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It's all about context. If the next action is closely related to what you're already doing, then it can makes sense to do it if you're not over a barrel on other things you need to do. But, if you have other must-do tasks, then it may make more sense to get those done before continuing with the next step of the task you're on. Basically, try not to switch ...


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Let's take an extreme example: Imagine that I'm about to go on holiday, and I have a plane to catch this afternoon. I've got a taxt booked to take me to the airport, and it is due any minute. So, I'll just wash up these cups before I go... Oh look, I'm out of washing up liquid! And the cupboard under the sink needs a good clean-out, too. Should I go to the ...


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Unless you are already perfectly fresh it can be a decent opportunity to get some rejuvenation through a quick rest. Meditation as said in another answer can be one way to do it, but you might also just close your eyes and take a supersonic nap. 10 seconds are very little but they are enough to be of some help, in many cases. Such a brief time has the ...


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Website Loading Time == Vocabulary Learning Time E.g. a slow web page across a slow internet connection that causes a blank screen for 10 seconds. [...] Any suggestions how I can use this 10 second window productively? German publishing company Langenscheidt just recently published a browser plugin for this specific use case. It is a vocabulary ...


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Mini-meditation. Fold your hands in front of your keyboard and take two deep breaths. I do this every time I kick off a couple integration tests that hit the database. It keeps me from checking email while the tests execute and is relaxing.


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I would recommend doing some ergonomic exercises whenever you have extra time (or even at specific intervals). I usually run a timer and try to do posture stretches every two hours and eye resting every hour. It makes a huge difference in how I feel at the end of the day! Eye Exercises Eye Comfort Exercises Blinking (produces tears to help ...


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I'm using a journal app called, Dayone. I sit down every Sunday to review the week gone by and get prepared for the coming week. I note down the completed tasks and the upcoming tasks. As Rory mentions,the key is diligence.


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I have been using Wunderlist. Even the free version supports the two features you have mentioned (upload of files & viewing completed tasks). I tried few other apps (like default reminder and things), but I come back to Wunderlist for these reasons: I can add a new task from the homepage quickly (just click the + button) It is available on all the ...


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Establishing a specific habit that has been difficult for you is a project in GTD terms. As such it requires some thought into how it can be converted into specific tasks. Some habitual tasks can only be done in a certain context, say, practicing speaking Japanese may require that you not be in a place where you would disturb others and that you have ...


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You put ideas and new work in your inbox asap. You empty your inbox daily (but more often is better) and convert all the inbox items into next actions or put them in whatever system you need them to be (someday list, tickler system, reference system, trashcan, ...). You review your whole system weekly in the weekly review. This includes looking at all your ...


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It seems natural to me to look at any day-relevant items on my lists at the beginning of the day. These include deadlines, start dates, and appointments. Knowing what contexts (eg, locations) you will have available to you on a day may occasion a review of tasks specific to the contexts. I usually mark the tasks that seem to me particularly worth keeping on ...


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For your habitual task when captured, clarified and organized you will realise that it's not a one time action but a repeatable action, for which you will need to set a repetabel habitual structure for yourself such that the habitual task in consideration is taken care, and it can be reviewed later say during the week review or daily review. Many people, ...


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If you have a new idea, or are given new work to do, that goes in your inbox to be processed in due course, regardless of when it happens. This is what GTDers mean by "Ubiquitous capture". The weekly review is not caused by any input; it's just setting aside a moment to go over everything, This is mainly to be sure that you haven't missed anything, but also ...



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