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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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0answers
39 views

How exactly does the projects list work in GTD? [duplicate]

Been familiar with Getting Things Done for years but recently just completed the book and implemented the complete GTD system using Workflowy. My understanding from reading the book is that the ...
4
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6answers
322 views

Dealing with distractions from GMail

GMail is my office mail. A lot of my work has pieces where I need some information from email or replying to email. I go into gmail to search for something or send a reply to an email and then end up ...
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6answers
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I find myself lacking motivation to study

I'm a student. I study at CPGE which is a French abreviation for "Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Écoles d'ingénieur" which consists in a two preparatory years to enter the highest engineering ...
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7answers
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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 ...
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1answer
43 views

When to leave an idea and swith to a new one? [closed]

I have done several projects for myself as a entrepreneur which lead to business failures. Looking backward, besides of economic conditions of society around me, I feel that I have astonished with new ...
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15answers
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What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
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1answer
39 views

Most shared articles of last 30 days [duplicate]

I rarely read news, feel there is more irrelevant than relevant. Is there any software or website displaying must read news of last 30 days or desired period? Must read news may be most shared ones.
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5answers
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Is there a positive correlation between coming to work early and productivity?

I work as a software engineer. In this line of work, we typically have a flexible schedule, and as long as we get stuff done we can come to work late and leave early. In my experience it seems that ...
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8answers
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What does a digital tickler file look like?

I'm in the process of implementing my GTD process, and I'm starting to run in to items that I want to put in a tickler file. The implementation of a physical tickler file makes tons of sense, but its ...
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4answers
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Do digital wrist watches have productivity advantages over software based features?

My wife recently received a digital wrist watch (Casio Baby GShock) as a gift. She is a teacher and uses the watch for (other than quickly telling the time) timing her lessons, other presentations and ...
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0answers
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Keyboard shortcut for changing font color in OneNote? [closed]

It is really slowing me down having to manually click through menus to change font colors...I have to change them every couple of lines in the documents I am working on. Is there any shortcut for this ...
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13answers
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Gamification to improve myself

I'm currently working out a way to gamify my daily work / life. I want to reward myself via a points system, assigning points to tasks I should do but tend to neglect. These are things like paying ...
2
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5answers
156 views

How can I create a routine of using my ToDo-App on my Smartphone rather than writing everythign down

I'm currently implementing the Methods of David Allen's Getting Things Done into my life. I've downloaded an Android app that I'm fairly happy with and in which I already have put most of the tasks I ...
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3answers
70 views

Setting reminders in calenders for up coming events

I use Google Calendar to keep track of things and I find it works quite well (it's nothing special about Google, I like the basic idea of adding important dates to a calendar). What I'd like to ...
7
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4answers
316 views

How can people advise me to throw away my 'to do' list?

I have a massive task list of all the things that need doing at home: mainly DIY and household paperwork. It is huge and I have a backlog from 2013. No recurring tasks are on there (cleaning), no fun ...
1
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1answer
46 views

How do you use the SQ3R method effectively, in order to read?

The SQ3R method is often cited , as a way to get through difficult material. SQ3R is an acronym for : Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. My issue with it has been, after surveying I ...
2
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2answers
263 views

TODO list / tasks/ GTD model / and project management App recommendation [closed]

I really want to organize myself, and I just heard about the GTD model. To start using this paradigm I am looking for apps that best fits my needs, I want the app for managing what I'll do today , ...
6
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1answer
97 views

How do I effectively block social interruptions?

Yesterday night, as I was leaving a coffee shop, some old friends found me. And they wanted to talk as I was leaving the shop. And unfortunately, though it wasn't in my interest, I chatted with them ...
2
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1answer
56 views

How to add a “meeting” (or something that you need to do passively) item in to GTD?

I have seen some youtube videos about GTD and they gave me an impression that all the next-action you do should somehow related to your ultimate goal: the next action completed your project, then ...
2
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2answers
93 views

How to better implement that “place for everything” philosophy?

Lately, I really have been wanting to implement the idea of "A place for everything, and everything in its place." I am losing time running after my keys, cellphone, scissors, paperwork, and other ...
1
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1answer
85 views

how small should an action be in GTD?

I am new to GTD and I am working as what GTD suggested to create projects for things that take more than 1 action to complete. Let say I have a project named "finish report XYZ", that I think there ...
6
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7answers
1k views

How to incorporate emails into a GTD system?

How should emails fit into a Getting Things Done (GTD) system? Should each actionable email be copied into the GTD system? Should the email account keep a duplicate set of GTD "lists"? Or some other ...
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3answers
375 views

Is an on-screen keyboard more efficient than touch typing on a physical keyboard?

This is my first time here, so I hope this question is on topic! My friend and I got into an argument over whether typing on an on-screen keyboard (i.e. on a flat glass screen) can possibly be more ...
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2answers
57 views

todo/task manager that can generate standup reports

Everyday we have a daily standup at work and I am terrible at remembering what I did yesterday. If I write it down I am fine but using paper is really tedious. I'd love for there to be a todo/task ...
3
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1answer
194 views

Blue light during day instead of caffeine

I have a blue blocker for night time on my computer, and i have read that blue light helps with concentration during the day. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good software or product that ...
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3answers
196 views

How to be more productive in a location where I am usually less productive?

I am a terrible procrastinator, except I'm not: I only procrastinate at home. Okay, this is a bit of a simplification, but I feel much more productive while at school or other places than at home. ...
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3answers
190 views

What should one do to achieve something big in life? [closed]

I want to do something big in life, travel around the world, earn 7 digit salary, buy an island etc. but don't know how and from where to begin? Also, watched THE SECRET over 5 times, tried ...
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9answers
7k views

Touch typing Catch-22: How do I switch from hunt-and-peck without losing too much productivity during the switch?

I badly want to learn touch-typing because it will enable me not to look at the keyboard when typing and will increase my typing speed in the long run. But I face one problem which is related to "in ...
1
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0answers
33 views

Vibration watch with minimum 2 alarms WEEKLY (eg. 1st alarm at every tuesday 13:45, 2nd alarm at every thursday 14:15) [closed]

I am looking for a vibration watch for my 8 years son with minimum 2 alarms WEEKLY (eg. 1st alarm at every tuesday 13:45, 2nd alarm at every thursday 14:15) to the school (not forget to violin lessons ...
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6answers
284 views

What tool can help me manage my todos list and my project (some develoment one)?

What I need is the combination of some tools that already exist. Or at least a way to integrate those tools a bit tighter. What I would like is a tool (or integrated combination of tools) that allow ...
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0answers
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3answers
50 views

Paper vs whiteboards, for a daily scheduler?

I am looking into making my own daily scheduler-sheet. I was curious as to your thoughts on Paper vs whiteboards. My main issue with whiteboards has been erasing quickly. I can't seem to erase ...
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4answers
62 views

MAIL + File Manager + Wiki tool: working setup?

After some years of experience and trials, I've found out that form me (and for many around there) the best tool to work efficiently would be software which allow to search and access from one single ...
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6answers
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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 ...
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4answers
234 views

How do your busiest people transfer their knowledge?

This question was originally posted on Programmers SE. I've placed it here based on advice in the comments. We have recently polled our company wide wiki users and found out that there are two large ...
4
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5answers
235 views

Postprandial somnolence. Is there a way to be active after lunch?

Postprandial somnolence is a normal state of drowsiness or lassitude following a meal. According to wikipedia, exposure to blue light counteracts it. Do you know additional measures to be active ...
0
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1answer
99 views

What is the scientific method to solve real life problem? [closed]

For some time, but not always , I encountered some severe conditions. At that time I lost patience sometimes, and sometimes depression , and sometimes very disturbed. I missed the experience to handle ...
5
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4answers
240 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 ...
4
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5answers
358 views

how to fight productivity guilt

Guilt is one of those emotions that we feel is telling us something important about our behavior. Actually, that's what guilt is supposed to be. But the guilty feeling I have when I haven't been ...
4
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1answer
190 views

Do everyone's procrastination tendancies seem schizophrenic?

I'm not using the word schizophrenia as a medical term, but I genuinely feel I'm acting like two different people with regard to procrastination. Whenever I have free time to consider my ...
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1answer
63 views

How to refreshen when you sleep too much or sleep in the afternoon?

There are many cases where we sleep a lot more than we need. Like losing control of time, losing control of our body or being sick, or pulling an allnighter etc.. When that happens we wake up feeling ...
2
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1answer
88 views

How do you visualize and remember timelines?

When you need to learn a story or text off by heart how do you remember timelines? I mean visualizing a scene by itself in your mind isn't really difficult but to know whether it was yesterday or ...
5
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3answers
182 views

Whats the reason of not willing to progress?

I have been in the environment of competition right from childhood. I took competition very seriously and often sacrificed many things in childhood that usually can be done in childhood only, and I ...
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3answers
1k views

What is Mindfulness training and how can it boost productivity?

I hear Mindfulness training has many great effects for personal productivity. But what is it and how do you actually do it, if you want to get the results? And specifically what are those effects?
0
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5answers
239 views

What should be my motivation to not to give up early?

Suppose, I am mot performing well in my job. I know that management will not give me a second chance and my job can not go on this way. What will be my motivation to keep the job up and try till the ...
6
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2answers
154 views

How do I avoid thinking about people's reactions to my refusals?

I used to be a "yes" person, agreeing to every request and leading to a major burnout. After the burnout incident, I have turned around and started saying "no" to a number of things. However, I still ...
2
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3answers
117 views

I am not able to study [closed]

I'm not able to study. As I think to study, I read my notes after 5 or 10 minutes I read same line. Nothing goes inside my mind, and thinks of other rubbish things. I need help. I'm irritated with ...
3
votes
1answer
151 views

I have soo many to do lists / plans, how do I prioritise?

I've mainly used a to do list app in the past, one which has pages for each type of task, with a star option. Each task is a few words. I think the biggest problem is that tasks take too long. ...
3
votes
2answers
377 views

How to have a serious mindset?

I have ADHD and am controlling it with concerta. My lack of focus and attention, I'm learning to use Todoist app + GTD method. When I work, I use pomodoro to keep my attention zoned into one task at a ...

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