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
248 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 ...
0
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3answers
151 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
480 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
votes
4answers
575 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
142 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
votes
5answers
98 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
391 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
310 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? ...
1
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3answers
198 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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
116 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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
69 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 ...
1
vote
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
votes
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
951 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
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8answers
123 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
132 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
136 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
votes
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
256 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
204 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
votes
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 ...
19
votes
2answers
537 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
votes
3answers
190 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
769 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 ...
2
votes
3answers
412 views

How do I maintain focus towards work for extended periods?

I work in a team and after some days of regular focus & productivity, normally towards the end of the month, I lose interest in the work. It usually takes about a week to regain focus but, this ...
3
votes
3answers
114 views

Post-project blues - how to readjust to a less hectic life

Whether in work or home, I usually have a number of projects going. I get very geared up and in the zone for projects and this make it particularly difficult to readjust to periods of quiet left by ...
5
votes
3answers
381 views

Personal productivity when having almost no time

Having children may be a blow to your personal productivity. So much time is suddenly devoted to taking care of kids---there may only be a couple of hours for sleep every day. There may be other ...
0
votes
1answer
221 views

How Can I Deconstruct the Skill of “Learning Conversational Dutch” Into Subskills?

I recently read the book "The First 20 Hours" by Josh Kaufman, and I wanted to apply his method of rapid skill acquisition to learning conversational Dutch. I'm trying to take that skill and distill ...
0
votes
2answers
287 views

Android To Do / Task / Checklist App with subtasks that shows Percent Completed for Main Task

I am pretty sure I saw an app like this on the Android market yesterday, but looking for it again for an hour or more, even in my browser history, I am thinking maybe I am mistaken. I am looking for ...
2
votes
2answers
114 views

What are websites that enable you to dispatch tasks to others?

So, based on the Fancy Hands equivalent for Germany question, I wanted to start a question to collect websites which enable you to be more productive and dispatch tasks to someone else. So, which ...
4
votes
3answers
367 views

How do I set priorities and estimate completion time for 30 projects, 600 tasks?

The question is simple: I have 30+ projects in several categories : Work, Personal, Daily, Self-improvement etc. Each project contains several tasks in different aspects of my life: Intellectual, ...
8
votes
9answers
2k views

Reading multiple books simultaneously or just one at a time

The good: I try to read as much as possible - I would like to understand the world, as ongoing learning, as professional and personal development, just because I like it. The bad: I am a slow reader, ...
1
vote
2answers
104 views

Distracting thoughts while doing Yoga?

I have been doing yoga for a long time every morning. But there is a problem with my thoughts while i am doing yoga. These thoughts distract me and breaks continuation. After few minutes i have to ...
0
votes
3answers
419 views

How to differentiate Ego from Self Respect and then kill Ego and protect self Respect?

I am aware Ego is a negative attribute and Self Respect is a positive attribute, but I am unable to differentiate them and hence cannot judge my actions. Below are some incidents : I have a mentor ...
0
votes
5answers
204 views

Reducing fragmentation: App to focus on single task

There are a few apps (like Rescuetime) that track what you're doing with your computer. And there are some tools that can help you when you decide you want to eliminate distrcations (StayFocused ...
0
votes
1answer
163 views

Issue with pinky finger when typing

I've just realised that my typing habits are very awfull, so I managed it to change( I am typing with all 5 fingers placing them on ASDF JKL;(usual style). But I run into a big problem. I have been ...
0
votes
1answer
122 views

What factors make differences among students with same amount of merits?

Most of the time it is seen that two or more students seeming to have same merit but perform differently in their academic careers. What factors contribute to the differences among the students with ...
3
votes
3answers
162 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
votes
4answers
202 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 ...
4
votes
1answer
231 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
votes
6answers
302 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 ...
13
votes
7answers
436 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 ...
2
votes
0answers
64 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
votes
5answers
344 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 ...

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