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What do I do with reasonably large tasks that are due at some point in the future?

I have found that my todo lists work great for three cases: Simple things that have a very specific due date (e.g. call Chris at 3pm, pay credit card bill by January 15, etc.) Things I would like to ...
9
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3answers
354 views

Is there an electronic task management software that stores encrypted data in the cloud for syncing with other devices?

My question is basically what the title says. I am trying several software for GTD/todo/task management, focusing on syncing between laptops and cellphones. Although most of the software transfer ...
4
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2answers
197 views

Is Pomodoro an all or nothing system

I consider GTD to be an all or nothing system, i.e. either you fully engage in the system or you don't. I have found that using bits and pieces of it doesn't really work. But, I've been reading about ...
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3answers
260 views

Isolation as a productivity 'drive'

This is my attempt to re-frame a recently-closed question in a more positive and productivity-focused way. Various cultural artifacts make mention of writers that escaped to isolated cottages far ...
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3answers
335 views

How do i control my over excitement during my work?

It is usually found when i finish a sort of work assigned to me i usually get over excited over stuffs and start asking for more work though forgetting what task is being assigned. I give a yes to ...
0
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1answer
564 views

What other techniques are equivalent to GTD and Pomodoro effectiveness-wise?

I learn that GTD and Pomodoro are two broadly and greatly appreciated as very effective techniques. I therefor intent to study and practice both of them and try to use them together. But I'd like to ...
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5answers
398 views

Handle tasks with no specific due date

I need a computer program to help me handle my tasks. I know, there are many task programs, such as Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook. My problem is that they can't handle tasks with no specific ...
8
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5answers
1k views

How to be a smart worker rather than hard worker to be fit for the IT industry?

How do I work smart rather than work hard, specially in IT context (web development, PHP basically) as this field absorbs only smart professionals? Sometimes I personally feel that I need to work in ...
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4answers
346 views

Forgetting of concepts

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
2
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6answers
130 views

App that has attachments and comments to tasks?

I'm doing a masters degree, and I often have reading tasks in different formats (i.e pdf, word, e-books, and so forth). I need a way to schedule a reading task for a specific date, attach that ...
8
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4answers
385 views

App to track activities and progress on them

I need to find application to track my activities and progress that I did on it (for example number of pages I read or exercises I did). I need to be able to look on what I spent last month for ...
14
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9answers
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How do you read programming books?

I'm wondering, how do you read programming books? I always don't do the exercises, I just read the book.. Do you read while sleeping or you really take the book and study like you do in high school ...
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4answers
305 views

Merge daily todo with project todo

I'm on a quest of finding the best tool to manage what I do. TL;DR: Freelance web developer looking for tool to connect project management and daily tasks. I like Getting Things Done methodology a ...
14
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8answers
838 views

Struggling in coding [closed]

I have a problem that whenever I struggle with a programming problem, for example in computer vision or game programming, I try to look for an existing demo or some code that does that job. I always ...
6
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3answers
262 views

How to use pomodoro technique when doing tasks with dependencies?

The Pomodoro Technique works well for me when I do fixed ,defined tasks like studying using book or working on specific issues .But I struggle with this technique when the task at hand has a lot of ...
6
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4answers
335 views

The balance between rest and productivity

My job is mentally tiring. I find that I often have to study on it a little when I get home to keep up with the current technology, but by then, I'm often too exhausted to focus on anything. My ...
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4answers
1k views

Pomodoro app that keeps a log?

I use Pomodoros with some success, but I would really like to be able to easily track how many and when I do them. Is there an app that keeps a log of start time and stop time (if it was stopped ...
6
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4answers
4k views

Why do I feel tired easily even when I have had enough sleep?

Does anyone have this problem? You had enough sleep, but when you start your day you feel like you haven't slept at all. You feel tired and you feel bored easily, all you want is to rest.
5
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4answers
211 views

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 ...
45
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8answers
3k views

I'm chronically late to work: how do I change this?

Since I started working on May, I'm always late. Not by minutes, but hours. Last month I logged the hour I arrived at my desk every day and calculated I'm on average 1.5 hour late. I've been trying ...
4
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2answers
197 views

How to overcome productivity/daytime-correlation

After reading some threads here on PP.SE, I've encountered that a lot of people seem to be more motivated and focused in the late evening/night to do challenging and work-intense tasks. ...
2
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3answers
454 views

Free 'developer activity tracker' software for increasing productivity of development

Does anybody know of developer activity tracker software used to increase productivity of development? I need to find out developer's time distribution. How much time do they spend on browsing, ...
5
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3answers
434 views

What are the techniques to sleep effectively

I often do programming tasks at night. When I'm working on a programming task, times I get Ideas and will implement them at a stretch. Subtle, I don't get Ideas that faster and I pause my task. ...
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17answers
5k views

what do you do when you are stuck at programming and you don't have access to internet?

This is a question most of us have faced while programming. Getting stuck! It might be a programmatic problem or tool problem, most of us eventually face it. You know something is supposed to work ...
7
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9answers
550 views

How to constrain my emotions and act based on my wisdom? [closed]

I am not sure that this is the right SE site to place this question. If not my early apologies and please redirect me right SE site. I am suffering from a high intensity of my emotions. Anger, fear, ...
5
votes
5answers
213 views

Tradeoffs of 'no email' day

I'm considering having a once-a-week `no-email' day, so that would be one working day on which I set my out-of-office and don't look at an incoming email for the whole day (with the idea that I'd ...
5
votes
5answers
828 views

Personal workflow management web/mobile app with networking capabilities

I am looking for a web/mobile app which could be used to assign tasks to oneself and, more importantly, others who are in your defined network and associated project management. The mobile app is ...
8
votes
2answers
750 views

Like Evernote but with multiple levels of directory structure (notebooks)

I loooooooove (one O was not enough to express) Evernote, however, one significant deficiency is that it only supports one level of directory categorization (Notebook->note) instead of multiple, like ...
3
votes
5answers
89 views

Pollen or hay fever season and personal productivity

There are several weeks in each year when my productivity drops to zero because of hay fever. I basically can't think about any productive solution for this problem. I am a programmer. It's not just ...
11
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5answers
463 views

What is the best wiki to install and run locally?

I want to start my own wiki page for note keeping. As the info I will be keeping is sensitive I need to host the wiki internally on my LAN. It's possible I will be the only user of the wiki but I ...
2
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6answers
322 views

How much of my time should I plan in advance: A day, a week or a month?

I want to make a list of the projects and exercises I am supposed to do this semester to make a plan but every week, new projects and exercises should be added to this list. I wonder which is best to ...
0
votes
2answers
114 views

How should absolute interruptions be handled?

It may happen that a task can't be started or continued due to an absolute interruption. For instance, the internet connection went down for some reason. When that happens, should I start the timer ...
5
votes
9answers
384 views

How do I start working even having scheduled my day and long term tasks?

I have read things about productivity techniques here and in other places but I still can't get focused. Currently I am searching my first big paid job as I am a recent graduate. I also am designing ...
5
votes
3answers
282 views

What are specific strategies for pacing yourself during the day?

For example, an e-mail comes in and you have that biological urge to respond immediately or work on the problem immediately. In addition, we don't want to come off talking our sweet time, so we ...
6
votes
1answer
455 views

Hacking sleeping pattern and increasing productivity

I plan to develop my own 'customised' sleeping pattern. My idea is to reduce my sleep to about four hours (up to five) per day. I read about polyphasic sleep, especialy uberman's and everyman 3. The ...
4
votes
2answers
122 views

Get the grasp of a big system of applications and skills

I work for the IT department of a big company with lots of applications. Usually my day starts managing custom apps, most of which I barely know, and fixing single problems on them. The problem is: ...
10
votes
4answers
421 views

Losing Motivation during project

I am a Computer Engineer and working at a Software House as Software Engineer for the last 2 years. I usually observe things a lot and try to get an idea from everything to do something ...
5
votes
6answers
483 views

In Pomodoro Technique - How to deal w/ really quick interruptions

Imagine I have started a pomodoro and in the middle of it I realize I forgot to take a kettle off the stove. It would only take me like 10 seconds - quicker than to take a note of the interruption - ...
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vote
2answers
158 views

How can i find touch typing lesson for words with middle row only

I am learning touch typing. I want practice step by step. Is there any site where i can have the options of the keys to select and then have lesson for those slected keys only. I mean I select the ...
10
votes
6answers
361 views

How to get motivation to do important things in the morning?

I have developed a very bad routine of checking my emails, twitter and few other websites after waking up in the morning. Generally, i wake up at 8 AM and start with my important things very late, ...
15
votes
5answers
504 views

Loud conversations in workplace

I work in a small room with 9 people, and the area is completely open (think school classroom). People are frequently having loud conversations and I am unable to concentrate when writing code (I am ...
4
votes
6answers
595 views

There are GTD software that includes review?

I found a lot of software that claims to support GTD, but of "collect, process, organize, review, do" they usually on focus just on collect and process. There is a software that has some feature to ...
1
vote
2answers
259 views

How to avoid my Laziness [closed]

I'm working in a company as a software trainee. My question is how to avoid my laziness. I work in the shift 9am to 6pm My problems are Sleeping late usually at 4am Waking up late usually at 8:30 ...
3
votes
3answers
161 views

What to do during mini breaks from coursework?

I am studying Computer Science and as a group of other students we tend to stay behind in university to do our coursework. Being computer science students we tend to work on a problem for hours on end ...
7
votes
6answers
826 views

“not in the mood” excuses for procrastination

I have a mind set that I do things when I want to do things, and I think this had led to a procrastination technique that my mind uses against itself. There are days that I'm just "not in the mood" ...
4
votes
4answers
168 views

How to prevent neck and shoulder stress without leading to reduced blood flow and nerve compression on elbow and forearm due to armrest use?

I've read lots of conflicting advice from reputable sources and personal accounts and I can't make up my mind. If you leave your forearms unsupported you'll developed neck and shoulder problems, and ...
3
votes
1answer
225 views

Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk?

Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk? One that folds up. I enjoy working while standing up but I can't find a portable stand up desk. I want one I could fold up quickly and put in my car ...
7
votes
3answers
251 views

Task-oriented file manager

I usually need to manage many slightly different tasks each day. Every task has its own description and documents (divided by type and/or extension). Filesystem is not good enough because it's not so ...
9
votes
6answers
387 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 ...
5
votes
8answers
525 views

How do I concentrate, feel comfortable and be productive? [closed]

I've recently been using my computer while laying down on my bed with a monitor arm extending my monitor in front of me from the side of the bed. My keyboard and mouse are wireless, and I can use ...

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