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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

What tool is best to keep small working groups on task?

Looking for a basic task/program manager for a small working group - preferably one that plays nice with Google Apps. [more inside]
posted by meghosaurus on Mar 2, 2011 - 2 answers

It's got a beat but you can't dance to it

I need more music like the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Mar 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Does a stitch in time always save enough?

What metric can I use to decide whether and when to do will-save-time-in-the-future type tasks? [more inside]
posted by piato on Jan 20, 2011 - 8 answers

What is your process for writing, and what tools do you use to help your productivity and creativity?

What is your process for writing, and what tools do you use to help your productivity and creativity? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Jan 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Need an Online Day Planner/To Do List with Times

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]
posted by kjhosein on Dec 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Wasting time figuring out how to be productive

A task management app (web or Mac) that's a step up from "basic"? [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion on Nov 24, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I prioritize my to-do list?

Okay. I made the to-do list. I broke the tasks into small, actionable pieces. Now how do I decide which piece to do first? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 6, 2010 - 34 answers

I sound like my mother... yikes!

How can I help someone be productive without being patronizing? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski on Nov 2, 2010 - 25 answers

Should I be on meds?

Caffeine helps me to be optimistic, positive, and productive at work. Unfortunately, it's also fantastically addictive, and disrupts basically every important bodily process that I have. Should I talk to a psychiatrist about trying some kind of prescription stimulant? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Sep 14, 2010 - 46 answers

Why is it all so hard?

Should all responsibilities feel like a heavy weight, on a day to day basis? In class and at work I am constantly checking the clock, waiting for when it will be finally over. When I get back to my room, I want to lay in bed for the rest of the day. What's with that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 21 answers

Need a good way to take notes in college

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?
posted by antgly on Sep 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find a specific essay/blog post about working and productivity.

Help me find a specific essay/blog post about working and productivity. [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Sep 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Getting things done while you're getting things done

I'm interested in hearing about "short burst" productivity enhancements I could make to my life. (Don't use the "L" word!) [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 26, 2010 - 14 answers

I feel like a zombie in the morning

I've started a new, earlier work schedule now that I'm carpooling with my fianceƩ. I don't have issues waking up, but I do tend to feel "slower" when I'm trying to work at earlier hours in the morning. Any suggestions for how to feel clearer and more focused earlier in the day? [more inside]
posted by Allenthar on Aug 25, 2010 - 13 answers

What's My Motivation

How do you stay motivated in cubicle hell? I go through bouts of being motivated, sometimes for weeks. I am on top of my emails. I am making the phone calls. I am knocking down deliverables. I am having productive team meetings. And then something happens. I can't be bothered. I don't actively manage my inbox. My commitment to following GTD falls apart. I let certain things slip through the cracks. I just don't feel like doing any work. And then two weeks later I get motivated again. This has plagued me forever. Same thing in university. It's like I have ADD but instead of losing focus in the span of seconds, I lose focus in the span of weeks. How can I keep my foot on the gas pedal and feel like I am not a corporate bum half the time. Anyone else like this? Anyone have any tricks for keeping at a steady productive state?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Establishing a task list/planner with a lot of redundancy

I'm returning to school and need help developing a system for remembering tasks and deadlines that involves a lot of redundancy. I am having trouble not just remembering said tasks and deadlines, but remembering to check any To-Do lists or planners I fill out. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 9, 2010 - 16 answers

Slogging Revealed

Can you point me in the direction of materials that indicate how people who would be considered exemplary of their field schedule(d) their time? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Jul 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Best PDF reader for iPad

What is the best PDF reader for the iPad? I'm talking about speed, features, reliability, etc.
posted by antgly on Jun 24, 2010 - 14 answers

The internet is full of political science. How do I narrow it down?

What's a good way to organize my PhD application process? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 21, 2010 - 18 answers

On a mac Is there a way to remap to create a new document from a list of choices rather then just the program focused on

Is there a way on a Mac to remap command n so that rather then create a new document inside the program Im focused in, I can choose from a preselected list to create a new document? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

One Organizationl System to rule them all/ One System to find them/ One System to bring them all/ and in the madness bind them

Organizational Filter: Looking for core Systems/Philosophies and "build-around" tools to radically self-organize my Personal Life & Creative Projects. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jun 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Does this To-Do List notepad exist?

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?
posted by nam3d on Jun 11, 2010 - 1 answer

I need a piece of software that will disable my internet connection?

I need a piece of software that will disable my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on May 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Am I a crazy person from crazytown?

My Get It Done is different than everyone else's Get It Done: If I tell somebody I am going to do things (file my papers, go to the store, clean up kitchen..etc) it will not get done. if I write it down , it does not get done. But I keep my mouth shut and just keep the plan in my head, it gets done. What is going on here? Do other people do this? Is there a name for it? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 17, 2010 - 27 answers

Work while you whistle

What things can I do while listening to music? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on May 12, 2010 - 23 answers

Faster to ride through traffic or pull over for a bit?

If you are stuck in traffic on the highway and you have a choice to pull off the highway into the rest stop and then go back on your way later or keep on going with the traffic (with intention to stop after you get through the traffic) which one will be faster? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz on Apr 30, 2010 - 22 answers

How to avoid being sucked into Wikipedia?

Being sucked into Wikipedia keeps happening to me. What to do? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Apr 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Agent Producitivity In An Imperfect Scenario

I need to measure my employee's performance however, due to system limitations, I cannot track their not ready time. What is the best method for measuring employee productivity in a call center that has vastly different call types with no good way to actually measure offline time? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Apr 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Have you used Behance's Action Method to improve productivity?

Behance's Action Method vs. GTD [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Apr 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Can't focus. Failing.

Mental Health Filter- I can't concentrate, I'm depressed and anxious, and this is an ongoing family problem so it's very scary. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Apr 8, 2010 - 13 answers

How do people with two jobs actually get them both done?!

I know that what I'm trying to do - work one boring full time job and one creative part time job at the same- is not unusual. I know millions of people do it every day. But the combination of tiredness, poor time management, and procrastination is making it seem impossible. Help! [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on Apr 6, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I organize my life with a mac.

I have little pieces of paper everywhere with thoughts/quotes/ideas. I have word documents with checklists, lessons learned, more thoughts, more quotes. Whats the best free software to make all of this organized and search-able? (tag's are great!) [more inside]
posted by shimmer on Apr 3, 2010 - 9 answers

What is your one game-changing tip to manage multiple projects with multiple timelines?

What is your one game-changing tip to manage multiple projects with multiple timelines? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Mar 25, 2010 - 10 answers

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