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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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3answers
158 views

Tabletop sit/stand desk recommendation

I'm looking for a sit/stand adjustable desk for my dorm room, which provides a desk/chair combo. As a result, the desk should be basically flat in the 'sit' position and adjust up 18 inches or so for ...
4
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4answers
250 views

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep?

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep? Say we score caffeine intake like this: Green tea = 20 Black tea = 40 Coffee = 80 How much mg of caffeine do you take ...
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1answer
266 views

How to get couch potato to improve productivity

How do you get a couch potato (i.e. somebody lazy who is completely uninterested in personal productivity and instead uses other people to get things done --- or gets very little done at all) to ...
13
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5answers
1k views

How to fall asleep faster

I'm working a internship this summer where I need to be up by 6:30 and don't get home until 8pm. I'm having trouble falling asleep at night because I'm naturally more of a night person. Does anyone ...
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6answers
257 views

Keeping in 'The Zone' when phones ring, people talk etc

I have just started a new job, as a programmer I have to get in 'The Zone' to get alot of work done, I do this by listening to music and just getting on with it. But people kept talking to me, as I ...
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5answers
408 views

Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...
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2answers
230 views

Substances to increase productivity, concentration

I am a workaholic, I don't need to treat it but I need to increase my productivity and efficiency. I am also adrenaline addict. What substances can help me reach my goal? Do Nicotine patches and ...
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1answer
94 views

Will frequent job change affect career growth? [closed]

I have big confusion about career growth. Because, initially I started my career in small scale industry with low pay. I cannot support my family on this salary due to current economic conditions. ...
2
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2answers
504 views

Can a periodic caffeine detox boost productivity in long term?

This is a question for primarily caffeine users. I'm currently not interested in "don't do coffee" type answers. I have a chance to undergo a caffeine detox. I'm interested in how long do you think ...
2
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2answers
109 views

Optimize Travel Time on Smart Phone

I spend a good chunk of time driving or being driven. How do I optimize this time? What do you do on your smart phone to best utilize travel time? What do you do while you are driving [solo] to best ...
3
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2answers
162 views

What are the attitudes are required to improve communication ability?

I am a software developer. I am able to speak with my friends and colleagues but I have a problem in making effective communication with higher officials. I struggle a bit when speaking with higher ...
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2answers
71 views

Collaborating Online and enforcing anonymity for members to increase productivity

I have a group of online workers that need to work on a common task , the notifications for the work to be done are also common like the todo lists, wikis, docs etc. What I want is enforcing anonymity ...
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1answer
93 views

Is there a software available that auto completes sentences? [closed]

I'm looking for a plugin or desktop software that completes sentences I often write, e.g. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you". I'm using the latest Opera browser on Windows XP. Can anybody ...
1
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2answers
174 views

Reducing procrastination / Incentivising work completion?

Though working, going to college and working on startups... I still have trouble staving off procrastination such as television shows, movies and online multiplayer gaming. How do I reduce this ...
2
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3answers
178 views

What are the 'things' that help 'people' work productively

Just to be more clear. I recently spent on a decent office chair from Staples and a wide office desk from Ikea, which really allowed me to work productively for long hours from home. I also have got 2 ...
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3answers
239 views

What goes into a 9-5 warm up

A 9-5 job (or any job that fits that description) can be mentally exhausting. How does one prepare for this on a daily basis, to start off focused, increase productivity throughout, and/or prevent ...
0
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3answers
232 views

How do I improve typing speed on a touchscreen device?

I have a medium size (4") smartphone that I find myself increasingly using for long bursts of typing. I am finding it extremely hard to use more than two fingers consistently and two finger typing ...
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3answers
240 views

What are alternative sleeping patterns

Currently I sleep 7-8 hours a night, but I've heard of different sleeping strategies where you sleep in shorter increments and do them often. What is the most common form of an alternative sleeping ...
2
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4answers
290 views

How to keep myself at the same high motivation level over time?

I have my ups and my downs as everyone. Experimenting with techniques for getting stuff done, organising life etc. is my second nature and I love documenting my attribution in different conditions and ...
12
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7answers
484 views

How to motivate yourself when you are in a company of a negative person?

No, deserting the person is not an option. This person rarely appreciates whatever I do. I am not an expert at anything for sure and am already a procrastinator, but constant finger pointing by that ...
3
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2answers
260 views

How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
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3answers
153 views

How to keep calm and increase productivity [closed]

At the reputable software company where I work, I have the following problem: Task estimations are carried out and I am asked to give the estimated time for tasks. What ever I give as my estimation, ...
9
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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 ...
12
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16answers
2k views

Why am I not making money and success even If I am organised, motivated and hard-working?

I am totally organised. I keep a file of everything, I monitor my activities, keep my expenses analytically, process my todo list and my projects with different types of gtd. I have an above average ...
0
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4answers
608 views

How do I get over addiction to movies? [duplicate]

I have 100Gb of movies, which I don't want to delete, but if I don't I'll watch them again and again. It's hurting my time beyond my imagination. Every night, the movie keeps on running though I am ...
3
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1answer
143 views

What are the “mental hacks” for sticking to a field for decades?

In this age of startups and "quick" tech money, what are some good tips to give a young man like myself who has come to understand that this is just a phase and the tech market will become so ...
2
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2answers
183 views

How to identify appropriate goals?

Identifying suitable goals is obviously an important part of personal productivity; there's little point in honing skills in the pursuit of a pointless goal. Whilst the selection of appropriate goals ...
2
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5answers
99 views

Exercise to sleep

I have good sleep habits as a general rule and am very happy with them. However I've joined a new club for a particular sport and the practice time is 9pm to 10pm. The problem with this is that it's ...
8
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5answers
394 views

Less time, Less Experiences and many tasks

Every new idea that I had, I want to pursue, but cannot because of limiting factors such as: Time Experience and too many things to do. I am a software engineer. I love programming and have to ...
7
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5answers
312 views

Are there any concerns with using an exercise ball as a chair?

I've been looking into an exercise ball more seriously as a chair alternative. I've heard the benefits which include core strengthening and encouraging you to sit up straight. Are there any drawbacks? ...
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3answers
204 views

How to schedule leisure time for productive work

When it comes to fun activities, is it best to do those before work or wait until after you have accomplished some work? I'm asking in terms of which arrangement leads to higher productivity while ...
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votes
1answer
119 views

Flatbed scanner with feeder and external USB drive port? [duplicate]

I'm trying to efficiently and cheaply scan many documents (Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly) Getting a flatbed scanner with a document feeder appears to be the best option, but I'm ...
2
votes
3answers
197 views

How to reduce time to 'flow'?

In a world of distractions there is nothing quite like a getting into a state of flow to be productive - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology). Unfortunately I reach the state less than I would ...
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votes
1answer
70 views

Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly [closed]

I'm trying to mass-scan stacks of documents, but my scanner doesn't have a page feeder. Instead, I want a device that takes a piece of paper off the bottom (or top) of a stack, moves it over the ...
3
votes
2answers
210 views

Advantages of a virtual assistant

Following some comments on another question (http://productivity.stackexchange.com/a/2797/2382) - I'll split this out as a separate question. There are many recommendations to outsource tasks to ...
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6answers
165 views

Clarification need on the Pareto principle as quoted in productivity literature…

I regularly find myself reading about the Pareto principle in productivity literature. Generally, it's quoted as '80% of the results come from 20% of the work', or more popularly, '80% of the sales ...
2
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5answers
196 views

Are marginal gains better than dramatic changes for increasing personal productivity?

Like many people I tend to be impatient when it comes to my personal productivity. I want to to adopt a couple of big changes that will see may productivity shoot up over night. But in many cases we ...
2
votes
1answer
983 views

How to use kanban board to do GTD?

Almost everybody in my department at the university use an online kanban board (KanbanTool) to manage writing papers, preparing and conducting classes and exams for students etc. in line with Kanban ...
2
votes
8answers
124 views

How to spot my own mistakes in writing?

While reviewing things after finishing writing, I tend to miss the mistakes that I have made. Moreover, important things that I should have explained seem to appear "too obvious to be explained". How ...
5
votes
5answers
133 views

issues in self discipline when it comes to writing

Similar to many folks around here, I love solving problems; however, I lose all interest in writing and producing papers once I had solved the problem. Some of my favorite things to do at that time ...
2
votes
3answers
138 views

Deciding whether the article/content to be saved in evernote?

I have been using evernote for a very long time but not been able to use it in an effective way. I save articles in evernote but never read them again which doesn't make any sense. Recently, i ...
0
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2answers
92 views

Typos as positive [closed]

I just received a wonderfully charming typo in an email. - Could you giive a quiick ring on XXXXXXX and we can discuss Cheers X Gives one first the slight impression of speed, with the beautiful ...
5
votes
3answers
258 views

Making good use of a sabbatical

I'm going on a 5-week sabbatical where I'm mostly taking care of my kids, cooking, cleaning etc. I just saw Stefan Sagmeister's TED talk and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to make the ...
3
votes
6answers
99 views

Process for constructive criticism

I occasionally find myself needing to evaluate peoples performance and I often struggle with giving feedback properly. I'm aware there are different methodologies for giving feedback; I'm looking to ...
3
votes
1answer
226 views

Motivating self to study subjects not related to work

I really like to study a subject like philosophy, discrete mathematics and some others because the topics fascinate me, but having a full-time job as a system analyst and programmer it is really very ...
2
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4answers
134 views

How to identify and stop compulsive collecting behavior

There are many categories and assortments of things to collect, from soda cans to vintage cars. But for some the enjoyment that collecting can bring as a hobby is offset by the destructive nature it ...
20
votes
2answers
542 views

How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
6
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3answers
193 views

How to quickly prepare for technical presentations?

I give technical presentations around once a month. These last for about 10-15 minutes. However, I spend way too much time preparing my talk. I start with writing a complete speech and then practice ...
12
votes
4answers
808 views

How to avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to/want to learn?

I study philosophy at university, a subject that covers a lot of ground. My problem is that I often feel overwhelmed by what's been done in the past 2,500 years in so many different fields. There is ...

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