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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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1answer
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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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“One step” like or direct shortcuts/gestures for Windows 8 touch devices as for keyboard/android devices?

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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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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
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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
491 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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4answers
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Measuring how well we focus?

All the books and advice on focusing essentially boil down to: practice focusing and you'll learn how to focus more effectively. However, the level of expertise we have in focusing can only be ...
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9answers
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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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2answers
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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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5answers
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How to improve one's 'learning' and 'understanding' capabilities?

The question is vague, but makes sense. Playing Chess / Poker would improve certain abilities. Performing mental calculus would improve others. But which activity, other than those, would ...
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3answers
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Data entry: from paper vs. from screen

I am employed in a company where some workers are designed to enter data into system. They receive the data as pdf files on email. The quality is not great therefore OCR is not really an option (it's ...
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5answers
277 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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7answers
475 views

Write long text on tablet while laying back on bed/sofa

I think using an iPad or other tablet is very comfortable, but when you have to write long texts/emails/documents, then it becomes a serious annoyance. I wonder if anyone could suggest any good ...
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1answer
55 views

Focusing on tasks [duplicate]

This is first time i'm using this site of stack network so i hope it's the right place. I have problem with focusing to my plans. I'm a 23 years old software developer and i am working for a company. ...
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1answer
263 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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0answers
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Study Effectively [closed]

I have 1day for the exam and there is much to study and Is there anyway to study Effectively.. This is not just for tommorrow this is for the entire life.. I'm feeling little low. Is there any ...
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1answer
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How to Get rid of Contact lens fear? [closed]

Hi Guys I am having this problem like whenever I am trying to put a contact lens into my eyes I am getting some anxiety. how to put aside fear to focus ,in fact for an year I am having this issue?
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4answers
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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
209 views

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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5answers
1k views

Dealing with Existential Crisis [closed]

I was reading a comic on PhDComics and although it is funny, sadly, it is also true. Grad students I know (including me) usually fall into one of these existential crisis at least once a semester. And ...
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4answers
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How to cure my grave fear for examinations?

How to eliminate my grave fear for examinations which is associated with the tragic end of my academic career due to some of my family matters? I am totally unable to withstand the fear of failing in ...
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2answers
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Little progress over the past 2 years, where is my problem? [closed]

I started my personal development journey about 18 months ago, this involved having goals as to what I wanted to achieve over the course of the next year or two. I have been learning along the way ...
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10answers
844 views

Personal Planning Software

I am currently planning my life in a text-based format, like this: Yearly goals. Doesn't include concrete action steps. Monthly goals: Specific action steps associated with the goals from (1). Daily ...
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2answers
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Kanban and 'Protected Days'

I think I may have found the solution to my on-going problem with KB. Basically, some of the tasks on my board are small chunks of larger tasks which might sit around on my board for up to a month or ...
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6answers
362 views

How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
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4answers
197 views

What methods can I use to allocate my time between different tasks?

Say you have several tasks, each with different priorities. What methods or algorithms can I use to divide my time between the tasks? As input, I'd like to have priority and as output a percentage of ...
2
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1answer
89 views

How to come out of bad sleeping patterns? [duplicate]

Background Story: It has been ten years since I slept before 10 'o' clock and wake up at 6 or before. In all these 10 years I have been atleast sleeping after 12 and waking up after 8 nowadays these ...
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5answers
416 views

How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
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6answers
520 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
49 views

Is delay in updating to-do-lists softwares normal?

I am deciding which software to use for my scheduling and to-do-list, note-keeping and based on some questions on this site, I decided on evernote and google keep (and I am deciding which application ...
3
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3answers
326 views

How to develop interest in something that do not attract me?

Suppose I need to study something that is required by my job. But the study-materials are either very much hard to learn or boring or tedious. How can I develop a solid interest in those stuffs?
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2answers
276 views

How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
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0answers
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Using Kanban for studying [duplicate]

'Studying' isn't a task which comes to an end. I have finished school but want to pick up some new skills in my current field. No doubt, studying is a time consuming process, especially when you're ...
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3answers
362 views

Required or a Distraction?

I am 27 yrs old and a software developer by profession. I feel I can learn and do a lot more but I also want to give time for other things. I am learning to play guitar, a new language. My wife is ...
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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 ...
13
votes
6answers
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How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
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votes
3answers
111 views

Does note taking not by hand help remember things?

I've heard of various studies that found that just taking notes helps remember things, even if you throw the notes out immediately after. Is this only true for note taking done by hand with a pen and ...
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3answers
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How to write equations involving different sized symbols neatly in notes? What kind of paper to use?

I prefer writing on lined paper. I find it faster and neater and it helps with formatting. When I'm writing math some things don't fit neatly between the lines; for example the divider used in writing ...
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7answers
158 views

Putting “maybes” on calendar

My impression of GTD is that it's pretty strict about your calendar - it should only contain the necessary things (meetings, time-specific tasks), so you can get a picture of the landscape of your ...
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2answers
274 views

What to write in a daily journal?

I have often read in self help websites that successful people maintain journals. What has maintaining journals to do with success? What should be written in a journal daily? How to maintain a ...
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1answer
45 views

Average learning time for big list of topics [closed]

I have HFA (high functioning autism) and because of that it's very difficult for me to calculate time and make a realistic estimation about the time it will take to perform a certain task. I usually ...
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4answers
194 views

How can I eliminate stress and learn to let go?

I have a stress issue that it's eating me up. Not only stress, but even anger is an issue for me. I think that anger leads to stress and stress leads to anger, at least for me. Al of this ...
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1answer
86 views

how to come out of self destructive mindset and be productive? [closed]

I try to achieve more but I couldn't do anything,I feel like I am cursed and helpless. When I am free I always think of studying and I do planning for my future Because of my studying goals I ...
3
votes
1answer
292 views

Mindfulness and Pomodoro technique question

The idea of being focused on what I'm doing right now from Pomodoro technique. And the idea of mindfulness from Buddhism looks very similar to me. 1.Can mindfulness training from Buddhism helps to ...
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2answers
89 views

What is the best way to organize university courses with GTD?

I've started to implement GTD to my life recently and I was figuring out, how should I organize my university courses into my system? They're not really goals (courses are pretty small for a goal) and ...

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