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A quick test for determining when I should go to bed?

I often stay up later than I should because I can't tell when my body is ready to sleep (a combination of artificial lighting and reading-intensive courses will do that). Either I'll go to sleep too ...
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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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How to keep my motivation alive?

I had ADHD just after I graduated from highschool. That is why I made bad grades in my Bachelors. Then I took some treatment and thereby I lost 3 years and was not cured. Then I joined a software firm ...
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109 views

Is it possible to improve vigilance through training?

I would like to know, for practical purposes like driving, coding, martial art training, video games or any activity that require the person to be well focused, if it's possible to improve vigilance ...
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51 views

Positioning a Desk Lamp to Avoid Eye Strain - In the middle of the room, no walls to bounce light

I did read a great post (Where to keep the desk lamp with regard to laptop for less eye strain?) on this, but it was only relevant for people in a cube space. Unfortunately, I am in the middle of a ...
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Manage Personal vs Non-personal activities & Calendar event times across different time zones?

I have a daily routine of things I like to do in terms of waking up, workout, yoga, meditation, breakfast, lunch, medicines etc. When I travel from PT to ET and back I'd like to do these things at a ...
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How to stop being a perfectionist?

For example, until I know each and everything about a topic, I just don't feel like moving ahead, I get stuck. And I find myself getting involved in very minute details of the topic, which usually ...
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406 views

How can I learn to say “no” and fight back?

I think that sometimes I accept that what other people say takes a priority over my own time or my personal choices. Also I'm not so "fighter" type. For example, suppose that if I go to rent an ...
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554 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 ...
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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 ...
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47 views

Motivation to finish a team project?

I know it's been sortof asked, but hopefully this is a unique enough variation. Currently I'm working on a software project with another individual; we've been working for a couple of months, and ...
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Does wearing your sunglasses reduce monitor glare?

I use a glossy Macbook Pro at work and often am working on a terminal screen with a black background. It tends to reflect direct or incident light off the screen into my eyes and I notice this as ...
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Monitor Display Settings for better productivity

I am a software professional and have to do coding as well as having to do reading on the computer for the whole day. I noticed some time back that I tend to take my face a bit closer to monitor when ...
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Pomodoro timer that syncs between web and android

I'm trying to get into the pomodoro mood again, after having stopped for a while. Currently I'm using Tomighty, which I actually like a lot. However, as we've got a lot of meetings here, I'm away ...
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267 views

If 'don't fear failure' is good motivation advice - should people simply quit their job to do what they really want?

A lot of motivational material, for example this video by Arnold Schwarzenegger suggests 'Don't fear failure, you are the only one to realise your own potential'. On the other hand common place ...
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Is an on-screen keyboard more efficient than touch typing on a physical keyboard?

This is my first time here, so I hope this question is on topic! My friend and I got into an argument over whether typing on an on-screen keyboard (i.e. on a flat glass screen) can possibly be more ...
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How to stop my craving for attention?

Hell guys, this is my first post on the personal productivity site. I have this problem of being an 'attention-seeker' in school.I would not classify myself as the typical attention seeker as I don't ...
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2answers
70 views

Resources or techniques to improve the design of big projects?

I am working in a big (software) project and I, sometimes, feel that it has too many pieces. Some of the problematic characteristics are: The scope is big and complex. The desired final result is ...
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Methods for Goal Setting

There are a lot of methodologies for doing more and doing things faster. The problem is that you end up doing the wrong things faster. At the other end of the scale you set many important goals, but ...
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4answers
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Finding possible meeting dates between parties via intersecting calendar files

In my experience, finding a date for a meeting is often hard if all members of the meetings have full schedules. However, one easy approach to find possible date would be to simply compute the ...
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1answer
143 views

How can I prevent myself bike-shedding over unimportant things on online forums?

Bike-Shedding Parkinson's law of triviality, also known as bikeshedding, bike-shed effect, or the bicycle-shed example, is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that organisations give ...
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0answers
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Is speed reading worth learning over PhotoReading?

I recently bought a Udemy course titled "Become a SuperLearner" that teaches speed reading and advanced memory skills (I tried the Tim Ferris's method, but it didn't yield long-term speed increase, so ...
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How to focus instantly, is it possible?

I work around 10 hours per day as researcher, and I have a 1.5 hours stop for lunch. It happens to me that in the morning, I need just one hour to get "into work", and also after lunch. I think this ...
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How to come out of friendzone? [closed]

Most of my female friends (all of them) put me in friend zone and some has even placed me in the VIP section of it. All I want to know is how to come out of this friend zone?
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4answers
199 views

Pomodoro for studying programming books

Currently how I use Pomodoro is using 25 minutes of study, then 5 minutes rest. And I do this for studying programming books. Is that how I should be doing it or should I first break down sections of ...
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4answers
226 views

Post-project blues - how to readjust to a less hectic life

Whether in work or home, I usually have a number of projects going. I get very geared up and in the zone for projects and this make it particularly difficult to readjust to periods of quiet left by ...
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A time-management watch with alarms, timers and vibration?

I'm looking for a wrist-watch that can help me in various time-management tasks. I'd like to regularly write down what I'm doing (time logging) so I know where my time is going, the watch could ...
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183 views

How do I choose what to focus on at the right time, when there are so many things I want to do?

(I apologize for the length of this post. Please see the bolded questions below.) Let me preface this by saying that, for the time being and foreseeable future, I will have nearly every day, all day, ...
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Giving up a problem too early

I am a grad student doing my PhD in theoretical physics. I am struggling with a habit of giving up a problem too early. Actually now I understand that it is not a new thing to me. Since my school days ...
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4answers
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How to self study/learn?

Currently I treat self learning like college. I read books, take notes and test myself. However, I am not finding this effective, as whilst the motivation is there (love of the topic, wanting to ...
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0answers
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Kneeling chair for 6'3" (1.9m) person?

I'm pretty tall and am trying to find a good kneeling chair. However most are built for average heights. Does anyone have a recommendation on a kneeling chair for a tall dude?
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193 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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2answers
346 views

I feel hopeless I feel like don't even deserve to live. What should I do? [closed]

I am jobless software engineer who has experience like 4.5 years in software development. Due to prolonged depression, procrastination and confusions, I have failed on my interviews and social life ...
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2answers
176 views

Parkinson's law and deadlines: how do they work?

Parkinson's law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. This law is a silent killer in my life. I can clearly see the law working in my life but don't fully ...
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10answers
2k views

Techniques to stop procrastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...
17
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9answers
634 views

How to fall asleep

I think many people can relate with this problem, eventhough I'm giving a personal description Ever since I was young I had extreme trouble with sleeping. I think I can best attribute it to ...
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1answer
55 views

How to reconcile focusing on process vs. output

Whereas some argue that to reach your goal you must concentrate on the process (of achieving it) rather than on the goal, other coaches advise the opposite: Busy managers measure hours of activity, ...
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1answer
109 views

“SMART Goal Setting Practical Example”? [closed]

I want to set a few written goals for the first time in my life. Please give me some Real life - practical S.M.A.R.T. goals template , example ...which includes Plan of Action, tasks, deadlines. How ...
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790 views

How can I measure how tired I am?

In order to stay productive I want to make sure I don't try to work when I am too tired, as I should get some rest instead. Working on computers all day long as I do can make it hard to detect. What ...
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5answers
85 views

Language learning from Music

I would like to hear from people who feel music has been useful in learning a foreign language. What practises or combination of practises did you find useful? ( Listening to same music in a known ...
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1answer
22 views

How to track time spent on sites launched from hacker news

I find per-site time tracking nearly useless as I tend to visit a lot of domains. I want to track time spent on certain sites, say Hacker News and links that were opened from those domains. I use ...
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2answers
90 views

How to use all I know at work?

I'm Victor and I'm 17 years old, when I was 14 years old I started to learn programming and English and I realized I could learn faster than the normal people, when I turned 15 years old I started ...
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177 views

Techniques to organize my constantly growing 'download' folder

I'm basically looking for a method or tool to organize my downloads folder. New files are added on a constantly basis which leads to some (minor) problems the problems are: 1) many files that are ...
0
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1answer
75 views

What is a nice guy really? How do I get rid of the nice giy syndrome? [closed]

I keep on getting friend zoned by every girl I show a romantic interest in. Other guys who I see nothing special about keep getting all the goods. I sometimes I wonder what's wrong with me because ...
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2answers
77 views

What is the Importance and Need of Goal Setting?

I have read a lot about goal setting and now I want to find reasons as such why do I need goals to achieve success in life. I want to improve my skills. For instance, I want to learn a new programming ...
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1answer
103 views

2 minute tasks that cannot be completed immediately?

What do you do when you cannot complete a 2-minute task immediately? An example is a phone call where the recipient does not pick up. Does this phone call get moved to the Next Action list?
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3answers
86 views

Maintaining focus after completing a task and moving into the next one [duplicate]

What I've been finding recently, is once I've finished a task, it takes a bit of effort to refocus and start working on the next task. Any suggestions for minimizing this transition? Usually I ...
7
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6answers
538 views

Programming with ADHD

I suffer from ADHD. I am trying to build an android app. My problem is that I find it hard to sit and program for a long time, I usually sit only for 5 minutes and then walk off. My question How can ...
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8answers
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My thoughts distract me, how do I keep my focus?

I recently started working full-time as a software developer. [potentially unnecessary background info here] I've always had a problem focusing. It's very difficult for me to push down my curiosity ...
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2answers
88 views

How to present my project if am feeling not good?

I will present my project tomorrow. My instructor will invite another instructor who used to insult and laugh on students projects if its average or wrong. How I can respond on his laughing? How I can ...

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