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3answers
87 views

Noise cancelling headphones in the office questions

My office is quite noisy, especially noise from computer fans. I am thinking of noise cancelling headphones. Should I try? Should I normally use them with music? I like music for some phases of ...
3
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3answers
139 views

How can I make my computer to kick me off and shut down?

Mornings are a particularly bad time for me; the really rational part of my brain doesn't seem to kick in until around 9:30 or 10:00 am. I find I'm spending (way) too much time on the computer in the ...
0
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1answer
44 views

Choosing a better keyboard layout for programming and text production

What I need: I am looking for a better, more efficient keyboard layout for the kind of work I do. It needs to be available on Linux and Windows. Can someone recommend a layout that suggest my needs? ...
0
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1answer
53 views

How to organize research material efficently [duplicate]

How can one organize research related study material efficiently? I am talking about ebooks, journal articles and presentation slides (all separate computer files). The tool/software/ arrangement ...
0
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5answers
347 views

I am unable to concentrate!

I am a 15 year old boy and now I have problem studying. In previous year (2015) I was dedicated and loved to study and enjoyed my goal. But ever since 2016 I am as if deprived off from studies I like ...
11
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5answers
451 views

how do I change my working habits to keep myself from surfing the web while working?

While I am working on my master thesis, I find myself checking some unrelated websites every 90 minutes or so. Now, I am still being productive, but I think it would help if I would stop surfing ...
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1answer
45 views

How should these desks be rearranged to minimise overlooking and discomfort? [closed]

We have an office that seats 5 or 6 people. It is arranged in the following way: As I see it, the two middle desks are best for comfort with regards to minimising overlooking. All of the other ...
0
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0answers
33 views

Studying efficiency [duplicate]

What is the best way to organize my day, without getting lazy and skipping stuff? Also, I sometimes feel that I can't finish my to-do list because I am tired. So what is the most efficient way to ...
0
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5answers
157 views

How can I ensure that I wake up in the morning? [duplicate]

I've had trouble waking up on command for basically my entire life. I just recently started grad school. The only job I've ever had before was in the evening, and it's never a problem for me to be ...
1
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1answer
59 views

Controlling excitement/anxiety

I often get excited and my hands, legs and even voice start trembling. These usually happen when I am debating or arguing with friends/people, speaking in front of many people, asking questions in the ...
0
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2answers
70 views

How to overcome or control my habit of laughing alone? [closed]

I am facing this problem with me for long periods of time and I'm unable to overcome this habit. My funny life experiences and the jokes and comedies which I had watched, all start recollecting in ...
3
votes
3answers
259 views

Is learning by doing and watching tutorials actually profitable?

I just got a small job, installing and implementing a samba4 system. This job is mainly for educational purposes as I've never used samba before and know the basics of networking and Linux. My ...
1
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3answers
233 views

Todo List manager with daily time planner

I'm looking for a todo list manager which has these features: add 'things' to do then from that list of things I can either mark them as complete Or I can 'drag' that 'thing' onto a timesheet (so ...
1
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4answers
101 views

how to Resolve distraction from my mind [duplicate]

If i do any work, i give instructions from my mouth means (which can be heard by my ear) then i do that work well, And It will be perfect. if i tried to talk with my inner voice. i am easily ...
1
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1answer
74 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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votes
4answers
96 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
56 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
votes
2answers
192 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 ...
0
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0answers
35 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, ...
1
vote
2answers
180 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 ...
0
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0answers
20 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
votes
1answer
117 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 ...
0
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2answers
67 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. ...
3
votes
3answers
150 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
votes
6answers
305 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 ...
1
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5answers
130 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 ...
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votes
1answer
61 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
votes
3answers
237 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
votes
1answer
91 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 ...
4
votes
4answers
280 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
32 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
votes
4answers
121 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 ...
0
votes
1answer
43 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 ...
1
vote
2answers
161 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
1answer
77 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 ...
1
vote
0answers
27 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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votes
2answers
92 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
votes
2answers
54 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
votes
5answers
135 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 ...
5
votes
5answers
262 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
votes
3answers
154 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 ...
1
vote
2answers
113 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. ...
1
vote
0answers
73 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
vote
4answers
269 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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
88 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
votes
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
votes
1answer
41 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
votes
2answers
294 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 ...
9
votes
3answers
679 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
votes
4answers
155 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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