who recommend that you stay within the new language. You are not supposed to learn vocabulary by learning their direct translations but ...
2
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2answers
74 views

How do you improve your soft skills? [closed]

Often I find that my options at work are limited because while I'm very good technically, my business (soft) skills are flat. Where do you go to learn soft skills?
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10answers
5k views

How effective is the Dvorak keyboard at improving productivity?

How effective is the Dvorak keyboard layout (or other alternative layouts) at improving efficiency/productivity at the computer? Has any research been done on improved typing speed or productivity?
6
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2answers
216 views

I am motivated and pumped up when I'm around people, but when I'm alone, I could care less. How do I keep the energy going?

SO when I'm around people, whether we're doing anything productive or relevant to my goals, I'm so ready to tackle my projects and get things done. As soon as I go back home or am alone, whaaatever. ...
2
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2answers
165 views

How can I ensure that I will get back on track after disruption in personal life?

Currently my boyfriend and I are in the process of renovating a house on a relatively tight deadline and budget so have to do the majority of work ourselves whenever we can. We are therefore left ...
2
votes
3answers
44 views

Single email or multiple emails for personal, work and recurring notifications [closed]

I use a single Google Apps email for all my communication needs - personal, work, notifications, etc. I have had single email address because it is easier to maintain with just a few filtering rules. ...
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2answers
71 views

How to manage exams and an internship

I've been trying for this internship(work from home) for the past 2 months now. I had times when I wanted to give up but somehow I managed to qualify for it.The results came out today and I was ...
0
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2answers
179 views

Tracking a long-term goal: Need Tool

There is no painful & energizing task of visualizing the progress of long-term goal. I have been following this. It is good for planning the next immediate activities on daily(,weekly and ...
2
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5answers
572 views

GTD App that syncs locally

I'm wondering if there are any GTD or to-do list apps that sync locally and not to the cloud? This would be useful for devices that do not have internet access and need to plug in to a computer to ...
1
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3answers
2k views

How to scientifically evaluate and record one's mood or mental state?

I write in my diary irregularly and in the diary I record my schedule and mental state. I find that it is a good way to know myself. However, I am not satisfied with that because: The record is ...
1
vote
2answers
266 views

Something is missing, which I can't point it at, to achieve a goal

After reading self-help books & failing many times, I figured out a self-disciplinary approach to achieve my long term goal(an year term) by breaking them to monthly, then to weekly and ultimately ...
0
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2answers
106 views

“How To Set Clear Goals and Really Achieve Them in Your Life”? [closed]

Well, i have been thinking that its time that i start making goals so i want to know thoughts of others? Firstly, if you want to achieve something, for ex learning a new computer Skill...do u first ...
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6answers
2k views

How can I get myself to go to sleep when I know I should?

I've read on resetting one's biological clock and clearing my mind before bedtime (and I do most of the things there, using F.lux, being physically active mostly every day), taking melatonin ...
5
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4answers
195 views

How to develop impulse control?

After a lot of thinking and struggling with various problems like procrastination, social anxiety, stress, depression, I have concluded that the root of most of my problems is very poor impulse ...
0
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1answer
82 views

To be social and productive [closed]

To be productive i mean less procrastination and hesitation on doing jobs. I think one effective factor is how much one is social, social people are comfortable with other people, appearance on ...
0
votes
1answer
95 views

How to balance sleep in biweekly schedule

So my school has bi-weekly philosophy where every first week it starts at 1:30 PM and every second week at 07:30 AM. It takes me ~30 minutes to arrive. The problem is, apart from school studying, I ...
1
vote
3answers
156 views

“Should We make Deadlines for Tasks in our TO-DO List”?

I make a to-do list in the morning of the day, which nearly includes all the tasks i have to do in my job. I usually define time deadlines for tasks. For example: (creating a doc: 11:00 - 12:00 pm), ...
3
votes
3answers
743 views

How do various GTD services implement Next Actions lists? (Is there a canonical way?)

I really like Doit.im's interface, but there's a major flaw in the way they handle the Next Actions list. Every project task appears as an actionable item by default (which is obviously ridiculous): ...
4
votes
4answers
218 views

Getting back to work after small break

After doing some work I take a small break and then that small break turns into a long one, ultimately resulting in procrastination. How do I take efficient small breaks so that I do not have above ...
3
votes
5answers
326 views

Planning productive results beyond 1-2 months: systems? SMART goals? Something else?

I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
1
vote
3answers
181 views

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 ...
0
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3answers
201 views

Am I procrastinating or are these tasks really important?

If you want to achieve a goal, you'll have to do a list of tasks, that help you get closer to that goal. We all know action is king when it comes to achieving goals: you'll want to cut out ...
3
votes
1answer
61 views

Scientific studies on the effectiveness of accountability partners

Does anybody know of any scientific studies which show that using accountability partners can effectively get someone to to build a habit or do something? I'm particularly interested in studies that ...

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