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don't do unscheduled new tasks that come up from doing tasks?

I have a task list that I start doing. When I do these tasks it leads to new tasks that come up. These new tasks are not urgent. My question is... should I go ahead and start on the new tasks created?...
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33 views

Best light intensity to enchance study focus

I'm building a project that changes the lightbulbs intensity of a room during the day to reach a constant luminosity, and the main purpose of the project is to make the study rooms less tiring. I'm ...
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0answers
11 views

What can I do if my alarm clock can't wake me up? [duplicate]

The past few weeks I've been setting up an alarm on my phone at 8 in the morning every day. The sound is usually a song that starts loudly so that i can actually wake up. But after a couple of days of ...
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1answer
25 views

How to speed up the context switch for completely different tasks?

At my current job I am taking care of multiple completely unrelated tasks, but the most consuming ones are two ongoing projects with almost zero intersection. Initially I tried to switch between the ...
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0answers
15 views

Could you alter your sleep schedule like this? [duplicate]

I know that the average human needs five cycles of sleep, each cycle being 1.5 hours (1.5 * 5 = 7.5 hrs total sleep). So that means 16.5 hours of wake time and 7.5 hours of sleep time per 24 hours. ...
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2answers
37 views

Keeping keys organized

I learnt the importance of backup keys. But now I'm not sure where to keep them. I had lost the key to my bike lock and made sure my new one came with two keys. I have one on my key chain, but not ...
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1answer
406 views

Are productivity head-up-displays effective?

I recently came across a tool called Focusr that helps people focus on one thing at a time; it's basically a heads up display (HUD) for your current task, and seems to be geared towards people with ...
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1answer
46 views

How to deal with an anti-productivity puppy while being a good puppy parent?

I'm the single parent of a 12 week old Shetland Sheepdog. I feel bad enough having to leave her alone while I'm gone to work all day. It's hard to bring myself to ignore her further, when this breed ...
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I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun

I always end up playing a game or something when I'm supposed to study. Hey, having fun is a lot more fun than studying, right? What can I do to make the consequences of my action seem more real? I ...
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2answers
59 views

GIT - Way to track file changes in your team and warn about potential conflicts

I am looking for a way/tool to to get notified if someone else on my team is editing the same file as I am. This is in order to prevent conflicts when merging later. It's not about locking the file, ...
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10answers
3k 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 ...
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1answer
70 views

How to evaluate quality of my decisions?

I have recently took some decisions. Below is the process that I have followed I have collected the facts and analyzed those facts. Discussed with my friends who are in similar situation. Weigh the ...
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4answers
4k views

Productivity recommendations for 10 seconds whilst task is completing

Often you'll come across a task that can take around 10 seconds. E.g. a slow web page across a slow internet connection that causes a blank screen for 10 seconds. I'm usually averse to multitasking ...
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4answers
211 views

Reviewing Past Productivity

I have tried tons of apps, some of the ones I like being Wunderlist and Workflowy. A feature that these 2 don't have (to my knowledge) is a weekly review.. I would love to be able to go back and see ...
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1answer
32 views

The free version of which to do/task management app is the most convinenet and feature packed? [closed]

I am currently using Any.do, but I can't upload files without paying for the premium. I previously used Todoist, but I can't even have a look at the completed tasks without making a payment. Is there ...
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2answers
111 views

Where to start to form clear vision for 10 years?

I would like to form a clear vision for myself. I want to clearly define where do I stand in the future after 10 years. But when I ask this question to myself, a lot of ideas are coming. Sometimes I'...
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1answer
47 views

GTD: collecting on things to do on contingencies of events? Does collecting everything include possibilities?

I have been using GTD for a while. What do people do about tasks with uncertainty that it will ever get done? Let's stay an event is about to happen. If A happens I have to do bunch of things ...
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6answers
424 views

How do I get myself to do that one task I really don't want to do

So I've got something I need to do, sooner or later, if I want to keep moving forward in life. It's happened multiple times, but currently it's a phone call that I'm really dreading, because I don't ...
3
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1answer
49 views

Not comitting to commitment contracts for the long run

I have a to do list for my daily "habits" I track on joesgoals.com. However, I notice I usually do most of the goals or not. In such, it's all or nothing with my habits. If I'm depressed, or ...
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3answers
150 views

What are some things I can do to finish books I start?

I'm having a problem where I start a lot of books but don't finish any of them. Whenever I read a bit, I immediately start thinking of reading five other books after the next chapter. What are some ...
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3answers
192 views

How do I recover from a burnout?

I have been burning out more often than I am productive. Sometimes the burnout lasts for months and I don't realize it and barely make a few commits. I have spent days doing a task that would be ...
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1answer
44 views

workaholics, how do you force yourself not to give up on other areas of your life?

I am very focused on improving my career, and I let myself work 10-10pm plus a few hours on the weekend. How do I force myself to cut back on hours at work when no one is making me work this much? I ...
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1answer
69 views

Best approach when I'm really stuck with some task

Sometimes I'm dealing with a difficult (for me) task that put me in a spiral of frustration and an annoying sensation of walking circles for hours without nothing clear. At this point what would the ...
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1answer
47 views

GTD physical tickler system without hanging folders?

My current GTD implementation lacks a good physical tickler system. Most of the time i just leave it flying around on my desk when I need it within the next 2 weeks or so. Otherwise I just put it in ...
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1answer
34 views

How to avoid skipping words while typing

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question. I have a habit. Sometimes when I am typing quickly I skip some words in the sentence unknowingly. It is somewhat embarrassing because I ...
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1answer
601 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 ...
2
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6answers
181 views

I often feel sleepy and dizzy at work

My work environment is very boring. I often fall asleep and also when others are working I feel sleepy. Without being aware I fall asleep. When I realize others are looking at me, so I feel guilty, ...
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2answers
1k views

What are the primary rebuttals to the 4 Hour Body and the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris?

I have read and understand the popularity of the '4 Hour' series of best-selling books by Tim Ferris. H However Tim himself asks the readers to consider everything he writes with a skeptical mind as ...
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2answers
150 views

How do habitual tasks fit in the GTD system?

I'd like to start using the GTD system to help me organize my tasks and boost my productivity. One thing I probably missed or do not understand, is where habitual tasks go. For example, say "Practice ...
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2answers
98 views

Method for prioritizing among leisure activities (not-important + not-urgent)

Is there a method or technology/software for prioritizing among activities that don't have to get done? Say I want to ensure that my free time is balanced between books, movies, music, TV, and ...
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0answers
29 views

How can I tell the difference between a dream and reality?

If I remember a dream during the day, I forget it is a dream and believe what I dreamt actually happened and act upon it.
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4answers
942 views

Equipment for computer-printing, into a notebook

I have a notebook, it's perfect-bound like a normal book. I write all manner of things in it - quite often tear out pages when I know I'll not ever have to refer to stuff again, but quite often keep ...
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1answer
144 views

Is it best to imagine the worst outcome or the best?

If you're procrastinating because you're worried about the outcome, which is more likely to motivate you: imagining the best possible outcome, or the worst possible outcome? Why? Ideally, I'd like an ...
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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 ...
2
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1answer
122 views

How can I spend small pockets of time productively while on my computer? [duplicate]

On my computer, I am constantly doing actions that are not instantaneous, let's say more than 5 seconds but less than a minute. These actions are not long enough to justify switching to another ...
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5answers
14k views

Sleeping on the desk (the most comfortable and simple method)

During school I have a 2 hour break in between lessons. I try to take a 30 min power nap in the library. The problem is, sleeping with the desk is not very comfortable for me. I am 1.8 m tall and I ...
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3answers
143 views

Is there a daily review concept in GTD?

I'm new to the GTD methodology. I really like it, but I have one question. The author mentions a weekly review, during which one collects, analyzes, etc. However, I have not come across anything ...
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5answers
1k views

Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
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3answers
359 views

How to motivate myself to go to bed earlier?

I have a chronic problem about my sleep hours. I always stay up late, either just browsing the web, watching youtube videos, netflix or playing video games. In the morning I have to wake up and go to ...
6
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3answers
469 views

Looking for watch that monitors sleep, can wake me up at best moment, and doesn't need to be recharged every day

I'm looking for a simple kind of smartwatch. The one that: - shows me the time (seems obvious) - monitors my sleep and wakes me up at the best moment (e.g. 15 minutes before the alarm time when I'm ...
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10answers
725 views

How to calm yourself before meditation?

When I practice mindful meditation (concentrating on the breath), my thoughts wander - a lot. I try hard to bring my mind back but often I fail. What should I do to calm myself before meditation?
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3answers
394 views

How to stop procrastinating tasks? [duplicate]

I'm at my parents house to study for a very important exam in my country, of the same importance as studying for college. So I apply many techniques such as mind maps and resting 10 minutes after each ...
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1answer
108 views

Fastest way to change any beliefs?

After years of study about how to achieve success in life and make yourself a powerful person, I found tools that help me to achieve my goals and be a better version of myself. The problem is it takes ...
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4answers
1k views

How to track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
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14answers
3k views

How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
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5answers
21k views

How long does it take to learn Gregg shorthand?

If someone has never used Gregg shorthand before, how long does it take to learn the system? On average, how long would it take to be able to write it as quickly as normal longhand? A bit faster than ...
0
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1answer
39 views

Saving phone number extensions in contacts

I save my phone numbers on my Android smartphone. As far as I'm aware there's no way to save extensions as part of the number. What other methods do people use so it's easily accessible? I put it ...
2
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2answers
524 views

How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
2
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1answer
139 views

GTD - how to support horizons of focus with TODO.txt format

The official spec from Gina Trapani does not specify how todo.txt format should be used to label anything other than projects and contexts. I am looking for something like this - GTD with SimpleTask, ...

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