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Changing a design later down the track seems time consuming for its value.

(For those who don't code, don't be intimidated by the code snippets in this question, they question is about approach to changing a design rather than the code design itself). Recently I put ...
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Efficient Checklist Software?

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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2answers
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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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0answers
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Calculating least number of light fixtures for a run [migrated]

Good afternoon all, I've been using Stack Exchange on a school site, and found it very helpful. Hopefully my question will be topic appropriate and well phrased. I am a Project Manager for a ...
2
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6answers
136 views

Benifits of being on time (or not)

Being on time is something I have problems with. I think if someone could convince me of the important than it may help. For example, isn't it a waste of time to be early and just sit around? When I ...
2
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2answers
306 views

Combining Linenberger approach Master Your Workday Now (MYWN) with emacs

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by Linenberger is to divide tasks ...
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9answers
1k views

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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4answers
229 views

How to divert your mind from the continuos process of thinking?

I am a software engineer. My job needs me to solve some software problems. Sometime, I need to discuss some problem with in the team. Generally, I work 8-9 hours. After coming back from office, I ...
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10answers
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Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
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2answers
45 views

A quick test for determining when I should go to bed?

I often stay up later than I should because I can't tell when my body is ready to sleep (a combination of artificial lighting and reading-intensive courses will do that). Either I'll go to sleep too ...
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14answers
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How do you remember to sit up straight?

I spent some time thinking about this recently. It's kind of frustrating. It seems that most of the advice out there on posture is about why sitting up straight is good for you. There are also all ...
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0answers
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Why is 12pm so boring? [duplicate]

I have a paper tomorrow.When I woke up I was fresh and enthusiastic to study.(and I did study!) but now at 12pm its so sunny outside and my motivation is zero. Not only today,always at 12pm I feel ...
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46answers
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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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9answers
1k views

How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
7
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3answers
436 views

How can I improve my decision making speed?

This question is similar to this one (How to efficiently make a hard decision?) except I'm concerned more about improving the speed and effort taken to reach a decision. So just come off organising ...
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3answers
171 views

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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9answers
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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 ...
0
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1answer
92 views

Productivity apps are not for me! [closed]

Hi! I'm a very chaotic guy and I've been looking for a way to organize my life a little better for a long time. I've never found a real working solution. Though I have tried some productivity apps ...
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8answers
929 views

How to use bathroom time effectively

I spend a non-neglible time in the bathroom, sitting on the pot. It occured to me that I could be using the time better and not let precious productivity time literally go to waste. So, how do I ...
4
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2answers
65 views

Should I Learn a New Skill by breaking it into Sub-Skills? [on hold]

Well, for instance i want to learn SQL programming language. should i break it into different topics like functions, variables etc. Should i practice one sub-skill or topic for weeks or even Months ...
4
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0answers
63 views

Is there any research about audio books and productivity at work?

I've recently started listening to audio books at work, and I've found it helpful in keeping me focused. The reasoning being, that the audio book helps me zone out and ignore the sound around me ...
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15answers
9k views

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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3answers
93 views

Planner software

Anyone knows a good time planning software(college student) for free in windows desktop? App like calender app in win 8 ? But i'm looking for a software that sends reminders before the event happens. ...
4
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4answers
430 views

How do I set priorities and estimate completion time for 30 projects, 600 tasks?

The question is simple: I have 30+ projects in several categories : Work, Personal, Daily, Self-improvement etc. Each project contains several tasks in different aspects of my life: Intellectual, ...
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3answers
147 views

How Should I make a Plan of Action to achieve my Goal?

For instances have a 1 year goal to acquire a new skill. Now how should i make a plan of Action? Should i work on my objective Daily or Weekly? Should i follow the plan blindly or adjust to ...
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6answers
623 views

How do you estimate time for a new task?

I have designed a site using WordPress. This was just a test WordPress site. I am now okay with the coding in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and WordPress. Now my senior wants me, just by looking at a JPEG ...
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1answer
243 views

Organizing research-oriented tasks

I am an engineering graduate student and I have always been a 'todo list' person. However, I'm having a difficult time keeping myself organized now, because most of my tasks are research-related. With ...
2
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2answers
93 views

How do I summarize a lot of (similar) content from different sources about the same subject?

I'm doing some (thesis) research, subject unrelated, and therefor I started to gather sources and content regarding the subject. Now I'm stuck with about 20 A4 sheets full of content with all kind of ...
6
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4answers
549 views

Super effective way of storing day to day information where I can access them quickly?

I am going to start organizing chaos of tasks by Getting Things Done (GTD) in my life. For which I am reorganizing information that I need from time to time, for example: Internet Banking ...
6
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5answers
391 views

How do I take out time for my research while working a full time job?

I am working a full time job as a software engineer. I am also doing masters in computer science. I don't have to take any classes this year as I have completed my coursework. I work from 10 to 7 in ...
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3answers
403 views

How best to organize research by project for multiple different projects?

I have multiple projects each requiring their own research that's not interrelated. (ie: Database Admin, Systems Admin, Database Development). Knowledge in these areas is endless and falls under ...
13
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9answers
695 views

How can I list down website passwords for better productivity?

I am an avid web surfer and I surf a lot of websites. I also have my accounts on numerous sites. The problem is when I need to sign in to some websites, I have to search my two mailboxes for username. ...
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2answers
99 views

How to increase focus and concentration after ruling out the usual suspects?

Questions like this are not new on SE, and the title might imply that I didn't do my homework. I did, however, I couldn't find a solution that'd help me. I am in my late 20s, and for already some ...
6
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5answers
355 views

Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
1
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1answer
40 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
121 views

I procrastinated and now I'm in the hole several assignments deep, where do I begin the climb out?

So I procrastinated because I opted to work on job related projects rather than school assignments. Its now Spring Break and I want to turn my classes around before it is entirely too late. How do I ...
12
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5answers
781 views

Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...
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17answers
2k views

Why am I not making money and success even If I am organised, motivated and hard-working?

I am totally organised. I keep a file of everything, I monitor my activities, keep my expenses analytically, process my todo list and my projects with different types of gtd. I have an above average ...
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2answers
47 views

How to cope with the situation that my teacher was not happy with my mistake of writing a wrong title [closed]

I am new to this site and please forgive me if my question is off-topic. I am attending a cooking course on weekends. Since I could not find the timetable for the classes in April, I emailed to one ...
3
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5answers
453 views

Desktop app/group of apps for todo list/time management

I use Listhings in my browser to make sticky notes and remind myself about stuff. I am looking for an app/group of desktop apps for the same purposes. What I want the app to be like: Desktop ...
18
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8answers
3k views

What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?

Here: you can read : "Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; [blabla] ..." This is not the real problem I've been facing ...
0
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4answers
223 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 ...
10
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8answers
11k views

A time-management watch with alarms, timers and vibration?

I'm looking for a wrist-watch that can help me in various time-management tasks. I'd like to regularly write down what I'm doing (time logging) so I know where my time is going, the watch could ...
4
votes
4answers
838 views

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 ...
17
votes
5answers
750 views

How to master a large variety of technical literature

I've an Engineering background I like to read technical literature (college level onwards) quite omnivorously - especially mathematics, computer science, engineering, and medicine. This is part of my ...
0
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3answers
100 views

How can I retain new information for more than a few hours?

I am studying law and I am having trouble understanding and remembering acts. While studying I get it for an hour then I forget. Even before the exam, I know all things, but during the exam, even the ...
5
votes
2answers
155 views

What is the ratio of work time to real work time

I started tracking my work time (not on all tasks, but still). From my experience, if I am able to clock in, say 2 hours of "real work" (i.e., excluding distractions, using the restroom, ...
2
votes
5answers
244 views

How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

GTD or Personal task manager that integrates with Outlook?

I work in a large corporation, so using Outlook is mandatory - All the e-mails, contact lists, appointment requests, room scheduling, etc., goes through the Exchange server. It is therefore very ...
2
votes
7answers
286 views

How do I find a decent hobby?

This might sound weird, but it actually is an important question. I am currently graduating in computational science, and my main interest is mathematics. I do mathematics all day long, with short ...

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