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Your mind is cluttered by various job-related thoughts and you can't let go of them when you leave work. You can't focus properly. This is a clear case for Mindfulness training. It is a meditation technique which will, if implemented for no more than 10 minutes every day, yield great benefits: sharpen your focus, improve your productivity and sleep. The ...


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My system looks like this: I start by mentally dividin my working day into 4 equal parts. To keep things simple, let's say they're each 1.5 hours long. I choose 3 high priority objectives for the day, and write them down. The objectives I choose should be about the right size to achieve in 1.5 hours. The last 1.5 hour slot is for low-priority work. I ...


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There are a few ways to turn your long commutes to your advantage: Audio books. This one is huge for me. I've always been an opponent of audio books (I still only read fiction, btw), but once I've tried it - there is no way back. Your commute is a series of small repetitive tasks, our brains take us to work and back home on autopilot (assuming you take the ...


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GTD is a productivity framework. It's not a fundamentalist ideology. If a GTD precept interferes with you Getting Things Done here and now, disregard the precept. When I'm in a "flow" state and something X pops up that could be done in two minutes but would interrupt my flow, I'll happily disregard it. If taking a note would disrupt my flow, I won't take a ...


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To apply any rule effectively (and to know when to ignore it) it is wise to understand the purpose of the rule. So, why the two-minute rule? According to David Allen, "If you determine an action can be done in two minutes, you actually should do it right then because it’ll take longer to organize it and review it than it would be to actually finish it the ...


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You may lose 5-10 minutes of your life by being early. But by being late, you may lose 30 minutes (by missing the bus, doctor calling someone else, and so on). If someone is waiting for you, you'll lose a lot of respect which will take far more than 5-10 minutes of your life to earn back. My father would refuse to do business with people who show up to ...


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My first tip: once an exam is written, forget everything about it until the results come back. There is nothing you can do to change it, and beating yourself up over questions you may or may not have missed is not productive. It takes a while to learn how to do this properly, but once you can, it makes focusing on the rest of your exams so much easier. As ...


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If things get bad, follow these steps. If you can, print them out and keep them about your person, so you can read them again and again: If you get lost or confused when reading through this list, go back to the top and start again: Hang in there. Things can and will get better. If things don't get better immediately, be patient. Take things one day at a ...


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Try to work from home at least one day per week. Conversely, get a room closer to work, even if you only use it once a week. Can you carpool with colleagues, at least part of the trip, and get some work-related discussions done? Let someone who is not driving take notes and email them around. Do consider moving closer to work. Or getting a job closer to ...


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When you have no reason to, no purpose. Measuring anything is a waste of time if you have not determined beforehand why you want to measure what. Usually you determine the why first (why would you want to measure 'time', instead of 'time spent on X'), then you decide what is useful to measure, then you decide which tools you use (you don't use an ordinary ...


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There are lots of good answers already. Let me add one more aspect. There is an asymmetry between being early and being late. If you are early, you know that you are early. You can plan accordingly. If you are 30 minutes early, you can bring a book. If you are 5 minutes early, you can do a quick phone call, read or write a few emails or messages. When you ...


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Never read anything less than a week old. 90% of news is unimportant by the next day. Only read stuff that stayed relevant for a full week. Ask yourself: do you want to know who won the Super Bowl or watch every play? You might want to watch every play because you like football, but from a productivity standpoint you only will ever need to know the winner - ...


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I used to have a problem with chronic lateness, and I whilst I was well aware of the problems that my lateness caused me, I often overlooked the impact of my lateness on others. This is partly because many of these problems were experienced by people before I even arrived, and when I did finally turn up, I was often in such a rush that I didn’t notice other ...


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Assuming you are unable to sustain self control (which is admittedly contrary to how Stack Exchange is designed to work): Some things I do: Adblock the "hot questions" and "related questions" list frames. This is pretty helpful... Log out of Stack Exchange. Voting, answering, commenting, all are time sucks. Disable email notifications for Stack Exchange. ...


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Firstly - depression is actually quite normal, in that it's quite common and affects a lot of people at some stage of their life. It's a product of your brain chemistry, not a reflection of your personal worth. This is relevant so that you understand that the way that you thinking and feeling aren't a result of your essential essence, but is a product of ...


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Yes many digital wristwatches come with a timer function you can set it to intonate (beep) and possibly even vibrate after a set time has elapsed, such as two hours. The maximum time setting may be 24 hours or more depending on the model. Other options include cell phones with timer functions, a diligent manservant equipped with a wristwatch or other ...


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Facing this situation myself I use these following tricks : 1. Regroup the gatherings To maximize your work time you need to reduce the number of event you need to attend to. Try to see as many people as possible during one single event Personal example : I live in Hungary but most of my friends are in Paris. When I go back to Paris I invite all of my ...


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One of the best ways to organize your day is to separate the 'could dos' from the 'should dos'. Often we get weighed down by the length of our to-do lists when in fact there is usually only a small number of really important items that we should be focusing on. Therefore, it can be helpful to ask yourself questions such as "If I could accomplish only 2 ...


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The nature of any possible break may be entirely defined by the exam invigilator. Some will not let you do anything other than walk to the bathroom and back, others will let you have food, and some open book exams may even let you study. I'd suggest if you need to take one: Do it when you feel like you have stalled and you aren't answering effectively. ...


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Have you considered engaging in some kind of hobby to relax your mind and body? Perhaps some kind of sport, something social or something creative - basically anything that doesn't involve much more problem solving. Here are some ideas: Team sports Helping out at a soup kitchen Dancing Martial arts DIY Painting or drawing Creative wrting Photography ...


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Please watch the talk Study Less, Study Smart by Dr. Marty Lobdell. It will help you a lot. To sum up the talk in a few points: Start studying early. Your brain can only handle a few concepts at a time. It takes time for the concepts to sink in. Don't keep everything for the last moment. Take breaks every 25 minutes. The human attention span lasts ...


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Stress is generally a response to something. So for example, you might get stressed by deadlines because you're afraid of missing them, or worried about forgetting something, etc. By your description, this is a pretty big factor in your life, and it's probably worth getting to the bottom of what's causing it. But something that might help is get into the ...


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Recharge Your Batteries You could meditate, breathe, or simply enjoy your food. It might help to change things about what you eat, where you eat etc. An improved diet is likely to improve your productivity. Eating outside can be revitalizing. Putting on soothing music can help you unwind and shed stress. If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, ...


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I will put in a few things I learnt from reading books. Pick which suits you. I will give some examples to help you understand the concept better. B=MAT, B=Behaviour, M=Motivation, A=Ability, T=Trigger. So you need a behavioural change here. That is to workout regularly. Motivation for you then, maybe because you have friends who would appreciate your ...


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-Subtract the amount of hours you sleep. let's say you sleep 7 hours a day. -If you are working on a traditional 9-5 job. Substract that 8 hours and you take out 2 hours for transport, eating, etc You got 7 hours left. but this is a pretty optimistic estimate


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Part of GTD, once you get everything collected and your lists set up, is using your intuition (or common sense) to decide what to actually do. To me this means that in addition to the Weekly Review, you scan your lists fairly often to make sure you're on track. At this point, I found a lot of internal resistance. I didn't want to keep seeing I still needed ...


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Ktimetracker Although I have no experience with this particular software, it might suit your needs. It's from KDE, so if you are using other Desktop Environment it might install a lot of dependencies. ktimetracker


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https://pomotodo.com/ From the above: "Your todolist and Pomodoro records stay updated across all your devices. You can use Pomotodo anywhere and anytime you want, even offline!" "Contains full workflow management. Collect ideas, schedule works, finish tasks and review history right in the app." 'nuff said.


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I've been there myself, and I understand just how frustrating it can get! The best way I've found to mitigate this is two fold: 1.) Have a clear end-state in mind BEFORE starting a task. This includes what particular sub tasks that are involved. This tends to keep me moving on the overarching scheme of things. If I notice myself wandering or dwelling, I ...


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Nobody needs goals. It's just that if you say "I want to achieve X" you have defined a goal. And it's no use saying "I want to achieve X" if you are not prepared to do the work required to get there. Otherwise you could as well keep your mouth shut. And X either has a date, or you'd better set a date, otherwise you cannot plan the amount of work for each ...



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