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Keeping track of personal tasks.

At work I've been using the Pomodoro technique. I use just an MS Word document to keep track of my backlog for the day, and a three column table (time, to do, notes) to move these tasks into the ...
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1answer
176 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 ...
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1answer
149 views

How to set motivating high level goals for yourself?

Game design theory (Engineering Emergence, 2012) breaks tasks down into different levels. Low level atomic tasks: Tasks that cannot be broken down into smaller subtasks. Killing a monster, creating ...
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177 views

Is there a community where professionals who work from home can work together virtually?

I work from home, but I think I'm much more productive around other professionals who are also (or at least appear to be) working hard. I wondered if there are any websites where people could make ...
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470 views

Zero productivity in programming

I've been learning graphics programming for 6 months. I have read lots of books in this field and I understood the techniques and principles quickly. I also read and write lots of source code but I ...
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486 views

Scientific studies of time management techniques

This is my first post here, and I would like to say hello to everybody who is reading and writing posts on Personal Productivity Stack Exchange :) I have known this subject (personal productivity) ...
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How to stay on top of my online activity?

How do you stay on top of your online activity - e.g. posting on questions, answers, comments on various forums? Sometimes it takes take to compile a decent reply or a follow up comment, but by the ...
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How to score better in competition exams?

I have to take some competition exams in the few upcoming months regarding a job in the government sector. I've taken this kind of exams before, but failed to score enough (need to score approximately ...
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4answers
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Converting work (studying & coding) into constant stimulation

I have an addictive personality for activities with constant stimulation. videogames - call of duty reddit/youtube - always changing I struggle with keeping focused and interested in work ...
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Will being more productive make me happy?

Ultimately my goal is to enjoy my life and be happy. I would get satisfaction out of making the world a better place, making a tangible contribution. I also want to advance in my career, so I that ...
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1answer
169 views

How to increase awareness about present/now?

Our thoughts tend to wander off to the past or present, and our awareness of the present is reduced. This indirectly promotes or reduces our perception of reality. As a regular habit, we tend to live ...
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1answer
236 views

Thinking about romance interfering with productivity.

Last night I went on a first date with a girl I met on a dating app. The date went well, and we've organised a second date. However, I've started over thinking the text game, worry about screwing ...
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4answers
222 views

Email delegation/procrastination on the desktop

I've been using Mailbox on my iPhone since the first day it came out. I'm a very visual thinker and use my email as an action list for daily productivity. Mailbox is fantastic for this because I can ...
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3answers
285 views

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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2answers
322 views

Too many independent next actions

Because of accumulation, I have far too many tasks that qualify as a "next action" (say, 200+). Many of these tasks are independent and do not belong to a project. For example, it could be [1] ...
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4answers
153 views

How to easily change activity and switch focus to it?

I found out, that sometimes when I change the activity, I can not fit to it and I still think about the previous one. For example, when I am really excited due to a call (or great weekend), it is hard ...
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3answers
156 views

Third Place, Where to get things done outside or workplace and home

I'm looking for another place to work on a coding project outside of my home (which isn't working) and outside of my workplace. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have a secluded place where you can ...
3
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1answer
99 views

Reposes (Longer breaks) in the long-term for maximal productivity

I am regardful of this other question on decompression but herein, I'm asking about a longer period of repose (to distinguish it from the aforesaid "break") based on empirical, scientific evidence. ...
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6answers
1k views

What are the best things to do when reaching home after work in order to be productive?

I am working as a computer programmer in a government firm. My job timing is 07:30am to 02:30pm. I leave for work at 7:00am and come back to home at around 04:00pm. After reaching home, I usually have ...
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7answers
612 views

How to keep self promises unbreakable for long time?

Few days ago I promised myself that: I will be dedicated to my study for a long time. I will never watch any movie, never waste time on internet or x-box, etc. (sometimes I wish to break my x-box ...
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3answers
96 views

What tool to use to document HTTP request-response? [closed]

I am a developer at a start-up company. We've been developing an android application that uses HTTP protocol. Currently we are using dropbox + MS word to interact with each other. As dropbox manages ...
4
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2answers
318 views

How *exactly* do you manage all of the various things you need to do during the workday?

During the day (at work), I've got a number of different things I need to do (mostly work-related, but some personal). These fit into general categories: the major things I'm working on that day ...
3
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3answers
151 views

Sport vs. studies early get up

I can easily make myself get up in the early morning when it comes to studies, e.g. if I have a deadline of project submission or if I have some classes or lectures. However, I also participate in ...
3
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2answers
194 views

How can I overcome psychosomatic symptoms?

Often I experience extreme tiredness or stomach aches when I need to work on a project that I don't want to work on. Sometimes just walking into the same floor where work is waiting causes those ...
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2answers
208 views

How much time to getting correct wording for emails?

I find that I can spend a lot of time on an email, getting the wording right. These are usually emails where I need to sound persuasive, or I'm risking causing minor offence or sounding abrupt. eg ...
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9answers
708 views

How can I teach myself to think more innovatively?

Everyday I do the same routine task or assigned work, but in an effort to feel more energetic and enthusiastic, I would like to do the same routine stuff in a more interesting or innovative way. I ...
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5answers
248 views

Does wearing your sunglasses reduce monitor glare?

I use a glossy Macbook Pro at work and often am working on a terminal screen with a black background. It tends to reflect direct or incident light off the screen into my eyes and I notice this as ...
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5answers
718 views

Task management software to organize tasks visually… how would I find it?

I have been unsuccessful finding what I want after trying a multitude of keywords, and I am hoping someone might have a suggestion to help me find a task organization tool that fits my requirements. ...
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1answer
182 views

Pros and cons of touch typing finger map lay-out (EDX versus EDC) in QWERTY

When I learned to touch type, back in the mid-80’s, I was instructed to use a finger map that basically mirrors the left and right hand side. I’ve added a figure below and refer to it as the EDX ...
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2answers
152 views

How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness? [closed]

Rephrasing the original question - I want, and expect, to able to be effective and diligent on a task (arbitrary task) because I decide to, period. To be brief - presumably, there is some value and ...
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2answers
116 views

Using Pomodoro switching between two projects

Has anyone tried using Pomodoro technique to work on two unrelated projects? Like alternating 25 minute spells going back and forth between two projects. I currently have a possibility to try this ...
2
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0answers
132 views

What are the 5 best ways to solve information overload? [closed]

What are the steps to be taken to effectively use the time? The situation is such that there is enormous data, some dependent on each other. Some of which have a circular dependency. Some which are ...
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4answers
268 views

How to continue GTD during high-stress periods and afterwards?

Often during crunch time of a project when only one goal is of supreme priority, I stop looking at my next action list because it is obvious what the next action ought to be. If such event persists ...
2
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2answers
91 views

How do I go about helping someone organize when they recognize the need to? [closed]

How can I go about helping someone else organize for better personal productivity when they have recognized a need to do so?
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1answer
101 views

18 Months Weekly Planner Notebooks - How Does it Work?

I've never really understood how the 18 months weekly planner notebooks work. For example, the Moleskine version (disclosure: no referral link). For the Moleskine (or generally any 18 months weekly ...
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8answers
554 views

How do I begin to get organised?

I have struggled with organization and administration my whole life. Starting in 5th grade my grades plummeted. Nothing changed. I scraped by in school and even after all of that had to get my GED. I ...
5
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2answers
162 views

Recurring ToDos with increasing urgency

I've been looking for a solution for managing recurring tasks that have to get done every so often and become more urgent over time. An example would be "water the plants". Ideally I would like to ...
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5answers
218 views

Making sure read/review list actually gets read/reviewed

I am finding that my list of papers to read ends up growing over time, never actually decreasing in size. I happily file something from my inbox into a folder, then proceed to immediately forget about ...
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3answers
128 views

How to realize oneself that career is above all distractions? [closed]

Daily in day to day life, there are events that occur which distracts us. But still how can we combat from such distractions and come out so that it does not affect our work. It seems strange..Any ...
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6answers
520 views

Repeating actions over and over again

I asked this earlier but it seems that it was misunderstood, and it looks like this was too, or perhaps I just couldn't explain it, so I'm rewriting this (once again..). Let me start. When I was a ...
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3answers
436 views

Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...
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1answer
106 views

how to study for long hours? [duplicate]

I want to study for long hours, and I carry interest in studying too but I am not able to sit for more than 45 minutes, I don't know what to do, to improve my sitting for studies.. please suggest
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3answers
454 views

How to increase productive number of hours

I am working in software industry and my job demands me working 10-12 hours everyday. In addition to this I spend sometime in travelling everyday 1.5 hours approx. When I reach home in evening ...
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6answers
253 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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6answers
557 views

Cannot start actual task

My problem is that whenever I try to learn a new programming language such as Java, I start and give it up after 2-3 days. If I think about starting to practice programming I feel it's a very boring ...
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5answers
246 views

Activate your brain

Especially for programmers, designers, engineers out there. Say you are having a day or two when you are just tired. (Went drinking night before, been working hard for 2+ weeks, or watched that movie ...
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2answers
294 views

What is an example of not using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting framework?

I've been looking for a good way to set goals and can't decide which is a right fit for me. I'm to the point of just breaking out Notepad and write stuff in. I know that won't work for very long. I ...
3
votes
1answer
252 views

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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15answers
18k views

How to cope with “idea overflow”?

How do I cope with "idea overflow"? My constant stream of new ideas is preventing me from realizing old ideas. Specifically, I recently started two big projects. I started from scratch and had to ...
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3answers
290 views

Looking for outliner with formula support \ spreadsheet with tree structure support

I'm looking for a tool that will allow comfortable creating of hierarchical structures, and allow performing computations on them. For example: plan a budget and\or time estimate of a project The ...

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