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158 views

Frequent Career Switch - Mental Issue or Real Passion towards something else

To explain my situation shortly "I am an introverted person from my school and for sometime bullied by my friends but I dont take it to heart. But I was good in studies and average in sports. In ...
3
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4answers
197 views

How to use caffeine properly?

I was thinking: 5 days on caffeine, 2 days off caffeine in a week can be ideal. The problem that I found is that if I drink caffeine on weekends (aka use coffee 7 days), the tolerance grows further ...
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1answer
225 views

How do I combine the principles of GTD with those of the fifth discipline

GTD and The Fifth Discipline are two great books, and systems that are both relevant to almost everything in work and life, but focus on different areas, and make you look at it from a different ...
4
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6answers
291 views

How to manage reading list?

I have recently started with research. Within a few weeks, I have piled up atleast 15 papers in "to be read" list. Since I am working as well, and access the papers on laptop, desktop, tablet or ...
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7answers
422 views

Need to have focus and correct bad habits

I really need serious help of my habits. It seems that I am not that productive like I was before. Whenever I'm on my laptop, I should be working but instead, I would be opening facebook and do bunch ...
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0answers
63 views

Minimalistic food [closed]

With the uprise of Soylent on the internet and the problems such a diet could cause I've started wondering about a different approach, food that is easy to prepare, contains everything the body needs ...
2
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5answers
332 views

Does following a highly disciplined religion help in improving personal productivity?

There are many religions like Islam, Judaism etc that have a very disciplined and orderly approach to life with lots of rules and guidelines even for seemingly trivial endeavors , Does this induce ...
2
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2answers
155 views

How do I resume a long suspended project?

I was working on a CS research project and generated a lot of deliverables like code, data, diagrams, reports etc. which I stopped working on 4 months ago. Now I want to resume it as the project ...
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3answers
175 views

From journeyman to master

This question may be a bit vague and open for discussion, but today I've been trying to work out what to start doing. I work as a professional programmer (as do, at a guess, 90% of you lot) but its ...
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5answers
162 views

How to stop myself walking away from the desk and focus?

I think I may have an odd habit. When I'm working, particularly on something intense or that involves a lot of writing (e.g. a detailed and/or stressful email), after a while I tend to walk away from ...
4
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5answers
125 views

How do I efficiently handle non-electronic mail?

Every day, I get a lot of mail at my household. They range in importance from personal bills to advertisements or flyers. They may be addressed to the different members of the household as well. ...
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5answers
121 views

How do I fix being so sleepy after sleeping in?

It's summer and I have no summer classes. I tend to have 25 hour days so with no schedule I stay up later and sleep in later and get more sleep that I probably should, 10+ hours. I am working on ...
2
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4answers
224 views

What's the proper way to learn touch typing?

So, I know this is a question that has been "over-asked" but, I have a problem with most of the solutions. Personally, I grew up with computers, but never learned to "type" partly due to the fact ...
6
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1answer
293 views

Systematic approach for taking electronic notes (with cross references and links)?

for my work I'm trying to take notes electronically, to easiser sort, search, find and cross-refrence them. I'm using Emacs org-mode for that purpose. My problem: I'm struggling to find a systematic ...
3
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4answers
117 views

How to even out work flow when there is a lot of work and when there isn't much work

In my workplace (developer, but I assume this question would apply to all environments), we get a few months of manic work with loads of tasks to do, which tend to get rushed for deadlines, and then ...
5
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5answers
281 views

How to deal with unreliable technology?

One of the biggest productivity drains in my life seems to be unreliable technology. I really do see the potential for technology to simplify and streamline my productivity, and am a keen user of all ...
0
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3answers
132 views

Productivity tips for Gmail at work

I use Gmail at work and I'm interested in using it more effectively. Does anyone have any productivity tips for how they use Gmail and Google Calendar at work?
7
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2answers
404 views

Speed reading technique - How do I get rid of subvocalisation?

I heard about speed reading techniques which enable a person to read quickly. I looked into some of them and removing subvocalization was the best option I found. Can anyone shed light on how I can ...
1
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1answer
124 views

How to take the first step when expressing my emotions? [closed]

I always find it difficult to express love or affection towards my family members, friends, and people surrounding me. When my sister was alone in a hostel crying, I found it difficult to say "Hey ...
2
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4answers
144 views

Synchronize shopping lists

What is the most effective way to synchronize shopping lists in a household, so that family members can quickly help purchase items for each other? (My guess is that there are smartphone apps for ...
3
votes
2answers
157 views

How to remove selfishness from productivity?

While in a productive mindset, it is easy to value your time more over social activities, relationships, and friendships. You think more about the work to do rather than the friendships you need to ...
4
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3answers
464 views

How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
0
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2answers
81 views

How to get my dream job? [closed]

I want advise on what to do to get hired as programmer, software engineer, how to advance my education, and preferably a working future abroad. Please can you suggest me where/how I can find a better ...
3
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4answers
288 views

Is talking to yourself a good thing?

I talk to myself aloud through out the day. I never felt it weird. But it does get embarrassing when colleagues give you weird looks. I know I am not alone though. Also I am introvert. So it sort of ...
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5answers
259 views

Is it better to send attachment over email or should we use public url links? [closed]

Recently I have been using using dropbox's public url feature to share my files over email. I'm looking for some information on if it's the best thing to do. Attachments over email Advantage: 1. ...
4
votes
1answer
232 views

Review of my task collection system

Per Peer review: my personal productivity system. and also How to improve my personal productivity system? I'm interested in people reviewing my personal productivity system. As I talked about here, ...
0
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3answers
163 views

How to remember mundane stuff

There are some mundane tasks that you perform every day, sometimes under great stress. For instance: Taking your medication Locking your front door Parking your car Since you're so used to them, ...
2
votes
4answers
131 views

How can I make myself remember to use a new password?

I just swapped my old password at work and every time I sit down at the computer, I end up typing the old one because it is an ingrained habit. How can I get myself to type the new one instead? To be ...
25
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8answers
2k views

How can I remain productive when working long hours?

Occasionally I have to spend some late nights working on projects. It is not a common occurrence, but sometimes projects just need an extra night or two to hit a deadline. Unfortunately I have found ...
3
votes
2answers
252 views

how much does one need to change their living situation to be productive enough?

While looking at The Happiness Project, Steve Pavlina, Randy Pausch etc I realize there are a number of objective things you need to do in your life to be productive. One needs to learn how to sleep ...
0
votes
1answer
391 views

I need some way to organize files/data visually on Windows 7

I'm looking for a solution for a user. User is not technologically advanced, but willing to learn. User is not doing this for a job, does not have access to sharepoint, exchange, or other corporate ...
4
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6answers
428 views

The art of moving on from heart break

Would someone be kind enough to tell me how to move on from a heart break. It's been almost 8 months and there are still remnants of past memories. Moving on is easier said than done. She ditched me ...
0
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0answers
37 views

How to focus on reading while the TV is on [duplicate]

My girlfriend loves watching TV but I like to read. I have a lot of trouble focusing between the noise and visual of the TV. I still want to spend that time relaxing with her because we're lucky to ...
5
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2answers
330 views

Monitor Display Settings for better productivity

I am a software professional and have to do coding as well as having to do reading on the computer for the whole day. I noticed some time back that I tend to take my face a bit closer to monitor when ...
5
votes
6answers
286 views

Exam stress reduction tips

Whenever an exam is approaching, I begin to feel anxious, worried, I also feel fear that something will go wrong and of course it does go wrong, but not due to my lack of knowledge : it's that stress ...
3
votes
1answer
143 views

How should an individual's goals take priority in relation to a group's goals?

Background: At home I spend quite some time talking with my life-partner about what we are doing, where we are going, how we are living together, what our different point of views are on the same ...
10
votes
5answers
463 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 ...
5
votes
2answers
191 views

how to keep consistent self belief

I am sharing with you my week experiment result. Out of 7 days, 2 days my confidence was up and every difficult task was done and I was happy but on the other 5 days my confidence was less, some ...
4
votes
2answers
249 views

How to avoid losing my motivation during long periods of inactivity?

When I started university, I was really excited about learning new things. My first 2 years were harsh but with a lot of effort and discipline I managed to get good grades and got into all the ...
11
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10answers
1k views

How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
1
vote
3answers
239 views

maintaining productivity through disillusionment

Just a question of how is the best way to maintain at least an adequate level of productivity when one feel disillusioned with most aspects of daily life - a daily life that can't be changed ...
3
votes
5answers
257 views

Is there a tool that can automatically check my inbox and perform an action?

In trying to eliminate the various timesinks that plague my day, I thought about the time that I spend dealing with automatic emails. The most common kind are invoices for which I've automatically ...
0
votes
2answers
79 views

Whats an effective color for a todo board?

Different colors have different effects on our moods and behaviors. So, for a todo board that is in line of sight of your workspace, what would be an effective color? Some supporting ...
3
votes
3answers
529 views

Personal Kanban - Use multiple boards?

I'm using personal kanban and currently have 2 separate boards - one for job hunting and school, one for household chores. Each is has color coded task types in addition. I don't switch between boards ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Productivity trainer audio similar to fitness trainer

When we go to workout with a trainer or use a fitness training video, the trainer goads us on to train harder and push ourselves even further. This helps us to push ourselves beyond the limits we ...
4
votes
4answers
306 views

How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
0
votes
3answers
93 views

How to keep up with smaller priorities when there are larger priorities?

I am having trouble balancing "little recurring tasks" with the more pressing, timely tasks. Examples of little recurring tasks from my last semester: Every Friday at 5PM I had 10 homework problems ...
5
votes
2answers
563 views

How to make sure that I don't forget all the books I read and all the experience I have

I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them. For example, in ...
9
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
7
votes
6answers
423 views

How do I concentrate on tough topics when reading on the computer?

I'm a graduate student in computer science, but I have only read 3 academic papers so far this year. The Internet is too fun for me, and I actually have learned a lot from it. The problem is that it's ...

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