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Simple time-card programs for Mac

I'm looking for a barebones timecard app for Mac. I feel like the thing I'm looking for has to exist, but I haven't found it yet. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 22, 2016 - 1 answer

Is there any to-do list software that supports complex recurring tasks?

For instance, setting a task to recur every 5 days, unless that day is a Sunday, in which case it recurs on the subsequent Monday. [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Apr 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Overcome the mental resistance and get it done.

You managed to stop overestimating the difficulty of the tasks in your life, both large and small. How did you do that? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Mar 25, 2016 - 26 answers

Standing desk hacks

As much as I hate "hacks" (I don't care if that's the way monkeys peel a banana), I've recently converted to a standing desk and am in need of tips to keep comfortable, productive, and potentially avoid health risks from standing for long periods. [more inside]
posted by atinna on Mar 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Customizable coaching app?

I'm looking for a highly customizable app or tool that functions like a flow chart. I use OSX and iOS. [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Mar 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Time and Energy to Paint/Craft with a Dayjob

You have a day job but you really wish you could be a serious artist and produce stunning work. How do you find time and energy after work to paint when all you want to do is to go to bed or switch off your brain? [more inside]
posted by whitelotus on Mar 4, 2016 - 35 answers

How do people working at home decide how much time to spend on breaks?

I've always struggled with this--sometimes I feel like I just can't focus on my work, or feel too lonely and distracted and need a change. But if I'm on a deadline, I'm certainly able to put those feelings aside and power through. Then I feel guilty that I don't "power through" all the time to be maximally productive. So, is there any "objective" way to determine how much break time (e.g., screwing around on "Ask Mefi") one truly needs?
posted by Jon44 on Mar 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me be a better festival coordinator?

I'm looking for (a book? an app? an instructional video? tips & tricks?) to help me better manage priorities for my crew, artists, and volunteers during the hectic installation week for an arts festival. Am I looking for project management material? Or is there a different name for what I am seeking? [more inside]
posted by Rage-chel on Feb 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Finding one's muse

What are some of the best strategies - and best practices - for rousing one's creativity? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jan 11, 2016 - 9 answers

Pomodoro-style apps that are more gamified

I've tried a bunch of pomodoro-style apps that I haven't done well with. I recently found one that's like Pomodoro except there's a growing plant, and if you mess with your phone you'll kill the plant. This works for me for whatever reason. I was wondering if anyone knew of other apps like that; especially ones with more real-world consequences. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jan 11, 2016 - 2 answers

What's the closest offline notebook like Circus Ponies?

Circus Ponies Notebook is now defunct. Does anyone have a suggestion for an offline outliner/notetaker/todolist that's similar? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jan 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for particular type of internet restriction software/app

I'm interested in restricting my own use of time-killing websites at home so as to increase my productivity. I see that there are a number of apps or programs that do this in different ways, and some of these techniques would be good. But I haven't found one that works in the way that I think would work best for me. Is something like that available? Details on the kind of functionality I'm looking for are below. P.S. I'm willing to pay up to maybe $50 for the right kind of software. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Dec 16, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I do a daily routine?

I have a fair amount of trouble getting work done (at work and at home), especially consistently. I think having a routine would help, but I’m not sure how to create, get into, and stay in a routine. I’ve never managed to do that for more than a week before, even for very small routines. [more inside]
posted by triscuit on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

How to take advantage of my middle-of-the night insomnia?

I've been having trouble staying asleep. I would like to know how to take advantage of this. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Nov 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Suggestions for GTD style Weekly Review?

I want to start up some kind of review of my week -- half on my own, half with my spouse -- including what needs to be done next week. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Nov 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Android Tablets for Academics, Writers, and the Easily Overwhelmed

My sister gave me a GPad 7. I like it! [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Oct 30, 2015 - 8 answers

How much do people actually work at work?

Most questions about work hours and productivity imply that it's normal to be focused on work the entire time you're at the office, with short breaks and maybe a lunch break. I've seen lots of advice suggesting that you may have ADHD or depression if you spend a lot of time, say, surfing the Internet while procrastinating. Is procrastinating really a pathology, and is 90-100% productivity really normal? [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine on Oct 22, 2015 - 37 answers

Adding structure to a nebulous job

How can I add structure and focus to my kind of nebulous and self directed job? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Oct 21, 2015 - 1 answer

much to-do about nothing

ProductivityFilter: I basically want a "now playing" ticker for my to-do list on my computer. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Oct 20, 2015 - 11 answers

How can I work at work?

I can't work at work and I don't know why. I can only get work done after the day's over while sitting on my couch. This isn't sustainable. Help! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Oct 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Software to generate a report of my computer usage?

I'd like to see a weekly breakdown of my personal computer usage. Showing total time spent using different applications, and total time spent visiting different websites. Just to monitor my productivity and see where I'm spending/wasting the most time. Can anyone recommend a (preferably free) mac application?
posted by pablocake on Sep 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Getting nothing done at work. Help?

I am having a significant, abnormal amount of difficulty getting anything accomplished at work. This problem has steadily been worsening over the last several months, and I am getting worried. How can I snap out of this? [more inside]
posted by dinnerdance on Sep 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Safe SMS-to-Email App [Android]?

Is there a safe Android app that will somehow forward SMS texts to email? [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Aug 24, 2015 - 11 answers

Hope for non-linear minds?

I need ideas for being productive/organized although I have a scattershot mind. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Starting fresh

Recently I performed a clean installation of Windows 10 (which, by the way, I very much like despite not-so-subtle bugs creeping up a tad more than I'd like) and would like app and Chrome add-on recommendations. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Is there a way to disable all but the phone part of my iPhone?

I'm trying to take a break in the evening from a screen, but I'm finding it difficult to put down my iPhone and walk away with just the sheer power of will. Are there any apps I can download that would allow me to block everything BUT the actual phone part? I still want to be able to make or receive phone calls (and texts too, preferably, but that is not mandatory). I have an iPhone 5S.
posted by sutel on Aug 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me stop dilly dallying in the morning

I waste a lot of time in the morning. Since I work from home, sometimes it turns into an all-day do-nothing-fest. Although at my last job, I still needed 2-3 hours to "get ready" before work. I spent most of that time doing nothing or watching the news. Please help me stop wasting so much time! [more inside]
posted by atinna on Aug 11, 2015 - 17 answers

Handling an overwhelming #of tasks at work; both small big ones

I have a problem with balance between numerous low importance tasks and the ones that really drive business. I find that sometimes I am too focused on the little things to keep from being buried. Everything seems urgent. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Aug 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Non-monetary rewards

How do you reward yourself (for achieving goals big or small) without spending money? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 2, 2015 - 13 answers

This trainee coach would like your help with naming her blog

Reaching out to the hive mind to help me name my blog - I am doing a masters in coaching and mentoring and trying to carve out a niche for myself working with research students/researchers/academics - this is the bulk of my "clients" at the moment (in inverted commas as all of that is unpaid and part of the training). I really enjoy working with this group as an ex-academic myself and wanted to share some of that enthusiasm via a blog but can't come up with anything that sounds right. Help?! Some further requirements below. [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster on Jul 11, 2015 - 6 answers

"Hacks" filter: white-collar office work

What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Jul 9, 2015 - 37 answers

15 minute #wincrements

What is the best online resource for helping artists and programmers employed by an agency/consultancy to cope with manually completing timesheets as a requirement of their jobs? It needs to be independent of the software the agency uses.
posted by michaelh on Jun 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Early 30s and my life is a mess. How do I clean things up?

I grew up in a bizarre, cult-like family that screwed up my development as a person. So in a lot of ways I'm way behind other people in basic life skills. After four years of hard, painful work I've finally been able to untwist the knots that were tied up in my brain. How do I get the mess I have here under control? [more inside]
posted by gehenna_lion on Jun 21, 2015 - 24 answers

iOS and Gmail are not getting along...

I have a gmail account, which I love, but on my iPhone it's seriously misbehaving. read emails are getting marked as unread again, unrelated emails are grouped... hjalp? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Apr 23, 2015 - 7 answers

How to mix various kinds of tasks for maximum productivity?

My workday is made up of many kinds of tasks—studying, writing, coding, problem-solving, Photoshop, and drudge work. I notice that I can write effectively for only about three hours a day. Same with studying. But if I mix up the tasks, I can work longer. Do you know of any studies that have been done to find the optimal mix for maximum productivity?
posted by markcmyers on Apr 16, 2015 - 2 answers

My cat is an awful roommate

For a number of reasons, my partner and I have decided to live separately for the first time in our relationship. I've lived with a partner for the majority of my adult life, and I have no idea how to make living alone not suck OR how to do a grown-up relationship without living together. Snowflakes galore inside. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine on Apr 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Being disciplined vs. not forcing it?

These days all the literature on creativity/productivity emphasizes routines and unromantic workmanlike discipline. Forget inspiration and "just do it!" But more often than not, when I put my butt in the chair to get down to business… Nothing. Happens. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2015 - 14 answers

What's a good solution for cyclic tasks, ones that repeat regularly?

Over time I've migrated from one GTD system to another, finally landing on Evernote as my GTD framework with help from 'The Secret Weapon' and Priacta. It's occurred to me recently that I don't really have a way to track repeating, cyclic tasks. I've tried spreadsheets, Google task, calendar entries but none have stuck around. What are some good ways to manage to-do's that repeat on a schedule? [more inside]
posted by diode on Feb 2, 2015 - 11 answers

I want to be productive, but not too productive...

So once you've slayed (or at least knocked out) the procrastination beast, how do you keep your balance and not burn yourself out? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Jan 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Mac to-do app in Calendar form

I cannot seem to find a good app that will let me: 1) have recurring tasks 2) allow me to check them off as done (like disappear or strike or some other indicator) 3) presented in calendar form (not a "reminders" list). I don't ask for much. I have checked out many many free apps, none of which accomplish what I want. I'm sure this gem is a paid app and I will gladly fork over based on a suggestion, knowing my criteria. I have yet to find one that has all three of these requirements spelled out. Thanks!
posted by Snackpants on Jan 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me understand work habits. How much time is spent ...not working?

At work, no one has ever monitored my time or even told me what hours I should be working, so I'm not sure what is appropriate. I'm a good performer, but am still on edge and worried I could be seen as inappropriate. I understand no one can give 100% all the time, but lately I spend more time browsing or chatting with coworkers. I don't want to get a surprise reprimand or be viewed as a slacker. Please help me determine what is and isn't acceptable in the workplace. [more inside]
posted by WCF on Jan 10, 2015 - 24 answers

Using an iPad to access recipes and to stream music in my kitchen

Help me get organized in 2015. I’d like to mount an iPad 2 tablet on a kitchen cabinet, just above the main counter that I use for cooking. The tablet will be used to access recipes and to stream music into the kitchen. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Dec 30, 2014 - 11 answers

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

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