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4answers
511 views

Depression or Procrastination, Can either be permanently changed?

This morning I was diagnosed with depression and given medication. My initial reason for visiting the doctor, is because I'm very tired and can't seem to generate the elan to do stuff. As an example, ...
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4answers
257 views

What physical actions can trigger psychological and physiological changes to be more productive?

I recently watched this TED talk about confidence which has a key point: You can fake your body into being confident simply by doing certain actions (you literally change your physiological status ...
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5answers
267 views

Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
4
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2answers
205 views

How to productively read a computer science text book?

I find it hard to achieve true understanding reading theoretic computer science books. In particular, I struggle with symbolic notations and proofs. After spending a very long time perusing all the ...
4
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5answers
281 views

What can help me be happy about my work?

Before I choose to commit to a project, I'm usually very excited about it. But as soon as the commitment actually requires me to put an effort in, the excitement is partly replaced by stress or the ...
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5answers
344 views

Doing a lot of things in one day— good or bad?

Ok so I am a student so my question is not exactly related to workspace but it is related to work productivity so that is why I am posting it here. I am planning to learn a few things during the ...
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1answer
99 views

Documentation matrix for scientific papers

Interested to know about any systematic and preferably standardized framework for analyzing research paper in consistent matrix form which would allow us to compare the same parameters over multiple ...
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3answers
926 views

How to track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
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4answers
233 views

How to better switch gears between tasks?

I can never get myself to start things. When I do, however, and there's an unsolvable problem that needs solving, if I pick up even a little momentum in trying to solve it, I will stay on the ...
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6answers
227 views

Consistent errors in math and programming

I am a programmer, and I discuss when I code, but everytime I compile, there are at least 1 to 3 bugs. For the math questions I do, given 10 questions, no matter how easy it is, I consistently have ...
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5answers
162 views

Detecting and overcoming procrastinating

When the deadline is far away, I start procrastinating, not by not doing it, but by doing slowly; it is not by intention. I observe it by how it is always near the deadline when I get things finished. ...
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3answers
155 views

Why do I become more lazy when thinking about the things I want to strive to achieve?

I am a cadet at the US Coast Guard Academy and am a Civil Engineering major. I'm determined to stick to this major, but I'm struggling to keep my GPA above 2.0. However, I've noticed that the more ...
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6answers
371 views

How safe and future-lasting is my personal life on the cloud?

I love the cloud and see a majority of benefits in using it and storing data on it. Except safety. And by meaning safety I do not mean only keeping your password safe. I mostly set strong unreadable ...
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3answers
698 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
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6answers
542 views

How to organise the mental and physical chaos in my life?

I have been reading and experimenting with techniques for many years. I have read the GTD book among dozens of others but I still can't find the answers to everyday problems. Working as a Web ...
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5answers
191 views

How do you go about preparing for your talk?

How do you go about preparing for a talk? Could you please tell me whether you write the talk down first and memorize it, or if you write the entire talk down, practice reading it and then on the ...
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3answers
463 views

How do I get motivated to study hard things?

Nowadays I study Logic and Philosophy. I think a lot in order to generate new ideas and try not to just know what other's ideas are. This is hard, and I know that Mastery/Autonomy/Purpose help in ...
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7answers
451 views

While learning any new programming language, is it a myth to use a basic text editor instead of an IDE to learn concepts?

I am learning Ruby on Rails these days and asked one of my friend to provide me an IDE for Ruby on Rails, but he suggested to write code on Notepad/Dreamweaver (Windows user currently) first instead ...
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8answers
655 views

How to remain calm during a tense period?

I am working in a bank as an assistant of one of my seniors. One day one of the bundles of account-opening forms was lost. I became much anxious and was thinking about an way out. I was continuously ...
4
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1answer
424 views

How do I maintain consistency when learning a new skill?

Sometimes, I find it difficult to maintain focus when learning new skills, especially when I'm just getting the hang of it. Most times, it's due to being distracted by learning another skill. How do I ...
3
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1answer
112 views

Is there a system/method incorporating bookmarks, citations/references, and a document editor (e.g., Google Docs/Drive) with a revision history?

Currently, I'm writing a paper in Microsoft Word 2007. I use Endnote to organise my references and bibliography and hold electronic copies of papers I've found where possible. I have stacks of books ...
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4answers
232 views

Where can I find references on good office design?

I am currently in a position where I will be in my office for a relatively long time and I am thinking of ways that I can alter my office to maximize my productivity for the different aspects of my ...
3
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6answers
668 views

Being motivated for self study

I am a software professional. I have reached a stage in career where I will have to do something apart from regular coding. I am very confused about what that extra thing should be. Sometimes I think ...
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9answers
766 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
251 views

What would be a good way to maintain an academic and professional journal ?

I maintain a journal(diary) to keep track of personal targets, habit changes, etc. and seeing its positive effects, I would like to maintain something similar for academic/professional acivities. The ...
3
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1answer
206 views

How do I study the books that don't have answers at the back?

There are several classical books on mathematics which are a pleasure to study from. However, after reading its materials and working through the theorems and solved problems, I feel very ...
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1answer
170 views

What does science say about productive learning time?

I wonder what science says about how to set learning time. Specificially I wonder about how to mix learning and free time. This is of course related to the attention span. My rhythm looks the ...
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1answer
144 views

How to deal with very short tasks with Pomodoro [duplicate]

Pomodoro encourages you to put interruptions into other tasks (more or less) but, sometimes, these new tasks can be very short - literally 5 minutes of work. Or 10. If I am using a 25-5 work-break ...
3
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4answers
333 views

How to use pomodoro in a busy environment

I am a programmer working in an open-space environment. There are basically two types of people which make it difficult to use pomodoro: Those, who want something completely trivial every 10 minutes ...
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4answers
2k views

Grasping new things quickly or in less time

I am 4yrs experience software engineer. When a new requirement comes or when I move to another project, I take a long time to understand the process/flow. So become helpless to work on any development ...
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3answers
154 views

How do I move from collecting ideas to executing projects?

I use Evernote as a way to record ideas and web clippings that interest me. Some are ideas for projects. Some are collections of ideas that relate to prospective projects. There are quotes, metaphors, ...
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1answer
95 views

Can writing also improve productivity in other non related personal areas apart from the project we are working

Can writing also improve productivity in other personal areas apart from the project we are working on e.g : Writing to improve food habits (making a diary of what you ate and corresponding ...
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4answers
235 views

Writing more in spite of laziness

I am a PhD student, and I have found that writing down my ideas and thoughts helps me discover new ideas which fascinate me. Such ideas would be difficult to generate just by thinking. Unfortunately, ...
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2answers
82 views

Learning new material while being a Junior

I have been asked with a task that is about linux driver development and its so complex actually. I'm in the first two months of work, and I don't want say I do not know about this and my boss expects ...
7
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1answer
187 views

If I can both sit and stand during an 8-hour day, what is the optimal balance of time sitting/standing?

So I have two desks right next to each other (actually, one is a regular desk and one is a refrigerator, my "standing desk"). I work from home, usually about 8 hours a day. Is there any research ...
1
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1answer
151 views

How can I tell when my body is ready to sleep?

The problem is, due to caffeine usage I often end up going to bed too early and wasting time trying to fall asleep. Are there any methods to find out whether my body is ready to fall asleep? I ...
0
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4answers
139 views

When do you update and study other material?

Considering an 8-9 hours a day in a job, you come home, you are tired, wanna listen to music, don't want to study anything new in CS, weekend comes, you never want to touch anything related to work, ...
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5answers
450 views

Hating sleep at night because of inadequate feeling of no achievement during the day

I've been having a hatred for sleep and when i mean hatred i mean a feeling of not wanting to fall asleep because i feel i've done nothing during the day to achieve my goals. How can i stop feeling ...
3
votes
3answers
120 views

Should I keep revising?

Scenario: I read about multithreading (one of the computer programming concept) aroung 10 months ago. I practiced it well, wrote around 5-6 articles with my own examples. It is one of my interesting ...
4
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5answers
356 views

How to safely and effectively ignore irrelevant external stimuli?

I have come to realize that a lot of mental energy and focus is wasted on the intake, filtering, and processing of what ends up considered completely useless sensory input. Things like various types ...
3
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3answers
179 views

Going from idea to execution

I have a problem with not being able to move from idea to execution. By idea, I mean a detailed, specific plan on what to do and how to do it. I make lots of plans, but rarely follow through with ...
1
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3answers
222 views

How to concentrate again after getting stuck at some point

I'm a self-employed IT guy at the moment. My self discipline is quite decent usually, I plan and think a lot before implementing something. I got stuck at some point now, because I didn't foresee a ...
7
votes
5answers
370 views

Why is my productivity the lowest in afternoon?

Is it just me or is productivity low in the afternoon for general population? I find that I'm unable to do simplest of tasks between 1pm and 5 pm.
1
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1answer
90 views

How to be productive in two different but equally demanding tasks

I am the owner of a small software development business, and most of the time I will have two general tasks to perform: The task of managing my company, usually it has to do with talking to my ...
1
vote
5answers
308 views

Problem of falling asleep after intense study

I always find problem in falling asleep after intense brainstorming. I feel some fuzzy doodle of some irregular thoughts going on in my brain. The thoughts change very quickly from one to another and ...
1
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1answer
80 views

Software to plan lab experiments

I am searching for a (free) software to plan lab experiments. These experiments can stretch over several days but only need attention on some of them. So the feature I am searching for is to define ...
33
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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, ...
1
vote
4answers
125 views

Managing emails

I am an IT professional. I get around 20-30 mails per day related to my work or general company updates/processes. I have always lacked in effectively managing my mails so I can quickly search a mail ...
1
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6answers
1k views

What can I do during the breaks between the stressful long study hours that would not be counterproductive?

Playing computer games during the breaks would not certainly be productive to do between the long study hours. Watching TV will also not be a good idea (it will jam the brain further, I guess). ...
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4answers
71 views

Which way to manage download and put them in workflow to install

i download many apps from links in this stack and then forget to install all of them is there any way to manage it?

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