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What is the fastest way to send emails to myself?

I have some success using gmail inbox as my primary GTD inbox. One glitch however is that it takes a lot of steps to send email to myself, which I want to do to clear my head. Right now I do this in ...
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8answers
448 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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2answers
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How do I know whether a person is lying? [closed]

Is there anyway to find whether a person is speaking the truth or not?
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1answer
226 views

How can I make my productivity system more efficient and usable?

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
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0answers
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How should Pomodoro be applied in a college setting? [duplicate]

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
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5answers
290 views

Strategy to utilize fragments of time?

I am refering to short and scattered fragments of time like commuting, waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus etc etc. I read an interview of a businessman who said he was working as a photography ...
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4answers
927 views

Does the snooze button turn you into a zombie?

I've read that the snooze button really, really interferes with the wake-up process of the brain. To caricature, in my understanding snoozing the alarm clock can render you a zombie for at least part ...
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4answers
192 views

Not being able to finish/not satisfied by the day's work

On some days I am not able to finish what I had planned or hoped for, or I am just not satisfied with the work I have done. One such days, at the end of the day I feel guilty. In such cases, should I ...
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2answers
240 views

Methods to minimize sleep in a healthy way

I think that my body currently needs at least 7 hours of sleep for me to be fully alert and at my best. Are there any methods by which I could get less sleep and still feel and be at my best? (E.G. ...
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2answers
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What are the 3 most useful programming concepts which you apply in life? [closed]

Queuing Computer Science: I find queuing up very useful. When a program needs to process an overwhelming amount of data, the incoming data is usually queued up. And then one by one each of the ...
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5answers
163 views

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile?

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile? For example, I've been trying to get Firefox portable to work from a USB drive on the library computers with certain add-ons installed. I find this ...
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2answers
101 views

How can I get motivation to keep learning new things?

I seem to have hit a brick wall when it comes to progressing in my life. I'm a persistent and determined person but somehow I can't seem to find enough motivation to keep up with new technologies. I'm ...
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1answer
69 views

Multi-field studies - help with schedule

Well, basically I have recently figured out one truth : if one doesn't study systematically, one will never succeed or reach advanced level in the field of studies. The problem is that I have too many ...
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2answers
272 views

Learning optimally?

Not sure if this is the right place but I'm currently 9 years old and have recently become obsessed with learning. When I get home from school all I do is try to learn everything I can and at school i ...
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3answers
304 views

How can I improve my decision making speed?

This question is similar to this one (How to efficiently make a hard decision?) except I'm concerned more about improving the speed and effort taken to reach a decision. So just come off organising ...
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1answer
293 views

PM tool that integrates with Evernote

I have just started using Asana and really like it. But what I would like to be able to do is integrate it with Evernote so that I can include links to Evernote notes (or even embed them) into Asana ...
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0answers
136 views

Can someone really have multiple careers? [closed]

The one thing I really love about this site is that it allows subjective answers, unlike many of the other Stack sites. So here starts my rant. Please, get yourself a cup of coffee or light your ...
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3answers
274 views

Personal Kanban on Multiple Teams

I am using personal and team based Kanban on multiple projects with multiple teams. One of the benefits I was hoping to get from Kanban is seeing "the big picture" - all of the work I have in progress ...
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2answers
316 views

Too much time and too little to do. What to do?

I feel I am living in enforced nonproductivity right now, and would like to find ways to create opportunities for productivity. What can one do to create purpose and interest that doesn't cost money ...
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0answers
164 views

Introvert to Extrovert in 5 years. How? [closed]

How is this related to productivity? Sales people require lots of energy and enthusiasm... which is a trait of extroverts. When you're an introverted sales person, you're likely to have a bad time! ...
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4answers
220 views

How to read books in a better cost-benefit ratio?

I have a habit of searching for good self-help/Technical book if I found one then I will start reading it until I find another good self-help/Technical book and this pattern goes on and on. The ...
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2answers
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Switching environments for work and play

This is related to a previous question, but I'm hoping to get more thoughts and throw in more context for my question. I have one primary computer. It's got my big monitor and my nice keyboard, etc. ...
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2answers
391 views

How to deal with zero motivation and focus?

I've been coming back and forth to this Django guide (https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/intro/tutorial04/) for a few months now and can't seem to stick with it for more than a few minutes/an hour ...
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2answers
374 views

Is it normal that I lose focus and concentration when programming?

I'm a teen, I don't have a job as a programmer. I study programming at my school, though I didn't learn it in my school but through YT tutorials. Anyway, I've been doing programming for about 2 years ...
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1answer
143 views

Code formatting (custom vs standardized) impact on productivity

Would custom formatting code in an IDE (like allowing a particular text / line / parameters to appear in bold or higher size - the ones which are currently being built) help in increasing programmers ...
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4answers
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Getting back into studies after many years

I am an IT professional and have around 9 years of experience. I had completed my post graduation 9 years back. I used be good at studies at that time, a high scorer and it wasn't difficult for me to ...
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1answer
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How do I trigger a dopamine release based on certain stimuli?

This question is regarding Dopamine and possible ways to cause some related trigger or spark. Now, the concept/objective is to get into that "motivated/fun/interested" state. So, you feel some what ...
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1answer
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How can I keep track of the math exercises I am doing?

I'm doing math exercises every day or so. I would like to keep track of the different exercises I'm doing, with as much information as possible such as difference to the exercise (like book + exercise ...
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5answers
866 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 ...
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2answers
194 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 ...
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3answers
970 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 ...
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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 ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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1answer
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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
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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: ...
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1answer
282 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 ...
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3answers
884 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
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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 ...
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5answers
713 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
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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 ...
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3answers
462 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 ...
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3answers
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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 ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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4answers
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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 ...
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3answers
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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. ...
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2answers
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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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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 ...
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1answer
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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, ...
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6answers
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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 ...

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