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3answers
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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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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 ...
10
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6answers
689 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 ...
9
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5answers
344 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 ...
9
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11answers
1k views

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 ...
9
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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 ...
9
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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 ...
8
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3answers
372 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
651 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 ...
7
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1answer
231 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 ...
7
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5answers
468 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.
7
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6answers
2k views

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
659 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
241 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
347 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
votes
6answers
463 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
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 ...
5
votes
4answers
779 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
952 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
85 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
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 ...
4
votes
2answers
449 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
votes
3answers
626 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
250 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
votes
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
545 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
354 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
votes
1answer
121 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
219 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
888 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
vote
4answers
142 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
votes
2answers
95 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
296 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
562 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
4k 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
175 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
371 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
740 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
290 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 ...
2
votes
2answers
702 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
3answers
148 views

Where should I take (and store) notes during meetings on different subjects?

I've got various meetings on a variety of subjects. In some I take a lot of notes, in others, not so much. How should I manage/organize these notes? I don't want to have a separate notebook for each ...
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
433 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
248 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.

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