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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

Working with Kids

I've been asked to look after two work experience kids (young teens) for the coming two weeks to experience and learn what I.T. is all about. What tasks can I give them that will educate and enlighten them while not killing my productivity? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Jun 12, 2009 - 8 answers

How to be productive all day?

How do I become the kind of person who can be productive all day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 - 25 answers

Do you like Things?

[ProductivitySoftwareFilter]: I'm thinking about using Things both on my computer and iPhone. If you've used it I'd be interested in hearing the good, the bad and the ugly about your experiences. Help me decide if I should shell out 60 bucks or not. Thanks.
posted by hapax_legomenon on Jun 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Keep On Truckin'

How do I reboot myself when I feel like I'm getting nothing done at work? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 18, 2009 - 10 answers

What are some safe, non-addictive drugs that have the same positive side effects of Vicodin?

What are some safe, non-addictive drugs that have the same positive side effects of Vicodin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 20 answers

tips or tricks for organizing information using Windows XP

Does anyone have any tips or tricks for organizing information using Windows XP and MS productivity software? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Subconscious Practice

What are some activities I can do to put me in a working subconscious state? When my conscious is up and about it just trips me up. It's great for parsing things, but bad for almost everything else, including getting work done or while I'm exercising.
posted by parallax7d on Apr 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Recently Unemployed. What to do?

Recently Unemployed. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Best way to send reminder email to others in future.

What is the easiest and free way to send reminder emails to others on scheduled dates in the future so they remember to do something they agreed to? [more inside]
posted by amalgamator on Mar 24, 2009 - 9 answers

5 Hours later...

TemporalDisturbanceFilter: I seem to lose time. Or, more specifically, I'm one of those people that needs to get a bunch of things done, but I can easily sit on my laptop and play flash games for what turns into 4 hours. How do I break this habit/get my stuff together? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Mar 18, 2009 - 34 answers

How can we help my elderly grandfather be happier?

How can we help my elderly grandfather be happier? [more inside]
posted by harnharn on Mar 11, 2009 - 19 answers

How do I silence my inner critic and simply get things done?

I have trouble just buckling down and getting started on projects at work. What tips, tricks, or resources are out there for stopping my analysis paralysis, silencing my inner critic, and just getting things done? [more inside]
posted by miasma on Mar 9, 2009 - 21 answers

The interweb killed my attention span.

I have the attention span of a gnat. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 28, 2009 - 20 answers

UbuntuFilter: Help me find a well-organized note-taking or notebook program.

UbuntuFilter: Help me find a well-organized note-taking or notebook program. [more inside]
posted by nayten on Feb 12, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I motivate myself to do honest hard work at my job after a lifetime of cutting corners and slacking off?

How do I motivate myself to do honest hard work at my job after a lifetime of cutting corners and slacking off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2009 - 21 answers

What does a daily human productivity curve look like?

What does a daily human productivity curve look like? [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Feb 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Is there a way to create folders or otherwise organize my email inbox?

Is there an app/script/somethin'-sweet I can install on my Mac(s) that will allow me to organize my email INBOX? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 31, 2009 - 10 answers

How to control worry and focus on what needs to get done?

How do you stop worrying so you can work? When you start to freak out with worry, how do you stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2009 - 19 answers

Where is that annual productivity calendar?

I'm looking for a printable calendar template. A while ago I saw one on a productivity blog somewhere but darn... didn't bookmark. The one I saw was a non-traditional yearly (monthly?) planner type. [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Jan 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there a application or web app that I can use to keep track of my time at work?

Is there a application or web app that I can use to keep track of my time at work? [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel on Dec 17, 2008 - 10 answers

How to get rid of my internet / procrastination habits?

How to get rid of my internet / procrastination habits? [more inside]
posted by rintako on Dec 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Alternatives to I Want Sandy

mourning-the-about-to-be-lost-productivity-filter: What alternatives to I Want Sandy can you recommend as far as email reminder services go? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler on Nov 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me log my work day...

Can you help me log my work day? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Nov 24, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I track time spent in "Spaces"?

Is there a way to keep track of how much time you spend in each "space" in Spaces in MacOS? [more inside]
posted by kcalder on Nov 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Come on little brain, you can move!

Ok, so I am a creative worker. My job is to picks thoughts out of my head. I write, I teach, I prove theorems, I design software. I mean, all these things are the same... it's the harvesting of ideas. So, what do you do when it's dry season? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau on Oct 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Recommend me some Goal Setting software?

Recommend me some Goal Setting software? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Oct 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Exactly what did I do on September 3 between 3 and 3:15 pm?

I'm looking for software for the Mac that logs open documents (and how long they are open). Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Mcable on Sep 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me be more productive in my downtime at work.

What should I do with my downtime at work that could further my career or be useful in some other way? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 19, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I annotate email messages in Microsoft Outlook 2003?

Is there a way to annotate email messages in Microsoft Outlook 2003? I am using a plain old laptop, so I'm not looking for tablet software. If there is a built-in way to do it, that would be great, but add-in software is fine too. (The cheaper the better.) I'd prefer annotation methods that don't modify the contents of the original message.
posted by braveterry on Sep 18, 2008 - 2 answers

Fastest way to get a screenshot attached to a new gmail message?

Is there a one-click way I can 1. press a key combo shortcut 2. select a rectangular area of my screen 3. snap a screenshot of that 4. immediately get that screenshot attached to a new gmail message ? [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Sep 9, 2008 - 14 answers

Need an alternative to MyHQ for my homepage(s).

Need to find an alternative to MyHQ.com. MyHQ is a web-based homepage that is simply lists of links that you can add to, customize, and organize into categories. You set it as your homepage, and voila!, every place you regularly visit on the internet is right in front of you. Their site is currently down, which has happened before, but this time I fear its for reals. I am literally lost without it (not to mention the 100+ organized links that I no longer have access to). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 3, 2008 - 19 answers

all your TODO are belong to us

I want to know how you get things done. I'm not looking for a self-help book; I want to know what you do, on a daily basis, to get things accomplished. Anything goes.
posted by roygbv on Aug 25, 2008 - 31 answers

Hello? Can you hear me now? YES, I CAN! THAT'S THE FRICKIN' PROBLEM!

How do I tell my boss, whom I share a small office with, that her constant use of speaker phone is extremely distracting? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Aug 20, 2008 - 27 answers

How to quantify OS X productivity gains?

Is there a good way to quantify productivity gains on Apple computers? [more inside]
posted by oostevo on Aug 20, 2008 - 19 answers

Syncing the macs

I am looking for a way to sync an ibook with an imac. I'd like to make sure all my working documents, ical, adresses, firefox bookmarks and zotero files are updated when I come home. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Aug 13, 2008 - 7 answers

How to balance work and play?

How to balance work and play when there is so much that I want to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by Perpetual Seeker on Jul 27, 2008 - 23 answers

Here a Drive, there a Drive...

What to do with a spare laptop hard drive...please help [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead on Jul 24, 2008 - 13 answers

I'm stuck in beta

I have spent years reading self-help books, productivity blogs, self-help productivity blogs. I’ve found some treasured information and they have probably helped me in more ways than I’m conscious of, but… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Avoiding Energy Sapping Thoughts

I've discovered one of the mechanisms of my laziness. When it comes time to do something, I start thinking about how boring or tedious it will be to do it. Thinking this very effectively zaps all my energy and will to do this thing. The interesting thing is, if my mind is occupied with something else, say a book or conversation I've recently had, then those negative thoughts don't pop into my head, and I can work away like a happy little smurf. How do I avoid these negative thoughts, so I can "Just Do It"?
posted by parallax7d on Jul 14, 2008 - 11 answers

I lost the plot. Help me snap back.

How do you get back in the swing of things - catch up on work, personal goals and commitments after getting lost/overwhelmed/giving up etc..? [more inside]
posted by jeffe on Jun 17, 2008 - 16 answers

Can anyone recommend some brainstorming software?

Can anyone recommend some brainstorming software? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jun 6, 2008 - 12 answers

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