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I want out of this house! How soon can I move?

I have to move soon, and I've found a place that's available starting this Saturday. My question is this: how much time should I budget for packing/moving? I have a small amount of furniture as well as the usual clothes and other belongings. I've packed about half of my stuff, and will pack the rest on Friday and Saturday, with the intention of moving on Sunday. Is this feasible? [more inside]
posted by cabbagesnkings on Aug 21, 2014 - 17 answers

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Masters Students?

I'll be taking up a place on a taught (distance) masters degree in Inclusion and special educational needs this September at a UK university. I'm keen to try and hit the ground running as well as make the most of the new personal, academic and professional opportunities over the next 36 months and wondered what advice the hive mind has about maximizing the experience both personally, professionally and academically.
posted by Middlemarch on Aug 10, 2014 - 9 answers

How can I get started quantifying and tracking my time and goals?

I want to take control of my time, writing output, attention and procrastination, bedtime, exercise, and diet. What tools should I use to track what I eat, how I spend my time, what I spend money on, when I exercise, when I go to sleep and wake up, and how many words I write per day. [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I get some work done on vacation without being an asshole?

So, my boyfriend of six months and I are heading to NYC tonight and staying 'til Sunday. I have a up against a wall with an approaching work deadline and because of my own poor planning will need to do a little bit of chipping-away-at-it while we're there. I need to carve out three or four 3/4-hour (ish) focused working sessions during our trip, and I wanted to ask the hive mind if anyone familiar with the city could suggest any non-awful ways to handle this. Light flurries inside... [more inside]
posted by sixswitch on Jul 2, 2014 - 36 answers

ADHD time management: a bracelet that vibrates every hour?

Oh hai. I have a serious case of the ADHDs, and with that comes a very poor sense of time. Apps, timers, and calendar reminders help, but I think a physical reminder would be much more effective. Do you know of a bracelet I can buy that will vibrate at regular time intervals? Preferably one that doesn't look like it belonged to a middle school boy in the 1980s? (I'm pretty sure the FitBit doesn't offer this feature, and Jawbone only vibrates if you've been sedentary for a certain period of time. I do love the look of it, though.) Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Mar 7, 2014 - 16 answers

Why can't I handle multiple responsibilities?

I'm having a hard time balancing school, work, and social life. Teach me how to get my shit together or help me realize that I can't handle everything I've taken on. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Feb 11, 2014 - 12 answers

What's the #1 change you've made to improve your time management skills?

former chronic procrastinators, reformed flighty people, etc.: What's the #1 change you've made to improve your organizational and time management skills? (new mantra or mindset? taking a course? etc) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Nov 19, 2013 - 23 answers

How can I pursue a masters or pHD in Canada if I'm working a 9-5 job?

It's a huge hassle for anyone who has a 9-5 job and no savings to pursue a masters or a pHD in a reputable/respectable college or university, no matter what country s/he's in. If that's my case, how can I make it work if I live in Toronto, Canada? (I'm interested in reading your thoughts and experiences even if they're not about Toronto per se).
posted by omar.a on Sep 7, 2013 - 11 answers

How can a busy scientist prioritize items that are urgent and important?

I'm a research scientist and I sometimes give presentations. Presentations are unique because, while they aren't the most important part of my work, there is a built-in deadline. I can only work on them until the presentation time, and then I won't get another chance to redo that particular presentation. Most other things I can work on until they are done in the order of what is most important. But giving a good presentation is still pretty important. So when I have a presentation coming up it is hard to decide what to work on first. If I work mainly on the presentation then I feel like I am postponing my important regular research, which isn't great. If I work mainly on the research, then I feel like I am resigning myself to giving a more mediocre presentation, which isn't great either—it makes it less likely that people will understand the work and isn't good for my reputation generally. If I try to switch back and forth I lose concentration and energy due to the difficulty of context switching. Do you have suggestions for how to set priorities in this scenario or what has worked for you?
posted by grouse on Aug 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Getting work done in short periods of time

I have a difficult time starting or working on something when I only have a short period of time. What tips do you have to overcome this? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Jul 19, 2013 - 11 answers

My #FOMO is acting up!

How can I gamify the tedious parts of my day? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

How to: Have a good summer vacation

I'm in academia and during summer my workload goes down quite a bit. I'm earning enough money through a part-time appointment and a grant stipend so that I don't necessarily need to work extra to make ends meet, and as such I anticipate having a great deal of free time. I have a few projects lined up with deadlines far in the future, and I'm looking for advice on ways to structure having a lot of free time without wasting it getting stuck in a social media / video game k-hole. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jun 3, 2013 - 6 answers

What do DINKs eat?

My husband and I may soon have two incomes. Hoorah! But how do we balance that with making food for our meals? [more inside]
posted by donut_princess on May 21, 2013 - 50 answers

Help me better utilize Office for work email, scheduling, etc

I have MS Office Pro Plus 2010 at work, and I haven't used Office before. After using Gmail exclusively for a number of years, and never any scheduling tools beyond what came on my Droid from Verizon, I'm looking for ways to better utilize the email, organizational and time management options I have. I recently learned about flags and conversation view from a co-worker, but I feel like there are more features I should be using. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2013 - 4 answers

I got a job! Help me be great at it!

After posting here several times about my job search and post-MBA malaise, I have been offered an Account Manager position. This wasn't what I wanted to do entirely, but I want to be great at it, so I can move into a position I would want in a year or so. How do I be awesome at my job? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Dec 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Name that old-school time management book

Looking for an old-school time management book that compares each day to a coin. [more inside]
posted by delight on Nov 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Need to reframe my thinking and comparing self to coworkers with families.

How can I reframe my thinking so that I stop comparing myself to coworkers who do all they do AND have families to take care of at home? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Oct 15, 2012 - 16 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

College student friendly time management & study-skills related resources?

Can you recommend any time management and study-skills related resources for a freshman college student? [more inside]
posted by braveterry on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

How do you manage your time as a freelance worker?

How do you manage your time and priorities as work ebbs and flows during your life as a freelancer? What do you do with your days between big jobs? What portion of your time is spent on paying work, managing your business (taxes, bills, sending invoices, etc.), personal/professional development, trying to find more work, networking, etc.? Do you deal with deluges and droughts, or is your work more steady and consistent, and how much control do you have about this situation? What do you do during lulls? How long did it take you to become comfortable with your workload after you became a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Stretched too thin...help!

Overwhelmed with parenthood/work/life...how am I supposed to manage everything? Am I being selfish? [more inside]
posted by andariel on Sep 8, 2012 - 30 answers

What makes this game genre so popular?

What makes you gravitate toward time management and city simulation games? Looking for anecdata and citable studies. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 16, 2012 - 19 answers

I need eight days a week. Or more.

I don't understand how people with homes, jobs, kids, families, hobbies, televisions and pets DO everything. What am I doing wrong? Help me make the most of every minute! [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Aug 7, 2012 - 54 answers

How can I stop wasting time?

I have 2 full months of mostly free time coming up. How can I work on things I need for school and my career instead of wasting every day playing video games and browsing the internet? [more inside]
posted by shoreline on Jun 26, 2012 - 9 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

A cluttered mind is a sign of...wait I forget.

This is a question about organization and task management. Long and snowflakey, harsh criticism allowed. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on May 17, 2012 - 10 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

shaving off the time sinks

I am trying to find more time in my life, and am looking for tools and strategies to minimize the time I spend on the internet without totally disconnecting. [more inside]
posted by Theta States on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Need a convincing, but lightweight time management system

My boss has asked me to come up with "Time Management" processes. I don't really know what this would be apart from "Do all the things!" [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Apr 16, 2012 - 18 answers

When was "too little stress" ever a problem?!

I need some help with motivation. I work best to set-in-stone deadlines which I will be in trouble if I do not meet. Unfortunately my current job doesn't work that way. I'm finding myself rather unproductive these days and I don't like it. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Method for systematic thinking/problem solving? Business, personal, institutional.

Method for systematic thinking/problem solving? Business, personal, institutional. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Mar 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me help myself get down to work

Strategies for getting things done, especially when those things are deeply important, pretty scary, and you have no idea how to start. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Feb 21, 2012 - 19 answers

SYNC ALL THE THINGS

How do I sync Outlook between two computers, as well as my iphone? Alternatively, how can I make a color coded to-do list/calendar that's accessible from several computers, as well as my iphone? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Feb 13, 2012 - 16 answers

I have every day open to get what I want done, and I'm getting nothing done. Advice?

My daily schedule is wide open, and I'm not getting anything done. How should I schedule my time? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Jan 30, 2012 - 22 answers

String on the finger that reties itself every 15 minutes

Time Tracking: So I have this new job where we have to keep track of what we are working on. I have never had to do this before. I want something that will popup every 15 minutes and allow me type a little description and have a timestamp. I'm on a Mac with Lion. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jan 25, 2012 - 18 answers

How can I set up a schedule for everything in my life?

I need help scheduling my life -- figuring out daily, weekly, and monthly chores, maintenance schedules, etc. What are some resources or tips for putting a useful (and ideally more permanent) structure on my time? What should that structure look like? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Oct 26, 2011 - 14 answers

A brief history of time

Is there a good popular/not-too-academic history of productivity, time management, etc.? I'd love to read an in-depth account of Ben Franklin, Peter Drucker, and everything in between. Something like this slideshow, but, well, a book. Any ideas?
posted by staboo on Oct 8, 2011 - 3 answers

How should I manage my time for the next 5-6 months?

I was hoping to be back in school this fall to take pre-med classes, but it didn't work out. How do I handle all this unstructured time till I can start school in the spring, both in terms of daily life and my plan for the next few months? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 20, 2011 - 12 answers

I just want to sleep in five days a week.

Is it better to stagger a schedule of classes or group them together? [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic on Jun 29, 2011 - 24 answers

Workaholics: Please spill your secrets!

Dear Workaholics, How have you organized your life so that you’re spending maximum time at the office? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear on Jun 19, 2011 - 37 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

Organizational Skills like the Military - Without the Military.

Military envy: How to get that military focus, time & project management skills, excellent organization and self-discipline without the actual military experience? (From a book or a simple way of thinking about it?) Advice from military men and women much appreciated, as well as any self-discipline guru. [more inside]
posted by Dukat on May 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Time management with young children?

I have two months to put a book proposal together. How on earth do I manage my time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Best Simple Time Tracking App for iPhone?

Can anyone recommend a streamlined time tracking app for the iPhone? I'm looking for something that will let me set up a few general categories — desk work, studio work, commute, gym, etc. — and basically lets me pick one and hit a big start/stop button. Export functionality in some way (even dirt-simple) is needed, fancy stuff like invoice generation / project management is not. The goal is to get a rough statistical overview of how I spend my days, not to get obsessive granularity or handle timesheets, so the ideal app would be about two taps to pick a category and start the timer.
posted by sixswitch on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me manage my multiple interests and hobbies, aside of my personal and professional life

How can I manage multiple personal interests without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Feb 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Breaking habit of laziness to get what we want

My cousin and I want to be better at managing time and focusing on things we want to do. But we have some unhelpful emotional obstacles that are in the way of being who we want to be. [more inside]
posted by anniecat on Jan 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me be the best student I can be

How do I become a good college student? [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Jan 5, 2011 - 41 answers

Timehacking 101

Freelancers: Give me your best time management hints and tips. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 1, 2011 - 10 answers

LSAT time management.

Taking the LSAT on Saturday. I still frequently have a hard time finishing the logic games section in 35 minutes. Help me select from among three styles of time management. [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Dec 7, 2010 - 44 answers

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