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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 ...
6
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2answers
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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
176 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
163 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
105 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
718 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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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 ...
4
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2answers
328 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 ...
3
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3answers
167 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 ...
3
votes
2answers
213 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 ...
12
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2answers
246 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
776 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
423 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 ...
6
votes
9answers
1k 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. ...
4
votes
1answer
211 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 ...
0
votes
2answers
122 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 ...
2
votes
0answers
138 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 ...
4
votes
4answers
275 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
votes
2answers
95 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?
0
votes
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 ...
8
votes
8answers
582 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 ...
5
votes
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 ...
5
votes
5answers
251 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 ...
0
votes
3answers
141 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 ...
6
votes
6answers
540 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 ...
6
votes
3answers
624 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 ...
0
votes
1answer
131 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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votes
3answers
471 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 ...
5
votes
6answers
279 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
583 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 ...
2
votes
5answers
256 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 ...
3
votes
2answers
304 views

What is an example of not using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting framework?

I've been looking for a good way to set goals and can't decide which is a right fit for me. I'm to the point of just breaking out Notepad and write stuff in. I know that won't work for very long. I ...
3
votes
1answer
261 views

Why is there so much hype about mind mapping?

The short version of this question is why are mind maps touted as so great (sometimes pitched as the end-all of diagrams) given their limits to expressiveness? This question is NOT meant to be a ...
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votes
15answers
19k views

How to cope with “idea overflow”?

How do I cope with "idea overflow"? My constant stream of new ideas is preventing me from realizing old ideas. Specifically, I recently started two big projects. I started from scratch and had to ...
4
votes
3answers
340 views

Looking for outliner with formula support \ spreadsheet with tree structure support

I'm looking for a tool that will allow comfortable creating of hierarchical structures, and allow performing computations on them. For example: plan a budget and\or time estimate of a project The ...
4
votes
6answers
2k views

How to organise files and folders of projects to be hyper productive?

I am looking for a smart idea to use for my folder hierarchy: The data: I have many projects by different clients and different kinds of, like business cards, websites, development, logos etc. ...
11
votes
7answers
235 views

Making good buying decisions

How can I make a good buying decision that I will not regret about in the future? It happens a lot: I come to a situation where I really want something but not sure if it'll be a good purchase, or ...
5
votes
6answers
271 views

Enforcing completion of other people's tasks

My personal productivity is often dependent upon other people completing tasks as promised. For example, my doctor promises to send an important health certificate to a third party so that I can be ...
3
votes
7answers
734 views

Five days to memorize hundreds of terms and diagrams. How?

There are quite a few questions about how to quickly or effectively memorize information. I'm asking this again, because I'm not looking for an answer about how I might ideally do this, but want to ...
2
votes
10answers
483 views

My Problem with learning programming

I like to focus on one thing and master it while I'm learning. However, my problem is that I don't focus and I don't like that it just goes like this: Assume that I want to learn PHP. I go and bring a ...
0
votes
5answers
200 views

Systems for managing “daily read” type of information flow (and over flow)

update: Based on the 3 responses I think I need to clarify this question. I read a LOT of news, technology and other sites, daily. I am using two methods for managing this in order to a) spread it ...
0
votes
4answers
246 views

Application to organize my assignments

I'm doing my master's degree and even though the workload is manageable, a lot of time and effort is wasted in managing and deciding the work/assignments that need to be done. I've it all on an excel ...
0
votes
2answers
348 views

Not enough progress studying with pomodoro technique

That 5 minute break seems incomplete What I do normally in that 5 minute break is write a question like this, check email... other online stuffs. I don't want to leave the seat and I don't. Also it ...
5
votes
2answers
432 views

Which is a minimal and effective way to prioritise tasks with projects/tags?

I have built my productive task/time management system in various applications and various strategies. It seems that I have concluded in a system that helps me a lot, but I want to force this to 99%. ...
12
votes
3answers
363 views

Pomodoro: should I still take a break if I'm highly engaged?

Short breaks are definitely beneficial when I'm leaning on Pomodoro to keep me motivated for a task. But what if I'm highly engaged in the problem I'm attacking? Will pacing myself with 5 minute ...
0
votes
3answers
163 views

How to keep scheduled tasks in a Calendar app?

I am wondering which is the safest approach in keeping and updating tasks for various aspects of my life: Health: exercise, visiting doctors, relaxing etc. Professional: everything about work ...
0
votes
4answers
218 views

Keeping creativity when having a schedule

As you know, having a schedule (or a plan) optimizes your time a lot. Once thought out you just have to follow it. Since you know what you are going to do you can prepare in advance for some of the ...
0
votes
5answers
181 views

How to study with efficiency?

I'm 16 and going into high school. I passed my 1st grade with an A average, but my second with B average (4 grades away from A). Anyhow, I wanted to ask someone to tell me how to study with best ...

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