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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 use kanban board to do GTD?

Almost everybody in my department at the university use an online kanban board (KanbanTool) to manage writing papers, preparing and conducting classes and exams for students etc. in line with Kanban ...
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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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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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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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How does sleep debt decay?

Sleep debt is the concept that if you skip half an hour of sleep now, you'll need to catch it up later. I would expect though, that if you skip some sleep, but then start having a normal amount sleep, ...
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Why is there so much hype about mind mapping?

The short version of this question is why are mind maps touted as so great (sometimes pitched as the end-all of diagrams) given their limits to expressiveness? This question is NOT meant to be a ...
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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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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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2answers
292 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 ...
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626 views

Study Skills and Strategies for an Academic Subject like Math

I'm interested in learning about and implementing study aids, boons, leads, pointers, ..., preferably those proven through research. I'm regardful of questions such as How to set a realistic deadline ...
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2answers
135 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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191 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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How can I eliminate fear of phone calling?

I've always been a shy person, never really speaking up or trying to take the leader role. But I tried to change and step out of my comfort zone, and now I'm not really afraid of most things. I don't ...
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103 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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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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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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How to overcome the constant feeling of not being good enough?

I constantly and obsessively question myself during many kinds of activities. When I play Tetris, I cannot stop thinking that world class Tetris players have way faster motor and cognitive abilities, ...
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172 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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5answers
152 views

Should your short-term goals be ambitious?

I'm curious if anyone has any research links on the effectiveness of setting ambitious short-term goals. I know that people vastly underestimate how much they can get done in the long-term, but I'm ...
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3answers
326 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 ...
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68 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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7answers
771 views

How to control or change habits?

I don't know what I need to write here, but I am explaining everywhere what I feel and think. Everyone has some habits that may be good or bad. But firstly I want to control or change some of my ...
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How to identify the ideal time to go to sleep and wake up?

Assuming one was not concerned about what time they went to sleep and what time they woke up (even if at times generally thought of as "early") is there any method for selecting what time is the most ...
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Pomodoro app that keeps a log?

I use Pomodoros with some success, but I would really like to be able to easily track how many and when I do them. Is there an app that keeps a log of start time and stop time (if it was stopped ...
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4answers
179 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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How do people learn technologies fast?

I keep on reading blogs and tweets about how somebody just sat through few days, learned a new technology and hacked together a new project in a weekend. It is simply unfathomable for me. I recently ...
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9answers
1k views

How can I get myself to read books?

This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple: If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start ...
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1answer
281 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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9answers
770 views

Short relaxation break at work

What is a good way to get instant relaxation at work? At home, I can just sleep or play video games. At work, that looks like slacking off, even though I can't concentrate productively while stressed ...
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2answers
257 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 ...
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1answer
215 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
67 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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3answers
124 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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2answers
451 views

Language independent memorization peg system

Most pegwords in Mnemonic peg systems to memorize large numbers are based on the letters written in a certain language: I would like to create a set of icons for the numbers from 0-99 that are ...
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0answers
31 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 ...
3
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5answers
790 views

Time-variation in pomodoro technique?

I have just started using the pomodoro technique. However, often after a 30 min work interval (I have changed the 25 minute interval to 30), I often don't feel exhausted and think I could go on ...
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8answers
381 views

Pomodoro Technique with colleagues

I want to try the Pomodoro Technique at work but I'm worried it will be disturbing (an alarm going off every 25 min) Will it be disturbing for others? Can anyone suggest an improvement to make it ...
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5answers
173 views

How to learn a lot of foreign language vocabulary rapidly?

I have found Spaced Repetition Software (SRS) useful for studying vocabulary, but mostly it seems only effective for review and retention and useless for learning new words. Is there any technique for ...
0
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1answer
64 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) ...
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2answers
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 ...
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7answers
698 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
101 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
366 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
128 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
111 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 ...
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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
1k 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 ...

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