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72 views

How to call it quits when it's not productive?

I sometimes get stuck spending too much effort doing something that's not going to work out and even if it did it's not worth it. Right now I'm trying to log in to an old Twitter account of mine. I ...
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4answers
90 views

What is the ideal ratio of entertainment / work hours [closed]

I am trying to find out what is the ideal ratio of work & entertainment hours i.e: If I work for 2 hour (Office, Freelance & Learning stuff) I can have 1 hour of entertainment (Movie, Gaming ...
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1answer
52 views

What mind trick can I use to remember to calculus formulas?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apXayVtvCCc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iay8EFCjqfA I found these two videos very helpful. But, what about the rest of the formulas? Like, arcsine, arccos, log, ...
3
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2answers
183 views

Is Speed Reading Scientifically Proven to be Effective?

I've read a lot about Speed Reading. I did ocular exercises in the past, and I confess that I really have read faster the texts of my ocular exercises (that I wasn't reading by the first time), and ...
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0answers
34 views

Programmer wanting to manage 'context switching' between tasks better [duplicate]

I am a programmer, my daily routine demands that I switch focus (aka 'context switch') between many different tasks in a day. On top of this I have to deal the with usual interruptions from meetings, ...
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179 views

can't focus on certain day or after a few working hour and how to overcome the problem

I noticed that on certain days, I can't focus at all. For example, it is Sunday night and I was actually at school today. However, I couldn't focus on what I was studying. I did 71 hours at school ...
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0answers
19 views

App for android with tasks and subtasks with possibility deactivating alarm on subtasks

I am looking for app that enables this. I have a main task and below several subtask with regular alarms (for example daily) for each. If I check main task all subtasks should be inactive until I ...
0
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1answer
115 views

How can I do my work AT work and not at home?

I'm a college student studying Computer Science. Certain classes are about practising the material, which was covered in the lectures. The problem is - I can never get myself to do the work properly ...
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2answers
66 views

How to pace myself for increase in working hours from 7.5 to 8?

Currently I work 37.5 hours per week. I will be working 40 hours per week soon. At the moment, I feel drained after 7.5 hours at work. What can I do to pace myself for an increase to 8 hours (e.g. ...
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3answers
147 views

When to choose tutorials and when to choose books?

When I want to learn something new I tend to choose books to learn it, but I feel that they sometimes slow me down. I've decided that I will choose books for things I want to be more average at, and ...
3
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6answers
297 views

How to pause & resume research in the internet?

I have this problem that comes up most frequently when researching products or services or concepts on the internet. The nature of comparison shopping today often dictates that we need to put in ...
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5answers
124 views

Strategy on taking notes from academic articles?

I'm in the final phase for my Masters in Computer Science. I have to write a thesis (12,000 words). The recommended reading is 50+ academic papers (varying lengths). I've never been an effective ...
0
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1answer
59 views

Deep sleep aids

I'm looking for a sleep aid, herb, or medication that triggers or helps the transition into deep sleep (primarily stages 3 and 4). Ideally this miracle substance would allow someone to sleep for a ...
2
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3answers
234 views

Do we need rest after sitting on a comfortable chair all day?

I am making my daily time table chart. I work as a web developer. After my work, I take a bus and come back home. There is not much physical activity involved. I added an extra time of 30 minutes to ...
2
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1answer
70 views

How can i organize my music file(mp3) library? [closed]

I have about 250-300 mp3 files stored in my microSD card, mounted to my android smartphone. In the beginning, I downloaded songs from the internet and just moved them to a folder. The music player app ...
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4answers
274 views

How can I “reach” a procrastinating classmate to teach him about how to solve it?

EDIT Thank you all for your ideas and tips! A classmate of mine in high school doesn't learn much in school, nor does he do much homework. He doesn't understand the current topics discussed in ...
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1answer
31 views

Why does adding a new note type on Anki break synchronisation?

If you add a new note type on Anki (manage note types- add one - delete it) the app says it has to resync your entire database to the server, merging is no longer possible. Why does this happen? How ...
3
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4answers
118 views

How can I respond wisely while I am in frustration or angry or charged?

I am working as a Team lead for an IT team. I run meetings everyday and gather status. It is my responsibility to control the meeting and make sure meetings ended in a productive manner. But so many ...
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1answer
41 views

Is there an add on for evernote to give tags attributes or scores?

I'm trying to use evernote to do a health and food diary, where I log entries for each day and tag them with foods I've eaten, how I'm feeling and any health symptoms. I want to be able to use the ...
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2answers
151 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
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1answer
74 views

How to make my knowledge come into action? [closed]

I am confused if I've asked the question the right way. I am extremely sorry for my bad english. But I am trying to describe it more precisely. Suppose I've read a book and learned some wonderful ...
0
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0answers
23 views

Linking auto-updating tasks/email to a task in Outlook

I organize my tasks and my time using Outlook tasks an in doing so I often link related tasks or emails to a task. The problem I'm having is that if a task is linked in another task and another person ...
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2answers
87 views

If And Then Else Planning

So, I've thought up the basics for a productivity / scheduling system that I refer to as in the title. Basically if this and that is true do this, else if do this. Let me give an example that I'm ...
2
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2answers
53 views

How can I scan hanging folders that contain tabbed inserts?

As suggested by David Allen of GTD, I've tried the following: I do have a drawer of hanging folders But none of the hanging folders have those plastic tabs on them Each hanging folder contains one ...
2
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5answers
133 views

Student implementing GTD: 2 next actions lists?

As a student, my grades are my important priority. I also have various side projects, and I've noticed that my next-actions list is becoming too inflated to quickly triage tasks. I've made a second ...
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5answers
244 views

Keeping computer files organized to maximize productivity

I have a lot of files on my computer, most of it related to either code/web development or games. I'm looking for an easy method to keep those files organized in a way that will maximize my ...
0
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3answers
147 views

How can I stay focused while reading technical material?

I can be focused but not in every case. I'm computer science student. So I have to read a lot of books or tutorials about it. However I noticed that I have some difficulty to stay focused when I read ...
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2answers
96 views

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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0answers
61 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 ...
1
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4answers
263 views

Is there any efficient method for long term memory?

I know that spaced repitition is important . Therefore, i had used anki application however it didn't work because i couldn't organize important informations and i didn't feel ready for reviewing my ...
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1answer
86 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 ...
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0answers
38 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 ...
0
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1answer
40 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 ...
3
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2answers
249 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 ...
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3answers
587 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. ...
2
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4answers
144 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 ...
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1answer
78 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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6answers
189 views

Covey matrix: What is the meaning of “importance”?

I've been reading up on the Covey (or Eisenhower, as some might call it) importance/urgency matrix, and while I get the general gist of it, I'm a bit confused about the semantics of the term ...
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2answers
80 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 ...
1
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1answer
58 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! ...
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2answers
69 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 ...
1
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2answers
86 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 ...
2
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4answers
245 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 ...
0
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0answers
44 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 ...
11
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3answers
296 views

GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
0
votes
1answer
116 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
66 views

Reading relevant messages from social networking notifications

To stay updated and learn on the happening things around world on topics of my interest, I have subscribed to limited social networking notifications. The daunting challenge mostly such topics ...
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3answers
76 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
48 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 ...
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votes
1answer
57 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.

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