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How to stop mind from drifting off while reading?

Lets say I'm reading a text on programming language which has some example on poker. As soon as I read it, my mind drifts off about some related things around poker, like probability, last time I won, ...
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How to work through technical books for long hours to completion

I cannot sit in one place reading for more than a hour, no matter what book it is (except maybe Harry Potter). Can anybody please advise me how I can learn to sit and read for long hours. My main ...
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610 views

How do other parents find the time?

I've been a father for several years and I find that my most productive personal hours outside of typical work day are between the hours of 9:30-11pm. Everything before that is consumed by work, ...
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400 views

One hour a day or 4 continuous hours a week for an activity?

Should I practice an activity, say drawing, programming, or even sport, in short day-sessions of one hour for example, or do it all at once in a week? If I choose to do one hour a day, I might waste ...
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493 views

Need to have focus and correct bad habits

I really need serious help of my habits. It seems that I am not that productive like I was before. Whenever I'm on my laptop, I should be working but instead, I would be opening facebook and do bunch ...
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How to fall asleep faster

I'm working a internship this summer where I need to be up by 6:30 and don't get home until 8pm. I'm having trouble falling asleep at night because I'm naturally more of a night person. Does anyone ...
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How to improve self discipline when starting from nothing

It seems that I have no ability to be productive. Outside of the occasional week where feeling accountable to somebody else has kept me on task, I have never had the self discipline to accomplish ...
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Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight

I'm currently using Remember The Milk for my organisation system that is based on GTD. One thing that I find is missing from my system is the ability to capture all the actions relating to a project. ...
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4answers
601 views

Meditation and productivity

I hear a lot about power of meditation, however I've never tried by myself. I've tried to find any useful information regarding connection between meditation and productivity, and found nothing ...
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7answers
425 views

Is stress a good thing?

I know a theory behind stress. I also know general attitude which links stress with all negative things. However I would like to ask "Do you think is stress good or bad?" The question come after ...
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How to manage multiple simultaneous private projects?

I have a number of private web design projects that I work on during my spare time. Non of the projects have any real deadline, other than my own urge to finish them. As there is no real deadline, I ...
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Does the snooze button turn you into a zombie?

I've read that the snooze button really, really interferes with the wake-up process of the brain. To caricature, in my understanding snoozing the alarm clock can render you a zombie for at least part ...
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4answers
645 views

How can I decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time?

I've recently started thinking that I should spend more money in order to save time. Examples of this include: paying to get my laundry done instead of doing it myself sometimes taking a taxi ...
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596 views

What is the best wiki to install and run locally?

I want to start my own wiki page for note keeping. As the info I will be keeping is sensitive I need to host the wiki internally on my LAN. It's possible I will be the only user of the wiki but I ...
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How to keep focused without losing interest?

I am not sure how common is this, but I experience loss of interest pretty often. Unlike many people, my problem is not in starting things but in sustaining the interest. One day, I decide that I am ...
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3answers
273 views

Isolation as a productivity 'drive'

This is my attempt to re-frame a recently-closed question in a more positive and productivity-focused way. Various cultural artifacts make mention of writers that escaped to isolated cottages far ...
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1answer
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Typing versus Handwriting for recall

It is common for self-teaching courses to insist of writing something down, rather than just thinking about it. But how about typing it? Is it just the extra time it takes to write something down ...
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4answers
816 views

How do I register deadlines in a GTD system?

In a GTD system, I have (among other things) a list of "next actions" organized by context, which are things that I have decided I should act on at my discretion, and a calendar, which shows things ...
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2answers
438 views

Is there anything similar to TRIZ known outside of Russia for improving personal productivity?

I was born in Russian and went to school there in middle 90ies. During my school time we had a special subject called "TRIZ" that stands (in Russian) for "theory of inventive problems solving". Apart ...
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Does the “30/30 Minute Work Cycle” really work?

I'm about to embark on a pretty time consuming software project, so I'm looking for ways to improve my productivity over long periods of time. While searching for solutions, I found this article: ...
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4answers
861 views

What can I do to fight procrastination? [closed]

What can I do to fight procrastination? I'm looking for general advice, professional research and useful tips.
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8answers
760 views

I end up doing something else even when I know what should I be doing

I have a strange problem. Maybe some of you might also have it. I know what is right and what is wrong, how my time can be used effectively, what I should be doing at this time. But sadly, I end up ...
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9answers
3k views

How to divert your mind from the continuos process of thinking?

I am a software engineer. My job needs me to solve some software problems. Sometime, I need to discuss some problem with in the team. Generally, I work 8-9 hours. After coming back from office, I ...
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11answers
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How to study efficiently few days before the exams [considering that one hasn't throughly studied any subject by now]?

I am having exams in these two weeks. But I still haven't studied thoroughly on each subjects. For physics, I have spent more than a week studying electric charges, yes, only electric charges. I spent ...
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10answers
1k views

How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
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9answers
712 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. ...
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6answers
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How to avoid forgetting personal belongings and simple things

I frequently forget my personal belongings like glasses, pens, etc. as well as basic tasks. Below are the top 3 things I have forgotten and suffered a lot Once I forgot my glasses on a bus and lost ...
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Windows Freeware/Shareware programs for tracking daily tasks?

I once had a cool little Java program that allowed me to name each task, and toggle back and forth between tasks to track the time spent on each. At the end of the day I could export the data and ...
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6answers
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How do you manage information/resources?

I've tried many different approaches to task management, but I always fail at one specific thing. Being a programmer, I have loads of information that needs to be somehow stored. To be more ...
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6answers
801 views

How can i reboot my brain when i have many things to keep in mind?

I feel i really need to take a break for a while now, i have a complex project to keep in mind, I am basically working on it all day, but after a while it starts to overwhelm me, and I cant clear my ...
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9answers
1k views

How to get more experiences out of life?

The older I get the harder it seems to experience something novel. At 38 I feel as though I've eaten most of the low lying fruit. I have some ideas such as skydiving, or bungee, or taking a ...
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8answers
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Resetting ones' whole biological clock?

Everyday, I struggle to get up at around 7:00am to get ready for collage at around 8:00am. Over 95% of the days, I either: (i) Miss the first class of collage (ii) Not able to Brush and/or bath, and ...
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3answers
4k views

My open office is not effective in increasing my productivity, how can I counter this?

We have an open office (no cubical walls) that is intended to increase productivity. However I find that the increase in distractions, both sound and visual negates this due to the difficulty in ...
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7answers
5k views

How to avoid mind drifting while listening?

While talking to someone at work or even on the phone I often find myself drifting off where my attention wanders off. This happens even during short say 5 ~ 10 minute conversations. If while talking ...
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7answers
598 views

Is there a master “catch-all” system for keeping track of things?

I hope this isn't too broad a question, but basically, I find myself constantly trying to keep track of many different things. I'm wondering how other people do this. For example, I have: a list ...
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Getting things done in an environment with constant, unavoidable interruptions

There are many situations where you're working on something that requires concentration, but where you can't avoid interruptions. Some classic examples are working next to a sleeping infant, or in a ...
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2answers
485 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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7answers
604 views

Hating sleep at night because of inadequate feeling of no achievement during the day

I've been having a hatred for sleep and when i mean hatred i mean a feeling of not wanting to fall asleep because i feel i've done nothing during the day to achieve my goals. How can i stop feeling ...
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3answers
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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 ...
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3answers
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How long should an afternoon nap last?

At the beginning of the afternoon I usually feel tired, so I take a nap. However my naps usually last 1 to 2 hours, and when I get up I’m really not in the mood of doing anything productive, I’m ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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5answers
565 views

motivation strategies for GTD weekly review

David Allen has described the weekly review as key to GTD, but it's been the hardest part for me to adopt. When things get really busy, I am usually able to keep up with a minimum amount of ...
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11answers
10k views

Does a Trackball make you more productive?

Does using trackballs instead of mice makes you more productive? Are there any scientific studies on this subject?
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7answers
1k views

How to control or change habits?

I don't know what I need to write here, but I am explaining everywhere what I feel and think. Everyone has some habits that may be good or bad. But firstly I want to control or change some of my ...
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6answers
576 views

How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
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5answers
1k views

How do I energize and motivate myself?

I feel like I am always low on energy, my mood is always sad. I feel depressed all the time and I feel like blood rushing through my veins. I know this is all because I keep failing at all the things ...
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4answers
450 views

Why am I forgetting concepts?

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
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5answers
479 views

What do I do with abandoned pomodoros?

This morning I decide to try applying the Pomodoro time boxing technique in my coding, but using it for software development raises some questions I would like to try and resolve before continuing. ...
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5answers
848 views

How to trick our minds into doing mundane tasks?

There are some daily tasks I am too lazy to do: simple cleaning, washing dishes, etc. When I have no other pressing tasks, I end up not doing these simple tasks. However, when I have something coming ...
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6answers
452 views

How do I encourage people to automate frequent tasks?

We often find in our consulting practice that automation can have a huge impact on personal productivity when using computers. These could be as simple as text replacement or as complicated as a ...

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