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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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1answer
92 views

How do I set aside time for leisurely reading?

I love reading. For me, it's very stimulating to read for pleasure. Oddly enough, reading on the subway in NYC works very well for me. I am able to live inside the pages of the book I am reading and ...
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0answers
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How can I become free from the pulling force of thoughts and focus on Meditation? [duplicate]

I have recently started practicing meditation. My main objective is improve concentration and peace of mind I am trying to focus on my breath. Initially I starts with focus on my breath. While I am ...
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5answers
617 views

Is there a GTD app that has a good system for horizons of focus?

I have been using the Walker iphone GTD app. Its great, but the horizons of focus part of it is really lacking. It feels like this part of the app was added as an after thought. The rest of the app is ...
1
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1answer
175 views

Trying to be an early raiser

I'm a CS master student I'm trying to change my sleeping habits. I used to wake up 9 am everyday, but now I want to change that to start waking up at 6am. I have some friends who wake up at 5 or even ...
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3answers
239 views

Ways to maintain the feeling of accomplishment

I keep lists of goals. I regularly read books and blog posts (here included), watch motivational speakers and keep up with the classics (Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, seth godin, Richard wiseman). ...
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9answers
5k 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 ...
4
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2answers
825 views

Motivational texts on Android Lock screen

I'm trying to find an android application that is able to motivate me quickly when I'm outdoors and look at my screen. It could look like as follows: It can display a motivational text (citation) on ...
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3answers
262 views

How can I stay focused on one task, when thinking about others cause me to lose motivation to do any of them?

I've noticed a disturbing pattern with myself that goes like this: At the beginning (e.g. start of the day, sitting down after lunch, or getting home at night), think about one thing I need to do ...
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3answers
140 views

Personal notes software with Android/web sync option

I spend two hours in the subway each day and trying to use this time as wisely as possible. Most of the time I am doing some notes, regading my day planning, week planning, ideas sketching and so on. ...
4
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1answer
201 views

How to get enough motivation to overcome inner resistance to change due to comfort zone, and work hard

I work as a developer and was recently promoted to dev lead. I performed my previous role very well - though I initially faced challenges I overcame those and I am able to deliver the work with in ...
0
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1answer
98 views

How to effectively manage time for 10 books? [duplicate]

I am currently writing 10 books. Each book is non-fiction. None are part of a series or set. Each is unrelated, no content is shared between them. Each will require approximately the same amount of ...
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3answers
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Sleeping at odd hours, stuck in a cycle [duplicate]

So I sleep from 8am to 5pm and can't seem to break the cycle, do I need a doctor? The "waking up early" thing won't work because I am only just going to bed when it's early. I tried the few hours of ...
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2answers
125 views

Non-electronic alternative to a calendar for “don't break the chain”?

I need motivation to complete some daily studies. In the past, I used Web-based "don't break the chain" software. This counted when I studied and awarded various virtual trophies each time I reached a ...
2
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4answers
80 views

Abstract thinking fail? [closed]

Before the question itself, let me introduce some examples. The colleague of mine introduces me the scheme of the project we will work in. The project is a programming one, so it includes such ...
2
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5answers
114 views

How to make a plan without readjusting it?

I always struggle with accomplishing the tasks on my to-do lists. For example, one or two weeks before I have exams I construct a plan with what I have to do each day. What almost always happens is ...
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4answers
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Free and simple speed reading software?

Many years ago I did a 5-day speed reading course. At the time, my reading speed (paper, not screen) went from 200ish words a minute to between 1100 and 1250 wpm. It was fantastic. Comprehension ...
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2answers
107 views

How do I keep avoiding social networking sites/apps even when people urge me to use them?

The story starts this way..... I must be 13 or so when I started using facebook.As many teens do, I spent(wasted) many hours each day on facebook, twitter etc. But after maybe 1 year, I realized that ...
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2answers
76 views

How to find time management & organization skills classes for adults?

My girlfriend struggles mightily with time management and organization. She is a teacher, she works incredibly hard outside the classroom, grading papers & tracking student progress or preparing ...
7
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2answers
363 views

Daily ToDo list + Visual long term planning

TL;DR I'm looking for simple software where I can plan long-term projects visually, then load next steps into a daily ToDo list. I'm a graduate student so I have an extreme mix of important tasks ...
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17answers
3k views

What to do when tired instead of surfing the internet?

After a full day, I am tired, and often end up mindlessly surfing the internet in the evening. It is the easiest thing to do when I've already made a lot of decisions during the day. Unfortunately, ...
0
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2answers
155 views

How to start being more productive and keep it that way? [closed]

In the past 5 years I started learning programming. I also got into sports for about 13 hours per week. I am only 17 years old therefore I'm still in high school, so I have about 8 hours per day with ...
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29answers
1k views

What are famous quotes about productivity?

What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.
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1answer
102 views

How many pomodoros does each experience level represent in Pomodroido?

I was wondering how many hours I have spent on my project so far.
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4answers
380 views

What kind of mindset do disciplined people have? [closed]

I'm curious of how disciplined people think? What is their mind like? I found that some tips on how to be disciplined are good, but not good enough if one's mind is not thinking about it differently. ...
6
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6answers
542 views

How do I motivate myself to study sincerely?

I am an IT professional. I am working as a developer for last 5 years. Along with this I am pursuing a degree course in distance learning. Due to this job I get very few hours daily to study (maximum ...
2
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3answers
175 views

Speed reading software with highlights

Do you know any speed reading software, preferably open source, that highlights text in chunks of words (3/5 words). I know some but they just flash text like cards. What I'm trying to do is improve ...
2
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3answers
288 views

How to get past the fear of moving forward?

I have many things I want to do, but I never get anything done. I want to start learning things, but never have the motivation. I want to start doing things that are readily available, but hold myself ...
6
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2answers
148 views

Simple tool to manage Question and Answer

Looking for a simple tool to manage a horde of frequently asked questions and answers. I'm working on a project where I get many similar questions, and i want to cut and paste the answers. For a ...
2
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4answers
894 views

How do I maintain my calendar with times belonging to different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like some of these things to be at a ...
4
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3answers
200 views

Relaxation under difficult conversations

I'm a Computer Engineer with good innate technical/analytical skills, and I realized that to keep growing as a professional I should improve my 'soft-skills'. I've read carefully a bunch of ...
2
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2answers
155 views

Keeping up with current events efficiently

How do you guys keep up with current events without this activity becoming too time-consuming? I've always subscribed to an RSS stream of a major news agency and filtered important news out of it by ...
12
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4answers
354 views

How to avoid procrastinating on the Stack Exchange network?

I love the Stack Exchange network, but I often find myself procrastinating by looking at the most recently updated questions on the sites I visit most. Those questions are rarely (if ever) relevant ...
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2answers
442 views

How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
4
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2answers
224 views

Productivity, getting started?

I read GTD, ZTD, and, a ton of web articles about productivity.But, the problem is always the same - how do I start? That's always the same problem with new habits or life changes, determining the ...
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7answers
819 views

How to beat the “Too Long Didn't Read” syndrome?

A large portion of my work deals with reading research papers and textbooks which run for hundreds of pages. However, with all the pomodoros going on, its frustrating to be reading redundant or ...
0
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1answer
152 views

Content lists in GTD system or in separate services

I have a system that involves content lists (as I call them). I use Things by Cultured Code and some time ago I'd been using it with these kinds of lists too. Here how it works: I have a list ...
13
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16answers
2k views

Why am I not making money and success even If I am organised, motivated and hard-working?

I am totally organised. I keep a file of everything, I monitor my activities, keep my expenses analytically, process my todo list and my projects with different types of gtd. I have an above average ...
0
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1answer
64 views

Tackling university and a job

The situation: I am at my second year in University. Where I live the Bachelours degree is 4 years, so I haven't gotten to the middle yet. I started my first real job as a developer a couple of ...
3
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2answers
210 views

Advantages of a virtual assistant

Following some comments on another question (http://productivity.stackexchange.com/a/2797/2382) - I'll split this out as a separate question. There are many recommendations to outsource tasks to ...
4
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1answer
104 views

Redirected during the day: Can I reduce the negative impact?

I wanted a job. During the interview I was asked a common question: How well do you handle being switched to a different task in the middle of a day? Things move pretty fast around here. Of ...
0
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1answer
87 views

How to increase reading speed with or without apps/extensions?

For the past few days I have been exploring various extensions and sites which help you in speed reading the articles/content. I was fascinated in the beginning by their promises but in the end I'm ...
1
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3answers
286 views

Getting static electric shocks in work [closed]

I keep getting static electric shocks in work. I'm wondering if I can do anything with my shoes to stop this, or any other tips. I'm even getting these when wearing trainers. Work has a carpet. This ...
5
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4answers
308 views

Does the 2 minute rule apply during weekly reviews?

The first part of a "Getting Things Done" (GTD) weekly review is getting clear: emptying the inbox. At the same time, the weekly review is for reviewing, not doing. For tasks less than two minutes, it ...
23
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11answers
6k views

Am I destroying my career as a software engineer [closed]

I have worked as a software engineer (.NET) for 2 years. Our job is easy and it doesn't require a lot of technical or conceptual knowledge. In fact, we always use console apps with XSLT and basic C# ...
0
votes
2answers
241 views

How can I use Agile/SCRUM at home?

As a software developer at work, I really enjoy working in SCRUM. When I come home at the end of the day, it's easy to waste time, especially when I get my two kids in bed and I find myself in front ...
4
votes
3answers
538 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
4
votes
5answers
437 views

Time for learning to code

I don't have any time for learning to code :( Please help me finding the solution. My daily life starts at 5h, having breakfast and go to bus stop at 5h45. Arriving at company at 7h00. Working until ...
16
votes
5answers
8k views

Self-hosted Evernote alternative?

I'd like to have an app running on my own server that stores and syncs notes, with a great interface. Any suggestions?
0
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0answers
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how should one can program themselves on not to concentrate on other stuffs while working and increase thier productivity [duplicate]

I would like to know how to control thoughts and increase productivity especially while working. When ever I start to work even though I am coding in front of computer, but 50% of my concentration ...

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