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A couple ways I would do it: 1 way is to set intermediate deadlines. So in 1 week, you need to be 25% done, and in 2 weeks you need to be 50% done. You set the milestones depending on what kind of project is. So if it's a research paper, by week 1 you need to have the outline done. By week 2, you need to have a rough draft done, etc. When the first week ...


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Opaloflux Clock and Calendar Application Calendar: · Provides a drag and drop, zoomable based appointment calendar, which lets you change the date and change how many days the calendar shows. You can customize appointments and the calendar skin. Alarm Clock: · Provides an alarm clock manager for all your alarms. This unique alarm clock offers ...


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The idea of starting mid year (July) is optimized for students and teachers. The 18-month part is so that you can jot down long term events without needing to carry a planner for the following year. For example, as you approach the end of the academic year you can still jot down events for summer and fall up to the end of the calendar year. I guess the ...


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Because you said you are into IT, you might want to take a look at taskwarrior. It is an command line tool which can sync across different machines. Unfortunately, there are no mobile clients at this point. I prefer taskwarrior because its FLOSS and answers the question "what to do next on project X?" quite well. It also performs well with my personal stlye ...


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If you have a long term plan (longer than just the next handful of actions), it would be useful to keep that as "reference material" that can be consulted at each weekly review and updated based on the outcomes of the week's new input and accomplished (or not accomplished) actions. In my digital GTD system, I attach a note to each project to remind me where ...


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Toodledo might be worth a look. As task managers go, it's configurable with the usual due date, time, folder, priority, etc. fields. It also enables tracking of short-term, long-term, and life-long goals, to which individual tasks contribute. From the website: Setting personal goals is a powerful way to direct your energy and determine what you want to ...


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I have tested Kanbantool yesterday evening... And I have been really pleased. Straigthforward application and online availability. I have also tried Portable Kanban as @Dimitry proposed in his answered. And I find it really usefull.


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It seems like you need a relatively simple program that is completely tailored to what you want it do to. Don't we all? ;-) I would thus suggest either programming it yourself (if you are a little proficient in any programming language it should take very little time because it is so simple), or asking someone you know to program it for you.


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In case you're into the concept of commitment devices... The deadline itself is a commitment device but, as you've noticed, it doesn't commit you to making steady progress throughout the month. If you're a procrastinator by nature then you'll end up pulling all-nighters as the deadline nears. The idea of Beeminder is to turn a long-term commitment like the ...


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This would be a good time to review Covey's Four Quadrants: Q1: Important & Urgent Q2: Important & Not-Urgent Q3: Not Important & Urgent Q4: Not Important & Not-Urgent Seems you are in the sweet spot of Q2 and it could be helpful to understand what that means and why it's good, so perhaps you could do it more often.


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I have a checklist of things that I want to get done for the day and I find there is something psychologically pleasing about checking the items off a list. You want to do the item just so you can get to check it off. If I have something that doesn't need to be done for a long time I will stack my items so that I cannot fail to complete the task of the ...


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If the weeks are uneventful - then I try and solve the problem by doing the work for the deadline in the uneventful weeks before it arrives - that way you are never really working up against (and worrying about) a deadline because you already did everything, for me that's what good time management is all about. (obviously doesn't apply quite as well if the ...



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