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How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
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5answers
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How long does it take to learn Gregg shorthand?

If someone has never used Gregg shorthand before, how long does it take to learn the system? On average, how long would it take to be able to write it as quickly as normal longhand? A bit faster than ...
0
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1answer
39 views

Saving phone number extensions in contacts

I save my phone numbers on my Android smartphone. As far as I'm aware there's no way to save extensions as part of the number. What other methods do people use so it's easily accessible? I put it ...
2
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2answers
526 views

How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
2
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1answer
140 views

GTD - how to support horizons of focus with TODO.txt format

The official spec from Gina Trapani does not specify how todo.txt format should be used to label anything other than projects and contexts. I am looking for something like this - GTD with SimpleTask, ...
7
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5answers
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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.
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1answer
123 views

How to cut people out of your atmosphere?

I have noticed that I am around people and family members that I have out grown. Their kind of fun or hang out spots don't interest me anymore! I feel like they don't support my career and talents and ...
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19answers
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How do I make myself stop doing addictive activity?

Some examples of such activity: browsing this site without a particular goal browsing your friends' profiles on social networks reading news hugging with you spouse (endlessly) watching TV You can ...
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2answers
50 views

Are there any strategies for reviewing from a text?

I spent a couple months going through a math textbook and came out knowing the subject pretty well. I remember most of it, but I need to review it all, and the thought of going through that 500-page ...
1
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4answers
90 views

Append mail content to a document online

I want to be able to have a document hosted online (e.g google doc) that I would be able to send an email to a certain address, and the content of the email will be automatically added (preferably ...
6
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1answer
142 views

How can I tell the credibility of popular self-help and productivity blogs (and experts)?

Take Tim Ferriss. He appears very popular, there are many regular comments on his blog and his podcast has many subscribers. This indeed means that he appeals to a large number of people. But is the ...
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5answers
282 views

How to be a productive software developer without a Computer?

I'm currently doing my masters degree in CS while working on three small research projects to finance myself. Even though the classes and the projects sound interesting, I suffer from zero motivation, ...
5
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3answers
206 views

How to do GTD + Priority

I'm pretty good at doing all the GTD steps (I think), but i tend to end up with lots of tasks - however, I tend to not do the most important ones - I have an idea, it goes in inbox, if it seems like ...
28
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11answers
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Are there alternatives to the GTD system?

What are likely alternatives to the Getting Things Done productivity system? Full fledged alternatives that "compete" with GTD Group of smaller systems used together to replace GTD "Simpler" systems ...
2
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5answers
117 views

Setting reminders in calenders for up coming events

I use Google Calendar to keep track of things and I find it works quite well (it's nothing special about Google, I like the basic idea of adding important dates to a calendar). What I'd like to ...
15
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4answers
3k views

Is it possible to handle perpetually ongoing tasks in Personal Kanban?

I'm exploring organization systems like Personal Kanban and one thing I'm still not clear on is how to represent ongoing activities that are always there and always have to be done. For example, say I'...
0
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1answer
40 views

Splitting tasks into smaller tasks in Kanban board

We have a board for our dev team: Backlog -->Working --> Done --> Tested We want to start adding the product tasks to this board as well. Product tasks are more high level. For example, ...
0
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1answer
40 views

Tendinitis pain and cold hands when typing - solutions? [closed]

I am a programmer and computer gamer. While doing both of these activities my wrists will start to hurt and my hands will get very cold due to the fact that I'm in a cold basement. Are there some ...
13
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11answers
10k views

Does a Trackball make you more productive?

Does using trackballs instead of mice makes you more productive? Are there any scientific studies on this subject?
6
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2answers
264 views

“Eat That Frog” vs. “One Small Step”

I've flicked through these two books: Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, by Robert Mauer Tracy recommends tackling the hardest thing first. He also ...
10
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5answers
230 views

How can I write my notes in order to have them be of most use to me years later?

How can I write, prepare, and/or structure my notes so that I can go back to them years later and get up to speed on the subject as quickly as possible? I'm working with the assumption that I will ...
5
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4answers
500 views

Alternative methods of tagging to organize thoughts?

As ideas occur real-time, traditionally (pre computer age) people would typically record thoughts/ideas/research in the order they occurred, and then come back and pull out similar veins of thought as ...
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votes
1answer
60 views

I am ashamed of my typing skill [closed]

I am into the IT word more than the 6 years now. But still I can't touch type. I use my index finger to type in and have to look at the keyboard when I type. I always start for the touch type ...
0
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0answers
50 views

Organising notes in a mathematical text book

I currently have 200 pages of annotated text from an Abstract algebra textbook in Skim. Skim, IMHO, is brilliant for taking notes while reading. But unfortunately, this leads to my current predicament....
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1answer
56 views

Are we people able to study throughout a long time without resting a day

Some people say you should not study at all at least a day in a week. I'm wondering whether we can study on something throughout a long time (say a month) with small amounts of rests in a day so that ...
7
votes
8answers
603 views

Solutions for working with pen/paper while using a computer at the same desk

I do my work at a desk with computer monitors, a mouse, a keyboard, and a notepad and pen. The problem is that if I want to stay facing the monitors and have my keyboard, mouse and notebook at hand, ...
10
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2answers
2k views

Is there a FOSS, full-featured, cloudless GTD software that supports both desktop and mobile platforms?

Excuse the very specific question, but I think my criteria are warranted. Having read Getting Things Done, it seems that the system offered by David Allen not only has merits, but it is also ...
0
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1answer
67 views

How to overcome ADHD related productivity loss? [duplicate]

I sometimes find myself losing focus on a task due to my severe ADHD (Stack Exchange doesn't help!). I'm not missing deadlines, but I tend to lose interest easily while I work or am doing something ...
11
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5answers
802 views

Depression or Procrastination, Can either be permanently changed?

This morning I was diagnosed with depression and given medication. My initial reason for visiting the doctor, is because I'm very tired and can't seem to generate the elan to do stuff. As an example, ...
61
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16answers
9k views

What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
1
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1answer
133 views

How can I aspire to be a polymath without becoming more reclusive? [closed]

I aspire to be a polymath and I am unable to reach my goal. I feel more depressed and mediocre in the process. I am a second year engineering student in Computer Science, in a Tier 3 institute. I ...
0
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2answers
149 views

(free) software to set up repetitive workflows?

In addition to doing my usual technical job, I have a few (10ish) types of tasks that I do over and over. Each task has a number of steps that may involve sending something off to another person, ...
2
votes
2answers
93 views

Two different things at a time or just one, but with full dedication?

I don't know if my question fits right in this community, but I want an answer or just a suggestion at what to do to be an expert in my subject. I like math and programming. I'm trying to become an ...
1
vote
2answers
171 views

Card View in Gmail

Most of the time I am working in Gmail, and to take down a note or to dump an idea, I usually compose a new email and save it as a draft. Modifying and searching for such a note is quite efficient in ...
0
votes
2answers
75 views

How to organize a document that summarizes multiple research articles with heavy formulation

Does anyone have this problem? This has been a struggle of mine ever since I started doing research couple of years ago. When I do literature review, I look for ways to compile my own document with ...
3
votes
2answers
209 views

How do you avoid those moments when you are just staring at the material that you have to learn and you do no progress?

Recently I've spent 2 days in order to understand a course. 65% of this time was spent rereading and rewatching the course notes and the lectures. In the first 2-3 hours I wasn't even able to say what ...
0
votes
2answers
48 views

Going round in circles [closed]

I've had an idea for around 4 or 5 years now for a personal project, and that is to make a map of how the Microsoft Windows Operating system works. I originally was going to take every Window, button, ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Which productivity tools I can use to run remote company?

Actually I am developing a product. It is SaaS based application. From the beginning only I was working. So I didn't have problem to manage me.But now I have a remote team to work with me. So I need ...
-1
votes
1answer
60 views

Can Mental Fatigue be Managed through Physical Introspection?

Question Can mental fatigue be effectively managed by taking fatigue symptoms as indicators that rest is needed? To put the question another way; "If I feel tired, should I rest or push through it,...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

Nightshift only job, how can I make it workout?

Currently I have been offered with a night-shift-only job with tempting compensation package. Only problem is I am afraid this is going to take a toll on my health and social life. I would like to ...
21
votes
11answers
3k views

Too lazy to do programming?

I am a programmer, or could be called so because with my laziness with programming I am more often doing half a job and then start gaming. The other half I do tomorrow, next week or next month. What ...
0
votes
1answer
120 views

How to love ( studying )? [duplicate]

I do not feel any desire to study .. I do not know why .. it's the last year of study which is very important to me but I can not study for more than 5 hours a day ... When I study I'm thinking about ...
11
votes
4answers
670 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. ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Smart study+ Hard study [duplicate]

How can I study for 16 hours a day without getting bored or sleep? I have to face an exam this August & I should enter to faculty of medicine. But I often get tension, sleepy & bored.!!
12
votes
14answers
8k 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 ...
16
votes
8answers
8k views

How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
2
votes
1answer
135 views

How to read fluently?

I have a question how to read fluently and quickly without returning to previous words and with understanding. Please provide some tips. And one question what is the faster method of reading by a ...
21
votes
17answers
4k views

How can I speed up my coding?

I am currently studying Informatics and Computer Science. Cause I know there are quite a lot of programmers here on SE, I would like to ask for advice on speeding up my coding. First, a brief ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Managing lists - task, todo etc - Integration with other domains, Having many views [duplicate]

Managing lists of things to remember/do/read/buy is important in personal productivity. One needs to manage and view items in different ways. What are platforms for managing these over devices and ...
15
votes
10answers
19k views

Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...

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