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1answer
34 views

Redirected during the day: Can I reduce the negative impact?

I wanted a job. During the interview I was asked a common question: How well do you handle being switched to a different task in the middle of a day? Things move pretty fast around here. Of ...
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1answer
60 views

How to increase reading speed with or without apps/extensions?

For the past few days I have been exploring various extensions and sites which help you in speed reading the articles/content. I was fascinated in the beginning by their promises but in the end I'm ...
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27answers
1k views

What are famous quotes about productivity?

What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.
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3answers
251 views

Getting static electric shocks in work [on hold]

I keep getting static electric shocks in work. I'm wondering if I can do anything with my shoes to stop this, or any other tips. I'm even getting these when wearing trainers. Work has a carpet. This ...
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2answers
102 views

How to become more productive or remain one of the updated person in work as a Software Developer

As we know being as a software devloper/computer geek requires be updated in terms of new technologies as well as must be good hand on computer machine. To be a good software person i do below ...
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4answers
221 views

Does the 2 minute rule apply during weekly reviews?

The first part of a "Getting Things Done" (GTD) weekly review is getting clear: emptying the inbox. At the same time, the weekly review is for reviewing, not doing. For tasks less than two minutes, it ...
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11answers
6k views

Am I destroying my career as a software engineer [on hold]

I have worked as a software engineer (.NET) for 2 years. Our job is easy and it doesn't require a lot of technical or conceptual knowledge. In fact, we always use console apps with XSLT and basic C# ...
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1answer
75 views

Looking for a software which integrates project management, routines and daily todolist

Lately I have been looking for a software to better organize my life. I found a plethora of project management software, todolist software and other stuff. What I really need is a software which ...
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2answers
122 views

How can I use Agile/SCRUM at home?

As a software developer at work, I really enjoy working in SCRUM. When I come home at the end of the day, it's easy to waste time, especially when I get my two kids in bed and I find myself in front ...
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8answers
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How to study efficiently few days before the exams [considering that one hasn't throughly studied any subject by now]?

I am having exams in these two weeks. But I still haven't studied thoroughly on each subjects. For physics, I have spent more than a week studying electric charges, yes, only electric charges. I spent ...
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3answers
453 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
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1answer
103 views

How to get past the fear of moving forward?

I have many things I want to do, but I never get anything done. I want to start learning things, but never have the motivation. I want to start doing things that are readily available, but hold myself ...
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5answers
302 views

Time for learning to code

I don't have any time for learning to code :( Please help me finding the solution. My daily life starts at 5h, having breakfast and go to bus stop at 5h45. Arriving at company at 7h00. Working until ...
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2answers
168 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
778 views

How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
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5answers
7k views

Self-hosted Evernote alternative?

I'd like to have an app running on my own server that stores and syncs notes, with a great interface. Any suggestions?
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0answers
22 views

How to be someone more responsive and humurous [on hold]

Part of the reason could be that I'm not native English speaker, but even speaking in my native language, I still feet that I'm not someone good at talking. I'm an international graduate student, ...
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0answers
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how should one can program themselves on not to concentrate on other stuffs while working and increase thier productivity [duplicate]

I would like to know how to control thoughts and increase productivity especially while working. When ever I start to work even though I am coding in front of computer, but 50% of my concentration ...
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5answers
360 views

What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?

I some some tasks which are to be done daily. I some some tasks which are to be done on some specific days. I want to track what I did and did not do and why. Also, how should I handle the tasks ...
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4answers
248 views

What frameworks exist for establishing and questioning goals or objectives

I have been using the GTD methodology and I have the control side of it well in hand. However, for the perspective side, contained in the 'horizons of focus' technique, I'm having trouble establishing ...
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0answers
8 views

Productivity, Competency and Office Politics [migrated]

I'm currently an inexperienced software developer working for a large company. While I'm extremely passionate about my work, I lacked quite some experience in this field when I was offered the ...
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5answers
516 views

How do I apply 'CRM' in personal life?

I see the sales guys at work using CRM techniques where they have a massive database which reminds them when to call people, make notes about when and where they are going on holiday, etc. So, now I'm ...
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3answers
90 views

How to Increase productivity in professional life with respect to team members

I would like to know how to increase productivity and increase concentration for following Your colleague who waste your time each day coming and talking to you more than 45 min on a working day ...
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3answers
579 views

How do I energize and motivate myself?

I feel like I am always low on energy, my mood is always sad. I feel depressed all the time and I feel like blood rushing through my veins. I know this is all because I keep failing at all the things ...
3
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5answers
393 views

How to share files and email a/c with personal assistant?

I have hired a full-time personal assistant for myself, so that I can delegate my work to him and stay super productive Before starting on the delegation, I have a doubt in 2 areas on Email Sharing ...
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5answers
2k views

How can we use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...
3
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1answer
62 views

How should I track tasks based on urgency and importance, and choose due dates for non-urgent important tasks?

I've read about the concepts of urgency and importance, but I'm struggling with the actual mechanics of tracking these things. How should my todo list be set up? Should I have multiple lists? ...
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5answers
467 views

Is there a GTD app that has a good system for horizons of focus?

I have been using the Walker iphone GTD app. Its great, but the horizons of focus part of it is really lacking. It feels like this part of the app was added as an after thought. The rest of the app is ...
3
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1answer
45 views

How to automatically enter contact data into a database of contacts?

I want to be able to enter contact details of people from their email signatures into my address book automatically, without having to copy each phone number and name or other element one by one into ...
7
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7answers
484 views

Too lazy to do programming?

I am a programmer, or could be called so because with my laziness with programming I am more often doing half a job and then start gaming. The other half I do tomorrow, next week or next month. What ...
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1answer
87 views

How do I trigger a dopamine release based on certain stimuli?

This question is regarding Dopamine and possible ways to cause some related trigger or spark. Now, the concept/objective is to get into that "motivated/fun/interested" state. So, you feel some what ...
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0answers
23 views

How to connect two displays to laptop and keep laptop display on as well? [migrated]

Its straight forward question : I need to three displays ! How can I achieve it on my Windows 7? I have a laptop and two monitors. I need to use all of them and have three displays. Current settings ...
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3answers
518 views

How to keep up with a todo application?

I've used every single todo and time/task management application out there. The choice has been difficult to make but I've concluded in asana, wunderlist and things. I 've jumped from one to another ...
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10answers
7k views

How often should you take breaks for maximum productivity?

When working on a project, how often should you take breaks and for how long for maximum productivity? Are there any studies or research on optimal use of breaks (universally), or is it more of a ...
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2answers
56 views

What is the better approach to studying?

I am curious about which is the better approach to studying. One approach is to allocate a set time for a subject and finish whatever i finish in that time Another approach is to study a certain ...
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3answers
626 views

Motivational texts on Android Lock screen

I'm trying to find an android application that is able to motivate me quickly when I'm outdoors and look at my screen. It could look like as follows: It can display a motivational text (citation) on ...
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4answers
196 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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12answers
5k views

What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
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2answers
73 views

Techniques or methods to achieve consistency

From my studies of inspirational and productive people, I've come to realise that consistency is key to success and a major flaw in my character. There are a number of things I wish to do ...
3
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4answers
273 views

How does the “Two-Tab” rule work in boosting productivity online?

I came across this idea- to only have Two-Tabs open at once when using an Internet browser. I'm always swimming in dozens of tabs. How would I get a Two-Tab discipline?
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8answers
372 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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8answers
1k views

What are the (dis)advantages of Mindmap software?

Anyone with experiences on mindmap software? I've used Freemind and iMindmap for a while. What are do you consider strong and weak points of the mindmap programs? Freemind is as the name already ...
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1answer
61 views

What should we do to become productive/improving ourself when you don't have work in office?

I am a software engineer and in our job sometimes we have lots of work and we need to do overtime working on the project to finish the deadlines. There is also a time when we don't have any new ...
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2answers
41 views

How do I get better at understanding fast speech?

We have a client who speaks at an incredibly fast pace. I often get lost in the middle of our conversation. Even at that pace, he speaks in coherent sentences and my colleagues don't have any issues ...
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4answers
209 views

How to have less blackouts while working under pressure?

I'm a 17 year old high school student. I try to explain my problem using a short example: During a maths test I have tried to remember a formula, which I just learned a few days before. Normally I ...
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2answers
88 views

How to handle failure in life [closed]

I had faced some failures in recent exam for a job which was very important to me. I understood mistakes i made and learning to rectify it.I understood the causes of my failure. Its very hard for ...
2
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0answers
36 views

Experiencing stress from participating in online blogs or forums [closed]

Whenever I participate online by commenting(on blogs or forums), I find myself overwhelmed by stress. I experience an adrenaline-fueled fight-or-flight response, just thinking of all the negativity my ...
7
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5answers
362 views

How to become productive on the weekends?

How do I become productive on the weekends? I note down tasks to do during the weekends like doing pending work, collecting some documents, meeting old friends, doing chores etc. but when it actually ...
65
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13answers
4k views

Gamification to improve myself

I'm currently working out a way to gamify my daily work / life. I want to reward myself via a points system, assigning points to tasks I should do but tend to neglect. These are things like paying ...
3
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3answers
119 views

How to “segmentize” your emotion and feelings

I have to run two, completely separate businesses, and juggling between them in a single day is very hard. At the end of the day, I am often exhausted emotionally when I reach home. What is more ...

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