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“SMART Goal Setting Practical Example”? [closed]

I want to set a few written goals for the first time in my life. Please give me some Real life - practical S.M.A.R.T. goals template , example ...which includes Plan of Action, tasks, deadlines. How ...
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130 views

2 minute tasks that cannot be completed immediately?

What do you do when you cannot complete a 2-minute task immediately? An example is a phone call where the recipient does not pick up. Does this phone call get moved to the Next Action list?
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111 views

What is the Importance and Need of Goal Setting?

I have read a lot about goal setting and now I want to find reasons as such why do I need goals to achieve success in life. I want to improve my skills. For instance, I want to learn a new programming ...
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3answers
132 views

Maintaining focus after completing a task and moving into the next one [duplicate]

What I've been finding recently, is once I've finished a task, it takes a bit of effort to refocus and start working on the next task. Any suggestions for minimizing this transition? Usually I ...
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2answers
203 views

Parkinson's law and deadlines: how do they work?

Parkinson's law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. This law is a silent killer in my life. I can clearly see the law working in my life but don't fully ...
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4answers
365 views

How to stop my craving for attention?

Hell guys, this is my first post on the personal productivity site. I have this problem of being an 'attention-seeker' in school.I would not classify myself as the typical attention seeker as I don't ...
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120 views

How to present my project if am feeling not good?

I will present my project tomorrow. My instructor will invite another instructor who used to insult and laugh on students projects if its average or wrong. How I can respond on his laughing? How I can ...
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212 views

Techniques to organize my constantly growing 'download' folder

I'm basically looking for a method or tool to organize my downloads folder. New files are added on a constantly basis which leads to some (minor) problems the problems are: 1) many files that are ...
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1answer
223 views

GTD and handling “learning” projects

Sorry for the long post. I'm about halfway done reading through David Allen's book, so please pardon me if this is addressed somewhere in it. GTD looks like an interesting system with a lot of ...
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128 views

Amphetamines for an academic (or other thinkers) [closed]

What do you think about amphetamines for an academic, do they hurt originality? How long can you get a boost out of them in your career, through tenure? Does it take away the emotional understanding ...
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3answers
566 views

Is an on-screen keyboard more efficient than touch typing on a physical keyboard?

This is my first time here, so I hope this question is on topic! My friend and I got into an argument over whether typing on an on-screen keyboard (i.e. on a flat glass screen) can possibly be more ...
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300 views

How to write with two hands simultaneously?

To clarify, I'm not talking about how to become ambidextrous. I have seen a movie, where a professor can write with both of his hands simultaneously on two different papers, different things. Even ...
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3answers
467 views

What productive things can you do while you eat?

I have this really bad habit of watching TV (if there is one around) while I eat, which can sometimes escalate into binge watching a whole season of some tv show series, or just watching a whole ...
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2answers
64 views

What is the Shortest Time Unit of a Goal?

Well, i have been reading a lot on goal setting and achieving. I want to set some career and personal goals for myself.what i mean to say is that what can be considered a goal. Should goal be long ...
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3answers
110 views

How do I continue working when I'm discouraged due to the error not being resolved?

I'm sure many of you are familiar with this feeling. You're trying to work out how to use some new technology or library, and it's not working how you want it to. It's throwing up some error. You're ...
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5answers
890 views

What is the ultimate personal organization system? [closed]

I have so far tried many task- and/or life-management systems and apps, solo and in conjunction. And while they are all great in one way or another I have failed to find an app or a combination of ...
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4answers
212 views

How to deal with self-doubt?

So I recently graduated with my new degree in Physics. Instead of doing a PhD, I decided to try my hand at corporate America. The results well, are interesting. I've interviewed in plenty of ...
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2answers
120 views

How to build insights purposefully?

Background I'm a student in the US starting a four-year engineering degree in the fall. Problem Whenever I've taken technical courses, I've found much of my success was dependent on whether or not ...
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1answer
109 views

E-mail management question

There is an internal support type department in our company that gets bombarded with emails daily from staff. The support group is 8 people, each part of the same email workgroup on MS Office. ...
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2answers
361 views

Why can we learn effectively only for a short period of time?

I ask this in the hopes of possibly getting some insight on how to learn for long periods of time. I'd first like to point out the distinction between working and learning. While learning you're more ...
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1answer
111 views

Should I use one project with many releases, or multiple projects to track team initiatives?

I have a small team, but we have many, many, MANY internal projects. Some are initiated by us, and many are initiated by others. I am trying to find the best way for us to manage the tasks, and ...
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5answers
92 views

Language learning from Music

I would like to hear from people who feel music has been useful in learning a foreign language. What practises or combination of practises did you find useful? ( Listening to same music in a known ...
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1answer
122 views

Should I workout in the morning in order to stay productive & focused on my work for the rest of the day?

I know that we should start our mornings with the toughest tasks. I'm a programmer & an entrepreneur in general and the hardest things for me are for example to fix a bug that I've stumbled upon ...
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2answers
108 views

Avoiding feed reader procrastination

Probably here you get a lot of questions based on procrastination, and I've even searched for a while and even found some more specifically based on news and feeds, but I have a more specific problem. ...
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2answers
122 views

Are there any famous people who were ridiculed for having a funny name? [closed]

I currently live in India, but I have a chinese name. Although I reallly love my name but wherever I go, whomsoever I meet, makes fun of it. When I try to explain the meaning of my name, they pay no ...
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1answer
132 views

How can I know when I am no longer working efficiently on a problem?

Background: My "What's your greatest weakness?" answer is always "I have to see a problem through to the solution." Sometimes though, it borders on obsession, and I lose momentum since I am basically ...
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2answers
236 views

Utilize Summer Vacation effectively for personal growth

Background: My summer vacations began on 5th June. I am an average computer science student genuinely interested in my subject. Problem: I am interested to learn a lot of things: Some new ...
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2answers
425 views

Understanding GTD and email filing

So I really wanted to try getting to "Inbox Zero", and becoming more productive. I really like how I can use categories and set tasks/followups, change views, etc to make my life easier. However, ...
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3answers
166 views

Numbering scheme for prioritizing tasks based on categories

I'm sorry if this is asked before, but I'm looking for a way to get hopefully a single number to help me prioritize between tasks within different categories. I've seen How to manage multiple ...
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3answers
622 views

How to convince my make my mind AGAIN to study?

I had an exam and I have next exam on my way. For previous paper,I made my full mood to study but now after it I know I should study but I feel so relaxed and light that I am not studying and I am not ...
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1answer
105 views

mind mapping - auto conversion of hierarchical tree into a radial format

I have a largely hierarchical mind map, which looks like a tree with a depth of around 12-14. A typical parent node has say 1-5 child nodes (average of 3 nodes). I manually built this mind map with ...
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1answer
57 views

Studying several languages programming and update [duplicate]

have to study several programming language in the same time. Anyone has the advice to improve the study? For example I have to study, javascript ( angular ) php ( Drupal, symfony) I'm using , books ...
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4answers
405 views

How to get started?

Lately I've been wondering how to fire up my engines and get to doing the things I want to or have to do instead of doing something else that's easier to do (or just never really getting started on ...
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3answers
407 views

I'm overwhelmed.. Do you have an advice?

I am working 100% in a production company as a network administrator. I start at 6:30am and usually go to 6pm to go home. I am learning not very much about the administration, and not very in depth ...
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112 views

Is it better to use printed study material rather than soft copies of study materials to avoid distractions?

Is it better to use printed study material rather than soft copies of study materials to avoid distractions? I found that printed materials are better for attention. While using soft materials, I ...
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4answers
1k views

I have 10 days to gain 35 words/minute typing speed. How?

My typing exam is on 20 June. I need to be able to type 35 wpm. My speed is currently 17 wpm while looking at the keyboard . How can I gain the required speed in the time allowed?
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1answer
330 views

How can I prevent StackOverflow from killing my productivity? [duplicate]

I'm a programmer. I use StackOverflow a lot for solving problems. It's so helpful that I rarely need to ask my own questions. But StackOverflow can also be distracting and kill my productivity by ...
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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 ...
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3answers
302 views

How do I break free of this rut?

I have following linked problems: I want to do one thing at a time; and another at another time. I start taking small steps toward my goals and then think of doing another thing, talk myself out of ...
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2answers
176 views

Re-conditioning the brain to read numbers “visually”

I have a problem with how my brain reads numbers, it's very inefficient, I see "1" written on paper, and if I'm doing math my brain flashes to me the written word "one" which I mentally read at my ...
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2answers
904 views

What are the primary rebuttals to the 4 Hour Body and the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris?

I have read and understand the popularity of the '4 Hour' series of best-selling books by Tim Ferris. H However Tim himself asks the readers to consider everything he writes with a skeptical mind as ...
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0answers
30 views

How to master a programming language - Java? [duplicate]

It's been quite a time that I have started working with Java. I have lot of interest in doing programming. While I also get demotivated when I feel I don't know certain things in it too. As everyone ...
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1answer
63 views

How to let go what happened and start THE SAME PROJECT again?

I had a final project viva I worked hard on it but the teacher pointed out many mistakes. Now it has been marked(and it is marked fine) . Now I want to correct those mistakes for my satisfaction but I ...
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2answers
197 views

What is an efficient way for storing paper based reference materials?

I have a bunch of reference materials which cannot be scanned. What are efficient ways for storing/filing such materials? Manila folders get mentioned a lot, but in my attempts of using them I have ...
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1answer
172 views

Postponing research work [duplicate]

I am a grad student in theoretical physics. Whenever I have some well defined research works (calculations, plotting etc) at hand, I postpone them. I engage myself in other things like studying ...
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0answers
30 views

How to learn a lot of subjects and understand them? [duplicate]

I am a developer. I have very ambitious plans about learning: I want to learn programming, physics, math, languages. How to combine this all? Which subjects fit better to other subject? Programming ...
2
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3answers
174 views

Pomodoro timer that syncs between web and android

I'm trying to get into the pomodoro mood again, after having stopped for a while. Currently I'm using Tomighty, which I actually like a lot. However, as we've got a lot of meetings here, I'm away ...
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2answers
199 views

Having exact timings for going to bed and waking up in terms of productivity

For the last few months I've been experimenting with many sleeping shedules, including the popular 2h of sleep called Uberman, and on the other side 6.5h+ of sleep. I have to say that I managed to ...
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0answers
37 views

How can I emote better? [duplicate]

I have just returned back to a regular work and have never really liked my coworkers at any of my jobs because I had incidents where I snapped at coworkers over comments that I didn't take very well. ...
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1answer
103 views

Getting as much done with the most focus [duplicate]

I have like probably many people in here a 40 hour week. In my spare time I have a project I want to work on. My goal is to become way better in a competitive activity. This is not a programming ...

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