What metric can I use to decide whether and when to do will-save-time-in-the-future type tasks? [more inside]
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]
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]
A task management app (web or Mac) that's a step up from "basic"? [more inside]
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]
How can I help someone be productive without being patronizing? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Help me find a specific essay/blog post about working and productivity. [more inside]
I'm interested in hearing about "short burst" productivity enhancements I could make to my life. (Don't use the "L" word!) [more inside]
I've started a new, earlier work schedule now that I'm carpooling with my fianceé. 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]
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?
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]
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]
What is the best PDF reader for the iPad? I'm talking about speed, features, reliability, etc.
What's a good way to organize my PhD application process? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
I need a piece of software that will disable my internet connection? [more inside]
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]
What things can I do while listening to music? [more inside]
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]
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]
Behance's Action Method vs. GTD [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is your one game-changing tip to manage multiple projects with multiple timelines? [more inside]
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]
I'm starting to exercise some control over my time. Help me make this work. [more inside]
How can I keep track of all the people I meet, and things I know about them? There are so many people. [more inside]
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]
I want a software program that will mimic the recording function of the Livescribe pen, but for typing rather than note-taking [more inside]
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]
How do you keep a mediocre job/work environment from getting you down? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
As a productivity coach how can I best serve information workers. [more inside]
Looking for a dictaphone/digital voice recorder. Your personal recommendations please! [more inside]
I'm looking for a productivity app that can help me manage both my projects and my time. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Doesn't taking breaks for ergonomic reasons hurt "flow"? [more inside]
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]