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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

Tell me if I spend too many hours playing Doodlejump.

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]
posted by pecknpah on Mar 15, 2010 - 4 answers

How to manage my time management system?

I'm starting to exercise some control over my time. Help me make this work. [more inside]
posted by parudox on Mar 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Virtual Extension of my Brain?

How can I keep track of all the people I meet, and things I know about them? There are so many people. [more inside]
posted by lakerk on Feb 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Need a simple task time tracker that works out of the Windows system tray

I'm looking for a simple Win app that tracks time spent on tasks/projects. I'd like one that can work directly out of the system tray without needing to pull up the window for the app. [more inside]
posted by kjhosein on Feb 18, 2010 - 6 answers

A better way to take notes

I want a software program that will mimic the recording function of the Livescribe pen, but for typing rather than note-taking [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp on Feb 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Building a web presence for radio projects

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]
posted by elephantsvanish on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Leading Me Unto

I'd give anything if I could run Temptation Blocker on my Windows XP machines. [more inside]
posted by swlabr on Feb 9, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I keep the daily grind from grinding me down?

How do you keep a mediocre job/work environment from getting you down? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Feb 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Measuring productivity

what kind of productivity do we know how to measure effectively, and what kind do we not? What are some examples of good measurements of the first kind, and what are some examples of failing to measure the second kind of productivity? What distinguishes these two kinds of productivity? What's a good Google query for this question? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jan 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Can you help me find OS X software to organize various files into "projects"?

I am trying to find a program on 10.6 that will be a sort of companion to the Finder, something that will allow me to collect files from different directories and organize them into projects. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Dec 31, 2009 - 6 answers

I need a sense of urgency.

Like most people, I work much more efficiently when there is a looming deadline to focus my mind. Has anyone found a way to 'trick' their minds into thinking a deadline is more imminent than it is, to increase productivity?
posted by Kiwi on Dec 15, 2009 - 28 answers

As a productivity coach how can I best serve information workers.

As a productivity coach how can I best serve information workers. [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong on Dec 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Recommendations for digital voice recorders.

Looking for a dictaphone/digital voice recorder. Your personal recommendations please! [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Nov 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me get out from under all these piles of to-do lists!

I'm looking for a productivity app that can help me manage both my projects and my time. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Nov 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Improving Personal Productivity in a Modern, Short-Attention Span Age

Why do I feel compelled to seek distractions while working, and what can I do to stop it? Time management/personal productivity filter. [more inside]
posted by Dukat on Nov 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me move around without arrow keys!

How can I rebind the arrow keys to some other sequence (eg left becomes control-j, right becomes control-k, etc) so that I can quickly navigate around documents that I'm editing without needing to move my hand over to the arrow keys? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Nov 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Looking for a particular website

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.
posted by Senator on Oct 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Does taking breaks for ergonomics hurt flow?

Doesn't taking breaks for ergonomic reasons hurt "flow"? [more inside]
posted by defben on Oct 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Why Should You Use Social Networking at Work?

Many workplaces ban social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on. What are some of the reasons workplaces should allow (and even encourage) staff to use social networking sites? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Oct 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Can you help me figure out a hybrid paper/electronic system with an iphone or something completely different?

I just need a 'Getting Things Done' system that works. Can you help me figure out a hybrid paper/electronic system with an iphone or something completely different? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Oct 9, 2009 - 14 answers

Then I can cross finding this off my list.

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]
posted by lucyleaf on Sep 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me help him find some software!

What are the best Windows programs dedicated to making to-do lists? [more inside]
posted by Aleen on Sep 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Transitioning from Mac to PC: Is there an expose-like feature? Your tips for coping with the transition?

Transitioning from Mac to PC: Is there an expose-like feature? Your tips for coping with the transition? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Sep 22, 2009 - 16 answers

MS Project like to-do list

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]
posted by Muffy on Sep 18, 2009 - 13 answers

Keeping the writing momentum in short nuggets of time.

Simple enough: I have a lot of writing to do (finishing my master's thesis - research is done, just have to finish the writing) and we have an 8 month old baby. In the pre-baby past, I used to spend a long time working my way up to getting a big chunk of work done, but now I need to be able to jump in quickly and get writing in the few hours I have each day between her bedtime and mine. What are your best tips for picking up the threads each day to get the writing done? [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

This stuff really needs to start working together

How can I use a pda, a netbook, and a desktop computer in an integrated way that keeps me more organized and productive? [more inside]
posted by Breav on Sep 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Too much time, too much to do.

TemporalFilterRedux: I've got about two weeks (starting today) before my graduate classes kick back up. I have a bunch of things I need to take care of between now and then, in no particular order. I've always had a problem with time management (as previous questions of mine demonstrate), so I'm looking for advice on how to deal with this two week block, and how to make sure that I get everything, and don't just sit around, watching TV. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 10, 2009 - 24 answers

Blogs that do for my GPA what Get Rich Slowly did for my credit score

Can anyone point me in the direction of blogs about succeeding in college and grad school? Bonus points if they're geared towards professionals working 40+ hours a week, instead of coaching teenagers through the nuances of dorm life. [more inside]
posted by lizzicide on Aug 8, 2009 - 5 answers

New Laptop = what to add?

What must-have programs do you use on your laptop for work? And travel? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand on Jul 27, 2009 - 26 answers

Measuring improvement in ADHD symptoms

I have begun treatment for adult ADHD. What things can I do during the next several weeks to objectively measure my progress? [more inside]
posted by [user was fined for this post] on Jul 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for an iPhone GTD app, with a small twist

Help me find a todo app (preferably a GTD one) for the iPhone that meets my very particular(?) needs. [more inside]
posted by edmz on Jul 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Black-Belt licensing wizardry

Is there any restrictions on advertising consulting services using the term "six sigma". Do I have to be certified or pay licensing fees before offering consulting services on the topic? [more inside]
posted by mathiu on Jun 26, 2009 - 2 answers

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