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What is Mindfulness training and how can it boost productivity?

I hear Mindfulness training has many great effects for personal productivity. But what is it and how do you actually do it, if you want to get the results? And specifically what are those effects?
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How to get started?

Lately I've been wondering how to fire up my engines and get to doing the things I want to or have to do instead of doing something else that's easier to do (or just never really getting started on ...
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Why am I feeling overwhelmed by the feeling of confidence?

I've been having self-esteem issues for years now. And have been trying in vain to overcome it for the over-all well-being and improvement of my life. I think I finally got it into my head that ...
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1answer
23 views

How do I continue working when I'm discouraged due to the error not being resolved?

I'm sure many of you are familiar with this feeling. You're trying to work out how to use some new technology or library, and it's not working how you want it to. It's throwing up some error. You're ...
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1answer
114 views

What is the ultimate personal organization system?

I have so far tried many task- and/or life-management systems and apps, solo and in conjunction. And while they are all great in one way or another I have failed to find an app or a combination of ...
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How to stop talking LOUDLY to myself?

I have a habit of talking "loudly" to myself. I get an immense satisfaction by doing so. At the same time, I tend to do this in the market, while driving the scooter, working on a C program. ...
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Why can we learn effectively only for a short period of time?

I ask this in the hopes of possibly getting some insight on how to learn for long periods of time. I'd first like to point out the distinction between working and learning. While learning you're more ...
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How to deal with self-doubt?

So I recently graduated with my new degree in Physics. Instead of doing a PhD, I decided to try my hand at corporate America. The results well, are interesting. I've interviewed in plenty of ...
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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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2answers
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How to build insights purposefully?

Background I'm a student in the US starting a four-year engineering degree in the fall. Problem Whenever I've taken technical courses, I've found much of my success was dependent on whether or not ...
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2answers
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GTD - Horizons of Focus

I'm practicing GTD with the FacileThings app. I'm doing the control part pretty well (I think), but I'm getting more insecure about the Horizons of Focus / Perspective facet of GTD. The examples for ...
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2answers
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Language learning from Music

I would like to hear from people who feel music has been useful in learning a foreign language. What practises or combination of practises did you find useful? ( Listening to same music in a known ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
29 views

Pomodoro timer that syncs between web and android

I'm trying to get into the pomodoro mood again, after having stopped for a while. Currently I'm using Tomighty, which I actually like a lot. However, as we've got a lot of meetings here, I'm away ...
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Is blogging about what you learn useful?

Well, I have been starting habits of self studying (for the purpose of self improvement) and was making some progress (two months so far). However, one thing I'm not able to do well is blog about my ...
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5answers
488 views

How to avoid procrastinating on the Stack Exchange network?

I love the Stack Exchange network, but I often find myself procrastinating by looking at the most recently updated questions on the sites I visit most. Those questions are rarely (if ever) relevant ...
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58 views

Avoiding feed reader procrastination

Probably here you get a lot of questions based on procrastination, and I've even searched for a while and even found some more specifically based on news and feeds, but I have a more specific problem. ...
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3answers
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Is it a good idea to test multiple “pieces of knowledge” on one card?

I'm using Anki, a flashcard learning tool, for learning Japanese vocabulary. Of course, this includes words with kanji. For these I need to know both the reading and the meaning. Now I'm wondering ...
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1answer
107 views

Articles or tips on formulating (non-language related) knowledge into flashcards for spaced repetition software

There are two main articles I'm aware of about formulating knowledge into flashcards suitable for spaced repetition software (SRS). Twenty rules of formulating knowledge - Piotr Wozniak Knowledge ...
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1answer
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Should I use one project with many releases, or multiple projects to track team initiatives?

I have a small team, but we have many, many, MANY internal projects. Some are initiated by us, and many are initiated by others. I am trying to find the best way for us to manage the tasks, and ...
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2answers
113 views

Utilize Summer Vacation effectively for personal growth

Background: My summer vacations began on 5th June. I am an average computer science student genuinely interested in my subject. Problem: I am interested to learn a lot of things: Some new ...
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1answer
47 views

Should I workout in the morning in order to stay productive & focused on my work for the rest of the day?

I know that we should start our mornings with the toughest tasks. I'm a programmer & an entrepreneur in general and the hardest things for me are for example to fix a bug that I've stumbled upon ...
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2answers
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Understanding GTD and email filing

So I really wanted to try getting to "Inbox Zero", and becoming more productive. I really like how I can use categories and set tasks/followups, change views, etc to make my life easier. However, ...
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2answers
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Are there any famous people who were ridiculed for having a funny name? [closed]

I currently live in India, but I have a chinese name. Although I reallly love my name but wherever I go, whomsoever I meet, makes fun of it. When I try to explain the meaning of my name, they pay no ...
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1answer
90 views

How can I know when I am no longer working efficiently on a problem?

Background: My "What's your greatest weakness?" answer is always "I have to see a problem through to the solution." Sometimes though, it borders on obsession, and I lose momentum since I am basically ...
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3answers
72 views

Giving up a problem too early

I am a grad student doing my PhD in theoretical physics. I am struggling with a habit of giving up a problem too early. Actually now I understand that it is not a new thing to me. Since my school days ...
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2answers
120 views

Looking for boxes to store 8.5 x 11 papers

Looking for storage containers that can store 8.5 x 11 papers efficiently, that is without a lot of wasted space. Basically, I want to dump stacks of papers into boxes, temporarily hiding the mess and ...
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5answers
282 views

How can I better organize the way I take notes?

I'm a novice programmer and have been having a tough time figuring out how to take notes in an organized fashion. As I read a textbook or watch informational videos I will take a variety of notes in a ...
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3answers
92 views

15 Minutes With Success - What are your three questions?

My apologies if this isn't the right exchange. Personal productivity was the closest thing I could find to personal growth. Let's assume you have a chance for a short conversation, perhaps over a ...
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8answers
14k views

Do noise cancelling headphones block human speech and PA systems?

Often, when people have wanted to reduce sound from nearby conversations, people have recommended noise cancellation headphones. However, I have heard that they cannot block this kind of noise. They ...
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2answers
99 views

Techniques and exercises to improve visualization

Do you know any techniques and exercises to improve visualization? I'd like to be able to solve problems like software design or project management or planing or furnish a room or anything else in my ...
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3answers
90 views

How to convince my make my mind AGAIN to study?

I had an exam and I have next exam on my way. For previous paper,I made my full mood to study but now after it I know I should study but I feel so relaxed and light that I am not studying and I am not ...
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2answers
66 views

Numbering scheme for prioritizing tasks based on categories

I'm sorry if this is asked before, but I'm looking for a way to get hopefully a single number to help me prioritize between tasks within different categories. I've seen How to manage multiple ...
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2answers
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Is it better to use printed study material rather than soft copies of study materials to avoid distractions?

Is it better to use printed study material rather than soft copies of study materials to avoid distractions? I found that printed materials are better for attention. While using soft materials, I ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to handle perpetually ongoing tasks in Personal Kanban?

I'm exploring organization systems like Personal Kanban and one thing I'm still not clear on is how to represent ongoing activities that are always there and always have to be done. For example, say ...
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0answers
80 views

Creating a system to track the chapters of the books that I have read [migrated]

I read a lot of different books (both physical and electronic) at the same time, trying to complete one chapter during each work session. The physical books are in different locations. I'm looking ...
3
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1answer
123 views

Keyboard for walking

I would like to be able to type my thoughts while I am walking. I remember many years ago seeing a keyboard which was controlled by a single hand and had the shape of a grip. Recently I've come ...
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8answers
4k views

How to prevent/control daydreaming?

Daydreaming is becoming a serious issue for me as I miss valuable information in places such as classes, meetings and presentations. It doesn't depend on any specific element. In fact, it may be ...
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1answer
42 views

Studying several languages programming and update [duplicate]

have to study several programming language in the same time. Anyone has the advice to improve the study? For example I have to study, javascript ( angular ) php ( Drupal, symfony) I'm using , books ...
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1answer
47 views

mind mapping - auto conversion of hierarchical tree into a radial format

I have a largely hierarchical mind map, which looks like a tree with a depth of around 12-14. A typical parent node has say 1-5 child nodes (average of 3 nodes). I manually built this mind map with ...
4
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3answers
231 views

I'm overwhelmed.. Do you have an advice?

I am working 100% in a production company as a network administrator. I start at 6:30am and usually go to 6pm to go home. I am learning not very much about the administration, and not very in depth ...
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7answers
964 views

The black hole of procrastination

Why does procrastination tend to block everything productive I want to do, rather than just the task I'm trying to avoid? I have a report to write up for next week and I've been procrastinating on ...
2
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2answers
129 views

How to be productive on publishing scientific papers?

How come some people are more productive on publishing papers? Do faculties with many publication follow a particular strategy or method? If so, what is it? What are the major skills or think style ...
2
votes
2answers
191 views

What is the best solution for digitizing notes?

I'm currently seeking a solution to: Digitize my notes Digitally hand write notes Digitally hand-annotate pdf/powerpoint files (rigid textboxes won't cut it) Digitally hand-draw diagrams and charts ...
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4answers
145 views

I have 10 days to gain 35 words/minute typing speed. How?

My typing exam is on 20 June. I need to be able to type 35 wpm. My speed is currently 17 wpm while looking at the keyboard . How can I gain the required speed in the time allowed?
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2answers
439 views

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

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach MYWN Master Your Workday Now (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with Gnu Emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by ...
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2answers
71 views

Create a review all deck

I've got bunch of decks in Anki to study kanji, and I'd like to review all of them once a week in a random order. Is there any way to create a deck that adds all the entries from other decks and ...
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8answers
597 views

How to fall asleep

I think many people can relate with this problem, eventhough I'm giving a personal description Ever since I was young I had extreme trouble with sleeping. I think I can best attribute it to ...
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2answers
156 views

Having exact timings for going to bed and waking up in terms of productivity

For the last few months I've been experimenting with many sleeping shedules, including the popular 2h of sleep called Uberman, and on the other side 6.5h+ of sleep. I have to say that I managed to ...
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10answers
4k views

how to get over something stupid done in past?

I have a tendency to act out wierdly and angrily, (usually throwing stuff here and there) when I suddenly remember something stupid that I had done in past, and then bang my head over how stupid I was ...

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