2
votes
3answers
250 views

How to be successful with a narrow attention span?

I haven't been diagnosed officially with AD(H)D (probably because I haven't sought counseling) but I find myself having many symptoms. My biggest problem is not so much an inability to concentrate ...
173
votes
35answers
12k views

How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
9
votes
2answers
275 views

How to do Life-logging that doesn't consume too much time?

So, I'm a personal productivity nerd: I meditate for better focus I track water intake I assign points to tasks, keep a track of them I use habit formation apps (Routinely, HabitRPG I use rescuetime ...
2
votes
4answers
220 views

How to internalize Parkinson's law

Parkinson's law is a saying that goes like this: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion I'm perfectly aware of this law; however, I don't always apply ...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

What is the average time lost when interruptions break your train of thought?

I'm looking for quantifiable results from studies; not best guesses please. I quite frequently find that after an interruption I need to gather my thoughts and refocus on the task I was performing ...
2
votes
2answers
153 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 ...
6
votes
9answers
1k views

Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
18
votes
10answers
10k views

Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
2
votes
2answers
123 views

A quick test for determining when I should go to bed?

I often stay up later than I should because I can't tell when my body is ready to sleep (a combination of artificial lighting and reading-intensive courses will do that). Either I'll go to sleep too ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Why is 12pm so boring? [duplicate]

I have a paper tomorrow.When I woke up I was fresh and enthusiastic to study.(and I did study!) but now at 12pm its so sunny outside and my motivation is zero. Not only today,always at 12pm I feel ...
9
votes
9answers
1k views

How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
7
votes
3answers
535 views

How can I improve my decision making speed?

This question is similar to this one (How to efficiently make a hard decision?) except I'm concerned more about improving the speed and effort taken to reach a decision. So just come off organising ...
4
votes
3answers
365 views

Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
41
votes
9answers
6k views

Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...
0
votes
1answer
121 views

Productivity apps are not for me! [closed]

Hi! I'm a very chaotic guy and I've been looking for a way to organize my life a little better for a long time. I've never found a real working solution. Though I have tried some productivity apps ...
9
votes
8answers
1k views

How to use bathroom time effectively

I spend a non-neglible time in the bathroom, sitting on the pot. It occured to me that I could be using the time better and not let precious productivity time literally go to waste. So, how do I ...
5
votes
2answers
105 views

Should I Learn a New Skill by breaking it into Sub-Skills? [closed]

Well, for instance i want to learn SQL programming language. should i break it into different topics like functions, variables etc. Should i practice one sub-skill or topic for weeks or even Months ...
26
votes
15answers
11k views

Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
1
vote
3answers
173 views

How Should I make a Plan of Action to achieve my Goal?

For instances have a 1 year goal to acquire a new skill. Now how should i make a plan of Action? Should i work on my objective Daily or Weekly? Should i follow the plan blindly or adjust to ...
8
votes
6answers
738 views

How do you estimate time for a new task?

I have designed a site using WordPress. This was just a test WordPress site. I am now okay with the coding in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and WordPress. Now my senior wants me, just by looking at a JPEG ...
11
votes
1answer
250 views

Organizing research-oriented tasks

I am an engineering graduate student and I have always been a 'todo list' person. However, I'm having a difficult time keeping myself organized now, because most of my tasks are research-related. With ...
2
votes
2answers
95 views

How do I summarize a lot of (similar) content from different sources about the same subject?

I'm doing some (thesis) research, subject unrelated, and therefor I started to gather sources and content regarding the subject. Now I'm stuck with about 20 A4 sheets full of content with all kind of ...
7
votes
4answers
568 views

Super effective way of storing day to day information where I can access them quickly?

I am going to start organizing chaos of tasks by Getting Things Done (GTD) in my life. For which I am reorganizing information that I need from time to time, for example: Internet Banking ...
6
votes
5answers
437 views

How do I take out time for my research while working a full time job?

I am working a full time job as a software engineer. I am also doing masters in computer science. I don't have to take any classes this year as I have completed my coursework. I work from 10 to 7 in ...
1
vote
3answers
448 views

How best to organize research by project for multiple different projects?

I have multiple projects each requiring their own research that's not interrelated. (ie: Database Admin, Systems Admin, Database Development). Knowledge in these areas is endless and falls under ...
13
votes
9answers
700 views

How can I list down website passwords for better productivity?

I am an avid web surfer and I surf a lot of websites. I also have my accounts on numerous sites. The problem is when I need to sign in to some websites, I have to search my two mailboxes for username. ...
0
votes
2answers
129 views

How to increase focus and concentration after ruling out the usual suspects?

Questions like this are not new on SE, and the title might imply that I didn't do my homework. I did, however, I couldn't find a solution that'd help me. I am in my late 20s, and for already some ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

Desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the tray area

Is there a Windows desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the system tray? I'd like something which is not a web app, because I don't keep my browser open all the time and, besides, having to ...
4
votes
1answer
205 views

I procrastinated and now I'm in the hole several assignments deep, where do I begin the climb out?

So I procrastinated because I opted to work on job related projects rather than school assignments. Its now Spring Break and I want to turn my classes around before it is entirely too late. How do I ...
12
votes
5answers
828 views

Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...
1
vote
2answers
61 views

How to cope with the situation that my teacher was not happy with my mistake of writing a wrong title [closed]

I am new to this site and please forgive me if my question is off-topic. I am attending a cooking course on weekends. Since I could not find the timetable for the classes in April, I emailed to one ...
3
votes
5answers
473 views

Desktop app/group of apps for todo list/time management

I use Listhings in my browser to make sticky notes and remind myself about stuff. I am looking for an app/group of desktop apps for the same purposes. What I want the app to be like: Desktop ...
19
votes
8answers
3k views

What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?

Here: you can read : "Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; [blabla] ..." This is not the real problem I've been facing ...
0
votes
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 ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Is there any multi-platform cloud based Pomodoro application?

Is there any cloud based Pomodoro client software which can synchronize with all types of devices like laptops, mobile phones, and desktops? A software like Dropbox but a personal productivity ...
17
votes
5answers
771 views

How to master a large variety of technical literature

I've an Engineering background I like to read technical literature (college level onwards) quite omnivorously - especially mathematics, computer science, engineering, and medicine. This is part of my ...
0
votes
3answers
107 views

How can I retain new information for more than a few hours?

I am studying law and I am having trouble understanding and remembering acts. While studying I get it for an hour then I forget. Even before the exam, I know all things, but during the exam, even the ...
5
votes
2answers
169 views

What is the ratio of work time to real work time

I started tracking my work time (not on all tasks, but still). From my experience, if I am able to clock in, say 2 hours of "real work" (i.e., excluding distractions, using the restroom, ...
2
votes
5answers
329 views

How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

GTD or Personal task manager that integrates with Outlook?

I work in a large corporation, so using Outlook is mandatory - All the e-mails, contact lists, appointment requests, room scheduling, etc., goes through the Exchange server. It is therefore very ...
2
votes
7answers
338 views

How do I find a decent hobby?

This might sound weird, but it actually is an important question. I am currently graduating in computational science, and my main interest is mathematics. I do mathematics all day long, with short ...
1
vote
0answers
36 views

How can we eliminate the process of 'imperfect recall' of information? [duplicate]

Practice helps recalling some piece of information faster. Is there a better way to do practice in some certain way so that with relatively little practice, recall of information (having information ...
6
votes
3answers
210 views

doing the most important things that require waiting

When doing the most important task, if it requires waiting(eg, waiting for a long standing programming process to finish, waiting to hear back from someone), I often do one of the following: 1. ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

How can I read people mind? [closed]

People is really hard to get into their mind and don't know exactly what they want, everyone are engages or contact with another sometime not a hundred percent honestly from their mind, that because ...
6
votes
4answers
529 views

How to not get irritated?

Sometimes I am very cool and wonder, why isn't everybody else cool? But sometimes I get irritated from small things. I become rude and irritated from things like: I have planned to sit alone and ...
0
votes
2answers
121 views

How to prepare your brain to do a complex task?

I am an engineering student. When I study easy subjects,I feel like my brain isn't even being used. i.e I don't feel like making any effort and I am in my comfort zone. But I get exhausted at even the ...
41
votes
11answers
16k views

How do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
2
votes
4answers
435 views

How do I Increase my productivity without getting distracted by the things happenned to me in the past?

I am not sure how common it might be? Owner of my company wants to make a software and copy a similar product for about 90 %. And get it done by 15th of next month. I am only guy who will be doing ...
24
votes
10answers
10k views

Are there alternatives to the GTD system?

What are likely alternatives to the Getting Things Done productivity system? Full fledged alternatives that "compete" with GTD Group of smaller systems used together to replace GTD "Simpler" systems ...
1
vote
4answers
269 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 ...

15 30 50 per page