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How can I become more musically productive?

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]
posted by cosmicbeast on Aug 31, 2013 - 9 answers

We Can Dissertate If We Want To

How do you force yourself to work hard when you just don't care? I'm looking for practical tips/tricks, cognitive/behavioral strategies, and MacGyver-ish life kludges for pervasive procrastination. [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on Aug 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Surely there's a productivity tracker to fit our needs?

I work for a 25-person agency with horrifically outdated software practices. Help us join the 21st century of project and time tracking! [more inside]
posted by meghosaurus on Aug 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Strict Pomodoro Enforcing for Safari

Is there a way to implement selective Pomodoro-timed site-blocking in Safari? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Aug 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Keeping track of recurring tasks

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]
posted by SugarAndSass on Aug 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Need better whiteboard, or cleaner, or paint, or...

My company bought me a (cheap) whiteboard, probably from Staples, for my office. It is 36 x 24 inches. I cannot get it to stay clean. I have tried several markers and the "best" so far is the Expo dry erase. I also have a spray bottle of Expo white board cleaner. The trouble is I cannot get the board to get really clean. A history of everything I've ever written on the board is still there, faintly. What products have you used that seem to work successfully? Any tips? Thanks!
posted by Rad_Boy on Aug 6, 2013 - 33 answers

How can I make the most of my graduate student carrell?

I'm a second-year masters student in a professional degree program (MPH). I have been assigned to a carrell (img) and would like to make the most of it. It feels kind of gross so I'd like to give it a good cleaning, but after that, how can I make it a great study/work spot away from home? [more inside]
posted by pants on Aug 6, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I point out these long work meetings aren't working?

On most days at work, I have three hour long meetings with a coworker. The vast majority of the time is spent watching her document every single change she makes to the system, and watching her compose emails. Both these tasks and the actual 'work'- changes to a system- could easily be done by one person. In fact, they are done by one person- the rest of us (around 3 or 4 people) just sit and watch. Sometimes she lets someone else use the keyboard, but she tells them exactly what to do. [more inside]
posted by daybeforetheday on Jul 28, 2013 - 25 answers

And one app to rule them all

Is there an iOS app that will schedule accessibility and/or block access selectively to other apps depending on the time of day? I have an ipod touch 5g. [more inside]
posted by tllaya on Jun 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Million things to do at work ... how to keep track?

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]
posted by trillian on Jun 17, 2013 - 15 answers

organizing ebooks on Kindle Fire

How do you all organize your ebooks? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Jun 12, 2013 - 8 answers

200 things a novelist can do in 5 minutes or less

[Novelists Filter] Name a few quick things (under 5 minutes) I can do to become a better writer. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jun 12, 2013 - 24 answers

Need a productivity system for scheduling multiple projects

What would be a good system to help me figure out my work days and my availability? [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Jun 11, 2013 - 2 answers

One app to keep track of my calendar, todo list and scrap notes.

I need ONE app to keep track of my calendar stuff, todo list, and scrap notes. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on May 19, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I speed myself up without a nervous breakdown?

Just started a new job that moves way faster than me. I'm scared that I can't keep up. What can I do to make it work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 26 answers

How do you block gmail through etc/hosts?

Most "distracting" sites I can block by an entry in my etc/hosts file (Mac OSX 10.8.2). e.g.: 127.0.0.1 plus.google.com But this method doesn't seem to be able to block gmail. [more inside]
posted by tomargue on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

The power of creative procrastination.

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]
posted by tantrumthecat on May 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Why is writing things down demotivating?

As soon as I write something down, I forget about it. This is very problematic for to-do lists... because as soon as I write down a thing I want to do, I no longer feel like doing it and find it uninteresting to even think about (because hey, I wrote it down, so I no longer have to think about it). Help me hack my motivation to overcome this. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Apr 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Help a team get some stuff done.

I need to find a to-do/productive/teamwork app with a fairly specific feature set. It has to be... [more inside]
posted by nosila on Apr 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Pomodoro Software that Automatically Loops

Hi, I was wondering if someone could recommend Pomodoro software that automatically cycles instead of having to click on the "start" each time a pomodoro finishes? That way you could have 3-4 Pomodoros (and breaks) chained in sequence and not have to start the timer each time. Recommendations for flexible timer software would also also work, I suppose. I'm looking for something for Windows. Thanks!
posted by The ____ of Justice on Mar 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Calendar Editing and Syncing Between Two Mac Users

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]
posted by zarq on Mar 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me be more productive in the morning

I have a hard time being productive in the morning. I'm more productive in the afternoon and evening. Unfortunately, I have to be at work in the morning so it would be helpful to be more productive then since I have to be there anyway. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Mar 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Do rewards work on anhedonics?

I want to reward myself for getting things done, but my depression poisons everything fun. Depressed Mefites, have you found any ways to self-reward that break through anhedonia? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Feb 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Work Productivity as a Game

Is there software that allows you to treat work productivity like a game? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 answers

What task/project management tool am I looking for?

I'm looking for a tool to help me manage my projects and tasks. The main requirements are: 1) easy to add tasks and subtasks (like Workflowy), 2) online (so I can work from different computers), and 3) tracks time estimates (how many hours left, how many spent). What should I look at? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Feb 21, 2013 - 9 answers

My apartment is stifling my productivity!

When I am drinking coffee at (insert random coffee shop name here), I get SO. MUCH. DONE. And feel great afterwards. I cannot get anything productive done in my apartment. Please help me trick my brain into thinking that it is in a cafe. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Feb 17, 2013 - 26 answers

Does this kanban iOS/web app exist?

I'm enjoying KanbanFlow, but I need something where I can enter stuff into my iPod Touch offline and have that go to a web-based Kanban board next time my iPod has a wireless signal. (Something like syncing in Remember The Milk. In fact, if you can write a Kanban app/extension for RTM or even just tell me of an existing one, I will spouse you.) Does an app with my desired characteristics exist? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Feb 5, 2013 - 7 answers

How to compare longevity with productivity?

I have a Soundcloud account. I think it's among the better sound file sharing sites, but it can be a little pricey. I am regularly adding new content so I am always butting up against the file size limitations of my account. So, I want to have a way to look at the files in my account and decide which of them needs to go and keep the most productive ones. I want to be able to compare how long a file as been posted to number of times it has been viewed. I think that deleting a file based just on duration or views could be deceiving because I could delete an old account that is delivering consistent viewers while a new account that starts out fast could drag as time goes on. I can't tell that by just looking, so I need some help. Can I create something in Excel? I also have SPSS. Would creating crosstabs help?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Need advice on my personal life affecting my career.

I am currently undergoing a career crisis and I need some wisdom, blunt feedback, and strategies for going forward. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me create the perfect Contacts Manager

After years of being an Android user, I finally bought my first iPhone. I'm having trouble and getting thoroughly confused with merging and syncing all my contacts. Please help me start over and create the Ultimate Contacts Manager solution that doesn't require me to become a sync wizard. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 17, 2013 - 2 answers

I need to do a system reset on my brain/body, right now.

I have a ton of work to do over the next few days, and I think the accumulation of poor sleep habits, stress, and caffeine have rendered me mentally impotent. I'm too tired to think clearly, but too wired to take a nap (I've tried several times in the last few hours). I've never felt like this before. I just want to wipe the slate clean somehow. Obviously a full day spa treatment or a weekend communing with nature would be nice, but I ain't got that kind of time. Any ideas? The only plus here is that I work from a computer and set my own schedule, so I'm beholden to nobody but me while I complete these work obligations. PS: I am writing this at 6pm on the west coast.
posted by malhouse on Jan 9, 2013 - 21 answers

Beam Me Into 2013

What new tools, apps, or environmental changes have you started using in the last few years that have improved your life the most (or at least made it less worse)? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 9, 2013 - 25 answers

TBD

I think I might be done with to-do lists. Or maybe you can help me? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jan 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for an app to track and time chores!

Which Android-friendly chore tracking/timekeeping app do I need? Some tasks should be done for 30 minutes each day. Others? Only 30 minutes a week. Is there an app with a built-in timer that I can use to keep track of my chores, and then look back over previous weeks' performance to keep track of my goals? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

The Littlest Lifehack

What are those tiny, tiny changes ("life hacks," in the parlance of our times) that make a minute long task take thirty seconds, or a ten second task take five? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jan 2, 2013 - 115 answers

2013 will be our year! How?

2013 will be our year! ...But how? Have you had a storybook year or season at work or school or in a club? Something that felt like a Lifetime movie, making it to regionals for the first time for choir, or smashing your sales goal for the quarter, or collecting a ton of stuff for your canned food drive? I am trying to figure out what factors influence extraordinary success in a team setting. [more inside]
posted by estlin on Dec 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Getting Fun Things Done

How can I make my downtime more productive and fulfilling? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Dec 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Do you use Kanban for personal productivity?

Do you use Kanban as your personal productivity system? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Dec 26, 2012 - 4 answers

help me recreate my coffeeshop productivity!

grad school filter: how do I become as productive in my home office (or my grad student office at school, or the library...anywhere free!) as I am in coffeeshops? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Dec 17, 2012 - 25 answers

help me motivate myself and my SO

how to deal with differing levels of ambition and motivation in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by humiliated_grape on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I stay productive and focused this finals dead week?

I am a first-year university student. There are eight days of no class until my week of finals. How should I stay productive and focused? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Dec 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Short bursts of productivity

I am looking for ways to be more productive with short blocks of time. What do you do when you have 5-10 minutes to kill while waiting on something? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Nov 22, 2012 - 27 answers

Tool to track 100% of my time?

What's the best tool to track all my time? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

The (little) Voice

I am interested in finding out what you say to yourself to snap yourself out of inertia and get or stay productive. [more inside]
posted by thorny on Oct 6, 2012 - 29 answers

How do I avoid procrastinating on tasks that have “fallen off the radar” / are less urgent?

How do I avoid procrastinating on tasks that have “fallen off the radar” / are less urgent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2012 - 14 answers

Tell me what I don't know about my new iPhone.

I've just upgraded from a phone that could barely handle email to an iPhone 5. I'm psyched about this quantum leap, and I'm familiar with most of what the iPhone can do, but this feels a little bit like getting a new limb: I know it'll be great, but I probably don't yet know how great and in what ways. What do I need to know to get the best possible iPhone experience? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Sep 22, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I break out of the pen and paper to-do prison?

Can you reccomend any good Right-brained/Visual/Spatial/Kinesthetic alternatives to pen and paper, linear to-do lists? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Sep 14, 2012 - 10 answers

What music makes you most productive?

What music makes you most productive? [more inside]
posted by jeisme on Sep 13, 2012 - 49 answers

discipline for on-schedule creativity

How do you set yourself up for maximum success when starting a creative project that requires consistent production? Or: I have to create multiple radio pieces a week! How do I best prepare myself to get out there and make them? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 10, 2012 - 3 answers

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