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Having faced the same issue here are some suggestions from my personal workflow : For day to day planning : In addition to all digital tools you can use two physical notebooks that you can take anywhere with you : TODO notebook and SPARE notebook the TODO notebook is for all the tasks that you have to complete within the day. Every morning you start ...


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My wife uses the Passion planner. It comes with a twist: it's not just about 'to do', it e.g. contains sections like This month's focus, People to see, Places to go, a Not to-do list, division into work and personal projects, Good things that happened, and it has two pages of monthly reflections/end of the month checklists, with questions like e.g. What ...


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Do whatever you choose to do, and be mild about it. Willpower and stress are natural enemies. There are no have-to's in life. You don't have to do anything. Focus on what you want to do now, given the circumstances you are in. Choose. Whatever you choose, it will have consequences. Watching youtube all day has positive and negative consequences, doing your ...


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it's a 2012 question and marked but I really felt an urge to give my 2 cents here. what i do and it works for me is to write a diary. I am noting down task and other stuff in my diary for 2 years now and it and it is really working. I even make notes on the books i am reading in my other diary. I tried to keep and utilize all sort of apps for the purpose ...


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The premise of your question is flawed. You are looking for inspiration from Mechanical Engineering because of the issues you have with Agile Development methods. You are interested in taking good ideas from other disciplines and applying them to your own field. You recognise that there are flaws in your present approach, and that you have a willingness to ...


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For Mechanical Engineers it is even more important to "...practice all the unnecessary stuff like software developers do by writing down every step that is necessary to create a piece of machinery." This step is never unnecessary. It is essential for any level of consistency and repeatability, and whereas in software design you can continually change a ...


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I recommend the Self Journal by BestSelf co. I discovered it on Kickstarter and really like the design and intention. The first hard copies will be shipping this month but I've been using the PDF version (printed) for several weeks and like it a lot. It keeps me focused on my main goals and shows me that I need to plan out my time. Take a look and see if it ...


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Identify the situation isolate problems identify possible solutions (or no possible solutions) prioritize problems with solutions weighted-in plan for approaches and processes for solving high priority problems action


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Visualization and imagination are wonderful things. But to improve them, the real key (correct me if I am wrong) is getting exposure to similar things, to things you can connect with. What I mean is simple: being able to solve problems in your head involves so many things. Understand the problem you are trying to solve First you have to understand the ...


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Firstly, you cannot change what you cannot measure. I suggest installing an application to track the amount of time you spent on various websites or applications on your computer and smartphone (my favourite is rescuetime). Review this at the end of the day to identify major distractions. Keep a chart on your wall, how many days in a row did you get out of ...


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I have exactly the same problem. I couldn't solve this completly yet, but I have one small technique that helped a little: set a time range stupidly easy to keep focused, for example: keep 100% focused on a task (that should take a whole day to accomplish) for only 5 minutes. Don't do anything but the task for this 5 minutes. Think that you're gonna stop in ...



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