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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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4answers
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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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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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How can one use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...
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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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How to master a programming language - Java? [duplicate]

Its been quite a time that i have started working with Java. I have lot of interest in doing programming.. While i also get demotivated when i feel i dont know certain things in it too.. As everyone ...
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1answer
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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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6answers
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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. ...
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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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1answer
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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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4answers
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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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4answers
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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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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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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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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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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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1answer
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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 ...
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3answers
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How do various GTD services implement Next Actions lists? (Is there a canonical way?)

I really like Doit.im's interface, but there's a major flaw in the way they handle the Next Actions list. Every project task appears as an actionable item by default (which is obviously ridiculous): ...
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Free 'developer activity tracker' software for increasing productivity of development

Does anybody know of developer activity tracker software used to increase productivity of development? I need to find out developer's time distribution. How much time do they spend on browsing, ...
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Ways to work well with my stack-like working habit on computer?

I do almost every thing (e.g. study, work and reading news/forums) on my laptop (my only computer): writing my notes, reading documents, looking something up on the internet, .... I don't play games, ...
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Task management software to organize tasks visually… how would I find it?

I have been unsuccessful finding what I want after trying a multitude of keywords, and I am hoping someone might have a suggestion to help me find a task organization tool that fits my requirements. ...
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Personal Planning Software

I am currently planning my life in a text-based format, like this: Yearly goals. Doesn't include concrete action steps. Monthly goals: Specific action steps associated with the goals from (1). Daily ...
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Is delay in updating to-do-lists softwares normal?

I am deciding which software to use for my scheduling and to-do-list, note-keeping and based on some questions on this site, I decided on evernote and google keep (and I am deciding which application ...
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1answer
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How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional lfe [closed]

How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional life please share some keypoints that he should noted up
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A software/application to Organize my random sets of data/content/texts/info

I have the need to store random contents (on my local hard drive/ laptop hard drive) for personal use so I can look these contents up later on when I need them. That would safe me lots of time and ...
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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 as a software devloper/computer geek requires 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 below ...
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There are GTD software that includes review?

I found a lot of software that claims to support GTD, but of "collect, process, organize, review, do" they usually on focus just on collect and process. There is a software that has some feature to ...
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Personal notes software with Android/web sync option

I spend two hours in the subway each day and trying to use this time as wisely as possible. Most of the time I am doing some notes, regading my day planning, week planning, ideas sketching and so on. ...
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Free and simple speed reading software?

Many years ago I did a 5-day speed reading course. At the time, my reading speed (paper, not screen) went from 200ish words a minute to between 1100 and 1250 wpm. It was fantastic. Comprehension ...
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Speed reading software with highlights

Do you know any speed reading software, preferably open source, that highlights text in chunks of words (3/5 words). I know some but they just flash text like cards. What I'm trying to do is improve ...
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1answer
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How to automatically enter contact data into a database of contacts?

I want to be able to enter contact details of people from their email signatures into my address book automatically, without having to copy each phone number and name or other element one by one into ...
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Todo list - Evernote vs Trello

I've read The Secret Weapon's system for organizing your life using Evernote. It seems that Evernote is well suited as a digital filing cabinet and note taker. However I'm not so sure it fits as a ...
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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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Hide related content on popular websites [closed]

I am looking for an addon (preferably Firefox) or program that does the following to increase productivity, but I have no been able to find one using Google. The tool should hide suggestions to read ...
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Task Management Application with task dependencies

For some reason, even though there are tons of task management applications out there, I'm not able to find many that have the capability to manage task dependencies. That is to say, if I must do A ...
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How to work efficiently with tree (hierarchical) data

Often I want to organize data into a tree-like structure. However, I would not know how to do this quickly. Here are two examples: Example 1 I keep track of my spending, and I am interested in total ...
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ToDo list application with projects, start and due dates, a priority field and custom filtering for Mac OS X?

I'm searching for a todo-list application for Mac OS X which can do the following. list tasks organize them in "projects" (à la GTD) assign a start date and a due date to each task and ...
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Version control system for projects involving mixed content

My question: is there a reliable and simple version control system/mechanism/platform/... for projects with content that is effectively monolithic, opaque stuff? Most of the projects I work on ...
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PM tool that integrates with Evernote

I have just started using Asana and really like it. But what I would like to be able to do is integrate it with Evernote so that I can include links to Evernote notes (or even embed them) into Asana ...
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Are there any applications to create workflows for todos?

Currently I use sheet of paper, pencil and eraser; but it is just a bit tedious; especially when making things more detailed. Just text example with different levels of detail: Drink water from ...
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Structuring your day/week to be the most productive when you need to do development and non-development tasks?

I have straight development tasks, non-development/business tasks, and some tasks that kind of sit in the middle to do most days, and I was wondering what would be the most efficient way to structure ...