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The free version of which to do/task management app is the most convinenet and feature packed? [closed]

I am currently using Any.do, but I can't upload files without paying for the premium. I previously used Todoist, but I can't even have a look at the completed tasks without making a payment. Is there ...
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Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
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How to track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
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Organising notes in a mathematical text book

I currently have 200 pages of annotated text from an Abstract algebra textbook in Skim. Skim, IMHO, is brilliant for taking notes while reading. But unfortunately, this leads to my current predicament....
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Is there a FOSS, full-featured, cloudless GTD software that supports both desktop and mobile platforms?

Excuse the very specific question, but I think my criteria are warranted. Having read Getting Things Done, it seems that the system offered by David Allen not only has merits, but it is also ...
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Card View in Gmail

Most of the time I am working in Gmail, and to take down a note or to dump an idea, I usually compose a new email and save it as a draft. Modifying and searching for such a note is quite efficient in ...
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How do mechanical engineers organize their work?

In programming we have all kinds of fancy named procedures or processes like Agile, Scrum etc. We use tracking tools like JIRA or TFS where we create items for the steps we take to create a piece of ...
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How to become more productive or remain one of the updated person in work as a Software Developer

As we know being a software devloper/computer geek requires to be updated in terms of new technologies as well as must be good hand on computer machine. To be a good software person I do the below ...
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Any Taskwarrior-like for habits?

I recently started using taskwarrior and I like it. However, I find it only useful for tasks and not habits or goals. I am looking for a similar tool, preferably open-source, for habits, something ...
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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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How to pause & resume research in the internet?

I have this problem that comes up most frequently when researching products or services or concepts on the internet. The nature of comparison shopping today often dictates that we need to put in ...
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GTD vs Kanban? Compare and contrast for in-progress

Okay, so currently I use a simplified GTD system with Emacs's Org-mode to organize my life. My simplification is that I have only one "agenda" list, but I do have items context-tagged (work, home, ...
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How can I make my computer to kick me off and shut down?

Mornings are a particularly bad time for me; the really rational part of my brain doesn't seem to kick in until around 9:30 or 10:00 am. I find I'm spending (way) too much time on the computer in the ...
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Todo List manager with daily time planner

I'm looking for a todo list manager which has these features: add 'things' to do then from that list of things I can either mark them as complete Or I can 'drag' that 'thing' onto a timesheet (so ...
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How to organize research material efficently [duplicate]

How can one organize research related study material efficiently? I am talking about ebooks, journal articles and presentation slides (all separate computer files). The tool/software/ arrangement ...
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What tool can help me manage my todos list and my project (some develoment one)?

What I need is the combination of some tools that already exist. Or at least a way to integrate those tools a bit tighter. What I would like is a tool (or integrated combination of tools) that allow ...
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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What are the digital equivalents of index cards?

I have a very deal of trouble filtering visual information and so have problems working with lists, digital or analog. When I realized that the inherent visual nature of lists was the source of most ...
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Customized accountability tracker app

I am seeking recommendation for a personalized accountability tracker iOS app that has reporting feature. I use several health related trackers that report progress for me but want something that ...
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How can one use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

The question was unfortunately closed but feel free to leave comments or answer at https://www.quora.com/How-can-we-use-Dragon-naturally-Speaking-to-code-more-efficiently. You can also vote to reopen ...
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cross platform/synced pomodoro timer software [duplicate]

I would like to find a cross platform, variable pomodoro timer. The more control it gives the better, and It would be excellent if it had android widget and android wear support. Please advise if you ...
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Note Taking / Idea Organization featuring Spatial Organization, features Relationship and Containers

I am a piles organizer. I believe part of this psychology is based on the knowledge that having a real world representation of a task helps keep it in mind. It also helps me organize things as I can ...
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I have trouble motivating myself to read programming books

I honestly love programming but I find it tiresome to read programming books. Well, I find it tiresome to read most books actually, with the exception of short stories. Do you guys have any advice you ...
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steps to start programming project [closed]

I am software engineering student. I've been thinking about how I can handle a big project. What should be my first step to reach my goal in a more efficient and effective way? for example tax office ...
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StackExchangeNotes? Note-taking software that uses text mining techniques and finds similar notes

There are 100s of note-taking applications, but I'm surprised that none seem to help me solve the biggest problem I have with notes: remembering to remember. I use large collections of notes to plan ...
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How to be better updated but reading less at the same time?

I feel I read irrelevant news articles, as well as feel saturated with a lot of them. I'm using Feedly now, and GTD method with Wunderlist in my life. I would like to be better updated but reading ...
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Hierarchy tree editor

I am looking for a desktop application that can be used to efficiently manage hierarchical data structures, much like a filesystem tree hierarchy but that saves my hierarchy in a file. MSFT Excel is ...
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While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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Most shared articles of last 30 days [duplicate]

I rarely read news, feel there is more irrelevant than relevant. Is there any software or website displaying must read news of last 30 days or desired period? Must read news may be most shared ones.
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Return e-mails to inbox at a later date

I often use e-mails I receive as reminders for things I have to do. However, a little while back I became a bit annoyed at constantly always having just a couple of messages sitting in my inbox, and ...
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Android app for todo.txt that syncs with Google Drive instead of Dropbox?

I use the http://todotxt.com shell script for my todo.txt file on my computer, and also want to edit the file on my Android phone. Both the official Todo.txt app and the Simpletask alternative app ...
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Todo list app or method for creating daily lists and carrying them over

I have tried so many todo list apps. I am starting to think moving to a pen and paper may be the best method. As a prerequisite I can say that I prefer terminal apps as I use Linux and sometimes OSX ...
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Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
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E-mail management question

There is an internal support type department in our company that gets bombarded with emails daily from staff. The support group is 8 people, each part of the same email workgroup on MS Office. ...
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Tickler system for electronic files - how?

I've accumulated probably over a hundred interesting articles (mostly pdfs, but some web sites), that I want to periodically review. I'm not sure what's the best way to do this. I could print ...
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Code formatting (custom vs standardized) impact on productivity

Would custom formatting code in an IDE (like allowing a particular text / line / parameters to appear in bold or higher size - the ones which are currently being built) help in increasing programmers ...
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Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)

Part of my job involves creating new articles. Each article is stored inside a spreadsheet and has an article number in cell A and a name in cell B. The only reason I ever need to open the ...
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Task manager with organized tags

I'm looking for a GTD task manager software with the ability to organize areas of responsibility in an hierarchical way. Few GDT style applications I've tried seem to manage the creation of projects ...
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GTD app for iPad?

I'm trying to find a great GTD app for my iPad. I don't have any other iOS devices or a Mac, but I want to ability to access it through my PC (web based is fine). A lot of the better GTD systems seem ...
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Efficient Checklist Software? [closed]

What are some good free tools which can help you in making a Task Checklist[with check-boxes] to verify your tasks list. I want to use checklist as sometimes i miss important things at work. Thanks....
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How to do Life-logging that doesn't consume too much time?

So, I'm a personal productivity nerd: I meditate for better focus I track water intake I assign points to tasks, keep a track of them I use habit formation apps (Routinely, HabitRPG I use rescuetime ...
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Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
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Desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the tray area

Is there a Windows desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the system tray? I'd like something which is not a web app, because I don't keep my browser open all the time and, besides, having to ...
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Is there any multi-platform cloud based Pomodoro application?

Is there any cloud based Pomodoro client software which can synchronize with all types of devices like laptops, mobile phones, and desktops? A software like Dropbox but a personal productivity ...
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What is a good planning software for a proactive student?

I'm studying Computer Engineering and I run a small hosting reseller company and a computer club and am involved in other activities as well. What good software can make me very efficient. I give a ...
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What is an Android task manager with sub-tasks and complex filtering?

Basically, I'm looking for an Android app that will let me do just two things: Have unlimited levels of nested sub-tasks Filter so I can view only tasks that have no sub-tasks. Let's say I have ...
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Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
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How do you make sure your Idea for Application Development is worth a try? [closed]

It been my dream to develop apps in mobile and generally in software development stream since the day i have started to learn and love programming. I have now above 4+ year Software Developemt skill ...
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I want to write a self-compelling personal productivity app [closed]

I want to write a personal productivity app which I will be compelled to open every time I open the computer. Any suggestion? I can write a time management app (then share it with you if you like) ...
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What is the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...