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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, ...
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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 ...
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1answer
263 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, ...
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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. ...
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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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1answer
182 views

How to increase retention capabilitiy

I have a common problem that whatever I study, I am not able to retain it later. I understand the learning outcomes at the time of study (or I am under the illusion of this), but after some time ...
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1answer
156 views

How to set motivating high level goals for yourself?

Game design theory (Engineering Emergence, 2012) breaks tasks down into different levels. Low level atomic tasks: Tasks that cannot be broken down into smaller subtasks. Killing a monster, creating ...
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2answers
180 views

Is there a community where professionals who work from home can work together virtually?

I work from home, but I think I'm much more productive around other professionals who are also (or at least appear to be) working hard. I wondered if there are any websites where people could make ...
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4answers
473 views

Zero productivity in programming

I've been learning graphics programming for 6 months. I have read lots of books in this field and I understood the techniques and principles quickly. I also read and write lots of source code but I ...
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3answers
507 views

Scientific studies of time management techniques

This is my first post here, and I would like to say hello to everybody who is reading and writing posts on Personal Productivity Stack Exchange :) I have known this subject (personal productivity) ...
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2answers
67 views

How to stay on top of my online activity?

How do you stay on top of your online activity - e.g. posting on questions, answers, comments on various forums? Sometimes it takes take to compile a decent reply or a follow up comment, but by the ...
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4answers
980 views

How to score better in competition exams?

I have to take some competition exams in the few upcoming months regarding a job in the government sector. I've taken this kind of exams before, but failed to score enough (need to score approximately ...
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4answers
266 views

Converting work (studying & coding) into constant stimulation

I have an addictive personality for activities with constant stimulation. videogames - call of duty reddit/youtube - always changing I struggle with keeping focused and interested in work ...
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5answers
463 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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1answer
175 views

How to increase awareness about present/now?

Our thoughts tend to wander off to the past or present, and our awareness of the present is reduced. This indirectly promotes or reduces our perception of reality. As a regular habit, we tend to live ...
3
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1answer
240 views

Thinking about romance interfering with productivity.

Last night I went on a first date with a girl I met on a dating app. The date went well, and we've organised a second date. However, I've started over thinking the text game, worry about screwing ...
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4answers
230 views

Email delegation/procrastination on the desktop

I've been using Mailbox on my iPhone since the first day it came out. I'm a very visual thinker and use my email as an action list for daily productivity. Mailbox is fantastic for this because I can ...
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3answers
339 views

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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2answers
347 views

Too many independent next actions

Because of accumulation, I have far too many tasks that qualify as a "next action" (say, 200+). Many of these tasks are independent and do not belong to a project. For example, it could be [1] ...
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4answers
165 views

How to easily change activity and switch focus to it?

I found out, that sometimes when I change the activity, I can not fit to it and I still think about the previous one. For example, when I am really excited due to a call (or great weekend), it is hard ...
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3answers
160 views

Third Place, Where to get things done outside or workplace and home

I'm looking for another place to work on a coding project outside of my home (which isn't working) and outside of my workplace. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have a secluded place where you can ...
3
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1answer
104 views

Reposes (Longer breaks) in the long-term for maximal productivity

I am regardful of this other question on decompression but herein, I'm asking about a longer period of repose (to distinguish it from the aforesaid "break") based on empirical, scientific evidence. ...
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8answers
2k views

What are the best things to do when reaching home after work in order to be productive?

I am working as a computer programmer in a government firm. My job timing is 07:30am to 02:30pm. I leave for work at 7:00am and come back to home at around 04:00pm. After reaching home, I usually have ...
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7answers
680 views

How to keep self promises unbreakable for long time?

Few days ago I promised myself that: I will be dedicated to my study for a long time. I will never watch any movie, never waste time on internet or x-box, etc. (sometimes I wish to break my x-box ...
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3answers
98 views

What tool to use to document HTTP request-response? [closed]

I am a developer at a start-up company. We've been developing an android application that uses HTTP protocol. Currently we are using dropbox + MS word to interact with each other. As dropbox manages ...
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2answers
325 views

How *exactly* do you manage all of the various things you need to do during the workday?

During the day (at work), I've got a number of different things I need to do (mostly work-related, but some personal). These fit into general categories: the major things I'm working on that day ...
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3answers
163 views

Sport vs. studies early get up

I can easily make myself get up in the early morning when it comes to studies, e.g. if I have a deadline of project submission or if I have some classes or lectures. However, I also participate in ...
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2answers
212 views

How can I overcome psychosomatic symptoms?

Often I experience extreme tiredness or stomach aches when I need to work on a project that I don't want to work on. Sometimes just walking into the same floor where work is waiting causes those ...
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2answers
233 views

How much time to getting correct wording for emails?

I find that I can spend a lot of time on an email, getting the wording right. These are usually emails where I need to sound persuasive, or I'm risking causing minor offence or sounding abrupt. eg ...
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9answers
759 views

How can I teach myself to think more innovatively?

Everyday I do the same routine task or assigned work, but in an effort to feel more energetic and enthusiastic, I would like to do the same routine stuff in a more interesting or innovative way. I ...
2
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5answers
382 views

Does wearing your sunglasses reduce monitor glare?

I use a glossy Macbook Pro at work and often am working on a terminal screen with a black background. It tends to reflect direct or incident light off the screen into my eyes and I notice this as ...
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8answers
983 views

Task management software to organize tasks visually… how would I find it?

I have been unsuccessful finding what I want after trying a multitude of keywords, and I am hoping someone might have a suggestion to help me find a task organization tool that fits my requirements. ...
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1answer
206 views

Pros and cons of touch typing finger map lay-out (EDX versus EDC) in QWERTY

When I learned to touch type, back in the mid-80’s, I was instructed to use a finger map that basically mirrors the left and right hand side. I’ve added a figure below and refer to it as the EDX ...
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2answers
154 views

How to separate interest/value from diligence/effectiveness? [closed]

Rephrasing the original question - I want, and expect, to able to be effective and diligent on a task (arbitrary task) because I decide to, period. To be brief - presumably, there is some value and ...
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2answers
121 views

Using Pomodoro switching between two projects

Has anyone tried using Pomodoro technique to work on two unrelated projects? Like alternating 25 minute spells going back and forth between two projects. I currently have a possibility to try this ...
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0answers
136 views

What are the 5 best ways to solve information overload? [closed]

What are the steps to be taken to effectively use the time? The situation is such that there is enormous data, some dependent on each other. Some of which have a circular dependency. Some which are ...
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4answers
273 views

How to continue GTD during high-stress periods and afterwards?

Often during crunch time of a project when only one goal is of supreme priority, I stop looking at my next action list because it is obvious what the next action ought to be. If such event persists ...
2
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2answers
94 views

How do I go about helping someone organize when they recognize the need to? [closed]

How can I go about helping someone else organize for better personal productivity when they have recognized a need to do so?
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1answer
106 views

18 Months Weekly Planner Notebooks - How Does it Work?

I've never really understood how the 18 months weekly planner notebooks work. For example, the Moleskine version (disclosure: no referral link). For the Moleskine (or generally any 18 months weekly ...
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8answers
570 views

How do I begin to get organised?

I have struggled with organization and administration my whole life. Starting in 5th grade my grades plummeted. Nothing changed. I scraped by in school and even after all of that had to get my GED. I ...
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2answers
173 views

Recurring ToDos with increasing urgency

I've been looking for a solution for managing recurring tasks that have to get done every so often and become more urgent over time. An example would be "water the plants". Ideally I would like to ...
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5answers
230 views

Making sure read/review list actually gets read/reviewed

I am finding that my list of papers to read ends up growing over time, never actually decreasing in size. I happily file something from my inbox into a folder, then proceed to immediately forget about ...
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3answers
138 views

How to realize oneself that career is above all distractions? [closed]

Daily in day to day life, there are events that occur which distracts us. But still how can we combat from such distractions and come out so that it does not affect our work. It seems strange..Any ...
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6answers
532 views

Repeating actions over and over again

I asked this earlier but it seems that it was misunderstood, and it looks like this was too, or perhaps I just couldn't explain it, so I'm rewriting this (once again..). Let me start. When I was a ...
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3answers
566 views

Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...
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1answer
128 views

how to study for long hours? [duplicate]

I want to study for long hours, and I carry interest in studying too but I am not able to sit for more than 45 minutes, I don't know what to do, to improve my sitting for studies.. please suggest
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3answers
466 views

How to increase productive number of hours

I am working in software industry and my job demands me working 10-12 hours everyday. In addition to this I spend sometime in travelling everyday 1.5 hours approx. When I reach home in evening ...
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6answers
273 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?
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6answers
578 views

Cannot start actual task

My problem is that whenever I try to learn a new programming language such as Java, I start and give it up after 2-3 days. If I think about starting to practice programming I feel it's a very boring ...
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5answers
249 views

Activate your brain

Especially for programmers, designers, engineers out there. Say you are having a day or two when you are just tired. (Went drinking night before, been working hard for 2+ weeks, or watched that movie ...

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