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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

iPhone to-do app with item queueing?

Is there any to-do app for the iPhone that lets you place to-do items in a queue? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Sep 5, 2012 - 7 answers

There's not an app for that?

I want to plan out my work week-by-week, with each week having a straightforward to-do list of tasks structured by which project they relate to. I do not want to be forced to tie this to-do list to any particular day of the week. What app do I want? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Sep 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Something well-designed to get me well organized

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]
posted by 100kb on Aug 30, 2012 - 11 answers

My imagination has been debunked!

In the past 24 hours I've discovered that both of my "million dollar" ideas (for websites/services/apps) are already out there and established. To me, these weren't just "good ideas", they were "innovations" I was emotionally invested in and slowly working towards. How do I move on? (in two parts) [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 30, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I write my dissertation at home?

How can I write my dissertation at home? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Aug 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Task-based/time-based productivity.

Help me find a productivity app. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jul 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I find someone to yell at me until I finish my work?

Is there audio I can download to encourage me not to give up on tasks? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm looking for mac and/or web software that will make it easy for me to track the tasks I need to do.

I need the world's simplest time management/task management software for the Mac and/or web. Ideally free/open or cheap. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jun 15, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I organise my work day more effectively?

I have a lot of autonomy in my job, along with a lot of responsibility. How can I get better at organizing my working patterns so that I get everything done, without always worrying that I should be working on some other task instead? Looking for recommendations for tactics, mindsets, books, apps, or whatever's worked for you. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jun 13, 2012 - 6 answers

internet productivity for dummies

I'm trying to install some web-blocking functions on both Internet Explorer and Mozilla, but can't seem to get what I want. I'm blocking IE through restricting the content directly on the Options tabs, and using Leechblock for Mozilla. So talk to me like I'm stupid ... what I want to do, simply, is block all .com domains, except for 2 or 3 specific sites. Why can't I figure out how to do this?
posted by yarly on May 24, 2012 - 1 answer

How do I use a second monitor as a large typeface to-do lists that I can see at a glance from across the room?

I want to use a second monitor as a large typface to-do/task list, but I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon on May 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me get over my decade-long addiction to the Internet.

I've been addicted to the Internet for a decade now and every aspect of my life has been affected. Help me rejoin society, get past this, learn time management skills, develop a work ethic, and piece my life back together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2012 - 18 answers

How do I force Outlook to send/receive on MY schedule?

Outlook - How do I force a send without also refreshing the receive? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

What would you do with a million dollars? "Nothing."

Is Ambition required for Success? Is it possible to be too well adjusted? What if you don't like what you're good at? I have been struggling with the concepts of ambition and achievement in regard to self-esteem and a sense of self-worth (warning: long, vague) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Mixed marriages

What are your strategies for maintaining sanity in relationships where one person is much more organized/a planner than the other -- from the perspective of the more disorganized partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Block websites as non-adminstrator?

How do I block websites without administrator rights? [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Apr 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Calendar apps that show the continuous flow of weeks

I'm looking for personal productivity apps in which the calendar view can be presented in a continuous flow of weeks (such as http://madebyevan.com/calendar/ ) in alternative to the more tradicional day/week/month model.
posted by dfreire on Apr 15, 2012 - 6 answers

All of the productivity, none of the hyperhydrosis or raised heart rate?

How do I replicate the motivational mindset I have while on Adderall when I'm sober? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump on Apr 12, 2012 - 28 answers

Eye on the prize.

How to get back into a productive headspace after business legal issues. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

I need help with my addiction to the backspace key.

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]
posted by NikitaNikita on Mar 8, 2012 - 22 answers

Good balance between monitor and office brightness?

In a typical office setting, how bright should a computer monitor be compared to the ambient/overhead/room lighting? How would one measure this and is there some chart or some guidelines for a good balance/ratio? [more inside]
posted by querty on Mar 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Videogame soundtracks to program to?

Videogame soundtracks to listen to while I'm programming? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 1, 2012 - 31 answers

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

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