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What features should I look for when choosing task-management software?

There are a seemingly-endless variety of tools available for keeping track of tasks. From feature-clogged behemoths that will do everything (tracking time and generating Gantt charts) to the venerable ...
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Reducing fragmentation: App to focus on single task

There are a few apps (like Rescuetime) that track what you're doing with your computer. And there are some tools that can help you when you decide you want to eliminate distrcations (StayFocused ...
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Is there an email/forum productivity tool which can automate reply generation?

I am looking for software which would help me to write quality replies to a poorly worded/structured or otherwise complex emails/forum messages. The tool should allow to graphically break (manually ...
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Are there software solutions that implement Structured Procrastination?

Let me just say this philosophical essay changed my way of working: Structured Procrastination Basically it says that you should put urgent critical tasks at the very top of the list; but ones that ...
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Is there an electronic task management software that stores encrypted data in the cloud for syncing with other devices?

My question is basically what the title says. I am trying several software for GTD/todo/task management, focusing on syncing between laptops and cellphones. Although most of the software transfer ...
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Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
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Save browser state / tabs opened between usage?

I tend to leave a lot of related webpages open when I work, that I would like to keep working with at later points in time. Is there an easy way to "save" a browser's state with all the opened tabs, ...
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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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Why is learning theoretical stuff necessary to be a software engineer? [closed]

I'm a engineer student. After passing 3 years of learning hard theoretical stuff, I expected that my fourth year would be interesting for me as a software engineer, but we are still learning about ...
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Simple Contact Management System that automatically sends notifications

I am searching for a CMS where I can flag if I had an interaction with a client and then it automatically notifies me a period of time later to remind me to contact them again. This is essentially all ...
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1answer
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Metadata for Project Archive

There is a folder with nowadays quite a few zip archives of projects I have completed. I would like to make the archive more searchable by creating a metadata file. Similar to mp3 or images, I want ...
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1answer
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Free Alarm Clock And Calendar Software?

I need something like Atomic Alarm Clock but free. I feel limited with organizer that has no alarm clock. It would be amazing to have calendar notifications with an alarm clock as well.
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Food (meals) tracking

Is there an Android application that is able to track what we have eaten during the day? The application should not be dependent on web services. It should have these features: make a photo of meal ...
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What choices can I make during my software developement career to become an ideal candidate for a job when I apply for other companies? [closed]

I am currently a software engineer.Its the start of my career.What choices do I make to become an ideal candidate for the HR/Interviewers,when I apply for interviews after leaving this job? Should I ...
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Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
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Professional life with Single Technology Vs Multiple Technology [closed]

In July 2011 i completed Graduation in Computer Science and in college days i worked on J2SE, J2EE, Blackberry, iOS, J2ME, windows development and Now from August 2011 i and working in a small ...
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Recommended Task and Goal Management Apps [closed]

What recommendations are there for good apps that combine goal setting with task (or to-do list) management ? I currently use Microsoft One Note, because you can create lots of related pages and it ...
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A software to organize the information as a set of nested tables

We all organize data and information in varios ways, but the a table form proven to be one of the easiest to use. For the simplest cases we can use Excel. However, I was wondering if there exists ...
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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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Time management strategies for computer science students

Over the past few months, I've been contributing to both Wikipedia and Stack Overflow, and working on open source software projects. However, I've found that my obsession with software development has ...
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Mobile phone PC integration?

Does anybody know of a mechanism/tool/app/phone that allows me to see on my PC when my smartphone is ringing? I'm a programmer, and I wear headphones at work, so I don't hear it ringing. The visual ...
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Online app to create simple data entry forms with drag-n-drop

I am looking for an online app using which a NON-TECHNICAL person could create a simple HTML data entry form and a backend data table, then have a number of non-skilled data entry personnel around the ...
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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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How to Google text in the clipboard

I have come across WinURL, which launches any URL stored in the clipboard. Does anyone know of such a tool that will Google any text in the clipboard? Edit: I'm looking for a solution that does not ...
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Mobile java application for Pomodoro

Any suggestions about mobile Java (J2ME) apps suitable for measuring Pomodoros? I've already tried Pomodoro and Doing!, but the first can't measure break period and has no settings (I work in the ...
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What's a good cloud based notebook? [closed]

What's a good cloud based notebook? The features I'd like to have: I need to be able to sync my notes on my Android cell phone and various computers. I need to be able to have the actual files, ...
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Windows Freeware/Shareware programs for tracking daily tasks?

I once had a cool little Java program that allowed me to name each task, and toggle back and forth between tasks to track the time spent on each. At the end of the day I could export the data and ...
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Version control for homework?

Background: I'm a high school student. I've noticed lately that I'm not particularly fond of my current scheme for keeping my files up to date (ferrying around a USB stick, naming files 'essay-1.doc', ...
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6answers
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Is there a time tracking application for Mac OS X and iOS that can sync with each other easily and does not require an Internet connection? [closed]

I'm looking for simple (all I need is a time tracking feature) time tracking software that meets the following requirements: Does not require an active Internet connection. For this reason web apps ...
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What FUTURE-PROOF software for building & managing a personal BIG knowledge base? [closed]

There are some questions similar to this. But i would like to know, what software one should choose, if you go to university for example and are building a knowlegde base of everything you learn & ...
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Is Grindstone well suited for keeping track of all GTD related lists? [closed]

I want to follow GTD principles and am evaluating Grindstone for storing next actions, "maybe" list, list of projects, etc. Is it well suited for this? What limitations of Grindstone would I likely ...
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8answers
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What can I do to be more productive when working with several applications at the same time on Mac OS X?

I work with my computer the whole day doing different things and using Mac OS X Lion. I have a lot of windows opened and constantly switching from one application/window to other, using Mission ...
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Day Tracking Program, with Charts

I need to find a program or excel template to help me track what I do during the day. The ideal candidate would be simple to use, and I would spend virtually no time filling it out. I would then like ...
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1answer
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How to get a GTD Inbox in taskwarrior?

I am currently in the process of switching my task management software from Things to taskwarrior. (Cultured Code introduced cloud synchronization, even without encryption, in Things 2, so I'm out). ...
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How do you integrate time tracking tools with the Pomodoro technique?

I am using http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/ when working on my mac. It can trigger scripts when starting / stopping a Pomodoro. Ideally, it would integrate with time tracking tools such as paymo or ...
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Easy way to archive web pages

I read lots of web pages articles (magazines, blogs, wikis, forums). Keeping the interesting ones stored in a single location have become a big problem. Also, looking for important information that I ...
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GTD application that syncs with iCal

I am looking for a mac os x GTD task based application (in the wunderlist way) where you enter and classify tasks, and you can also assign tasks to iCal, is this possible?
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Is there a task manager that incorporates spaced repetition learning?

I'm having students in mind, let's suppose that a student plans to prepare exam for next month. According to the "forgetting curve", the key for successful study is spaced repetition learning. Are ...
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how can i design forms like this [closed]

i see such awesome personal productivity forms here. http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ How can i design a form like this?
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Recollection of non-linear content

I just read Joshua Foer's book "Moon-walking with Einstein," and examined some relevant passages from Rhetorica Ad Herennium in hopes of being able to learn and remember faster. One issue that these ...
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Software to restrict access to time-wasting applications? [duplicate]

I am looking for free solution to block some programs on my pc for sheduled time? Seems to be hard to find one.
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How to separate working environments in a single computer?

I have multiple projects in my life but only one notebook. This means that documents, software, notes, almost everything goes into the same machine and this can be very distractive. My solution to ...
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Why am I not able to motivate myself to code?

I have got an idea that can make a good app for web and mobile. I tell myself to design the prototype so as to see how people take it. The problem is when I sit to code, I can't get things done. I ...
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Which GTD apps provide cloud syncing, android device access, and SSL?

It seems like every system I've tried is missing something. Remember the Milk Requires paid for android application and requires a lot of tinkering because of it's flexibility. Producteev Doesn't ...
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Is there evidence for the impact of Web Apps on productivity?

As somewhat of a power user when it comes to computing (I'm a software engineer, it comes with the territory), I find that I really dislike most web apps. While some (such as GMail) offer keyboard ...
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What is the best tool for improving brain power? [closed]

Today I discovered Lumocity which is a well developed site to improve "brain power" like: memory attention creativity Is this the best site of its kind? Are there any other recommended tools to ...
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Is there software that implements Mark Forster's SuperFocus?

From http://www.markforster.net/blog/2011/2/10/rules-for-superfocus.html: SuperFocus is a very simple but effective method of processing your work. You write everything you have to do in a long ...
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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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Outlook automation solution [closed]

There is an email I need to send out everyday via Microsoft Outlook, which includes the updated information grabbed from some web servers. It takes about ten minutes manually (not that bad). My ...
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How do I log and track all my Firefox tabs I want to come back to with out leaving them open or bookmarking them?

I have a tendency to open numerous tabs in Firefox and leave them open , mainly because I've found things interesting or useful and want to be able to refer back to them. However having hundereds open ...