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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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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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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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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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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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4answers
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How to implement a behaviour of discipline

Discipline is -at least in my opinion- the key to changing behaviours and increasing productivity. Pomodoro, GTD as well as other techniques are methods that need discipline in order to consistently ...
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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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How to use Evernote to implement GTD?

One of the top FAQs is How to use RTM to implement a GTD system. I've decided against RTM, I don't like it as described in a previous thread of mine. I want to know how people use Evernote to ...
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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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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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What is ZTD (Zen To Done) and how does it differ from GTD?

A recent RTM blog post mentions Zen To Done (ZTD), which the poster describes as basically a simplification of the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. What is ZTD, and what are the main differences ...
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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, ...
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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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4answers
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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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What are the weaknesses of the GTD system?

For those who use the GTD (Getting Things Done) system or have used it in the past, what are some areas where GTD is weak and might need improvement?
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How to use the Pomodoro Technique while finishing a task and the Pomodoro rings?

I was using the pomodoro technique while programming. The Pomodoro timer finished and I was just in the middle of adding a new parameter to a function and was refactoring my code to make sure that the ...
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3answers
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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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How to avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to/want to learn?

I study philosophy at university, a subject that covers a lot of ground. My problem is that I often feel overwhelmed by what's been done in the past 2,500 years in so many different fields. There is ...
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Good way to organise product documentation?

When I buy a new item (think computer, fridge, phone) it often comes with a whole stack of paperwork: Receipt Warranty Manuals Service schedule Special offers on something else Other things ...
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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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How to motivate yourself when you are in a company of a negative person?

No, deserting the person is not an option. This person rarely appreciates whatever I do. I am not an expert at anything for sure and am already a procrastinator, but constant finger pointing by that ...
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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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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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How does sleep debt decay?

Sleep debt is the concept that if you skip half an hour of sleep now, you'll need to catch it up later. I would expect though, that if you skip some sleep, but then start having a normal amount sleep, ...
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How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
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What is the simplest (yet surprisingly) effective productiviy increasing technique? [closed]

Many productivity systems are complex and hard to keep going. The benefit of these systems often comes from not the overall systems but from the specific tactics or techniques they encourage. What ...
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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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What should I do with my 30min break using the Pomodoro Technique

The 5 minute breaks in between Pomodoros are short and give me a breather. However, every time I go on the 30 minute breaks after 4 Pomodoros, I always feel I could be doing something really ...
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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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How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
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Making good buying decisions

How can I make a good buying decision that I will not regret about in the future? It happens a lot: I come to a situation where I really want something but not sure if it'll be a good purchase, or ...
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Forgetting of 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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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 ...
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How to deal with vague tasks?

If I can make a checklist of chores to do or features to add to my projects, I usually get them done. On the other hand, there are tasks with some vagueness, such as "review X" or "improve the design ...
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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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How safe and future-lasting is my personal life on the cloud?

I love the cloud and see a majority of benefits in using it and storing data on it. Except safety. And by meaning safety I do not mean only keeping your password safe. I mostly set strong unreadable ...
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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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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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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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how to get over something stupid done in past?

I have a tendency to act out wierdly and angrily, (usually throwing stuff here and there) when I suddenly remember something stupid that I had done in past, and then bang my head over how stupid I was ...
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Too obsessed. Cant concentrate

I am an addicted computer programmer. I am doing my Engineering. I am extremely obsessive about things. I am soo much obsessive that people tell me that I work really slow. I feel that I am unable to ...
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fasting and low-calory diet good for the brain?

I recently watched a BBC Horizon documentary that seems to argue that fasting is good for your general health and your mental acuity. What scientific evidence is there for and against it? The ...
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Effect of treadmill desk on productivity

Some people have started using treadmill desks to allow themselves to exercise while they are working. Apparently, it allows them to burn "100 to 130 calories an hour at speeds slower than two miles ...
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Getting productive without logging and tracking?

My question looks rhetorical but it isn't. I am forcing myself to write to-do lists and tracking what I've done, but I found it difficult. I get bored to write lists longer than 10 tasks, so I set ...
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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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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 ...
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How can I bring productivity techniques that work for me to a new employer?

As a consultant, I am frustrated at the lack of motivation incumbent teams often show. It would definitely come across badly if I tried to indicate to them that I do things more efficiently, but how ...
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Complete loss of focus / wanting to work

I work on my PC all day, every day, even when I get home. I am a programmer, theres no getting round it, and I love it! But recently I have been having 'programmers block' or complete lack of 'want' ...
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Is there an automatic time tracking application? [closed]

I'm looking for a time tracking tool to monitor and boost my productivity. What I have in mind is a program that works in the background and keeps track of which application is active at any given ...
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Is it possible to trigger the release of dopamine at will?

Dopamine is the substance your brain makes when you are glued to the television or facebook. It's the stuff that makes you 'want' something. Is it possible to use reverse-psychology and use tricks to ...

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