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Computer! Make me a better person!

What apps do you use to help you stay focused on work? I'm looking for Mac and web apps. I don't have clinically diagnosable ADHD, but I'm curious about what's out there and can certainly use the help sometimes.
posted by ignignokt on Feb 9, 2012 - 18 answers

 

I need a manual override for my brain.

ADHD sufferers and busy types in general: how do you handle the mental transitioning between different projects, or areas of your life? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

What's the story, optional Cory?

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]
posted by erskelyne on Feb 1, 2012 - 20 answers

Migrating from Google to Apple

My wife and I are trying to move away from the Googleverse, and could use some help with a few things. [more inside]
posted by Hey, Zeus! on Jan 16, 2012 - 14 answers

What are some productive ways of getting exercise that I can do fairly often?

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]
posted by daelin on Jan 14, 2012 - 18 answers

How can easily I turn this CSV data into something more visual?

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]
posted by Decimask on Jan 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Dropbox-backed note apps for iPhone/iPad

Can anybody recommend a good Dropbox-backed text-based notes app for the iPhone? I'm looking for the following properties: [more inside]
posted by acb on Jan 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Where to FranklinCovey geeks hang out?

Fellow productivity geeks: I'm trying to find an online community where FranklinCovey adherents and users of Franklin Planners hang out. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by perrce on Dec 30, 2011 - 1 answer

To-Do App: Happy to pay, but not to subscribe?

I'm looking for a to-do list/task management solution that works across multiple platforms and on the iPad. I'm happy to pay for it, but I do not want a model that works on an annual-subscription basis. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Online Resources for Academics?

I'm making a list of online apps and resources for academics – anything to help increase productivity, manage information, help with referencing and citation, class management or planning (more for instructors and TAs than students), research tools... maybe even smart phone applications. Any suggestions/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Resilience when the schedule changes.

How do I bounce back more quickly when plans go awry? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Dec 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Smart Office Not So Damned Smart?

You know that trend a while back towards 'smart offices'? I think that's what it was called -- you know, when nobody has their own desk, and they just snag their laptop and go sit anywhere and somehow they are magically more creative and productive as a result? I'm having trouble Googling up trip reports: can you help me out with links to stories and research about experiences in implementing it (or your own personal experience)? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Nov 10, 2011 - 21 answers

5500K balanced office = better productivity?

Office Colour Temperature: will I be less tired if the room's fluorescent lamps in the ceiling were daylight balanced to 5500K? [more inside]
posted by querty on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Reminders Power Tips

iOS 5 Reminders - Give me your power-user super-tips! [more inside]
posted by roofus on Oct 19, 2011 - 9 answers

The over-examined life is no picnic either

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]
posted by bunderful on Oct 12, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I tackle long term projects?

How do you take a big, long term project and break it into reasonable chunks? What's your process? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Oct 11, 2011 - 11 answers

A brief history of time

Is there a good popular/not-too-academic history of productivity, time management, etc.? I'd love to read an in-depth account of Ben Franklin, Peter Drucker, and everything in between. Something like this slideshow, but, well, a book. Any ideas?
posted by staboo on Oct 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Android note-taking app that lets you add pictures in the text field?

Note-taking app for android that lets you add photos inside the text field? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Oct 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Organise my paralysing anxiety, please

How can I be organised and productive without becoming overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Oct 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Too comfy

How do I stop my room from being the black hole of productivity/inspiration that it is? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on Sep 27, 2011 - 11 answers

What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated?

What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Using context to get more things done?

How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Early to bed, early to rise?

I've never felt like the type, but as I get older I've been wondering - should I be one of those people who gets up early every day and has a few hours to do things before work? Is it unquestionably going to improve my life much more than staying up until 2 AM every day would? I think the morning time would be spent either going to the gym, or lounging around with breakfast and coffee and internet. Curious about who has tried this and decided it was or wasn't worth it to rise early, especially if you didn't think of youself as a morning person.
posted by naju on Sep 19, 2011 - 32 answers

Making better use of Tasks in Outlook 2007 when RTM is off the table?

How to optimize the Tasks function in Outlook 2007 when RTM/gtasks are off the table? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me learn to work faster and more efficiently

So I got some new responsibilities at my company (great!) but I am so slow at the new work it's dragging my day out too long and affecting my productivity with my existing work. Help me learn to be faster and end my long workdays before they end me. [more inside]
posted by Fire on Sep 6, 2011 - 9 answers

"Clean All the Things"

The little things you do that keep you at the top of your game at work. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Sep 5, 2011 - 12 answers

out of site, out of mind

Is there a program that will let me keep a bunch of windows open but pushed out of sight, so I can work with a relatively blank taskbar but not have to re-open everything when I'm done working? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

I need to temporarily become a workaholic

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]
posted by tempythethird on Aug 21, 2011 - 35 answers

Managing Gossip for Senior Management

Any good books out there on handling employee gossip, from a managerial perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 - 8 answers

My iPad sucks

Best iPad apps for work - what do you use to make your work day easier on the iPad. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Aug 10, 2011 - 13 answers

shared web calendar with event tracking?

asking for a friend who manages a restaurant: any recommendations for a free (or cheap) shared web calendar that lets users add and edit their shifts, that tracks when things are added or edited and by whom (by user themselves, or by a manager)? happy to host on our own server if needed.
posted by lia on Aug 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Plugging Up the Holes

What are some tips and techniques to take advantage of 15-30 minutes of free time here and there to get things done? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Not Google Calendar or 30boxes

Can anyone recommend a fully featured online calendar that's minimalistic in design and that isn't Google Calendar or 30boxes?
posted by nam3d on Jul 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Please, sir, can I have some more?

How do I effectively ask for more work to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I get a balance of interesting and important things done?

My job has a lot of responsibilities and some of them are more interesting and appealing than others. Sometimes I find myself blocked on some of the ones I like less, especially when they have stressful consequences. For example, I often need to write detailed reports for higher-ups (stressful and not enjoyable!), but I'd rather be designing new CSS stylesheets. Sometimes I just stress out about writing for a whole day and don't get anything done. I've thought of doing something more enjoyable and lower priority but I'm worried that when I'm done with that, the high-priority tasks will still be there, and they won't be any easier, appealing, or less stressful. Has anyone had any success breaking up their work like this? Have any strategies for success? How do I know how much time I can afford to spend on the low-priority stuff? How can I avoid just procrastinating on the important stuff while doing the things that make me love my job?
posted by rwatson on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

The Dude or hobbies.

High-functioning vs. low stress - are they mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jun 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Focus?

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]
posted by mungaman on Jun 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Confessions of a Scottish Internet-eater

Help me hate the internet*. Looking for media dealing with the evils of the interwebs to help me scale back my time online and sink my teeth into life again. *(Mefi excepted, irony noted) [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Jun 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Advice on completing a writing project, fast

I need to complete the bulk of a major writing project (think: book, or academic dissertation) in much less time than I'd planned for (think: 100 days rather than a year or more). What is your best piece of advice for working efficiently/intensely/sustainably for this kind of period? Tips from non-writers definitely welcome too. [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino on Jun 17, 2011 - 16 answers

I am looking for a service that will let me create messages that interrupt me at randomized intervals while I'm using my laptop.

Please help me find a service or tool that will let me create messages that interrupt me at randomized intervals while I'm using my laptop. Probably this would be classed as a productivity or self-help app, but I can't find anything relevant via Google or poking around sites like Lifehacker. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jun 3, 2011 - 5 answers

What do you do with an hour of morning?

What is a productive way to spend the first hour after I wake up? [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on May 25, 2011 - 24 answers

Structuring your time before exams

I'd like some diverse ideas on how to "design" a study plan for final examinations. What works for you? What are your theories on the best way to study? (*example scenario inside) [more inside]
posted by KLF on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

focusing through trauma

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]
posted by slow graffiti on May 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Is it better to master the basics or challenge yourself with something beyond your level?

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]
posted by ChipT on Apr 24, 2011 - 12 answers

The Joy of Work

I'm starting a new job. What are the weird little things you do on a daily, or weekly basis to a) get up to speed in a new workplace, or b) 'get your game on' to be worky/professional at your job, or c) quite literally, not go crazy from work-stress? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 answers

New Home Office "HR" Policies

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]
posted by Diplodocus on Mar 31, 2011 - 21 answers

Help an afternoon person become a morning person!

I naturally get a strong productivity burst in the late afternoon/evening . Unfortunately, this doesn't sync up well with the actual hours of my 8-4 workday. How can I shift my biological clock to let me get stuff done earlier in the day? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Mar 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Help tracking daily repeated tasks easily?

I'm looking for an app I can use for checking the same things off every day. I use iPhone and have Windows. [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Mar 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Cold Turkey

I was deeply affected by this recent MetaTalk comment and I have some questions regarding internet addiction and productivity. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Is there a sticky note app that will source and display a txt file?

Is there a no-frills sticky note app that will simply display a txt file? Preferably for both mac and PC? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Mar 7, 2011 - 2 answers

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