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How do I energize and motivate myself?

I feel like I am always low on energy, my mood is always sad. I feel depressed all the time and I feel like blood rushing through my veins. I know this is all because I keep failing at all the things ...
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How to force myself to focus while reading?

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
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4answers
458 views

Why am I forgetting concepts?

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
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5answers
482 views

What do I do with abandoned pomodoros?

This morning I decide to try applying the Pomodoro time boxing technique in my coding, but using it for software development raises some questions I would like to try and resolve before continuing. ...
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872 views

How to trick our minds into doing mundane tasks?

There are some daily tasks I am too lazy to do: simple cleaning, washing dishes, etc. When I have no other pressing tasks, I end up not doing these simple tasks. However, when I have something coming ...
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453 views

How do I encourage people to automate frequent tasks?

We often find in our consulting practice that automation can have a huge impact on personal productivity when using computers. These could be as simple as text replacement or as complicated as a ...
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Touch typing Catch-22: How do I switch from hunt-and-peck without losing too much productivity during the switch?

I badly want to learn touch-typing because it will enable me not to look at the keyboard when typing and will increase my typing speed in the long run. But I face one problem which is related to "in ...
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6answers
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How to use Evernote to implement GTD?

One of the top FAQs is How to use RTM to implement a GTD system. I've decided against RTM, I don't like it as described in a previous thread of mine. I want to know how people use Evernote to ...
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Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...
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10answers
736 views

How to calm yourself before meditation?

When I practice mindful meditation (concentrating on the breath), my thoughts wander - a lot. I try hard to bring my mind back but often I fail. What should I do to calm myself before meditation?
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11answers
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A time-management watch with alarms, timers and vibration?

I'm looking for a wrist-watch that can help me in various time-management tasks. I'd like to regularly write down what I'm doing (time logging) so I know where my time is going, the watch could ...
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385 views

How do you recover from a long streak of non-productivity?

I find myself going through long periods of inactivity such as a long vacation or time spent doing things not really related to work (routine, non-complex errands which take a lot of time and put your ...
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Complete loss of focus / wanting to work

I work on my PC all day, every day, even when I get home. I am a programmer, theres no getting round it, and I love it! But recently I have been having 'programmers block' or complete lack of 'want' ...
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How to use the Pomodoro Technique while finishing a task and the Pomodoro rings?

I was using the pomodoro technique while programming. The Pomodoro timer finished and I was just in the middle of adding a new parameter to a function and was refactoring my code to make sure that the ...
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7answers
599 views

How can I spend less time optimizing and more time executing?

I love tools. I can (and often do!) spend lots of time fiddling with the settings of the tool (to-do list, project plan, whatever). I know I should stop tweaking the tool and start working on the ...
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3answers
231 views

Good way to organise product documentation?

When I buy a new item (think computer, fridge, phone) it often comes with a whole stack of paperwork: Receipt Warranty Manuals Service schedule Special offers on something else Other things ...
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7answers
524 views

How to motivate yourself when you are in a company of a negative person?

No, deserting the person is not an option. This person rarely appreciates whatever I do. I am not an expert at anything for sure and am already a procrastinator, but constant finger pointing by that ...
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2answers
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Task Management Application with task dependencies

For some reason, even though there are tons of task management applications out there, I'm not able to find many that have the capability to manage task dependencies. That is to say, if I must do A ...
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2answers
491 views

How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
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What is the simplest (yet surprisingly) effective productiviy increasing technique? [closed]

Many productivity systems are complex and hard to keep going. The benefit of these systems often comes from not the overall systems but from the specific tactics or techniques they encourage. What ...
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10answers
698 views

What can I do to keep my work space tidy and clean?

I have quite a messy desk at work, and that messiness state is reflect on my desk (or kitchen counter or some other work space) at home. Not matter what I do, it returns to this state of messiness in ...
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10answers
877 views

New and interesting ways of getting up in the morning?

I'm looking for new and interesting ways of getting up in the morning instead of settings 30 alarms 2 minutes apart from each other on your phone. I would like to know your experiences with using any ...
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5answers
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What should I do with my 30min break using the Pomodoro Technique

The 5 minute breaks in between Pomodoros are short and give me a breather. However, every time I go on the 30 minute breaks after 4 Pomodoros, I always feel I could be doing something really ...
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6answers
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What is the best way to schedule your day?

I find that having a day plan is great: It helps to act according to my priorities I can save time by batching similar tasks together I am better focused, and get distracted less I am ...
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5answers
2k views

How to quickly restore concentration?

Very often I'm being interpreted while working or studying, sometimes the interruptions are small, and take a minute and sometimes it requires more than few minutes. How do I quickly restore ...
11
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5answers
640 views

Well organized, still overloaded?

After following GTD principles for several years, I now have the system well oiled. Unfortunately, I'm still overloaded--not at the inbox level, but at the project level. Too many things are flowing ...
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9answers
529 views

Managing information bits

I have had this peculiar problem for years and tried many tools to solve it, but so far none were satisfactory. I read a lot of blogs, social sites, etc. and regularly encounter very interesting ...
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7answers
256 views

Making good buying decisions

How can I make a good buying decision that I will not regret about in the future? It happens a lot: I come to a situation where I really want something but not sure if it'll be a good purchase, or ...
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5answers
807 views

Depression or Procrastination, Can either be permanently changed?

This morning I was diagnosed with depression and given medication. My initial reason for visiting the doctor, is because I'm very tired and can't seem to generate the elan to do stuff. As an example, ...
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555 views

Maintaining Diary/Journal - Really Pays back?

Does maintaining Diary/Journal really pays back? How should I maintain it so that when I refer back later it helps me? With what notion and mind set should I refer back so as that today I become ...
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Tickler file for email

Getting Things Done (GTD) recommends using a tickler file for things that aren't immediately actionable but should be dealt with at some point in the future. How can the equivalent be done with email?...
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4answers
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Why does the Pomodoro technique recommend writing down every interruption?

The Pomodoro technique suggests that internal and external interruptions of a task should be annotated (e.g. with a ' or -). What is the purpose of doing this? The only reason I can imagine is that ...
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7answers
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What is an Android task manager with sub-tasks and complex filtering?

Basically, I'm looking for an Android app that will let me do just two things: Have unlimited levels of nested sub-tasks Filter so I can view only tasks that have no sub-tasks. Let's say I have ...
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4answers
515 views

How to deal with vague tasks?

If I can make a checklist of chores to do or features to add to my projects, I usually get them done. On the other hand, there are tasks with some vagueness, such as "review X" or "improve the design ...
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3answers
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Intelligence And Productivity Are Correlated - What does the research have to say?

What does the scientific research say about productivity and IQ? Most people would assume that intelligent people accomplish more in their lives ( ie. are more productive) but I have never heard of ...
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6answers
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How safe and future-lasting is my personal life on the cloud?

I love the cloud and see a majority of benefits in using it and storing data on it. Except safety. And by meaning safety I do not mean only keeping your password safe. I mostly set strong unreadable ...
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2answers
232 views

How do I introduce someone to Personal Productivity Improvements?

I've found the personal productivity methods and techniques I use (such as GTD and Inbox Zero) to be hugely helpful, but I've always struggled with good ways to introduce them to other people. Some ...
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3answers
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How can i train my brain to overcome instant gratification?

Instant gratification is a very bad habit and can destroy one's ability to accomplish long term goals. It can be said that it is root of all evils. It would be great if we can somehow avoid these ...
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5answers
560 views

Will being more productive make me happy?

Ultimately my goal is to enjoy my life and be happy. I would get satisfaction out of making the world a better place, making a tangible contribution. I also want to advance in my career, so I that ...
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5answers
472 views

how do I change my working habits to keep myself from surfing the web while working?

While I am working on my master thesis, I find myself checking some unrelated websites every 90 minutes or so. Now, I am still being productive, but I think it would help if I would stop surfing ...
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Too obsessed. Cant concentrate

I am an addicted computer programmer. I am doing my Engineering. I am extremely obsessive about things. I am soo much obsessive that people tell me that I work really slow. I feel that I am unable to ...
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2answers
450 views

What to write in a daily journal?

I have often read in self help websites that successful people maintain journals. What has maintaining journals to do with success? What should be written in a journal daily? How to maintain a ...
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4answers
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How to self study/learn?

Currently I treat self learning like college. I read books, take notes and test myself. However, I am not finding this effective, as whilst the motivation is there (love of the topic, wanting to learn,...
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4answers
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fasting and low-calory diet good for the brain?

I recently watched a BBC Horizon documentary that seems to argue that fasting is good for your general health and your mental acuity. What scientific evidence is there for and against it? The ...
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3answers
810 views

Effect of treadmill desk on productivity

Some people have started using treadmill desks to allow themselves to exercise while they are working. Apparently, it allows them to burn "100 to 130 calories an hour at speeds slower than two miles ...
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2answers
689 views

Can a project have multiple next actions?

I've recently read over Getting Things Done again, after reading Making Things Work, and as I was starting to implement my GTD system, I ran into an issue. I had ended up with a project that had ...
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4answers
676 views

How to prevent the urge to masturbate to keep on track with work?

I'm a 17 year old male. I'm not going to be subtle about it, I masturbate a lot. When I start getting the urge, I almost have to otherwise I'm completely uncomfortable until I do something about it. ...
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3answers
367 views

GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
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9answers
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Reading multiple books simultaneously or just one at a time

The good: I try to read as much as possible - I would like to understand the world, as ongoing learning, as professional and personal development, just because I like it. The bad: I am a slow reader, ...
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6answers
418 views

How can I learn to say “no” and fight back?

I think that sometimes I accept that what other people say takes a priority over my own time or my personal choices. Also I'm not so "fighter" type. For example, suppose that if I go to rent an ...

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