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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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Organizing research-oriented tasks

I am an engineering graduate student and I have always been a 'todo list' person. However, I'm having a difficult time keeping myself organized now, because most of my tasks are research-related. With ...
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4answers
442 views

What is the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...
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Is it possible to trigger the release of dopamine at will?

Dopamine is the substance your brain makes when you are glued to the television or facebook. It's the stuff that makes you 'want' something. Is it possible to use reverse-psychology and use tricks to ...
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2answers
141 views

How can I bring productivity techniques that work for me to a new employer?

As a consultant, I am frustrated at the lack of motivation incumbent teams often show. It would definitely come across badly if I tried to indicate to them that I do things more efficiently, but how ...
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813 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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Is there an automatic time tracking application? [closed]

I'm looking for a time tracking tool to monitor and boost my productivity. What I have in mind is a program that works in the background and keeps track of which application is active at any given ...
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How can I track my personal projects?

Are there any freeware tools that I can use to track time for personal projects. I would like to create and split the project in tasks and assign time against it. I am looking for a tool that helps ...
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Is there a task manager that incorporates spaced repetition learning?

I'm having students in mind, let's suppose that a student plans to prepare exam for next month. According to the "forgetting curve", the key for successful study is spaced repetition learning. Are ...
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2answers
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How to use Google Tasks to implement a GTD system?

How can I implement a GTD system in Google Tasks in combination with GMail and GCal?
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4answers
583 views

Can working less get more work done?

I wonder if it is possible to get more done by working less. Lets say that on a normal day: I work 8 hours and finish 10 units of work. If I work less in a day, there are 3 possibilities: I finish ...
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0answers
975 views

How can computer programmer relax his mind and replenish his mental powers? [closed]

It is said that computer programmers (dealing with complex abstract problems) can stay highly productive only for a short period during the day, soon experiencing mental fatigue that makes further ...
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13answers
687 views

How can I achieve my New Years resolutions?

It's the start of a new year, and as always I've come up with a few grandiose goals I'd like to achieve across the year. What advice or tips should I bear in mind to give me the greatest chance of ...
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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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8answers
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What is the hidden secret in Think and Grow Rich (by Napoleon Hill)? [closed]

He mentions in the book that it is in every chapter and while inspired by it, I did not have a clear idea of one single secret after reading the book. Did anyone discover a "secret", or is it ...
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7answers
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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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6answers
2k views

How to calculate my personal efficiency in programming?

I want to improve my personal efficiency. How better can I calculate my personal efficiency? I am a programmer. I want to calculate my personal efficiency in programming.
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6answers
702 views

How to enjoy trying to solve hard problems?

How do I enjoy solving hard problems? I love learning--reading and understanding textbooks or papers, for instance--but I am slower to try to solve problems or apply what I've learned. I am naturally ...
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11answers
3k views

How can I get myself to read books?

This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple: If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start ...
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4answers
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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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9answers
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How to handle interruptions in developer work without losing concentration?

I work as a developer for some years now. Mainly the issue why it's antisocial work is because you need to spend much time programming. I've been always the kind of developer who likes to cut off from ...
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8answers
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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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6answers
718 views

How to deal with 3pm slump if you can't take a nap

This article suggests that feeling tired at 3pm is perfectly normal, and should be countered by simply having a nap. However, in some workplaces, this isn't possible (a lack of beds for one). I can ...
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7answers
380 views

What approach is good? First getting job done then improve or the other?

I have a question for a long time. I am very much bothered by this one. The question is "What approach is good in doing job? Is it first getting the job works, then improve it over time, or You should ...
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5answers
636 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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5answers
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How to plan a month of work in advance

I had a main list with the main projects and tasks, organized according with priority, importance and other factors. I would like to be able to plan a whole month of work in advance, so when the day ...
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9answers
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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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5answers
548 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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5answers
564 views

How to stop misplacing things?

I have a big problem of forgetting where I have put things. I always seem to forget where, for example I left my papers, keys, etc. Is there a way I can remember all the objects and where I have ...
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7answers
845 views

In which cases is procrastination a positive thing?

I have thought a bit about procrastination. My conclusion is that I believe there are evolutionary reasons for this phenomenon. My thinking is that a small society will be more efficient if the people ...
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3answers
684 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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5answers
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How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?

In a GTD system, how do I handle a task such as "checking the oil in the car", which should happen once a week or so but is also fairly low priority? My concerns are that this task isn't actionable ...
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5answers
358 views

how to avoid temptations

well I usually do prepare a very good plan, but due to lot of temptations and their consuming nature and few of their execution I find discipline bit very hard in day to day life... plans are ...
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7answers
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Simple shorthand system?

There are several written stenography systems (like Gregg shorthand) that allow for quickly and efficiently condensing text into a series of symbols. Those systems would take hours and hours of ...
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5answers
231 views

How can I write my notes in order to have them be of most use to me years later?

How can I write, prepare, and/or structure my notes so that I can go back to them years later and get up to speed on the subject as quickly as possible? I'm working with the assumption that I will ...
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4answers
444 views

Is it ever better to keep working on a problem until its done and not sleep?

If we forget about any time constraints for this question and instead focus on how well and efficiently you can get a task done, I would like to know if there is ever a time when it's better to keep ...
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5answers
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What is a learning attitude, and how can I improve mine?

What is a learning attitude, how do I determine whether I have one, and what can I do to cultivate it? I have also noticed that during interviews, the interviewers ask questions to see if the ...
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6answers
592 views

How to efficiently make a hard decision?

I saw an interview with Warren Buffet, where he states that if he makes something like two or three good decisions in a year, then it was a good year. Is there best-practice process on how to make ...
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4answers
241 views

How do your busiest people transfer their knowledge?

This question was originally posted on Programmers SE. I've placed it here based on advice in the comments. We have recently polled our company wide wiki users and found out that there are two large ...
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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 ...
10
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7answers
2k views

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 ...
10
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6answers
392 views

How to get motivation to do important things in the morning?

I have developed a very bad routine of checking my emails, twitter and few other websites after waking up in the morning. Generally, i wake up at 8 AM and start with my important things very late, i.e....
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3answers
247 views

At what point do you start saying “No”, to new tasks and how do you deal with it?

I'm sure that everyone here, is here because they lead a busy life and want to efficiently pick up tips on making the most of their time. At some point, when a person in authority over you asks you ...
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6answers
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Organizing folder logically

Problem I always have problems logically organizing my important data in folders. My goal is to organize such that I am able to find what I want even after a long time, say, 10 years. Or even better, ...
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3answers
2k views

How to get rid of silly mistakes?

I've always been having some silly mistakes in homeworks/tests/exams etc, as well as programming. I very often seem to be 1-2 silly mistakes away from a perfect score, despite having done a draft and ...
10
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2answers
1k views

How do I use sleep to my advantage?

I am curious about how I can better sleep, in order to improve my productivity. One thing I want to understand, is how I can accurately figure out how long is my sleep cycle. I read it's around 80 to ...
10
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7answers
916 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 ...
10
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3answers
947 views

How to break down steps of a project?

Each morning I'd wake up and tell myself that I have to get certain things done. The problem is that when I get to my GTD management program (Things for Mac), I don't really know what to put down. ...
10
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5answers
636 views

How to quickly remove bad experiences from mind & switch to another task?

If something bad happens to me in a day, I can't remove that bad experience from my mind; at least for that entire day or sometimes for next 2-3 days (no matter how small that bad experience is). And ...
10
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5answers
4k views

Scientific studies on the default duration of a pomodoro?

I was wondering about the default duration of a pomodoro (25 minutes). In the PDF on the Pomodoro technique(1) it says: The length of a Pomodoro, 25 minutes, seems short enough to make it possible ...

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