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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
543 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
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5answers
212 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
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5answers
816 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
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2answers
736 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
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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
462 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 ...
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6answers
320 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 ...
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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 ...
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9answers
376 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
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4answers
418 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
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6answers
472 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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2answers
156 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
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5answers
499 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
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6answers
589 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 ...
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2answers
258 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
160 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 ...
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6answers
795 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
167 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
223 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
385 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
519 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 ...
11
votes
8answers
375 views

Is stress a good thing?

I know a theory behind stress. I also know general attitude which links stress with all negative things. However I would like to ask "Do you think is stress good or bad?" The question come after ...
3
votes
6answers
240 views

Are money goals good?

I'm aware for a while now that goals really can be empowering in life. But what I haven't found alot of info about are money related goals. Do you find them good or bad? Can they truly push you out ...
1
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0answers
69 views

Free or low-cost support software for newsletter server [closed]

What we are looking for is a free or low-cost newsletter server for our email campaign. As we have about 200 subscribers at our website every week. We wanna to send them some happenings events. We ...
4
votes
3answers
237 views

What is the way to improve higher level English

I live in England for last 8 years. My English is pretty good if I speak with friends. The problem starts when I want to write some text. I study on English Uni so need to write a lot. I do have ...
8
votes
1answer
417 views

Separate personal life from work: deal with distracting emotions

Is there any established technique to deal with distractions coming from personal life? For example, how to concentrate after a discussion (not work-related)?
12
votes
4answers
1k views

What are the weaknesses of the GTD system?

For those who use the GTD (Getting Things Done) system or have used it in the past, what are some areas where GTD is weak and might need improvement?
19
votes
3answers
852 views

Why am I wired to be motivated to go to work everyday and not motivated to do other things?

I have wondered for some time why I find it so hard to keep motivated to do things like exercising, reading, looking for business opportunities, getting up early etc. I have tried a raft of different ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

Do To-Do Lists Qualify as “Extended Mind”?

I have recently read this article and was wondering whether To-Do Lists also qualify as an Extended Mind?
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15answers
1k views

How to spend less time cooking?

What are some good tips to streamline the process of preparing food? While i enjoy cooking and eating fresh, the whole thing takes up a lot of time. What do you do to speed that up? Do you prepare ...
34
votes
13answers
2k views

What is the most radical productivity technique that you successfully use?

I think, most people understand the importance of such productivity techniques and principles as focusing, setting goals, avoiding distractions, checking email twice a day, rising early, doing ...
5
votes
10answers
452 views

How to make morning physical exercises more fun?

I understand the importance of doing morning physical exercises every day. And I do it. I don't do anything special. Just 15 min stretching, 30 squats, 30 pushups, 30 crunches and 30 raising of legs. ...
6
votes
5answers
518 views

Single tasking vs Mulitasking

I'm a student and hoping to be an entrepreneur. Besides study I spend most of my time working on software development and recently thinking of organizing a team to work on the field of software and ...
5
votes
2answers
202 views

How to keep the “spark” alive after graduating and starting to work?

I have recently graduated from college and started working quite far away from home (1200 miles appx). And I am finding this new life, new daily routine a little too easy to adjust to. I am an ...
1
vote
0answers
86 views

Is Grindstone well suited for keeping track of all GTD related lists? [closed]

I want to follow GTD principles and am evaluating Grindstone for storing next actions, "maybe" list, list of projects, etc. Is it well suited for this? What limitations of Grindstone would I likely ...
12
votes
4answers
367 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 ...
3
votes
3answers
86 views

Punctuality Issues

I wanted to see what kind of strategies people use to help make sure they are on time or early for the days events. I am struggling in this area of my life especially since my new baby has come into ...
9
votes
6answers
254 views

Planning for writing blog posts, articles, and books

Are there any good methods for planning and writing anything (I'm thinking of articles, blog posts, and books)? My current method is to gather some information about a topic and write about the ...
9
votes
6answers
511 views

How do you plan your next day?

Do you plan what you'll be doing the next day every day? If so, how does this plan look like and has it helped you? What's the usual structure for it (is it task oriented or time oriented?) I find ...
4
votes
4answers
377 views

How to overcome cold/allergies/mild sickness?

I am often very productive and motivated. However, this is destroyed when I have a cold or allergies or am simply not feeling well. I am not talking about having a very obvious illness - I am ...
26
votes
12answers
1k views

How to concentrate without external stimulants? [closed]

I'm a programmer and my work requires intense mental focus. My goal is to get 8 clean, productive hours of programming per day. I tried this yesterday, and I managed to get only 2:35 hours of clean ...
9
votes
8answers
689 views

How to deal with dreaded tasks?

How do you deal with difficult tasks, which take long to complete? My problem, for example, are emails which require a lot of writing or research. They are not the main core of my work, and usually ...
4
votes
1answer
542 views

Fancy Hands equivalent for Germany

I'm looking for an alternative to Fancy Hands in Germany. They offer personal assistants for everyday tasks, that don't want to get off your todo list. Here is a list of typical tasks from their ...
3
votes
4answers
380 views

How to handle short-term high workload?

Occasionally, I have several important, high workload tasks to be done within a short period of time. Some examples would be (as a student) several assignments released at the same time and due at the ...

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