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How do I trigger a dopamine release based on certain stimuli?

This question is regarding Dopamine and possible ways to cause some related trigger or spark. Now, the concept/objective is to get into that "motivated/fun/interested" state. So, you feel some what ...
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589 views

How to keep up with a todo application?

I've used every single todo and time/task management application out there. The choice has been difficult to make but I've concluded in asana, wunderlist and things. I 've jumped from one to another ...
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10answers
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How often should you take breaks for maximum productivity?

When working on a project, how often should you take breaks and for how long for maximum productivity? Are there any studies or research on optimal use of breaks (universally), or is it more of a ...
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2answers
71 views

What is the better approach to studying?

I am curious about which is the better approach to studying. One approach is to allocate a set time for a subject and finish whatever i finish in that time Another approach is to study a certain ...
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4answers
202 views

How to use caffeine properly?

I was thinking: 5 days on caffeine, 2 days off caffeine in a week can be ideal. The problem that I found is that if I drink caffeine on weekends (aka use coffee 7 days), the tolerance grows further ...
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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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81 views

Techniques or methods to achieve consistency

From my studies of inspirational and productive people, I've come to realise that consistency is key to success and a major flaw in my character. There are a number of things I wish to do ...
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291 views

How does the “Two-Tab” rule work in boosting productivity online?

I came across this idea- to only have Two-Tabs open at once when using an Internet browser. I'm always swimming in dozens of tabs. How would I get a Two-Tab discipline?
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How to calm yourself before meditation?

When I practice mindful meditation (concentrating on the breath), my thoughts wander - a lot. I try hard to bring my mind back but often I fail. What should I do to calm myself before meditation?
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What are the (dis)advantages of Mindmap software?

Anyone with experiences on mindmap software? I've used Freemind and iMindmap for a while. What are do you consider strong and weak points of the mindmap programs? Freemind is as the name already ...
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77 views

What should we do to become productive/improving ourself when you don't have work in office?

I am a software engineer and in our job sometimes we have lots of work and we need to do overtime working on the project to finish the deadlines. There is also a time when we don't have any new ...
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2answers
50 views

How do I get better at understanding fast speech?

We have a client who speaks at an incredibly fast pace. I often get lost in the middle of our conversation. Even at that pace, he speaks in coherent sentences and my colleagues don't have any issues ...
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4answers
227 views

How to have less blackouts while working under pressure?

I'm a 17 year old high school student. I try to explain my problem using a short example: During a maths test I have tried to remember a formula, which I just learned a few days before. Normally I ...
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2answers
101 views

How to handle failure in life [closed]

I had faced some failures in recent exam for a job which was very important to me. I understood mistakes i made and learning to rectify it.I understood the causes of my failure. Its very hard for ...
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0answers
41 views

Experiencing stress from participating in online blogs or forums [closed]

Whenever I participate online by commenting(on blogs or forums), I find myself overwhelmed by stress. I experience an adrenaline-fueled fight-or-flight response, just thinking of all the negativity my ...
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5answers
404 views

How to become productive on the weekends?

How do I become productive on the weekends? I note down tasks to do during the weekends like doing pending work, collecting some documents, meeting old friends, doing chores etc. but when it actually ...
66
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13answers
5k views

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 ...
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3answers
136 views

How to “segmentize” your emotion and feelings

I have to run two, completely separate businesses, and juggling between them in a single day is very hard. At the end of the day, I am often exhausted emotionally when I reach home. What is more ...
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Why does nothing motivate me?

I have had so many family issues that they made me a "bad" person. In simple words, I don't care about anything. People, problems, life in general. I have no morality, no god, no nothing. I am 20 ...
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3answers
165 views

How to create a weekly nutrition schedule?

I got idea from Sheldon Cooper and think it will be great to not waste my time on thinking about what I'll eat today. Apart from time it could save money, because I could buy right amounts of ...
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2answers
298 views

How to stop procrastinating tasks?

I'm at my parents house to study for a very important exam in my country, of the same importance as studying for college. So I apply many techniques such as mind maps and resting 10 minutes after each ...
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8answers
497 views

Recommended notes with tags management software

I'm looking for a software that enables me to manage a large number of notes, short tidbits of information, and to find back later easily the one I'm interested in. I should be possible to add easily ...
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1answer
110 views

How long should one study continuously before taking a break for optimum result? [duplicate]

What's the norm? I was thinking of having a break every 1 hour. How long should a break normally be? And in general how long do people study before taking breaks? Is a 5-10 minute break enough ...
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0answers
16 views

how do i study for six subjects when i have one week left in exams? [duplicate]

i have one week left in exams and ive not covered any syllabus.. i have six subjects and i haven't prepared even a single one.. i procrastinate a lot.. i cant study for even half hour.. at normal ...
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1answer
155 views

Saving link from iOS Facebook app to Pocket workflow

I use Pocket to store my found online reading material, some of which is found through friends and followed companies sharing on Facebook. Using the iOS Facebook app, the current method I use to do ...
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1answer
47 views

Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech (Mac OSX)

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
4
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6answers
273 views

Is it a good idea to try dvorak when you already have a 140 wpm speed?

I can maintain a speed of 140 wpm in freeform typing, I wonder if I can push it a little further. Is it worth learning the Dvorak at this point?
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5answers
942 views

Todo list - Evernote vs Trello

I've read The Secret Weapon's system for organizing your life using Evernote. It seems that Evernote is well suited as a digital filing cabinet and note taker. However I'm not so sure it fits as a ...
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3answers
71 views

How can I make Windows 7 less sluggish? [closed]

I develop statistical software for internal use that runs on Windows 7, and one of my biggest productivity killers is sluggish response from the GUI. Not only does this waste time, but it becomes very ...
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6answers
242 views

How to avoid forgetting personal belongings and simple things

I am frequently forgetting my personal belongings like spectacles, pens, etc. as well as basic tasks. Below are the top 3 things I have forgotten and suffered a lot Once I forgot my spectacles on a ...
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1answer
71 views

Increasing the reading comprehension in foreign language texts

My level of English is reasonably high (c2) however due to it not being my mother language I still suffer some handicapping when reading texts in it(for example some specifications or more technical ...
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2answers
693 views

What should I do when my inboxes are filling faster than I can empty them?

I use the word "inbox" in the generic GTD sense, i.e. anywhere that "stuff" can accumulate, awaiting processing. At work, I receive a lot of emails. I also go to a lot of meetings at which I pick up ...
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1answer
65 views

Looking for boxes to store 8.5 x 11 papers

Looking for storage containers that can store 8.5 x 11 papers efficiently, that is without a lot of wasted space. Basically, I want to dump stacks of papers into boxes, temporarily hiding the mess and ...
3
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1answer
158 views

Speeding up online video playback

I'm currently watching a video tutorial, and it would be quite handy to be able to speed up and slow down the pace according to how well I'm coping with the material. This is also something that would ...
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5answers
476 views

How to quickly remove bad experiences from mind & switch to another task?

If something bad happens to me in a day, I can't remove that bad experience from my mind; at least for that entire day or sometimes for next 2-3 days (no matter how small that bad experience is). And ...
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2answers
140 views

Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)

Part of my job involves creating new articles. Each article is stored inside a spreadsheet and has an article number in cell A and a name in cell B. The only reason I ever need to open the ...
2
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6answers
215 views

Time tracking logging device

I'm looking for a device I'm not sure if it easists. I'd like a hardware button that I can press occasionally. I'd like to later be able to plug it into - say, a USB port and get a list of ...
5
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3answers
281 views

What are specific strategies for pacing yourself during the day?

For example, an e-mail comes in and you have that biological urge to respond immediately or work on the problem immediately. In addition, we don't want to come off talking our sweet time, so we ...
3
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6answers
323 views

How do you become good at thinking on your feet to solve programming problems?

I think as a developer thinking on your feet is an essential skill, but it seems some people in our industry are a lot better at it than others. Experience in an area/technology obviously helps. I ...
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2answers
125 views

Learn textual information by observation

I was reading a book "how to think like Sherlock Holmes". I have read few pages only and found that how we can easily remember things and situations by observing them. Can we use the same method or ...
4
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1answer
234 views

Review of my task collection system

Per Peer review: my personal productivity system. and also How to improve my personal productivity system? I'm interested in people reviewing my personal productivity system. As I talked about here, ...
0
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1answer
126 views

What factors make differences among students with same amount of merits?

Most of the time it is seen that two or more students seeming to have same merit but perform differently in their academic careers. What factors contribute to the differences among the students with ...
3
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6answers
99 views

Process for constructive criticism

I occasionally find myself needing to evaluate peoples performance and I often struggle with giving feedback properly. I'm aware there are different methodologies for giving feedback; I'm looking to ...
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6answers
165 views

Clarification need on the Pareto principle as quoted in productivity literature…

I regularly find myself reading about the Pareto principle in productivity literature. Generally, it's quoted as '80% of the results come from 20% of the work', or more popularly, '80% of the sales ...
3
votes
1answer
182 views

How to increase retention capabilitiy

I have a common problem that whatever I study, I am not able to retain it later. I understand the learning outcomes at the time of study (or I am under the illusion of this), but after some time ...
2
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1answer
189 views

What and how to think

There is a lot of literature about "what and how to do", but I can't find anything about "What and how to think". What should I think about when I have space from actions, when walking, bathing, ...
3
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2answers
336 views

Learning a new language or instrument to boost intelligence: worth it?

Bilingualism and musical proficiency has been correlated with increased cognitive abilities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_advantages_of_bilingualism ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

Code formatting (custom vs standardized) impact on productivity

Would custom formatting code in an IDE (like allowing a particular text / line / parameters to appear in bold or higher size - the ones which are currently being built) help in increasing programmers ...
12
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3answers
874 views

How to remain productive in a lazy day?

For certain days in a month, when I wake up in the morning, I will just be lazy to do anything. No reason. I don't know why. I'm just feeling like I have no motivation whatsoever. Such a day will ...
4
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3answers
178 views

Feeling after working on hard problem

Is it generally the case that getting stuck/working on a difficult problem means that you feel uncomfortable (i.e. you head hurt)? Or do some people feel like they are watching a movie and it is fun? ...

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