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Does Noise Help Concentration and Productivity?

Does Noise (White/Pink/Brown) help concentration? Any literature to speak about this? Note: This is not similar to this because I am asking specifically about noise not music. I am not asking about ...
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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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1answer
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Which studies are the most significant in demonstrating radical variations in individual productivity for knowledge workers?

For example, in software development there is the oft-sited Fred Brooks number (5-10x) from the Mythical Man Month and the Robert Glass number (28x) from Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering, ...
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10answers
609 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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I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun

I always end up playing a game or something when I'm supposed to study. Hey, having fun is a lot more fun than studying, right? What can I do to make the consequences of my action seem more real? I ...
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9answers
549 views

Suggestion for a disorganized guy

I'm not well organized and I'm feeling not as efficient as I could be. I've tried to use some personal organizing methods to improve myself in this area, like - using a todolist (using a pen & ...
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5answers
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How to efficiently use time during a long bus trip?

I will be going on a bus tour of Europe soon. I'll spend some time looking out the window or chatting with the other people, but we'll be spending a lot of time travelling. I can spend time reading ...
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4answers
853 views

How to focus on a long class?

I'm a college student who finds it very easy to be distracted. One important sentence missed means I'll have trouble understanding the rest of the class. Sometimes this can be solved by asking someone ...
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How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?

My job requires me to drive about 30 minutes to the firm and 30 minutes back to home. How can I use this otherwise wasted time efficiently? Do you have special audio CD's or tracks you do listen to in ...
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8answers
924 views

How do you store your writing implements?

I have got a lot of pens and stuff, which I also need, but not only due to my delibarate oversupply of pens, but also the lack of organisational system for them my question is now: How can I more ...
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4answers
517 views

How to work on multiple projects effectively?

I'm working on 2 projects, both investors are in a hurry, and I'm a computer sciences student. It's summertime now but in fall, I have no room to breath. Sometimes I feel like not doing anything, ...
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9answers
992 views

How do I memorize lists of technical terms?

I find it easy to remember the meaning of most technical terms if I'm prompted to explain each one of them. However, recalling all of them by their topics is a bit more difficult when they weren't ...
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7answers
589 views

How to control or change habits?

I don't know what I need to write here, but I am explaining everywhere what I feel and think. Everyone has some habits that may be good or bad. But firstly I want to control or change some of my ...
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5answers
761 views

Important long-run goals vs urgent tasks

I noticed that small tasks are eating the large ones, even if the last are more important in a longer run. Things that have no deadlines and have no clear structure (e.g. learn Spanish, do some ...
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5answers
432 views

Should you 'make up' time when working with Pomodoro technique?

I have recently been feeling very stressed and burnt out at work. The stress has begun to have physical manifestations, in terms of dizziness, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus and IBS. As a result, ...
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3answers
510 views

What to do when the work in a Pomodoro is completed before 25 minutes?

I earmarked two Pomodoro to clear my inbox this morning, and when I got half way through the second I was done. The Pomodoro Technique manual says that this presents an opportunity to 'over learn' - ...
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9answers
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Is it possible to learn while sleeping?

I heard somewhere that listening to what you need to memorize during your sleep actually helps retaining the information. Based on that I converted a piece of text to a music file to listen last ...
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2answers
861 views

Can a good comfortable chair increase work hours and productivity?

Can a good comfortable chair increase work hours and productivity? Would it be good to invest in a very good chair?
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4answers
445 views

What techniques or approaches can help me get started with mind mapping?

I've read descriptions of mind mapping before, and understand the basic concepts of the system (nonlinear, graphical representation of thoughts.) I've even read the descriptions of how mind maps are ...
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4answers
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What are alternatives to XMarks for bookmark synchonization? [closed]

I am using XMarks to synchronize my bookmarks across multiple machines/browsers. I like the way that it works, and it does the job, but I am wondering about alternatives that have more features or ...
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8answers
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Resetting ones' whole biological clock?

Everyday, I struggle to get up at around 7:00am to get ready for collage at around 8:00am. Over 95% of the days, I either: (i) Miss the first class of collage (ii) Not able to Brush and/or bath, and ...
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4answers
458 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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3answers
261 views

Situational procrastination: how to be productive before project starts?

I am working as a software programmer and my company does not have any projects right now, but there is one in the pipeline. It has been around for one month and I have been told to read the documents ...
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6answers
366 views

How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
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7answers
753 views

How to use bathroom time effectively

I spend a non-neglible time in the bathroom, sitting on the pot. It occured to me that I could be using the time better and not let precious productivity time literally go to waste. So, how do I ...
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2answers
214 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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8answers
958 views

How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
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5answers
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How to stop talking LOUDLY to myself?

I have a habit of talking "loudly" to myself. I get an immense satisfaction by doing so. At the same time, I tend to do this in the market, while driving the scooter, working on a C program. ...
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9answers
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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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5answers
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Overcome extreme laziness and increase productivity

How do I tackle extreme laziness to increase productivity? For example, here are some problems associated with it: Writing down tasks to do, but executing none Getting bored at all times Feeling ...
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5answers
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How to stop vocalization habit in reading

Voicing the words,as you write or read...How to stop it? It wastes a lot of energy, and limits the speed.... any other tricks than singing... cause I also need to comprehend the matter
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7answers
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How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
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8answers
657 views

How to deal with dreaded tasks?

How do you deal with difficult tasks, which take long to complete? My problem, for example, are emails which require a lot of writing or research. They are not the main core of my work, and usually ...
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8answers
493 views

How to Stop Glazing when Reading

When I need to read something, I have a really bad habit of just glazing over it and not really comprehending the words. As a result I have no clue what I've read. How can I stop glazing at a ...
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2answers
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Confusion about using Evernote or RTM to implement personal productivity system

I am bit confused whether to use Evernote or RTM (Remember the Milk) to implement a GTD like system. I am already a RTM user & have been using it for some time as a GTD system. Now I want to ...
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2answers
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Which one to use - Evernote or One Note [closed]

Since long time I am using evernote and one note. Now the problem is that my notes are distributed among two applications. I want to narrow down to one place where I can keep all my notes. However, ...
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13answers
811 views

TO-DO app with ability to categorize, set due dates, priorities and notes for a task

Basically, I'm looking for a merge of teambox, things and redmine. Does anyone knows anything like that? ;) It should have really nice UI and be extremely simple to use. Cross platform or web/linux. ...
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6answers
241 views

What to mention in a talk that helps the audience to become more productive?

We (a group of university students) generally meet for tea every week and discuss various topics, and my friends ask me to give a talk on productivity and time management in one of our next meetings. ...
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8answers
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Which GTD apps provide cloud syncing, android device access, and SSL?

It seems like every system I've tried is missing something. Remember the Milk Requires paid for android application and requires a lot of tinkering because of it's flexibility. Producteev Doesn't ...
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7answers
569 views

What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
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5answers
390 views

Handle tasks with no specific due date

I need a computer program to help me handle my tasks. I know, there are many task programs, such as Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook. My problem is that they can't handle tasks with no specific ...
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4answers
430 views

What are must have time management and productivity books? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity? As the question states, I'd like to see a list of books that are really really must read ...
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5answers
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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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votes
8answers
357 views

When to reply to e-mails?

Does GTD, or any other agile/time-management method give an advice/best practice about when to reply e-mails? I am talking about typical e-mails, which requires some work to be done (1 hour+). It is ...
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votes
5answers
856 views

How to get over passive thinking

I need to get some advice on overcoming mental passivity. I have never had efficient study skills before (always managed to be average or above average by cramming), and now that I'm at a top 10 ...
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votes
8answers
557 views

How to remain calm during a tense period?

I am working in a bank as an assistant of one of my seniors. One day one of the bundles of account-opening forms was lost. I became much anxious and was thinking about an way out. I was continuously ...
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votes
5answers
383 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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votes
2answers
313 views

How do I stay motivated when there's too little to get done?

Maybe odd question, but I think I have an odd productivity problem. I lose the will to finish my projects at work when I have very little to do. I am more used to fast-paced environments that keep me ...
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6answers
483 views

Meditation using breath : Stay in meditative state once reached there

This is my first day on this site, and this is my first question too. It is somewhat similar to this but I believe mine is more specific. I practice meditation for the last 1 year and I really enjoy ...
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4answers
461 views

any apps to help maintain 'end of day' journal, to keep track of the work done?

I recently started using a 'TODO' app (wunderlist) to keep track of tasks I need to do. I can keep personal and office stuff on it and since it syncs with my phone and home/office computers, it has ...

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