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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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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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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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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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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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You have a habit you want to get rid of; namely, staying up too late. I'd suggest you look through previous questions with this tag. These two ones are probably most helpful: How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity? How to control or change habits? Any ideas on how to trick my mind into wanting to go to bed? I think this is mistaken. It's ...


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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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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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-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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"Rest" is possibly the wrong word. You probably do want to schedule this time to do something different to sitting - perhaps focus on 30 minutes of physical exercise. My day job is far too many hours sat at a desk, so for me getting some intensive cardio or weight training is essential to balance my day.


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A few things: Hopelessness Your feelings of hoplessness won't last forever. Don't dispair. Sleep Sleep is essential for health and productivity. Don't cut your sleep time. The Commute Much of your time is being taken up by your commute. Can you change this? Can you live closer to your course? Could you study at home more often, instead of travelling ...


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By the sounds of it, you know what you want but you don't khow how to reach your goal, where to start, or who to go to. Let me tell you my story, and see how we relate. I graduated with a degree in Business Economics and decided I wanted to work with computers. I got a job in an IT support company and after a couple of months I decided that I hated ...


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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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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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This is a rule to use while processing. For example, you are cleaning your inbox or going throw a pile of papers. In this case it might be better to solve this mini-task and continue. But when you are writing a paper you are in the "doing mode". In most intelectual tasks loosing your focus will break your concentration so I advise not to do it. In fact it ...


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To know how much time you have in a day you should first answer this question : How much time can you stay fully focused per day ? Fully focused means doing a task without any interruption Everybody is different on that but there is a way you can measure it. To know what your focus capacity is, use a time tracking software like Toggl. http://toggl.com ...


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Things I've tried & Which seemed to work for me -> Before solving questions , read it at least twice or thrice . Sometimes question can be clear , but we might get confused in first reading ! Try to solve every question 2 times freshly from start ! Seems like waste of time ! Though it is not if you are fast , in a sense if you felt that question is ...


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In terms of GTD it has been a very evolutionary process for me but one of the most important parts of it is the review. I make sure to take the time to set review schedules for all the important projects. For instance, if I know there is work to be done on a client project throughout the week then I will set review dates for Tuesday and Thursday to make ...


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One thing that worked for me is to plan in terms of time blocks before starting on that essay/thesis for the day. Doing that thesis would comprise of (1) Thinking & Writing (2) Researching (surfing the web), and this is the part where we all tend to get distracted. The trick is to only do (2) surf the web during that stipulated time block. So when ...


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What were you debating? You don't specify it, although you say it took long, so maybe there's a clue there: were you just speaking of this and that, showcasing emotions, preferences, opinions? Stuff that, being subjective, is not prone to reach any conclusion? Maybe the sensation of waste of time comes from that: you could have spent 10 more minutes, or 10 ...


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I know that feeling and it can be solved or mitigated: Renegociate your TODOs to make them more realistic. You have a long list of dreams and you didn't work at all on them. Sorry to tell you but extrapolating from past reasults it seems that you have to choose. Assume that you are a limited human as everybody and do not feel bad for that. Once that you ...



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