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]
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]
What software are you happy using, so much so that you are willing to part with your hard earned money? [more inside]
What checklists and frameworks do you use in your professional life? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me turn my iPad into a work productivity tool. [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm trying to recall a business/self-help book. The main idea was that setting goals and pacing yourself is counterproductive, and that accomplishment happens by immersing one's self in a big idea. Steve Jobs, etc. I believe the cover was an illustration of a businessman opening a shirt to reveal a superhero costume. There may have been a critique of Tony Schwartz' energy management model inside. It was probably written in the last ten years. Can anyone name the book?
I need some advice on getting things done. I have several large personal projects I've been trying to work on for a long time, but I am having trouble making even the smallest dent in each. [more inside]
I have the desire to be a musician, and I have some pretty nice resources, but I can't stick to anything! Help? [more inside]
Is there a way to implement selective Pomodoro-timed site-blocking in Safari? [more inside]
I've kind of started to implement htid's excellent advice
regarding breaking depression-based habits, but I don't have a good way to keep track of my goals. So, what's a good way for me to keep track of how many times I've done multiple different tasks? Paper and pencil doesn't really work for me. Something I can do on my iPhone would be best. [more inside]
I have SO many things to do at my new job, and more things get added every day. I'm a pretty organized person in general but I feel like I have no time to even GET organized in this position. My current habits aren't helping, though. There's got to be a better way... Help! [more inside]
How do you all organize your ebooks? [more inside]
Most "distracting" sites I can block by an entry in my etc/hosts file (Mac OSX 10.8.2). e.g.:
But this method doesn't seem to be able to block gmail. [more inside]
Years ago, quite possibly while I was still in high school, I read a humorous essay in which the writer was able to complete a day's worth of household chores by creatively procrastinating. I have NO recollection of the author or the title. [more inside]
Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
I need to find a to-do/productive/teamwork app with a fairly specific feature set. It has to be... [more inside]
I'd like to sync a shared event/appointment calendar with a work colleague, which we both can edit
(not just view) on our iMac computers, preferably without having to go to an external website to make edits, or paying for an outside service. Details within. [more inside]
Is there software that allows you to treat work productivity like a game? [more inside]
Tell me of the most beautifully designed, paper-based gtd / organizers / planners in the land! I want nice typography, attractive materials and maximum usability in one package. Is this possible? [more inside]
Outlook - How do I force a send without also refreshing the receive? [more inside]
Habitually editing while I write, want to try free-writing and getting it all out, having difficulty: can I temporarily disable my backspace key in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
So after reading the recent posts in the Blue and MeTa about Cory Doctorow, I've come to wonder if there are any really worthwhile alternatives to BoingBoing out there. [more inside]
What are some productive ways of getting exercise that I can do fairly often? I'm thinking things like shoveling snow, chopping wood, scrubbing floors, etc. Difficulty: I live in a hundred square foot basement suite. [more inside]
I'm looking for some free software that will help me turn the CSV export from the Android time tracking app Gleeo
into some simple visualizations (multicoloured horizontal bars?) without a huge amount of work. [more inside]
Can anybody recommend a good Dropbox-backed text-based notes app for the iPhone? I'm looking for the following properties: [more inside]
I'm in a rut. Professionally and personally, I have long lists of projects that I need or want to get done and have made little to no progress on. I've made lists. I've made plans. I've made schedules. I've thought about why it is that I'm not doing what I know I should do. When I think about all the things I want to do and am not doing I feel ill. [more inside]
How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
I need to work my butt off, burn the candle at both ends, turn on the afterburners, etc etc. I can work just fine, but I don't know how to be that guy who puts in 16 hour days and sleeps on a cot in his office. How do I become that guy? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a fully featured online calendar that's minimalistic in design and that isn't Google Calendar or 30boxes?
I recently finished a very rigorous school year. For the last month I was in class/lab/doing homework around 12-16 hours a day 7 days a week. I am looking for tips, anecdotes or exercises for keeping up a similar, though less crazy level of productivity now that I am not racing against the hard deadlines (homework and projects, tests, etc.)? [more inside]
I had something traumatic happen a little over a week ago. I need my brain back. When do I start to worry and what do I do? [more inside]
With respect to developing skills/expertise, is it better to master basic techniques before moving on to something more challenging, or to challenge yourself with something beyond your level? [more inside]
I'll soon be working from home full time. What are some "policies" I can enact for my home office to keep my productivity, sanity and health intact? [more inside]
I was deeply affected by this recent MetaTalk comment
and I have some questions regarding internet addiction and productivity. [more inside]
I need more music like the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. [more inside]
I'm looking for an online day planner that lets you schedule your To Dos. I like to plan my day by assigning a time estimate to each to do item and then sticking it somewhere in my daily calendar. For example: "laundry" 1-2:30PM. [more inside]
I really need a good note taking app for my iPad.
I'm studying in the Computer Science major. I take Discrete Math, Software Design, Economics 101, and Precalculus. I'm currently using Noterize, but I don't like its lack of organization of notes. It doesn't really feel like a fully baked app. I would really prefer something that lets me type, scribble with my Pogo Sketch stylus, and also support bullet points. A really good UI would also be nice though not the most important. And third party export would be a nice plus.
Are there any good apps like this?
What is the best PDF reader for the iPad? I'm talking about speed, features, reliability, etc.
I'm looking for a small sized vertical to-do notebook with tear off pages and adhesive on the back (like Post-it Notes). Does this product exist?
Is there a (preferably free) iPod Touch/iPhone app that I can use to track how I spend every hour of my day? I already use ToDo, Simplenote, and iCal. [more inside]
How do I make a website for my radio documentaries + other audio experiments that is a little more stylish and sound-friendly than the average blog? Oh, and maybe encourages me to keep at my hobby. [more inside]
I'd give anything if I could run Temptation Blocker
on my Windows XP machines. [more inside]
Looking for a dictaphone/digital voice recorder. Your personal recommendations please! [more inside]
My PC crashed with all my bookmarks (bad me), and I can't remember a certain websites address nor can I find it on google. It was similar to this but showed apps that were designed to keep you more productive. People could comment below, and I found it very useful. I remember it had a brown logo at the top. I am sure some of my fellow metafites probably visit it. Shot in the dark.
Help me find the website/youtube vids of this handwritten to-do list methodology, please! I can't remember it and can't find it in my saved links. [more inside]
todolist filter: I know there are dozens
of questions here about to-do lists already, but, alas, none of them fit my requirements.
I really like MS Project - it's hierarchical (tasks can nest), and can enforce due dates, but it's too heavy handed for what I need & old tasks don't disappear. I need something like MS Project, but simpler... [more inside]