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5answers
575 views

How can I get myself to go to sleep when I know I should?

I've read on resetting one's biological clock and clearing my mind before bedtime (and I do most of the things there, using F.lux, being physically active mostly every day), taking melatonin ...
2
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2answers
191 views

Passive learning— does such a thing exist?

I'm interested in trying to squeeze extra productivity out of my background noise. In other words, I'd like to find something that I can have playing in the background while coding or doing homework ...
2
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3answers
675 views

How to scientifically evaluate and record one's mood or mental state?

I write in my diary irregularly and in the diary I record my schedule and mental state. I find that it is a good way to know myself. However, I am not satisfied with that because: The record is ...
5
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1answer
293 views

Motivational background/lock screen

As the title says I am looking for some motivational pictures for my phone for use as a background and/or as lock-screen. I currently on a custom rom android phone. I would like a application or tool ...
2
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4answers
151 views

Illegible handwriting is swallowing my ideas

I carry a notepad and pencil with me to jot down ideas. The problem is, my handwriting is so abhorrent that often I cannot decipher what I wrote. How can I write more legible? I'm not sure that ...
3
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1answer
222 views

Why I daily wake up at around 10 AM?

I have been observing my sleeping patterns from several days. Here are my observations: If I sleep at around 12:00 AM, I wake up at around 09:00 AM. (9:00 hour sleep) If I sleep at around 02:30 AM, ...
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1answer
161 views

Is it detrimental to not have a new stapler in over three years? [closed]

Microsoft has a Windows "honestly" ad about their tablets, where they feature a guy, supposedly an accountant, who brags that he "hasn't approved a new stapler purchase in over three years" (YouTube: ...
5
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1answer
274 views

Identify, organize and execute long term goals

Currently I work off of a written to-do list of short term goals/objectives which has proven to keep me organized and helped shape me into a proactive individual. This structure has served me well ...
5
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3answers
638 views

How to not forget thing I studied in the past?

I've got a problem; I forget many things I learned in the past. I study at university, it's my 4th year. I am almost done, but I guess I'm in big trouble. Many tasks I got I just can't solve and it ...
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0answers
110 views

How should I stop myself from losing my focus by thinking about a girl? [duplicate]

I think that I'm in falling in love because I often find myself thinking about a girl. The problem is that I don't wish to lose my focus by thinking about a girl with whom I don't wish to do anything ...
5
votes
5answers
608 views

How to stop watching movies?

Alright, this may sound weird but how do I stop watching movies? In my religion people generally don't watch movies for many reasons: it shows stuff we are prohibited from doing, may have influences, ...
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2answers
145 views

Simple tool to manage Question and Answer

Looking for a simple tool to manage a horde of frequently asked questions and answers. I'm working on a project where I get many similar questions, and i want to cut and paste the answers. For a ...
8
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3answers
406 views

How to force myself to reach office on time?

Money wasn't so important to me ever (no I am NOT rich), they cut my salary on my late arrival and I don't care. My team lead doesn't grumble on my late arrival. The deadlines here are flexible as ...
6
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3answers
484 views

Best practice for balancing schedule, activities, tiredness and personal energy levels?

Many people who are on an early-morning weekday schedule (7:00 AM in my case) will tend to have later wake-up hours during holidays and/or weekends. However in my case, this makes it really difficult ...
26
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15answers
3k views

What method(s) can I undertake to ensure I get the most possible information from a book when I read it?

I like to read nonfiction books on various topics that I'm interested about, but I find that the information doesn't really stick. For example, I read a biography of Thomas Jefferson about a year ago ...
0
votes
1answer
113 views

What makes a 'break' appropriate or safe to take?

Happened too many times. After overcoming something in your productivity period, you suddenly feel tempted to take a 10 minutes break. An overly dangerous one because it exits from the productive ...
2
votes
4answers
677 views

How do I maintain my calendar with times belonging to different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like some of these things to be at a ...
2
votes
3answers
141 views

How to avoid being frustrated with poor study material

Often when studying a new complex subject, I become frustrated because neither the lecture notes handed out by the teacher, nor the notes I took are complete enough for me to grasp the whole picture. ...
3
votes
2answers
336 views

Learning a new language or instrument to boost intelligence: worth it?

Bilingualism and musical proficiency has been correlated with increased cognitive abilities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_advantages_of_bilingualism ...
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3answers
159 views

Techniques for recording sequence of steps to perform a task

Are there techniques or software tools that can help me record a series of steps involved in performing a task that I will have to repeat in the future? This would be useful at work (I am a software ...
2
votes
1answer
189 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, ...
14
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6answers
544 views

How can I measure how tired I am?

In order to stay productive I want to make sure I don't try to work when I am too tired, as I should get some rest instead. Working on computers all day long as I do can make it hard to detect. What ...
3
votes
4answers
153 views

Should I use pomodoro breaks to work on personal tasks?

My system is I have a MS Word document for my backlog. I add both work tasks, and small personal tasks (eg send email to so and so, ring such and such organisation, buy xyz, post on stack exchange ...
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4answers
146 views

Tracking accomplishments

Does anybody know a good app/web site being able of tracking accomplishments in detail? I have a lot of stuff that I'm working on right now, but I beginning to feel that I need some tracking. The most ...
7
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4answers
303 views

Is it ever better to keep working on a problem until its done and not sleep?

If we forget about any time constraints for this question and instead focus on how well and efficiently you can get a task done, I would like to know if there is ever a time when it's better to keep ...
1
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4answers
178 views
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How can I eliminate stress and learn to let go?

I have a stress issue that it's eating me up. Not only stress, but even anger is an issue for me. I think that anger leads to stress and stress leads to anger, at least for me. Al of this ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

In which circumstances are the different mobile computers most productive? [closed]

Under what circumstances is a laptop more productive than an ultrabook/netbook than a tablet? I really want to analyze the implications of the differences. For example, tablets do not have a ...
2
votes
3answers
286 views

How to develop interest in something that do not attract me?

Suppose I need to study something that is required by my job. But the study-materials are either very much hard to learn or boring or tedious. How can I develop a solid interest in those stuffs?
8
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6answers
336 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 ...
3
votes
2answers
182 views

How can I channel my energies in the right direction?

I am sure all of us would be facing/have faced such stages in life when you're buzzing with energy and ideas and you find 24*7 less for them. I find myself in such a quandary often. And I feel this ...
0
votes
2answers
63 views

Why does coffee make me buzz later, when I've left work?

This afternoon, I'd drunk two and half cups of coffe that day, and I was slumping at 3pm. I drunk another half cup of coffee, and that did help. But then when I left work, at 7pm, I was totally ...
6
votes
7answers
271 views

How can I minimize the time I spend preparing food without sacrificing quality or greatly increasing cost?

Cooking only for myself, how can I more quickly and efficiently prepare my food to minimize the amount of time I spend preparing and cooking without compromising nutritional value (i.e. no microwave ...
1
vote
2answers
104 views

Getting tired after certain meals [closed]

What foods make you drowsy and what foods make you awake? I just had dinner and I can hardly stay awake even though I took a nap today. How can one eat to feel awake? Before going to sleep, what ...
0
votes
2answers
114 views

Breaking down a task when it is large consisting of tiny subtasks

Productivity methodologies like Pomodoro suggest that you break down tasks into small, manageable subtasks. A job I was doing today involved reviewing some written material, checking that all ...
3
votes
2answers
194 views

How to set goals when studying?

One of the main issues I have when it comes to studying is that I don't have a tangible goal. At school, if the teacher says "hand it in this paper tomorrow", you know that when you finish the paper, ...
3
votes
3answers
194 views

How long have you felt confident as a good programmer? And what you did to make it happen faster? [closed]

I started late and I'm a year and a half studying and working with programming. But I still do not feel good enough for most tasks. Also I want to know how I can improve as a professional faster. Any ...
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votes
1answer
65 views

What should be my next career direction? [closed]

Three years ago I started my own business with the help of my husband. First year went very well with reasonable sales. I was also busy planning the future course, making new tip ups, marketing the ...
4
votes
1answer
183 views

When is the best time to drink the first coffee of the day?

When is the best time to drink the first cup of coffee? I find that sometimes if I drink coffee before I've got into the zone of doing work, the coffee won't help and actually makes me feel more ...
30
votes
9answers
3k views

Why does nothing motivate me?

I have had so many family issues that they made me a "bad" person. In simple words, I don't care about anything. People, problems, life in general. I have no morality, no god, no nothing. I am 20 ...
3
votes
2answers
178 views

What's the most effective physical exercise routine to boost productivity?

Exercise increases your energy and your mental performance. But what kind of exercise is best for increasing productivity? Heavy weightlifting? Intense cardio? Mild cardio? Something else? Some ...
1
vote
2answers
93 views

How to get started after getting home from work?

My situation is little different in that getting home from work is a 40 min hike up a hill - 250m elevation over 3.3km. When I get home I feel tired, and it's easy to just sit around and the time ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

How to use a tickler file system at work

I've started to look at using tickler systems (especially the 43 folder concept). At my office we have a lot of meetings so I keep a folder for each project. Whenever there is a meeting I grab the ...
5
votes
1answer
231 views

Places to find accountability partner for personal growth

I've been having trouble lately to make myself motivated to learn and selfimprove in the field of software development. I've come up with this idea that to help myself motivate to learn from books ...
6
votes
1answer
222 views

How to solve problems while walking

I'm a university student, and I've recently moved to working while standing, and walking instead of sitting. I read a lot through the textbooks while walking(reading in kindle is very handy), and it ...
2
votes
1answer
50 views

What is an effective heuristic for deciding when to filter mail in Gmail?

After reading this Lifehacker article, I'm questioning my use of filters in my email. I have two separate GMail inboxes, one for my school/work account at my university, the other for my personal ...
1
vote
2answers
172 views

How to use Getting Things Done to identify things I keep not getting to?

(I use Remember the Milk as my main GTD app, FYI.) As I understand it, you shouldn't assign artificial due dates to tasks because then you can't trust the system. You'll look at it and say "Oh, ...
4
votes
4answers
190 views

Procrastinating tasks while contemplating whether doing the task is a good idea

The kind of task is typically sending an email that might rock the boat. It also applies to purchasing decisions, 'Do I really need this thing?'. I'll have the idea to send the email (eg ...
8
votes
1answer
262 views

Is being an early riser AND going out on weekends possible?

If I get up early every day and force myself not to sleep during the day, sooner or later I'll start going to bed early and getting up early, and the getting up part won't be a problem. However, ...
4
votes
4answers
271 views

How to refocus after being distracted?

I practise pomodoro technique and for the most part it works pretty well. However, sometimes when I do get distracted (today it's been bitcoin, and Tinder), I find it hard to get back in the zone. ...
2
votes
6answers
507 views

Keeping track of personal tasks.

At work I've been using the Pomodoro technique. I use just an MS Word document to keep track of my backlog for the day, and a three column table (time, to do, notes) to move these tasks into the ...

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