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Idea overflow? Or Idea Processing Bottleneck? Your mind is a great place to have ideas, not to store them (as said by David Allen, author of "Getting Things Done"): I suggest you write those ideas down in a place you trust. And then move on. Build into your routine a time to review those ideas (weekly? monthly? quarterly?). A trusting place can be a ...


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As Gruber said in his answer, Agile methodologies will suite well for you. If you decide to adopt Scrum for yourself, the key thing to remember is that no planning should be done during an iteration. This means that at the beginning of an iteration you'll plan what you'll be doing for the next 2 or 3 weeks (the iteration length can be adjusted to your needs, ...


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There are far too many metrics to consider, especially if you want to see how much you're getting done instead of how much you're working. If you are a cook, you might want to see the rate of dishes out per minute, and so on. But from your profile, it seems you're a programmer, and you don't need an explanation why 'lines of code written' is a bad metric. ...


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Agile methodologies (such as Scrum) recognise that we cannot know what will happen in the future, and accomodate for this fact by allowing users to periodically review their backlog of things to do. Whenever you come up with a new idea --- great, add it to your backlog. Then pick it up for implementation at the next review if you think it's an idea that's ...


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One option is to cook for 4 - yourself, yourself the next day, yourself in several days, and yourself in a few weeks. Cook larger meals, planning to save off portions for later reuse. A freezer is a great benefit to cooking this way, preferably a chest freezer. A small one, for one person! Search the web for phrases like "cook once a month" and "cook ...


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I am a member of Toastmasters where we practice giving speeches. One of the things I've learned is that practicing giving speeches as greatly reduced my time to prepare. It's also gotten me very cognizant of what a 1-2 minute talk and 5-7 minute talk feels like. And longer talks turn out to be a combination of shorter talks. As a first step, I recommend ...


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I too generate a ton of ideas- most bad. I wake up in the middle of the night with random ideas. I always write them down but for me it doesn't matter where. Just putting them somewhere gets them out of my head. If I don't write them down then they are always distractingly dancing around the back of my head chanting, "don't forget me!" So I have ideas in old ...


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The book "How the Brain Learns", Sousa, discusses learning time vs. retention variability. It cites ~40 minute chunks as being optimal, and further breaks those down into an initial 5-15 minute time with a 5-minute break at 20 minutes, following by another peak time near the end. Some original studies can be found in an older paper, "The variation of ...


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I understand your problem (and I'm still struggling myself with this problem). Some useful tips create an inbox for each member of the household and sort incoming items directly in those inboxes throw away "spam" directly (advertisements, ...) if it is something time critical (bills to pay), open it directly and make a note in your calendar or task ...


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In addition to the suggestions, don't just toss the "spam." A lot of catalogs you can opt out of receiving. That way you don't KEEP getting the same junk mail. You can also opt out of catalogs. Ask your banks and credit cards for their privacy policy and opt out of advertisements Switch to electronic bills Write back or call to stop getting requests ...


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Do you mean you want to get more done in a day or that you want to be able to solve programming problesm in less time than it takes right now? The other answers talk about the first, I will talk to the second. One way to get tasks done faster is to know how to do them without having to look up the answer. I see too many developers who throw away ...


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You're a programmer so look at the different strategies to refactor code and see if they apply to your behaviors. Examples: Repeated Code. Are you repeating things unecessarily like checking voice and email? Abstraction Are there tasks you're doing in one place that you could do in another? Maybe you're sending someone a question in an email that could ...


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Best case, quantifying this can only lead to some kind of approximate measurement. There are far too many inquantifiable soft nuances that need to be considered. That said, Matthew Cornell lists some metrics that could be used for measuring personal productivity and study trends over time: how much time do you spend on your email how much time do you spend ...


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I recommend "Inform-Negotiate-Call" technique. You set up your period for break from current task, for example, 25-30mins. If you get external interruption between the task: Inform - them that you are doing something Negotiate - that after break you will call them back. Record this in you todo. Call - them back after break. This step is important. If you ...


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Pomodoro technique would help you manage your interruptions. Don't let interruptions lead your day. Manage them and get the control back. I do agree that if I have to wait 5 seconds for something then I cannot be productive on that task. However, at the end of the day, it is what you have finished that counts, not what you have started (and left undone). ...


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If you write the full speech to remember difficult information, just write this information with a couple of words ("China eats 1/3 world rice" or "laser = population inversion + stimulated emission") or draw a small sketch. When talking, you will just need to find smooth wording given this core information. And yes, you can write or draw this right on your ...


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I am no expert on the principal or practice but I think you may be looking at it from the wrong point of view. I believe the concept is to adjust focus and improve productivity with consistent re-evaluation of what is working for you and the results which you are getting. So if 80% of your customers are generating 20% profit, in theory then that is ok, ...


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I'm in the same boat. Money Eating vegetables is healthy, so you should do. Go to the local farmer's market and buy a week's worth of vegetables there. Make yourself eat them each week. You might find that you buy far too many to start. Vegetables, at least where I am, are actually pretty cheap. Rice can be bought in bulk. Onions and potatoes make good ...


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It seems like you will spend most of your time learning. So if you can increase learning speed, you will be able to learn about more topics and go deeper in fewer topics than you usually would. Yes, this is one additional thing to focus on, but if you do this early, you will cut other's time cost by significant factor. Also it will make your decision making ...


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Are you in the States? If so, or to anyone in the U.S. looking for an answer to this (and btw, it is a horrible waste of resources and polluter due to high gloss inks, etc.) Please check out the following hyperlink which takes you directly to their stop junk mail kit stopwaste.org Although it says it's Sold Out just click on the pdf which gives you the 1 ...


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Instead, I want to know what are the top choices for activities that I can shave time off of? Uhm, internet procrastination? Some people could easily save hundreds of hours each month just by that. Focus on those things that take most of your time.


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I want to improve my personal efficiency. Okay, here is my answer. Probably off topic and perhaps will be voted down!? There are quite similar questions here and I think I want to give an perspective to one of them. In my eyes, you should focus mainly on productivity. One past question was: how can I improve my programming productivity with a 10 ...


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Start with the end in mind - Stephen Covey Pick a single project and get planning and working on it. Think with the end in mind. Write a pretend review from a journalist of your choice. What would the review say two or three months after it has been released? Get familiar with everything at once to see what they share in common In order to immerse ...


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I've don't see multitasking or bitasking as very useful, because you'll often accomplish more focusing on one task intensely. A lot of productivity techniques involve splitting your tasks into things that can be given full individual focus, including allocating time for immersive entertainment. You should only do bitasking for tasks that don't benefit from ...


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Here is another suggestion - first, as others have said, write down the ideas as they come, to offload them from your brain. A tool like Evernote also enables tagging of the ideas for easy retrieval later. If a particular idea re-emerges at another time and/or in another context, then perhaps there is something to the idea that should be looked into, as ...


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One of the things that you should keep in mind that ideas, when they come, are the highest level and as a result they sound extremely attractive. It's when you start digging deep into the idea with market research, competitive analysis, implementation challenges, time and resources, etc. you'd come to a conclusion more often than not, that it's not that ...


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First of all, start earlier if you can. You should be reading ahead of your lectures. I think your strategy is reversed. I would make sure that I memorize the terms as early as possible. Then I would take the time to imagine and explore. Memorizing terms and facts gives you more confidence in your imagination and you may notice additional venues for your ...


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Not sure if that technique works, but I might give it a whirl too. well that last word helps: discipline... just hold yourself to your goal of not having more then one open. if that is too hard, there are extensions. firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/window-and-tab-limiter/ chrome: ...


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Swype or similar (such as TouchKey, which I prefer over Swype) can improve your speed by 300-400% but you will have to go through the learning phase where you will be slower at first. I didn't think it would help me but I stuck with it as a friend said it would help, and I am now so much faster. I can move my thumb or finger almost as fast as I can think ...


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While some folks are quite happy in an uneven job (firefighting would be an extreme example), others need to work more steadily to keep their energy up. I suspect you are in the latter category, as am I. While two tasks can be better than one, in the real world, most processes work as cycles - think more like a circle than back & forth. Perhaps that's ...



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