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Productivity Enhancing Linux Distro

I wasn't sure whether to put this in a more technically oriented StackExchange site or here, but here is my question: How plausible would it be to create a custom Linux distro (or modified version of ...
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Writing on paper first then digitise to PC

So, I'm working on a number of projects now and really prefer to do my brainstorming for ideas, designs, short term to do list (1-3 days) on paper. Sometimes I do lists of text and stuff that needs ...
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How to organize a large number of reoccuring tasks\maintenance?

What are some effective ways to organize a large number automated\reoccurring tasks? I have servers with backups\patches, databases with automated scheduled tasks, patching for workstations, etc. It ...
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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, ...
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How do I manage and prioritise a number of different projects? [duplicate]

Over the years I've developed a variety of different projects. A few require ongoing promotional activities as they are finished products. A couple of projects are not finished and need focussed ...
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How to use OneNote to implement a GTD system?

In standard* fashion, I must ask how to use OneNote to implement a GTD system? * Using Remember The Milk for GTD *Using Evernote to implement GTD
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How to effectively study for a test of many small, random details from a dense textbook?

My college instructor has given students 3 weeks to prepare for a test covering 300 pages from the course textbook. Based on my experience with the first test, covering a previous 300 pages of the ...
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How to stop blanking out during tests [duplicate]

I have a habit of making sure that I get enough practice before any test I have(be it a major test or minor test). Lately I haven't been following up quite well what is taught in the class and in ...
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How to keep only useful information and organize efficiently?

I am working as a Dev team lead for a project. I am daily receiving so much information from various sources related to work, project etc.. from many channels like Emails, formal meetings , casual ...
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Ways to work well with my stack-like working habit on computer?

I do almost every thing (e.g. study, work and reading news/forums) on my laptop (my only computer): writing my notes, reading documents, looking something up on the internet, .... I don't play games, ...
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How to advance work tasks when using only my smartphone with one hand

Currently it takes for me 2-3 hours a day to walk my baby with the stroller. During that time I have a free hand and I was thinking how can I advance my work tasks at the same time while using my ...
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Event tracking via email with easily exportable data to track health

I have a need to track Migraines and other acute health issues. We can call these events. The easiest way for me to track these is to simply send an email because I always have my phone on me or ...
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What activities to do when I'm taking a free time from study? [duplicate]

Usually when I study for a long time, I take like 2 or 3 hours of break. In this break time I really can't think of activities that are useful but don't consume or push information into my mind. The ...
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How to structure content in a private wiki where information grows naturally?

Introduction: I often dive into some topics quite deeply in order to deal with some private issue. So I spend a lot of time researching, organizing information and coming to my conclusions. Then I ...
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How to balance graduated students work and studies efficiently? [duplicate]

Some graduated students (the students who's aim is continuing education to PhD and postdoc levels), mostly graduated masters students who are preparing themselves for entrance exams for PhD, English ...
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How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
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How to improve one's 'learning' and 'understanding' capabilities?

The question is vague, but makes sense. Playing Chess / Poker would improve certain abilities. Performing mental calculus would improve others. But which activity, other than those, would ...
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Meaning of working hard [closed]

I often read articles about working hard leads to success but what exactly does it mean? Is working long hours after hours even when we are tired is "hard work" ? Please explain what is the meaning of ...
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journey of work

This is probably a stupid question from a middle aged man. But this still looks like a problem to me. I have sufficient technical background and running my own start-up with a few projects to sustain ...
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How to get over that embarassing incident [closed]

Today at gym, I accidentally dropped my barbell rod with weights. It broke the mirror. There were a lot of guys around around. Thankfully it didn't hurt anybody. Although I will pay for the loss of ...
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How do I focus on the necessities even though I hate them?

I am a high school student. I am preparing for the SAT & the AP in CS. I like to study for these exams and can do so for hours on end. However, my school-work is very boring and has a lot of ...
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Are there any mnemonics suitable for storing foreign vocabulary?

There are many tricks used to remember information. E.g.: the method of loci the peg system the phonetic number system If one wanted to remember the pronunciation or spelling of a foreign word, ...
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what is the effect of communication on productivity [closed]

It is about two week, which I am aware of communication skill, because before that I did not think that is a skill and you can learn it. For example you can ""learn"" how to behave with other, I did ...
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Relaxing 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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Which is better; trying to become the best or just improving yourself?

Which will result in a higher productivity; trying to be better than other people (becoming nr.1), or trying to improve yourself and do your work as good as possible?
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How to become a fast learner?

In the college, I faced the problem of not grasping my study-materials fast. It used to take intense study and brainstorming to understand a material which seemed to be a piece of cake for others. ...
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Best Practices / Habits / Hacks to effectively use Spaced Repetiton Learning [closed]

Are there any tips or case studies on usage patterns of spaced repetition using tools like Mnemosyne or Anki? Any guidelines or best practices, a do's and don'ts list if you may...
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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, ...
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How to go from an above (slightly) average student to a 'top' student?

to be more specific, I would like to get some advice on perhaps study/lifestyle tips etc, on how I can go from being a slightly above average student to being a 'top' student. To give a bit more ...
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How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?

I need to study for ~1 hour daily, everyday. Since I have no teacher, I found the best form of personal motivation is "don't-break-the-chain". After a month or two of study with this system, I always ...
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Keeping Track of Deadlines

I am a high school student that's applying to a lot of colleges along with scholarships. One problem that I'm having is keeping track of deadlines. For instance, BLANK application opens in a week, but ...
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Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
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Fast paced classes

In class when I'm listening to the instructor there are times when I don't quite understand a concept thoroughly or a proof and the steps which led to the proof or sometimes I'm thinking that the ...
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How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
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Are there affordable, hands-free alternatives for a mouse?

Basically I want to be able to keep typing and not have to use a mouse by hand. I want to be able to select text, click anywhere and right-click. This will increase my productivity at least 3 times as ...
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How do you start working?

I am a student, so doing my homework has to be the most horrid part of my day. Although I know I can do it, and it really won't take that long, I hate it. Something in my mind makes me repel against ...
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What are more radical techniques for dispelling 'morning fog'? [closed]

I am experiencing heavy morning 'brain fog' recently. The techniques I've tried (without success) are: Consistent sleeping schedule Coffee A few nootropics in the morning, but this seems to make it ...
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coping with burnout to finish thesis

I just hit the 6-year mark in graduate school, and in 2 months I'm scheduled to start a postdoctoral research position in a new city. I need to finish writing my dissertation as soon as possible. ...
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Most effective work habit for coding?

Working on a big solo project (~15,000 LOC), I am encountering the following phenomenon: I seem to work best when I program in short bursts of 10-15 minutes. Right now I am working on a section ...
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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 ...
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How do I Increase my productivity without getting distracted by the things happenned to me in the past?

I am not sure how common it might be? Owner of my company wants to make a software and copy a similar product for about 90 %. And get it done by 15th of next month. I am only guy who will be doing ...
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Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
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Tabletop sit/stand desk recommendation

I'm looking for a sit/stand adjustable desk for my dorm room, which provides a desk/chair combo. As a result, the desk should be basically flat in the 'sit' position and adjust up 18 inches or so for ...
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How to improve self discipline when starting from nothing

It seems that I have no ability to be productive. Outside of the occasional week where feeling accountable to somebody else has kept me on task, I have never had the self discipline to accomplish ...
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How do I stop my self from learning everything about any subject I read?

I'm majoring in computer science. The amount of stuff we learn is already overwhelming. Topics I'm learning about so many stuff (networking, security, web development, and software development). Not ...
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What environmental variables are most important to maintaining constant work flow?

In other words: what are optimal work conditions for maintaining solid blocks of work? Although the question is somewhat subjective, there are a few that remain constant across many people, such as ...
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Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming

I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to ...
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How to handle continuous accumulation of multiple personal projects and goals simultaniously?

First off, I just wanted to mention that I did do a bit of research on previous questions, but they don't seem to fully fit my particular problem. Although, I did learn something interesting from the ...
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How to keep focused without losing interest?

I am not sure how common is this, but I experience loss of interest pretty often. Unlike many people, my problem is not in starting things but in sustaining the interest. One day, I decide that I am ...
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How to improve typing speed post 100wpm

I relearned how to type this past summer, I switched from a 5 finger style to a 9 finger touch typing style. I'm still on a qwerty keyboard, and do not want to switch to dvorak or any other layout. I ...

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