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3answers
328 views

Tools to represent skills in a graphical way with rating

I have been reading self-assessment articles for few days. I have been thinking to create a nice graphical representation (Venn diagram) of my skill set (input) along with level of expertise for each ...
6
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2answers
132 views

How do I become more agile in shifting between activities?

I really like being able to focus on one activity and only that for a prolonged period of time. I could spend days on end doing one type of activity as I feel that the longer I focus on it, the ...
2
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1answer
119 views

Improve productivity in a non will job

I need help. I am a software engineer but i didn't opt for this career by will. I did it because of family pressure. I wanted to be a cricketer. I have got good results in all my exams and also been ...
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6answers
713 views

How to stop worrying on petty issues?

This has been one of my biggest flaw since my childhood. I usually keep worrying about small issues, which brings me into lots of tension, but actually nothing happens. I keep on worrying about what ...
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5answers
324 views

How do I get back to doing what I love?

A little background. I started coding in C++ about 5 years ago. Ever since then, I was sure that I wanted a life in code :) In my last 2 semesters, I wrote quite a bit of code for varied purposes. ...
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365 views

Keeping track of emails, notes, files, and deliverables for a project

Is there anything better than Basecamp? Basecamp seems to have all the features I'm looking for in a project manager, but it requires a ton of tedious little interactions with its web GUI: uploading ...
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3answers
126 views

Where should I take (and store) notes during meetings on different subjects?

I've got various meetings on a variety of subjects. In some I take a lot of notes, in others, not so much. How should I manage/organize these notes? I don't want to have a separate notebook for each ...
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3answers
217 views

Do simple diets help our mental productivity?

I am a mathematician and so I am interested in every way possible to increase all my mental powers and abilities (memory, creativity, concentration, etc). I have tried several different diets and life ...
0
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1answer
55 views

What are the milestones of an idea from insight to feedback?

I'm trying to build a board of ideas in which any invited participant can pitch in contributions. It should be easy to tell in what level of progress each idea is and that is what I'm naming ...
2
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1answer
485 views

GTD spreadsheet based system with alert or Calendar (iCal, gCal) notifications

I create a GTD system based on excel, whose link I report here. The advantage of having this gtd is that I can share it with my european colleagues without the need of having a dedicated software ...
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4answers
155 views

Tips for bi-tasking?

I have decided that I'm a terrible multi-tasker, at the end of the day I have a bunch of unfinished emails, terminals and text files. Mono-tasking is not for me, if I have to wait 5 seconds for ...
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3answers
284 views

Situational procrastination: how to be productive before project starts?

I am working as a software programmer and my company does not have any projects right now, but there is one in the pipeline. It has been around for one month and I have been told to read the documents ...
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2answers
2k views

Online app to create simple data entry forms with drag-n-drop

I am looking for an online app using which a NON-TECHNICAL person could create a simple HTML data entry form and a backend data table, then have a number of non-skilled data entry personnel around the ...
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145 views

How should one feel inside when he sees the clash of education and money? [closed]

I have a bachelor and masters degree from a local university. I work in a bank. As time is going by, I am becoming more and more demotivated about my job. Here I see that university-degree holders ...
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9answers
3k views

How to force myself to focus while reading

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
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2answers
140 views

Simple Contact Management System that automatically sends notifications

I am searching for a CMS where I can flag if I had an interaction with a client and then it automatically notifies me a period of time later to remind me to contact them again. This is essentially all ...
2
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3answers
259 views

Completing petty tasks using Pomodoro techniques

While working on first task to practice Pomodoro technique, I raised 9 internal interruptions. Later on I decided them to move in specific lists. There are many interruptions and tasks which are ...
3
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1answer
139 views

How to keep focus in a loud environment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Loud conversations in workplace I need to work in a loud environment and I can't move into another place. It's hard to focus because of all that noise. What can I do ...
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3answers
305 views

Increase the efficiency of the brain?

I heard about Dianetics recently, that it is set of ideas and practices which lead a man to effectively use his brain. That common man uses only up to 10% of his brain, but there are methods to ...
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3answers
360 views

What trigger do you use to get up early in the morning?

I used to play a Management game which simulated the results early in the morning and the anticipation of match result used to trigger me to wake up early and start my day. But i realized that this ...
3
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2answers
86 views

Mobile phone PC integration?

Does anybody know of a mechanism/tool/app/phone that allows me to see on my PC when my smartphone is ringing? I'm a programmer, and I wear headphones at work, so I don't hear it ringing. The visual ...
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1answer
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 ...
9
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7answers
612 views

What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
16
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6answers
865 views

how to keep focus in long term?

My problem: I can't keep focus on a few selected areas. Part of the problem is that I want to learn too many things simultaneously. But another, more serious problem is that I can't keep the same ...
3
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2answers
158 views

Keeping focus in the now during intense situations

I have read Eckhart Tolle's, The Power of Now. I saw value in the idea that when your focus is completely present, there is quality in what you do. I've applied this and it works for me, where I ...
5
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5answers
396 views

What email folders do I need?

As most people, I have an "Inbox". I believe in Inbox Zero and want to avoid having messages linger only to be read over and over again. What subfolders do I need in order to work efficiently?
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14answers
50k views

How to study long hours without being burnt out or getting bored?

I can't continuously study more than 2.5 hours. After that, I become exhausted. If I continue to study after that time limit, I read something but the materials seem to be not entering my head. I just ...
3
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4answers
749 views

What makes a good morning routine?

My question is twofold: What makes a good routine and how do I stick to it? Things to do in the morning include keep hygiene, have breakfast, pack lunch, and do bodyweight exercises. I find that the ...
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2answers
91 views

How to set targets for two equally important tasks?

I always find it really difficult to set my targets, from my perception as both works are equally important for me. My situation is- Currently I am working on a project that really needs my ...
6
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2answers
115 views

How to keep a task from taking up all available time

I will often arrive at work knowing that some task is the single most important thing I need to get done that day. I also know that it should not take all day, yet I always manage to drag it out such ...
2
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2answers
156 views

How to spend less time in compositions correction?

My girlfriend is an Italian teacher in an italian school. She usually takes quite a long time to correct the compostions. Let's say at least 30-40 minutes each, and this is quite problematic because ...
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3answers
106 views

To-Do list that allows users to search - really required? [closed]

Unlike every other To-Do list I have ever seen, Astrid Tasks allows its users to search for the tasks as evident from these screenshots: My Question is: Is this feature really applicable in a ...
2
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3answers
415 views

Does Personal Kanban work better on physical post-its board or electronic tool?

I like the big visible sense of the post-its board but I cannot carry it around! Any thought?
3
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2answers
676 views

How to stop stressing out that I'm forgetting something for no reason

Since I started using Doit.im on my phone, I've been a lot better at getting all of my thoughts recorded, so any tasks I need to do get written down. The only exception is the shower, which I will ...
3
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3answers
649 views

How do various GTD services implement Next Actions lists? (Is there a canonical way?)

I really like Doit.im's interface, but there's a major flaw in the way they handle the Next Actions list. Every project task appears as an actionable item by default (which is obviously ridiculous): ...
3
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5answers
2k views

Hierarchy tree editor

I am looking for a desktop application that can be used to efficiently manage hierarchical data structures, much like a filesystem tree hierarchy but that saves my hierarchy in a file. MSFT Excel is ...
4
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4answers
662 views

What are the steps to be taken to bring more clarity to your thought process?

I had recently migrated from being a student to an IT professional and I realized that I need to bring in more clarity in my thought process. My job requires me to ask critical questions (I do ...
6
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4answers
297 views

How to speak more clearly

I pronounce word correctly. But listeners don't clearly understand my words. I speak in enough high volume. What to do?
3
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2answers
107 views

Context vs. Lists

I'm not very familiar with this whole Getting Things Done thing, but I believe this is where context and lists are very important. I was wondering what the difference between the two were. It seems to ...
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6answers
551 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
432 views

Application to handle Gantt Charts for multiple projects on Mac

Is there any Gantt Chart application for Mac OS X that allows dealing with multiple projects? I have tested Omniplan, which is very good for a single project, but can not work efficiently with ...
2
votes
3answers
526 views

If after a few weeks/months I forget a topic which I studied in the past, does it mean that I never understood it in the first place?

I write blogs whenever I study a technical topic. After a few months if I start thinking about that topic, my mind feels like a blank slate. Does it mean that I never understood the topic in the ...
5
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1answer
111 views

Memory techniques - bespoke or off-the-peg?

Almost all memory techniques involve visualising some unusual situation like imagining your front door dripping with custard (this is how I know my front door key is the yellow one on my keyring). ...
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11answers
35k views

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 ...
7
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5answers
688 views

How come some people are able to think out of box while others fail?

How come some people can think out of box while others fail to locate the very basics. In my context, I've been more than 2 years in IT industry and most of the things that I think of, have already ...
3
votes
2answers
289 views

How to notate that a task can't be started until a separate task is completed in GTD

I did a search through the site and found some similar questions with some answers that aren't quite what I'm after. What I'm looking for is if there is a recommended way to note that a task is ...
4
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5answers
1k views

Looking for printable daily organizer/planner/scheduler for 2013

I am having a hard time searching for an electronic version (any file type that can be printed) of a daily planner. Paper version of these planners look something like this: Only requirements for ...
2
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1answer
80 views

Sales Team Time Management Web Application?

I'm looking for a web app to manage my sales team, that contains functionality to assign appointments witt a customer to a specific seller. I would prefer an opensource app.
5
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6answers
327 views

Fear of failure

Maybe this will be long but I want to cover as much detail as I can to get proper help, because I think I need it. I'm 23 years old. I'm a Computer Engineer who got top 10 degrees in university, and ...
10
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5answers
334 views

how to avoid temptations

well I usually do prepare a very good plan, but due to lot of temptations and their consuming nature and few of their execution I find discipline bit very hard in day to day life... plans are ...

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