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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I analyze my daily computer activity?

A while back I saw a piece of software you can install that would track what windows you had open. Every week, the software would compile a list of what software you had open and how much time you ...
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Things vs Omnifocus - what are the advantages and disadvantages of both programs for task management?

I'm searching for a new software for managing my tasks and projects with a modified GTD approach (inspired by Michael Linenbergers "Master Your Workday Now"). I'm on MacOS X (10.6, Snow Leopard) and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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pomodoro + GTD tool as an integrated tool / web service?

I have recently started to employ pomodoro as a way to allocate time for working on specific tasks (using Pomodorium) and am starting to see encouraging results. I figured if there's some tool that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Save a place in a webpage where I stopped reading?

If I am reading a really long book online, after leaving and coming back a few days later, I have no way of remembering where I stopped. Is there any "tool" (for browser say, I use chrome), that can ...
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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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Remember The Milk alternative that is not “in the cloud”?

I use RTM for my personal task management, and I love it. I'd love to use it for work as well but my company has policies that do not allow me to put company data onto external services. I currently ...
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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 ...
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What software helps organize and manage practice routines?

I have a practice routine I would like to manage using software. I have several sequential daily and weekly tasks that are flexible in there time(for example, it maybe be a 30min task but can be more ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tasklist manager that keeps track of changes to tasks?

I have been using Todoist to pretty good effect. I would like to understand my tasklist usage better, especially how much I reschedule things for later. Are there any tasklist managers that keep track ...
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Recurring ToDos with increasing urgency

I've been looking for a solution for managing recurring tasks that have to get done every so often and become more urgent over time. An example would be "water the plants". Ideally I would like to ...
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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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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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Excel Spreadsheets for Time/Project Management?

I have tons of stuff to do, and I get bogged down. I end up doing nothing for hours, sometimes even days. I have personal projects to complete and books to read, but sometimes I'm just flailing around ...
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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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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 ...