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How can I pass a typing speed plateau of 105 wpm?

I started learning to touchtype in 2009. Back then, using the Dvorak keyboard, I decided to practice until I reached 120 words per minute (wpm) with 99% accuracy. I am still working towards this goal. ...
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Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
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4answers
877 views

Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
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6answers
150 views

How to make a plan without readjusting it?

I always struggle with accomplishing the tasks on my to-do lists. For example, one or two weeks before I have exams I construct a plan with what I have to do each day. What almost always happens is ...
10
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7answers
777 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 ...
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6answers
544 views

What is the best way to schedule your day?

I find that having a day plan is great: It helps to act according to my priorities I can save time by batching similar tasks together I am better focused, and get distracted less I am ...
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19answers
7k 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 ...
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4answers
272 views

How to read a lot of technical material?

I just stumbled upon this Reddit post The Transformative Effects of Reading + Elon Musk's Reading List (Original here) and it made me think. I want to sift through vast amounts of material, but I ...
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5answers
12k views

Sleeping on the desk (the most comfortable and simple method)

During school I have a 2 hour break in between lessons. I try to take a 30 min power nap in the library. The problem is, sleeping with the desk is not very comfortable for me. I am 1.8 m tall and I ...
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0answers
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Chrome extension for managing bookmark tree [migrated]

I have never really used bookmarks, but I would like to start! I would like to be able to create sublinks under a parent bookmark for each site. Bookmark trees. For example: parent ...
4
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0answers
90 views

How to avoid procrastination and maintain a minimum amount of productivity while depressed / frustrated? [closed]

Working during depression / constant frustration is tough, as everything to do "seems" so much tougher than usual because of the lack of self confidence and inability to properly focus at things. But ...
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5answers
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Mind keeps wandering during conversations

I have trouble remembering instant things in mind. It really feels weird when I am talking about something and then I ask the person talking to me as, "Excuse me! Where were we?." I have been told by ...
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3answers
114 views

What other kind of benchmarks to measure learning?

I find that learning is an ultimately very subjective thing and it is very difficult to quantify whether you have learnt until you understood something. Here are a few examples of benchmarks ,which ...
2
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4answers
126 views

Tips to stay productive in 24 hour hackathon

I am attending a 24 hour hackathon next month. We have been advised to bring a sleeping bag if we wish to sleep. Therefore I am assuming it is unlikely I will get more than a couple hours of sleep ...
0
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0answers
41 views

Creating meeting agenda on Cultured Code's Things

Does Things (from Cultured Code) have a suggested mechanism for handling agenda(s) in the way GTD suggests? I'm thinking of the idea that a meeting, even an ad hoc meeting with a person, is treated ...
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4answers
2k views

What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and ...
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1answer
76 views

How valuable is time? [closed]

We all know time is money and yes time is extremely valuable, but how much is it really worth? How much would you buy "a min" "an hour" or "a day" for? Before events like deadlines for objectives or ...
0
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0answers
36 views

cross platform/synced pomodoro timer software [duplicate]

I would like to find a cross platform, variable pomodoro timer. The more control it gives the better, and It would be excellent if it had android widget and android wear support. Please advise if you ...
9
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2answers
328 views

How to stay motivated with no pressing deadlines

I have noticed that when I have a 'pressing' deadline my productivity goes through the roof. However, recently I have been so well organized that I am working well in advance of any deadlines. ...
0
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1answer
38 views

How do I do in Outlook what I did in GMail?

I'm at a new workplace where they require the use of Outlook, and I'm used to GMail and Inbox. I would like to recover some of the usage patterns that I used in GMail, specifically: Sleeping a ...
12
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6answers
563 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 ...
3
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2answers
177 views

How do I know when I have learned something?

I wonder if I learn something how do I know when I have learned it? There is no doubt that repeating is important for learning, especialy when practicing active learning. But how do I know when I can ...
2
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4answers
216 views

How to be productive when you don't have an end goal in mind?

It seems to me that the most productive people in life have some larger vision that guides them forward (Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.). I myself am someone who is not content with making small ...
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3answers
74 views

Want to invent a machine to record when I go to bed [closed]

My sleep schedule is very unstable and I want to invent a machine to record when I go to bed. I will use this to correct my pattern. I found a software from How to record and optimize sleep ...
6
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10answers
1k views

Manage multiple tabs in browser

I am not too sure whether this problem can ever have a solution, but here I go. As some (maybe more than some) have experienced more than 100 tabs open on your browsers. I have a habit of opening a ...
1
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1answer
65 views

How to stop over thinking? [closed]

Thinking is good but over thinking... I always catch up with endless tier of thinking too much about stuff. This affects my daily productivity How to avoid it?
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2answers
74 views

Tab/browser management [duplicate]

I am looking for a tool which will help with tab and task management. I am a tab hoarder and often end up with 100-200 tabs before giving up and starting over. My request is for a tool which will do ...
23
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10answers
910 views

How to stop your rss feeds becoming a mess/information overload?

So like probably many I use Google Reader to manage, read, filter my subscribed rss feeds. Subscribing only as much feeds as you can read doesnt really work. From time to time i delete some feeds, but ...
9
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8answers
534 views

Strategy to utilize fragments of time?

I am refering to short and scattered fragments of time like commuting, waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus etc etc. I read an interview of a businessman who said he was working as a photography ...
0
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4answers
100 views

How to Make Working With Text More Efficient Than Copying and Pasting?

I am working with words in a Notepad and I have a big list of them where I only need to choose specific words and delete the rest. Going through each, line by line and deleting those I don't need ...
1
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1answer
47 views

Happy or Positive ToDo iPhone App like Carrot?

There is a comical, but (for me) soul draining iPhone app called Carrot. Is there a happy version of http://www.meetcarrot.com/ ?
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1answer
50 views

How to end the Habit of Task-Switching? [duplicate]

When I am learning or reading articles on the internet, I open at least a hundred different tabs and glance through the material on each tab for just a few seconds. As a result, I remember nothing! ...
14
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6answers
571 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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2answers
74 views

Recommend a Countdown Timer – computer app or OS widget

I'm looking for a computer-based countdown timer that is light-weight and offers ease of use. I want to use it to put time limits on certain tasks, like spending max 2 minutes on a news article ...
5
votes
7answers
393 views

How do I take quick notes in odd places to maintain mind like water?

My biggest gain productivity (and reduction in stress) came when I embraced the idea of writing everything down. (Thank you, David Allen!) The hard part is managing to always have something handy with ...
5
votes
4answers
327 views

How to handle long drives to work?

Every morning, I need to drive between anywhere between 2 hours, and sometimes upwards of 3 hours. Sometimes I wonder just how much I can mitigate this pain, in regards to the loss in my ...
6
votes
3answers
407 views

How can I transform my cycling commute time into productive time?

I am currently multitasking my commute by cycling (2x40 minutes exercise daily) with occasional podcast listening (learning 1-2 times a week), but I feel like I could do more. Has anyone experimented ...
0
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0answers
30 views

Wrist watch with programmable time-management funtion

I am looking for wrist watch with at least 8 programmable alarms. It can be a watchface for pebble or apple watch OS or android wear, does not need to be a physical watch. Recurring short silent ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Calendar alerts for events at unusual times?

Most of the time, I have morning meetings at 9 am, which is listed in a Google Calendar calendar that I subscribe to. In the rare case that the meeting starts at 8 am – is there any way to get a ...
0
votes
1answer
101 views

How many units of work per unit of break?

How should I gauge the percentage of work time against percentage of reward time? Example: I have a day-long activity that would be a powerful motivator for me to get some work done, but I'm not sure ...
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vote
3answers
231 views

What's a better sleep time: 7.5hrs or 8hrs?

If sleep cycle is of 90 mins, should we sleep for 7.5hrs? Why, then, do most people suggest 8hrs of sleep? Does that include buffer for falling asleep? What's the optimum sleep time to stay fresh and ...
6
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2answers
248 views

Free Open Source GTD Software

I am looking for an open source GTD that I can install on my cloud account or dedi server. I spent time searching the net but could not find any. I need it to have/be GTD Collaboration (So I can ...
13
votes
7answers
4k views

How to avoid mind drifting while listening?

While talking to someone at work or even on the phone I often find myself drifting off where my attention wanders off. This happens even during short say 5 ~ 10 minute conversations. If while talking ...
8
votes
2answers
7k views

How to stay focused?

Sometimes I get drowned by my imagination. I'll give an example. An hour ago I was reading some stuff about esoteric programming languages. Then my imagination kicked in. After that I was just sitting ...
28
votes
7answers
1k views

Why does procrastination happen? And why does it block all productivity?

Why does procrastination tend to block everything productive I want to do, rather than just the task I'm trying to avoid? I have a report to write up for next week and I've been procrastinating on ...
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votes
1answer
55 views

How to fill the gap among us from college to corporate or IT professional?

There is always a gap between these two important steps in our life. What steps should we take to enjoy these two changes and make more productive ourselves.
2
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3answers
149 views

Note Taking / Idea Organization featuring Spatial Organization, features Relationship and Containers

I am a piles organizer. I believe part of this psychology is based on the knowledge that having a real world representation of a task helps keep it in mind. It also helps me organize things as I can ...
9
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2answers
417 views

How to prevent the urge to masturbate to keep on track with work?

I'm a 17 year old male. I'm not going to be subtle about it, I masturbate a lot. When I start getting the urge, I almost have to otherwise I'm completely uncomfortable until I do something about it. ...
10
votes
1answer
181 views

Is there any data showing that learning about personal productivity increases productivity?

We could use this site as an example. If I spent X number of hours on the site would I be more productive in general. And then would the productivity gains offset the X number of hours I spent on ...
0
votes
1answer
91 views

How do I start and keep working hard to reach my life goals?

I've always wanted to achieve some results in the things I like, but usually I ended up reading about theory and techniques. I never did any actual work. For example, my dream is to enter an ...

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