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2answers
464 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
653 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
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3answers
87 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
255 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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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 ...
3
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4answers
622 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 re-...
3
votes
3answers
367 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
122 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
votes
4answers
7k 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
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1answer
221 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
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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
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1answer
918 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
130 views

How can I spend small pockets of time productively while on my computer? [duplicate]

On my computer, I am constantly doing actions that are not instantaneous, let's say more than 5 seconds but less than a minute. These actions are not long enough to justify switching to another ...
1
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4answers
147 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
99 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
297 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
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4answers
584 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
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 ...
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 ...
4
votes
4answers
395 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
4answers
800 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 ...
4
votes
3answers
179 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
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 ...
2
votes
2answers
728 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
1answer
530 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 ...
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
2answers
293 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
3answers
151 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
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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vote
3answers
283 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
2answers
91 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
0answers
45 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
4answers
255 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
5answers
664 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
4answers
384 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
381 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.
0
votes
1answer
1k views

How does efficient people organize and prioritize things when under heavy work load? [closed]

This is regarding a person (me) working in computers as the only and primary job in operations role ( which I mean more of a engineering role of remotely managing data center and stuff like that with ...
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votes
1answer
319 views

Which one you prefer? 2 style of count-down Timer for Pomodoro Technique [closed]

Previously I posted an article to ask for review of my pomodoro app. I'm making a new design as an alternative to taskbar timer. As pomodoro technique users, which one do you prefer as a timer on ...

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