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Aug
5
comment What Revision Control Programs / Methods Do You Use When Writing?
@JFW: Your question is very broad and open-ended, so users can only start reciting random programs without any indication of what would actually solve your problem. These sites work better when you ask very specific questions. What problem are you trying to solve? What have you tried? I'm sorry, but I have to close this as an overly vague poll of the users and not a good fit for this type of Q&A.
Aug
2
comment How to keep salesmen busy?
@Renan: You're question is really a business management concern and not an issue of "personal productivity." I have to close this as off topic for this site.
Jul
30
comment What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity?
@Richard Clunan: This entire site is about "Personal Productivity" covering a large range of concerns. Your question is very broad and open-ended, so users are just reciting random, popular books and techniques without any indication of what problem you are actually trying to solve. These sites work better when you ask very specific questions about problems you encounter in your day to day work. What problem are you trying to solve? What problems have you encountered? I'm sorry, but I have to close this as overly vague and incomplete.
Jul
8
comment Which one to use - Evernote or One Note
This is a very broad, open-ended question. You're looking for a software recommendation without providing any criteria of what you are looking for or what problem you are trying to solve. Stack Exchange sites work better when you ask specific questions about problems you encounter in your day to day activities. I have to close this, but if you have specific questions about either of these applications, feel free to try again.
Jul
7
comment How much time/effort has to be invested before noticing results?
This type of Q&A site only works well when you ask really specific questions about problems you run into day to day. Asking "how much time to get organized" is a very vague, broad question. Without any specifics (knowing which system you are using, what problems you are trying to solve, what problems you are encountering, etc), users can only guess how they can help you.
Jul
5
comment What are techniques to adopt the e-mail charter?
While this sounds like an interesting subject, this type of Q&A site works best when you ask very specific, answerable questions. As written, this question is more of a rallying cry and a conversation starter. This type of brainstorming activity works better in a traditional, threaded forum. It doesn't really work well for a Stack Exchange site.
Jun
30
comment Handling digital clutter
Please feel free to try again and ask about a very specific problem you run into in your everyday personal productivity. "How to handle too much stuff" is the subject of a book (or an entire bookshelf), not a Q&A site like this. Take any one of those specific problems that you truly cannot resolve, outline what you have tried and where you are getting stuck. That's how a Q&A site like this works best. I have to close this because there are simply waaay too many broad, open discussions for this site to work.
Jun
30
comment “To Do list” sites
Creating a survey with reviews of the entire online-list space isn't really what this site is about. If you have a very specific problem you are trying to solve, perhaps someone could recommend an appropriate system for your needs. Until then, I have to close this. Sorry.
Jun
28
comment How do I speed up turning ideas into text?
Two things -- Add that info to your question (above) and try to be more specific. Your post is about to be voted closed as "not a real question." And (2), you may want to ask some specific "helping me get it to sound right" questions on writers.stackexchange.com.
Jun
28
comment How do I speed up turning ideas into text?
Typing speed? Writer's block? Fleshing out ideas? Spelling errors? You may want to state more specifically what problem you are trying to solve so uses aren't guessing how they can help.
Jun
28
comment How does sleep debt decay?
I think you would get a much more expert answer with the folks specialized in Fitness & Nutrition . Check out that site. They deal a lot more with issues of general wellness.
Jun
26
comment What can I do to fight procrastination?
The primary issue is that asking something as broad as "how to fight procrastination" on a productivity site will only leave users guessing how to help you, exactly. Procrastination is a very broad topic and a large part of what this site is about. It's better to ask very specific questions which can be reasonably answered in this type of Q&A format.
Jun
23
comment What is “Getting Things Done” (GTD)?
We try not to fill the site up with really basic questions and "What is a ..." definitions, especially so early in a site's beta. General-reference questions are not generally suitably interesting enough to attract the "experts" you'll need to help build this site. A Wikipedia link answers your question directly and THE "Getting Things Done" book is obviously the definitive resource. This site does not yet have the "Closed as General Reference" reason, so I have to close this as the less aptly named "Not a Real Question."