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How to focus on long boring task?

Not all tasks are easy to do. From some tasks mind tries to run somewhere else. How to avoid distractions during the task that I don't like?
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7answers
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How to concentrate (read a book or work) when other people are talking instead of listening to their conversation?

I find it very difficult to concentrate on a task, if people are talking in the "neighborhood", e.g. reading a book in the tram or train or in a doctor's waiting room where other people are talking....
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2answers
442 views

What to write in a daily journal?

I have often read in self help websites that successful people maintain journals. What has maintaining journals to do with success? What should be written in a journal daily? How to maintain a ...
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3answers
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How can i train my brain to overcome instant gratification?

Instant gratification is a very bad habit and can destroy one's ability to accomplish long term goals. It can be said that it is root of all evils. It would be great if we can somehow avoid these ...
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5answers
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How to quickly restore concentration?

Very often I'm being interpreted while working or studying, sometimes the interruptions are small, and take a minute and sometimes it requires more than few minutes. How do I quickly restore ...
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5answers
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Tickler file for email

Getting Things Done (GTD) recommends using a tickler file for things that aren't immediately actionable but should be dealt with at some point in the future. How can the equivalent be done with email?...
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5answers
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How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?

In a GTD system, how do I handle a task such as "checking the oil in the car", which should happen once a week or so but is also fairly low priority? My concerns are that this task isn't actionable ...
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9answers
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How do I memorize lists of technical terms?

I find it easy to remember the meaning of most technical terms if I'm prompted to explain each one of them. However, recalling all of them by their topics is a bit more difficult when they weren't ...
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2answers
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Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?

I'm looking for a way to create a context list in Remember the Milk such that only next actions show up, but when I complete a task its successor task automatically shows up in the list. Is there a ...
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8answers
614 views

How to Stop Glazing when Reading

When I need to read something, I have a really bad habit of just glazing over it and not really comprehending the words. As a result I have no clue what I've read. How can I stop glazing at a ...
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6answers
2k views

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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4answers
555 views

wake yourself up on time

My question is pretty simple How do you wake yourself up on time?. Of course the most simple idea is to set an alarm clock or get someone else to wake you up but what are other methods you can employ ...
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5answers
2k views

The productive label printer

GTD recommends a standalone label printer so nothing gets in the way of printing labels immediately when they are needed. Problems Researching what's available as far as label printers go, I'm ...
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1answer
298 views

Did the pomodoros help or the fact that I was doing something?

I was blogging about me using Pomodoros when proofreading a book. It worked in that it kept me disciplined and focused. In the conclusion I wrote "I'm not sure if it was the Pomodoros themselves that ...
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3answers
558 views

How to separate working environments in a single computer?

I have multiple projects in my life but only one notebook. This means that documents, software, notes, almost everything goes into the same machine and this can be very distractive. My solution to ...
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6answers
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How do I concentrate while I work on a computer?

My job requires me to work on a computer, which I do fine because maybe I fear my supervisor might pop in. But when it comes to doing personal projects on a computer, I totally slack off. It usually ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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4answers
358 views

The balance between rest and productivity

My job is mentally tiring. I find that I often have to study on it a little when I get home to keep up with the current technology, but by then, I'm often too exhausted to focus on anything. My ...
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3answers
321 views

Do I need to find the most appropriate time to study?

At a time, I was a night owl. My family kept nagging all the time why would I stay up the whole night and go to bed when everyone else is waking up. So I changed it, as I also read articles that ...
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5answers
5k 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 ...
5
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7answers
379 views

Is Google changing the way we approach problems or just plain “making us stupid”?

I have found that my long and short term memory is much worse than it once was. Often I can't focus on thing in detail only skimming whole articles. So, I tried googling these symptoms and I found ...
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4answers
507 views

How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
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5answers
183 views

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile?

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile? For example, I've been trying to get Firefox portable to work from a USB drive on the library computers with certain add-ons installed. I find this ...
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5answers
508 views

How to get back to track after being lost?

Usually, I get organised and plan my projects down to detail. But sometimes, urgent things happen and I get distracted from my path. Afterwards, everything falls apart like a domino effect and all ...
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2answers
235 views

How to overcome productivity/daytime-correlation

After reading some threads here on PP.SE, I've encountered that a lot of people seem to be more motivated and focused in the late evening/night to do challenging and work-intense tasks. ...
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3answers
204 views

Going from idea to execution

I have a problem with not being able to move from idea to execution. By idea, I mean a detailed, specific plan on what to do and how to do it. I make lots of plans, but rarely follow through with them,...
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5answers
428 views

Planning productive results beyond 1-2 months: systems? SMART goals? Something else?

I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
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4answers
252 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 'countermeasures'....
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3answers
185 views

Problem with getting started with coding on new project

I am part of a new startup and really excited about our project. However, despite all the fun and inspirational planning meetings we are having, I have a really hard time actually getting started ...
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3answers
519 views

Pomodoro: should I still take a break if I'm highly engaged?

Short breaks are definitely beneficial when I'm leaning on Pomodoro to keep me motivated for a task. But what if I'm highly engaged in the problem I'm attacking? Will pacing myself with 5 minute ...
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6answers
714 views

How to deal with 3pm slump if you can't take a nap

This article suggests that feeling tired at 3pm is perfectly normal, and should be countered by simply having a nap. However, in some workplaces, this isn't possible (a lack of beds for one). I can ...
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12answers
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How to get rid of distractions and focus on what I am reading?

I need to study hard for a month, more than 10 hours/day. The problem is, I cannot concentrate on what I'm reading more than 15 minutes. I lose concentration easily while reading. the most important ...
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5answers
350 views

How to remember things you don't often use?

I just contacted the help desk with a problem with an e-mail account. They said "sometimes you have to switch between port 25 and 26" (that is one week it's 25, the next it's 26 and vice-versa). I ...
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3answers
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How do I increase my concentration in classroom?

I am in first year of my undergraduate university. I find it very difficult to concentrate in class and 90% of the time I do not know what is going on in the class. I am getting a bit low grades and ...
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11answers
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How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?

My job requires me to drive about 30 minutes to the firm and 30 minutes back to home. How can I use this otherwise wasted time efficiently? Do you have special audio CD's or tracks you do listen to in ...
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3answers
378 views

How to focus instantly, is it possible?

I work around 10 hours per day as researcher, and I have a 1.5 hours stop for lunch. It happens to me that in the morning, I need just one hour to get "into work", and also after lunch. I think this ...
8
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6answers
675 views

Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
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1answer
338 views

Is there data on the effectiveness on mind-mapping?

When I'm trying to figure out a problem, I find it helpful to sketch out the parts of it on paper. Be it words or drawings, brainstorming thoughts into a visual form is quite effective for me to ...
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5answers
472 views

Why is my productivity the lowest in afternoon?

Is it just me or is productivity low in the afternoon for general population? I find that I'm unable to do simplest of tasks between 1pm and 5 pm.
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1answer
237 views

If I can both sit and stand during an 8-hour day, what is the optimal balance of time sitting/standing?

So I have two desks right next to each other (actually, one is a regular desk and one is a refrigerator, my "standing desk"). I work from home, usually about 8 hours a day. Is there any research ...
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5answers
672 views

Single tasking vs Mulitasking

I'm a student and hoping to be an entrepreneur. Besides study I spend most of my time working on software development and recently thinking of organizing a team to work on the field of software and ...
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1answer
243 views

How do I prevent my textbook's pages from “falling down” when I put the book on a bookstand?

Could the "drooping" of the pages eventually damage the textbook? I put it on a bookstand as I have neck pain, and it's much easier on my neck to read it straight up.
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6answers
351 views

How to be better updated but reading less at the same time?

I feel I read irrelevant news articles, as well as feel saturated with a lot of them. I'm using Feedly now, and GTD method with Wunderlist in my life. I would like to be better updated but reading ...
5
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4answers
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Advantages of a label printer

Following some comments on another question (The productive label printer) - I'll split this out as a separate question. GTD recommends owning a label printer. Personally I've never quite got my ...
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3answers
251 views

Facts only news sources [closed]

I have found myself get emotionally worked up on news reporting and would highly prefer to avoid news altogether as this heavily impacts my ability to work productively. For work reasons however there ...
5
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2answers
966 views

How do I implement Mark Forster Superfocus task management on my Android mobile?

Mark Forster Superfocus task management and his previous systems does work for me. However, it was written for a pen/paper notebook implementation. I have problem implementing it on my Android mobile.
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6answers
478 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
3k views

Hierarchy tree editor

I am looking for a desktop application that can be used to efficiently manage hierarchical data structures, much like a filesystem tree hierarchy but that saves my hierarchy in a file. MSFT Excel is ...
4
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2answers
457 views

How to notate that a task can't be started until a separate task is completed in GTD

I did a search through the site and found some similar questions with some answers that aren't quite what I'm after. What I'm looking for is if there is a recommended way to note that a task is ...
4
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2answers
2k 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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