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Is there a way to program the brain, e.g., to stop binge eating?

This question can apply to anything but in my particular case I'm looking for a way to program my brain to stop binge eating. I think that will power is nonsense because it doesn't last for a long ...
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1answer
8 views

Evidence that color-adjusting software helps to keep sleep-awake rhythm

Is there any evidence that software such as f.lux, that adjust the colors on your computer screen based on the time of day, really works to keep a normal sleeping rhythm?
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3answers
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How to click Web links with a keyboard?

Many applications are designed with keyboard short-cuts to allow one to work more quickly. For example, while working at a keyboard, one can type CTRL+s more quickly than one can move the mouse to ...
4
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3answers
43 views

Effectively open links in Gmail w/o mouse

I have recently become acquainted with the hotkeys for Gmail. They are very logical and a big timesaver. However, I am unable to easily activate a link that is contained in an email using only the ...
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0answers
3 views

Open hardware alternative to livescribe?

I'm looking for an alternative to Livescribe / smartpen. In particular: device working with any system (desktop, mobile) - no vendor lock-in device working on any paper (ex. no need to buy fancy ...
46
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14answers
6k views

What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
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0answers
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Books/Articles on FOCUS and CONCENTRATION?

Does anyone have any suggestions for books or articles on focus or concentration? For example, here is a book on focus and here is a great article. Does anyone know of anything else on the topics ...
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3answers
265 views

Is there evidence that GTD increases productivity?

Is there evidence that David Allen's Getting Things Done strategy actually works? I am aware of much anecdotal praise, but with anecdotes, it is hard to say whether the system actually helped the ...
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3answers
43 views

How to measure improvement progress in a soft skill? [on hold]

I have a goal to learn/improve a soft skill (for example, charisma). To achieve this goal and to continuously assess my progress I need to be able to measure it. How do you measure a soft skill? Is ...
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1answer
28 views

How can I remind myself about tasks at the right time to reduce the number of interruptions?

I have a bunch of ToDos written down, and I need a way of being reminded to do them at the right time. Being reminded at the wrong time causes interruptions as you need to stop whatever you're doing ...
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7answers
862 views

How to overcome the constant feeling of not being good enough?

I constantly and obsessively question myself during many kinds of activities. When I play Tetris, I cannot stop thinking that world class Tetris players have way faster motor and cognitive abilities, ...
5
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3answers
92 views

How to remove nervousness and do not panic

Well, I am a physics graduate student and since I am from the technical subject I have to deliver many seminars and have to work with different people in the field. However, my problem lies in my ...
3
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5answers
119 views

Should your short-term goals be ambitious?

I'm curious if anyone has any research links on the effectiveness of setting ambitious short-term goals. I know that people vastly underestimate how much they can get done in the long-term, but I'm ...
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11answers
913 views

How can I improve my workplace to have less interruptions?

In the past week I've tried switching between several work spaces Office If it's open space and someone starts talking loudly you get distracted. There are also people around who may want ...
6
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3answers
225 views

Is there any scientific evidence to show that 1 full day a week or 1 hour a day is more effective for learning?

I'm trying to learn how to code and have decided I need to make it a part of my weekly schedule (rather than doing it as and when) Is there any scientific evidence to show working one day intensive ...
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2answers
41 views

what to do with said “knowledge”/area of interest

How can I apply what I have learned to real life, so that it has a purpose and does not feel gimmicky but rather, creative and useful? I am 21 I am not sure where is the best place to ask this and ...
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3answers
46 views

Reading long educational books / getting just the relevant information

I love reading educational books, be it business books, personal productivity books, etc. But it is very rare that I finish one. Today most of the books are still written in the old publishing ...
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0answers
35 views

Evidence for vaporization of cannabis as a stimulus for creativity and productivity? [on hold]

To get our work done, we can use many physical stimuli: a padded chair, a thermostat at the perfect temperature, a gel-filled mousepad, a mug of coffee, a cigaret, a can of redbull, music, a quick ...
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45answers
18k views

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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7answers
667 views

How to control or change habits?

I don't know what I need to write here, but I am explaining everywhere what I feel and think. Everyone has some habits that may be good or bad. But firstly I want to control or change some of my ...
3
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2answers
157 views

How to identify the ideal time to go to sleep and wake up?

Assuming one was not concerned about what time they went to sleep and what time they woke up (even if at times generally thought of as "early") is there any method for selecting what time is the most ...
2
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5answers
1k views

Pomodoro app that keeps a log?

I use Pomodoros with some success, but I would really like to be able to easily track how many and when I do them. Is there an app that keeps a log of start time and stop time (if it was stopped ...
0
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0answers
38 views

Choosing the right place for productivity during Chirstmas period? [closed]

This is a context-specific questions about productivity in two very different environments. I will provide the characteristics of both environments and maybe someone can give tips & tricks where ...
5
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4answers
147 views

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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9answers
5k views

Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...
27
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14answers
3k views

How do people learn technologies fast?

I keep on reading blogs and tweets about how somebody just sat through few days, learned a new technology and hacked together a new project in a weekend. It is simply unfathomable for me. I recently ...
10
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9answers
916 views

How can I get myself to read books?

This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple: If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start ...
2
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1answer
147 views

How does The Secret Weapon work, exactly?

While looking for advice on implementing the Getting Things Done system in Evernote, I found The Secret Weapon. I haven't read Allen's book yet. It appears they roughly implement GTD by having a ...
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9answers
752 views

Short relaxation break at work

What is a good way to get instant relaxation at work? At home, I can just sleep or play video games. At work, that looks like slacking off, even though I can't concentrate productively while stressed ...
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2answers
171 views

How shall I study now…?

I am a class 12 student. I am going to write my board exams on march of next year, and write IIT JEE (engineering entrance exam). I haven't prepared well - I haven't studied much of the concepts ...
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0answers
34 views

How much time to wait before changing a tactic that I think is not being productive? [closed]

I'm constantly searching the best way for doing things, for example, finding customers for my business. The problem is that sometimes I think I change my mind too often affecting my productivity. How ...
0
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1answer
167 views

How to organize life? A bunch of specific details [closed]

How to reinforce behavior? How should I deal with Not urgent, not important goals? I am thinking of letting the 'quest' appear for a specific time duration on the list and if not completed in that ...
28
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12answers
9k views

Touch Typing for Programmers

I have been using Typing Master to learn touch typing, but it doesn't cover the symbols and numbers I user as a programmer to any significant extent. Is there any touch typing software that is more ...
0
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1answer
44 views

How to organize studies for HS Physics with only three days left (and nothing yet learned)? [duplicate]

I love physics, but I get really frustrated when I have troubles understanding. We're having a test on two chapters, "magnetism" and "induction". Each chapter consists of 25-30 pages of reading and 30 ...
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3answers
89 views

What is a way to become good in anything i do? [closed]

I basically want to know if there as an art on how to learn to learn. Be it coding or talking or thinking,i want to try and be good in anything i do.How can you achieve that? any book or podcast?
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2answers
191 views

Language independent memorization peg system

Most pegwords in Mnemonic peg systems to memorize large numbers are based on the letters written in a certain language: I would like to create a set of icons for the numbers from 0-99 that are ...
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0answers
27 views

Adding tasks and comments directly to an email in Outlook or sorting by topic [closed]

I'm looking for suggesions about how people approach their workflow within the confines of having to use Outlook. I get a large number of emails at work (as I'm sure most people do), and one of the ...
3
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5answers
629 views

Time-variation in pomodoro technique?

I have just started using the pomodoro technique. However, often after a 30 min work interval (I have changed the 25 minute interval to 30), I often don't feel exhausted and think I could go on ...
3
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8answers
344 views

Pomodoro Technique with colleagues

I want to try the Pomodoro Technique at work but I'm worried it will be disturbing (an alarm going off every 25 min) Will it be disturbing for others? Can anyone suggest an improvement to make it ...
2
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5answers
148 views

How to learn a lot of foreign language vocabulary rapidly?

I have found Spaced Repetition Software (SRS) useful for studying vocabulary, but mostly it seems only effective for review and retention and useless for learning new words. Is there any technique for ...
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5answers
3k views

How can I eliminate fear of phone calling?

I've always been a shy person, never really speaking up or trying to take the leader role. But I tried to change and step out of my comfort zone, and now I'm not really afraid of most things. I don't ...
0
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1answer
49 views

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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2answers
197 views

Reducing mess - ideas from the Personal Productivity world?

I want to reduce physical mess (including papers). Deciding on an organization system and implementing it is to overwhelming/takes to long/doesn't work. I am looking for methodologies and ideas from ...
6
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7answers
544 views

How to love programming or my job

Programming has never been my passion, but currently I want to change my mindset and love it. I don't wan't to go through life hating what i'm doing, but it's hard to change my view because coding ...
0
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3answers
115 views

Trying to study and work fulltime

I have read several of the other questions about this and they seem to state it is doable. But I am unsure how. I want to study for an undergrad degree in science. I work full time (58 + hrs per week ...
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4answers
84 views

Why is most work unpleasant? [closed]

Human beings have to work to sustain their leisure. But why can't work be pleasurable? I looked for a Stack Exchange site to ask this question, and this seems to be the best fit. If this is not, can ...
62
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22answers
20k views

How do I clear my mind before going to sleep?

I have great difficulty stopping to think of things I'm doing at bedtime. Whenever my night's sleep is bad, my day is much less productive. I try to compensate by drinking coffee, but this only works ...
5
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3answers
337 views

How to prevent tiredness of last days of a research project

I am MSc student and now I am writing my thesis report. It is the last days of my project and only one chapter of my thesis remains to be written and also I have to prepare my presentation slides. My ...
2
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0answers
37 views

How to switch to a new, spam-free, email address but avoid checking the old? [closed]

I have been using the same email address for about 15 years and, as you can imagine, it has, over the years, "velcro-ed" a large number of spam senders. I would say less than 5% of all the emails ...
2
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1answer
104 views

problems with programming

TL;DR: I am starting a programming pre-job training based on C# in a few days. While I have tried to learn the basics and theory but I inexplicably cannot code, can you help me out with a few tips? ...

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