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How to retain focus without coffee?

I would like to limit my coffee intake, which is about 5/6 glasses a day. I want to do this for health reasons and I think I'm more deppresed due to strong coffee usage (coffee makes me very tired in ...
7
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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 ...
6
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5answers
636 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 ...
6
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1answer
233 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
332 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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6answers
436 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?
5
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5answers
2k 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 ...
5
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4answers
738 views

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 ...
5
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2answers
929 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. ...
4
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3answers
83 views

Effectively open links in Gmail w/o mouse

I have recently become acquainted with the hotkeys for Gmail. They are very logical and a big timesaver. However, I am unable to easily activate a link that is contained in an email using only the ...
4
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2answers
1k 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 ...
4
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2answers
423 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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3answers
610 views

How to focus on the current task and avoid any distractions?

I'm often finding myself getting distracted very easily: I walking to another room to do something (e. g. fetch something, write down something or do a task), on the way I'm seeing something that ...
4
votes
2answers
246 views

Does it help to have dedicated computer workstations for dedicated types of work?

Has anyone seen research that demonstrates dedicating different computers to specific tasks (separated by physical distance) increases productivity?
4
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4answers
271 views

Online sharing and collaborating tool

To improve productivity, I would attempt to reduce the amount of travelling time, especially if it is for a meeting where the resources can be shared online. I have recently used TeamViewer as a tool ...
3
votes
4answers
441 views

My wpm (words per minute) is already 93, how can I get any better?

I am not willing the use the Dvorak keyboard so how can I improve my typing speed on a Qwerty keyboard? I can type without looking at the keyboard, but I do take some time to delete mistakes and ...
3
votes
3answers
336 views

Completing petty tasks using Pomodoro techniques

While working on first task to practice Pomodoro technique, I raised 9 internal interruptions. Later on I decided them to move in specific lists. There are many interruptions and tasks which are ...
3
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1answer
119 views

Sleep quality depending on daytime

Let's say you do everything well to have a good sleep: no excitation before, light diner, good position in bed, ... Also given you sleep as much as you need too and wake up naturally, is it better to ...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

ToDo list application with projects, start and due dates, a priority field and custom filtering for Mac OS X?

I'm searching for a todo-list application for Mac OS X which can do the following. list tasks organize them in "projects" (à la GTD) assign a start date and a due date to each task and ...
2
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1answer
217 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, ...
2
votes
5answers
1k views

How to become a proactive rather than a reactive (lazy) learner?

My whole life I have been a reactive, lazy learner. What that means is that more or less any knowledge I ever acquired came in one of the three possible manners: Someone madated a task for whose ...
2
votes
4answers
6k views

Where to keep the desk lamp with regard to laptop for less eye strain?

According to some websites, lighting for computer work should not produce a glare on the screen or originate from a window behind the screen. But then, where should I keep it? Behind me / pointing ...
2
votes
1answer
854 views

What to do in a 5-10 min break to recharge the batteries? [closed]

After a session of full concentration, I usually like to take a 5-10min break, usually take a coffee break, or go for a quick stroll around the office. I find that this allows my "batteries to be ...
1
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4answers
137 views

Giving up a problem too early

I am a grad student doing my PhD in theoretical physics. I am struggling with a habit of giving up a problem too early. Actually now I understand that it is not a new thing to me. Since my school days ...
0
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2answers
93 views

How to scroll/navigate in text or Firefox browser without having to leave the typewriter keys?

I notice that it is often disruptive for me, to leave the "typewriter" section of my computer keyboard to jump to the arrow keys, e. g. for navigation up/down in a list or dropdown menu (e. g. when ...
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4answers
295 views

What Revision Control Programs / Methods Do You Use When Writing? [closed]

What revision control programs or methods do you guys use when writing?
10
votes
4answers
536 views

Losing Motivation during project

I am a Computer Engineer and working at a Software House as Software Engineer for the last 2 years. I usually observe things a lot and try to get an idea from everything to do something ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

How can I clear my head so I can keep studying?

I am attending a foundation training program for a bank. They have just shoved tons of materials into our throat I could not fully digest. I am trying my best though. Exam is on tomorrow. But after 9 ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Handling task dependencies with GTD

How does Getting Things Done (GTD) recommend handling task dependencies (one task that can't be started until another task is completed)? I understand how it works when they are part of the same ...
4
votes
3answers
171 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 ...
4
votes
4answers
363 views

What frameworks exist for establishing and questioning goals or objectives

I have been using the GTD methodology and I have the control side of it well in hand. However, for the perspective side, contained in the 'horizons of focus' technique, I'm having trouble establishing ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Bad biological clock and weird sleeping hours

I always sleep from around 4am until 12pm (a total of 8 hours of sleep). It is kind of a Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) I am from an Asian country and there people believe that you should sleep ...
4
votes
4answers
637 views

How to overcome cold/allergies/mild sickness?

I am often very productive and motivated. However, this is destroyed when I have a cold or allergies or am simply not feeling well. I am not talking about having a very obvious illness - I am ...
2
votes
2answers
655 views

Can a periodic caffeine detox boost productivity in long term?

This is a question for primarily caffeine users. I'm currently not interested in "don't do coffee" type answers. I have a chance to undergo a caffeine detox. I'm interested in how long do you think ...
2
votes
2answers
235 views

How to identify appropriate goals?

Identifying suitable goals is obviously an important part of personal productivity; there's little point in honing skills in the pursuit of a pointless goal. Whilst the selection of appropriate goals ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

GTD application that syncs with iCal

I am looking for a mac os x GTD task based application (in the wunderlist way) where you enter and classify tasks, and you can also assign tasks to iCal, is this possible?
2
votes
5answers
430 views

What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
2
votes
2answers
240 views

How to set a realistic deadline for a study task when you aren't familiar with the subject?

I am doing a self study now a days. The topics are unfamiliar. Hence the question.
2
votes
1answer
515 views

Techniques for mind dump (including mind sweeps/trigger lists)

I have a fairly solid workflow that hangs together well, but I'm interested in hearing more about how people deal with mind dumping--the process whereby after a busy week/event/trip and you clear your ...
1
vote
2answers
74 views

Recommend a Countdown Timer – computer app or OS widget

I'm looking for a computer-based countdown timer that is light-weight and offers ease of use. I want to use it to put time limits on certain tasks, like spending max 2 minutes on a news article ...
1
vote
3answers
240 views

How Should I make a Plan of Action to achieve my Goal?

For instances have a 1 year goal to acquire a new skill. Now how should i make a plan of Action? Should i work on my objective Daily or Weekly? Should i follow the plan blindly or adjust to ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

Adding tasks and comments directly to an email in Outlook or sorting by topic [closed]

I'm looking for suggesions about how people approach their workflow within the confines of having to use Outlook. I get a large number of emails at work (as I'm sure most people do), and one of the ...
1
vote
2answers
284 views

How shall I study now…?

I am a class 12 student. I am going to write my board exams on march of next year, and write IIT JEE (engineering entrance exam). I haven't prepared well - I haven't studied much of the concepts ...
1
vote
4answers
249 views

Keeping creativity when having a schedule

As you know, having a schedule (or a plan) optimizes your time a lot. Once thought out you just have to follow it. Since you know what you are going to do you can prepare in advance for some of the ...
1
vote
3answers
242 views

From journeyman to master

This question may be a bit vague and open for discussion, but today I've been trying to work out what to start doing. I work as a professional programmer (as do, at a guess, 90% of you lot) but its ...
1
vote
5answers
528 views

Problem of falling asleep after intense study

I always find problem in falling asleep after intense brainstorming. I feel some fuzzy doodle of some irregular thoughts going on in my brain. The thoughts change very quickly from one to another and ...
0
votes
3answers
142 views

Dropping old habits since childhood

I have been raised in a family where I was controlled and pushed to do something without knowing the value of why they were pushing me. In response (or by nature), I became rebellious. That ...
0
votes
5answers
246 views

How to study with efficiency?

I'm 16 and going into high school. I passed my 1st grade with an A average, but my second with B average (4 grades away from A). Anyhow, I wanted to ask someone to tell me how to study with best ...
0
votes
4answers
348 views

Time tracking applications [closed]

What do you think about time tracking applications (application that log the activities of a person) ? Do you think it is useful ?
0
votes
4answers
377 views

App that has nice separate lists for tasks and goals?

Is their any app (Web based, Android, iPhone, anything) which enables a person to manage both - his tasks and his goals, without mixing them up.

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