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Meaning of working hard

I often read articles about working hard leads to success but what exactly does it mean? Is working long hours after hours even when we are tired is "hard work" ? Please explain what is the meaning of ...
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journey of work

This is probably a stupid question from a middle aged man. But this still looks like a problem to me. I have sufficient technical background and running my own start-up with a few projects to sustain ...
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Todo list manager with progress bar

After doing some fiddling with some Excel sheets, I saw that it worked out nicely for me to have a monthly or trimestrial todo list with checkboxes and a progress bar on top. The general look and ...
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How to advance work tasks when using only my smartphone with one hand

Currently it takes for me 2-3 hours a day to walk my baby with the stroller. During that time I have a free hand and I was thinking how can I advance my work tasks at the same time while using my ...
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How to get over that embarassing incident [on hold]

Today at gym, I accidentally dropped my barbell rod with weights. It broke the mirror. There were a lot of guys around around. Thankfully it didn't hurt anybody. Although I will pay for the loss of ...
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How to get over inhibitions? [on hold]

Let me elaborate my problem. I'm an undergrad in 2nd year and I'm very interested in a research oriented field (i.e.HPC). I see my peers working a lot on competitive programming (not quite research ...
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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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3answers
134 views

How do I focus on the necessities even though I hate them?

I am a high school student. I am preparing for the SAT & the AP in CS. I like to study for these exams and can do so for hours on end. However, my school-work is very boring and has a lot of ...
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Are there any mnemonics suitable for storing foreign vocabulary?

There are many tricks used to remember information. E.g.: the method of loci the peg system the phonetic number system If one wanted to remember the pronunciation or spelling of a foreign word, ...
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what is the effect of communication on productivity [on hold]

It is about two week, which I am aware of communication skill, because before that I did not think that is a skill and you can learn it. For example you can ""learn"" how to behave with other, I did ...
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8answers
714 views

Relaxing 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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1answer
545 views

Which is better; trying to become the best or just improving yourself?

Which will result in a higher productivity; trying to be better than other people (becoming nr.1), or trying to improve yourself and do your work as good as possible?
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How to become a fast learner?

In the college, I faced the problem of not grasping my study-materials fast. It used to take intense study and brainstorming to understand a material which seemed to be a piece of cake for others. ...
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1answer
109 views

Best Practices / Habits / Hacks to effectively use Spaced Repetiton Learning [closed]

Are there any tips or case studies on usage patterns of spaced repetition using tools like Mnemosyne or Anki? Any guidelines or best practices, a do's and don'ts list if you may...
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10answers
2k views

Why do I start wasting time when I am excited about learning some technical stuff?

I make plans, todo lists, etc. about the technical stuff which I have to study. I am not, but I do wish to become an excellent C++ programmer. Now, when I am pretty excited about learning the stuff, ...
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7answers
310 views

How to go from an above (slightly) average student to a 'top' student?

to be more specific, I would like to get some advice on perhaps study/lifestyle tips etc, on how I can go from being a slightly above average student to being a 'top' student. To give a bit more ...
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4answers
165 views

How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?

I need to study for ~1 hour daily, everyday. Since I have no teacher, I found the best form of personal motivation is "don't-break-the-chain". After a month or two of study with this system, I always ...
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5answers
105 views

Keeping Track of Deadlines

I am a high school student that's applying to a lot of colleges along with scholarships. One problem that I'm having is keeping track of deadlines. For instance, BLANK application opens in a week, but ...
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15answers
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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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2answers
69 views

Fast paced classes

In class when I'm listening to the instructor there are times when I don't quite understand a concept thoroughly or a proof and the steps which led to the proof or sometimes I'm thinking that the ...
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34answers
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How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
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3answers
58 views

Are there affordable, hands-free alternatives for a mouse?

Basically I want to be able to keep typing and not have to use a mouse by hand. I want to be able to select text, click anywhere and right-click. This will increase my productivity at least 3 times as ...
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12answers
749 views

How do you start working?

I am a student, so doing my homework has to be the most horrid part of my day. Although I know I can do it, and it really won't take that long, I hate it. Something in my mind makes me repel against ...
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How to organize a large number of reoccuring tasks\maintenance?

What are some effective ways to organize a large number automated\reoccurring tasks? I have servers with backups\patches, databases with automated scheduled tasks, patching for workstations, etc. It ...
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0answers
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Audio being repeated twice… your help re settings appreciated [closed]

I started using anki recently and may have accidentally switched settings so that with the languge items i'm learning, which include audio, now are repeated twice everytime the card flips, rather than ...
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2answers
94 views

What are more radical techniques for dispelling 'morning fog'? [closed]

I am experiencing heavy morning 'brain fog' recently. The techniques I've tried (without success) are: Consistent sleeping schedule Coffee A few nootropics in the morning, but this seems to make it ...
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1answer
386 views

Consistent Productivity

I have been conscious of being productive at living for a few years now and by and large it has enriched my life. I value time far more than I used to before and that keeps me focused at tasks at ...
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9answers
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How do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
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2answers
107 views

coping with burnout to finish thesis

I just hit the 6-year mark in graduate school, and in 2 months I'm scheduled to start a postdoctoral research position in a new city. I need to finish writing my dissertation as soon as possible. ...
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41answers
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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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3answers
249 views

Most effective work habit for coding?

Working on a big solo project (~15,000 LOC), I am encountering the following phenomenon: I seem to work best when I program in short bursts of 10-15 minutes. Right now I am working on a section ...
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11answers
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How to study efficiently few days before the exams [considering that one hasn't throughly studied any subject by now]?

I am having exams in these two weeks. But I still haven't studied thoroughly on each subjects. For physics, I have spent more than a week studying electric charges, yes, only electric charges. I spent ...
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2answers
226 views

How do I Increase my productivity without getting distracted by the things happenned to me in the past?

I am not sure how common it might be? Owner of my company wants to make a software and copy a similar product for about 90 %. And get it done by 15th of next month. I am only guy who will be doing ...
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2answers
129 views

Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
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3answers
172 views

Tabletop sit/stand desk recommendation

I'm looking for a sit/stand adjustable desk for my dorm room, which provides a desk/chair combo. As a result, the desk should be basically flat in the 'sit' position and adjust up 18 inches or so for ...
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9answers
2k views

How to improve self discipline when starting from nothing

It seems that I have no ability to be productive. Outside of the occasional week where feeling accountable to somebody else has kept me on task, I have never had the self discipline to accomplish ...
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7answers
561 views

How do I stop my self from learning everything about any subject I read?

I'm majoring in computer science. The amount of stuff we learn is already overwhelming. Topics I'm learning about so many stuff (networking, security, web development, and software development). Not ...
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2answers
72 views

What environmental variables are most important to maintaining constant work flow?

In other words: what are optimal work conditions for maintaining solid blocks of work? Although the question is somewhat subjective, there are a few that remain constant across many people, such as ...
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6answers
414 views

Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming

I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to ...
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3answers
349 views

How to handle continuous accumulation of multiple personal projects and goals simultaniously?

First off, I just wanted to mention that I did do a bit of research on previous questions, but they don't seem to fully fit my particular problem. Although, I did learn something interesting from the ...
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6answers
2k views

How to keep focused without losing interest?

I am not sure how common is this, but I experience loss of interest pretty often. Unlike many people, my problem is not in starting things but in sustaining the interest. One day, I decide that I am ...
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1answer
192 views

How to improve typing speed post 100wpm

I relearned how to type this past summer, I switched from a 5 finger style to a 9 finger touch typing style. I'm still on a qwerty keyboard, and do not want to switch to dvorak or any other layout. I ...
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1answer
43 views

Simple workaround for LaTeX in Anki that avoid software errors and is mobile friendly (self-answered)

So I recently started using Anki to help me get back up to speed on math before I jump into my first calculus class (it's been a couple decades since my last math class, ouch) and immediately ran into ...
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0answers
21 views

“One step” like or direct shortcuts/gestures for Windows 8 touch devices as for keyboard/android devices? [migrated]

Similar to this question I'm trying to increase productivity on Windows 8 Tablet with touchscreen. Coming from PC/Notebook where I use extensively Autohotkey shortcuts I need more gesture like command ...
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0answers
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Combining Linenberger approach 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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2answers
243 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 ...
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2answers
56 views

What are the different techniques at your disposal in increase productivity of meetings? [duplicate]

How is it you can improve productivity in meetings in terms of take away for each participant and collective time spent. Are there any formalised techniques by different researchers / authors to ...
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5answers
711 views

What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?

I have some tasks, some of which to be done daily and some other to be done on some specific days. I want to track what I did, what I did not do and why. Also, how should I handle the tasks started ...
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3answers
91 views

Android app for personal mini-project planning and tracking

I have to clear a certification exam in Dec (4 months from now). As I am full time working I get very less time to for study. But in order to clear the exam the best thing I think is to create a solid ...
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7answers
609 views

Techniques to stop procastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...

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