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Why am I most productive late at night and how do I change that?

I seem to get all my best work done between 8 pm and 2 am. Does anyone else have this problem? Have you ever successfully shifted your productive period to more convenient hours? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Dec 1, 2014 - 19 answers

What's the best productivity solution for managing my work situation?

I'm in a new position at work where I'm now managing multiple projects and people, and need to overhaul my system for organizing tasks to avoid drowning. What solutions are there for my situation? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Nov 30, 2014 - 9 answers

I can't start writing anything. Why is so, and how do I change this ?

I have a lot of trouble writing stuff. I feel it's getting worse, to a point where it's problematic in my worklife. I don't understand why it is so, but I'd love to change this. Pointers, methods, experiences are all welcome, as I can't help but feel more than a bit weird about this. [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 on Nov 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Library endurance

What are the best ways to keep working for more time? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Nov 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Is this a motivation issue or what?

I think I'm dealing with some motivational paralysis, but it's a little complicated. Any ideas MeFi? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Productivity coaching via phone?

I've hit a slump. I am in a very high performing profession in an executive role, but my productivity has plummeted. I'm looking to find a phone coaching resource to keep me on my game. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Do I want a unicorn? To-do lists (Oct-2014).

Looking for a cross-platform to-do list/outliner with the option to work offline/save locally on desktop (Mac) and Android, and to export to Google Calendar and Excel (or Word) for Mac 2011. I hate Evernote. More within! [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Oct 21, 2014 - 7 answers

How do you measure a software engineer's productivity?

I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Oct 20, 2014 - 32 answers

Productivity Ninjafilter: how do you keep track of articles to read?

How do you handle and keep track of articles to read later? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Overcoming the motivation plateau

I've noticed this routine in so many acts of life, whether it be a new job, relationship, exercise routine, etc. At first there is excitement, new ideas, strong motivation. Then normality sets in and everything just seems to plateau out. Less excitement, boredom, loss of motivation. You keep going through the motions, doing the minimum, or perhaps you just quit. What can/do you do in this situation? How can you get your motivation and enthusiasm back for those less-than-new parts of your life?
posted by aarondesk on Oct 13, 2014 - 9 answers

How to think of things I'm not thinking about?

If I'm obsessing about a small problem in my life, odds are, it's actually a displacement activity for something else in my life that I'm a) not thinking about and b) is actually the main source of stress. [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Oct 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Searching for an Essay on Productivity and Fairness in Economics

I'm looking for an essay that I once read which talks about how business owners tend to let employees go or reduce their hours (and pay) as productivity increases, pocketing the difference for themselves as profit rather than sharing (any of) it with their employees. I believe it takes the stance that it would be better for everyone, in the long-run, if the owners shared at least some of the gains they realize from increased productivity with their workers. [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Oct 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Productivity tips when you can work only in dribs and drabs

I am not making much progress on a few difficult writing projects that require concentration and "deep work". I tell myself that I'll wait until I have a substantial block of uninterrupted time (say, four hours or more) when I can get some serious work done. Unfortunately, such blocks of time are few and far between. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Oct 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Feelings, & Hacking the system

Is there a way to ignore how you feel and just get things done regardless of whether you feel like doing it or not? I don't understand why I am having such a hard time doing the things that I used to do? I used to be able to get a lot of things done, and now I find myself resisting almost all the time. Is there a way to just stop paying attention to the fact that you don't feel good or that you are scared or a number of other emotions?
posted by nidora on Sep 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Professors, teachers, academics: Give me your work tips!

Fellow teacher types, what have you started doing lately that's making your work time more effective? I teach discussion-based and somewhat writing-intensive college courses (think freshman-level Sociology, not English Comp.) and have spent way too much time grading, and especially procrastinating on grading. I want this semester to be different! [more inside]
posted by quixotictic on Sep 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Productivity tips please! Difficulty level: Baby twins.

I am right now a work-from-home parent to 7.5 month old twins. I have a PhD I am trying to finish, a start-up I'm trying to run, and domestic chores that need to get done. I'm finding it really difficult to get everything done during the day and most productivity hacks seem to rely on you having uninterrupted time. Any tips for constantly interrupted parents? [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on Sep 13, 2014 - 29 answers

Productivity (ugh) hacks?

Hello AskMe! What is your most effective hack (ugh, I know!) for productivity working at home/on the road/otherwise outside a day job? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Seeking productivity tool that enforces realistic time management

Here's what I'm looking for: a dead simple goals/tasks tracking app that allows me to set and log hours spent on activities per week, after the fact. Can do web-based, Android, or iPad. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Sep 9, 2014 - 5 answers

where do i find a to-do list app that will plan my time for me?

I am in love with the concept behind the web app Taskk.it, a to-do list/time management tool that schedules your tasks and creates a daily/weekly agenda for you. But it seems to be an abandoned project and is too buggy to use. Please help me find another solution! [more inside]
posted by nevers on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Best Offline To-Do List for iOS?

I've been trying to Google this but coming up short - what's the best to-do list for iOS with offline access? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Aug 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Boston-area project mgmt - need help setting up AND sticking to a system

I need a professional in the greater Boston area to help me set up a project management system for myself AND stick to it. I can't do this on my own. (Is this a life coach? A personal organizer? An executive coach? What job title I should be searching for? I already have a therapist. I want some kind of organization specialist.) [more inside]
posted by cadge on Aug 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Tips and Tricks for Being Productive Under Duress

Okay, so you feel like absolute crapola for some reason. You have a deadline and need to work. What are your personal best practices? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Aug 25, 2014 - 19 answers

I'm productive only at night, but this clashes with my class schedule.

When I want to do work that involves writing, I find that I am most productive during the hours of around 11 PM to 6 AM, because it takes me all evening to wind down from the day and get into a mindset where I can focus on creative/writing work. My circadian rhythm will then be messed up for the next three days or so. This is incompatible with my class and work schedule as a medical student. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jul 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Productivity tools for a job with frequent and inevitable interruptions?

I'm a full-time public librarian, and I'm always in public - no off-desk time. I really like the customer service aspects of the job, but find it hard to complete other tasks in a timely manner. What productivity tools or other strategies can I use, given that the interruptions are inevitable (and even desirable in some cases)? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Jul 24, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I get started quantifying and tracking my time and goals?

I want to take control of my time, writing output, attention and procrastination, bedtime, exercise, and diet. What tools should I use to track what I eat, how I spend my time, what I spend money on, when I exercise, when I go to sleep and wake up, and how many words I write per day. [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me JUST CLICK REPLY ALREADY.

I regularly flake on email responses-- both personal and professional. (I have all the comorbidities you'd expect: ADHD, perfectionism, perpetual writer's block, mild social anxiety, introversion, disorganization, procrastination/avoidant tendencies.) I'm starting a new job and need this particular behavior to stop forthwith. Short of completely overhauling my whole effed-up executive function, is there an ironclad system I can implement to ensure that every single one of those emails gets answered punctually? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jul 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me GTD: Analysis Paralysis Applications & GTD

Help me implement GTD in a manageable fashion. I get lost in details, and need help keeping track of the pieces. I have access to web apps and a shiny new ipad air. Snowflakes inside. Tell me what has worked for you, and please offer practical advice. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jul 1, 2014 - 7 answers

You pay for what?

What software are you happy using, so much so that you are willing to part with your hard earned money? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 24, 2014 - 69 answers

How do I make better use of my personal time? (work 40 hr weeks)

[A fairly mundane issue, so apologies if something similar has been answered, but I didn't see anything.] I function normally at work, and get things done just fine, but on my down time I fail completely to meet even marginally acceptable levels of time management. [more inside]
posted by Tess on Jun 14, 2014 - 18 answers

How do I block all Amazon pages for a particular item?

So a book I wrote is about to be published, and for my own sanity I think I need to stop looking at the ranking/reviews on my Amazon page. Until I grow some more self-control, I need help. Is there a plugin (or other method) I can use to block all Amazon pages relating to my book? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Article finder edition

Help me find a blog/article on using Outlook as the email organization/productivity system! My google searches are failing. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Give me your checklists and frameworks.

What checklists and frameworks do you use in your professional life? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Pomodoro strangeness?

At the beginning of Cirillo's paper on using and implementing the Pomdoro technique, there is a metaphysical justification about how we perceive time that is optimal. It seems opposed to the Pomodoro technique. Has anyone justified it? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on May 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Springpad, I hardly knew ye...

After struggling with Evernote, I finally found my notetaking, task-tracking, save-everything soulmate in Springpad. But now it's going out of business! Please help me find a feature-rich alternative? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on May 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for a time tracking app with certain features

I'd like an iOS or mac (OSX) app that will pop up on my phone or computer screen between certain hours of the day, at defined intervals to ask me what I've been doing since it last asked. I'd like the list of options to be totally flexible and I'd like it to not go away until I tell it what I've been doing.
posted by hannahlambda on May 1, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I build discipline?

Discipline seems to be a fundamental trait: if you have it, you can have the self-control (and delayed gratification) to improve your health, work, and other parts of your life that seem to rely on having discipline. So how does one go about developing and improving discipline?
posted by markbao on Apr 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Staying effective despite caregiver stress

Can any caregivers here offer tips on managing bandwidth (time and emotions)? Looking specifically for practical tricks/hacks to quickly switch mood states when time allocated to productive work is interrupted by big and small worries. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Mar 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Coming to terms with procrastination and becoming productive

How did you kick procrastination and become productive? What was your process? I've been in denial of my low productivity for years and I want to fix it. [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Mar 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Your experiences with personal development

Personal progress: What personal development changes have you made that have had a big impact on your life? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Mar 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Scheduling, getting things done, motivation for trailblazing project

I am working for myself on a software project based on an idea of mine. I have no clear estimates of how long things would take, because most steps are new concepts, and I don't know how to do them off the bat. I have been trying out Scrum, but it seems the same item gets recycled week after week because it is not done yet. I have the problem of getting easily distracted, so this apparent lack of progress based on these metrics is making me lose confidence and procrastinate. I need a better way to organize myself and maintain productivity. I use Trello for managing the project and it's great, but it does not help with productivity, time estimates, WHEN to do things and how long to allocate.
posted by spacefire on Mar 13, 2014 - 4 answers

ADHD time management: a bracelet that vibrates every hour?

Oh hai. I have a serious case of the ADHDs, and with that comes a very poor sense of time. Apps, timers, and calendar reminders help, but I think a physical reminder would be much more effective. Do you know of a bracelet I can buy that will vibrate at regular time intervals? Preferably one that doesn't look like it belonged to a middle school boy in the 1980s? (I'm pretty sure the FitBit doesn't offer this feature, and Jawbone only vibrates if you've been sedentary for a certain period of time. I do love the look of it, though.) Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Mar 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Research showing that *any* office rearrangement improves productivity?

Some years ago, I read about a study on workplace productivity, set up to test the effect of a new office layout (or perhaps some other physical feature of work environment). They changed to the new layout, and productivity jumped up. Over the following months, however, productivity tailed off to the original levels. So they changed the layout back to the original one. Again, productivity spiked suddenly and gradually declined back to the baseline. It was concluded that, whatever the relative merits of different office arrangements, the very act of making a change causes a temporary productivity increase. Does anyone know where I can find this study? [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Be my Techie? Tablet Edition

I'm an HR manager in a company and am looking to buy a PERSONAL tablet to use in meetings for taking notes, keeping to-do lists and storing/viewing notes. I'd love to be able to handwrite into the notes, but that's not a deal-breaker as long as the tablet is functional. I have some flexibility on price, but would really like to stay under $400. Bonus points for internet functionality without wifi. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Mar 1, 2014 - 15 answers

iPad iDiot

Help me turn my iPad into a work productivity tool. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 17, 2014 - 10 answers

how do really busy and successful people manage it all and stay sane?

I've taken on a lot of work recently and I feel like I am at capacity, yet it seems like other more successful people manage to do so much more, and with greater efficiency. How do these people manage to use their time so well? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Feb 15, 2014 - 27 answers

How can I feel the way I feel before my period all the time?

Like most women, I experience some mood variations throughout my cycle. Right before my period actually starts, I feel a burst of energy which makes me feel more creative and productive. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jan 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Software to automate/schedule playback within a playlist

Need advice from desktop productivity nerds, radio nerds, MP3 playlist nerds, and general problem solving nerds. I volunteer at a community FM radio station. Everything we play is a stream from a Winamp playlist (look inside for the reasons for this). We need a piece of software (or a creative solution) that can be automated to jump to a place in a playlist and then schedule itself from there. Very complex details inside. [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record on Jan 24, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I get better at event planning, since I'm stuck doing it?

I have come to realize after attempting to plan my own wedding, and now landing two nonprofit jobs that involve some degree of event planning, that I hate it, and I am really bad at it. Since these are the jobs I have, how can I improve? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I work productively at ANY time in ANY mood?

I have trouble getting work done if I'm not in the right mood, which is a rarity. I've become an extreme avoider of anything that will make me mad or frustrated or remind me of things that make me mad and frustrated. The problem is that I’m the number two in a small, overly-ambitious company that may just be the most frustrating one in existence. So I have what many would call an impossible workload and also a massive amount of frustration. The latter unfortunately usually cancels out the former for me and leads to much more of both. Oh, and I can’t easily quit, because it’s a family business and my boss/dad’s life’s work. Simply put, I need to do a complete 180. I need to go from being an emotionally-scarred avoider to a guy that can do what needs to be done even when he feels like screaming until his lungs explode. Paper thin skin to tank armor. I’ve taken too long to realize that if I don’t solve this now, it may ruin the company and my life. I’ll take whatever you can give me: advice, coping techniques, books or articles I should read, websites and online communities I should visit, specific counseling suggestions (not just “get counseling”), whatever. I just can’t take it anymore. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Jan 6, 2014 - 23 answers

How to make Thunderbird mark all new messages as read?

I recently started reading all my email on my smartphone. I still want to download every message in Thunderbird on my Mac (to archive it), but I don't want to manually mark everything as read after downloading it. Is there a way to either disable the "unread" flag, or auto-mark all new messages as read when they are received? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 5, 2014 - 4 answers

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