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6answers
393 views

How safe and future-lasting is my personal life on the cloud?

I love the cloud and see a majority of benefits in using it and storing data on it. Except safety. And by meaning safety I do not mean only keeping your password safe. I mostly set strong unreadable ...
4
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4answers
903 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
2
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6answers
576 views

How to organise the mental and physical chaos in my life?

I have been reading and experimenting with techniques for many years. I have read the GTD book among dozens of others but I still can't find the answers to everyday problems. Working as a Web ...
4
votes
5answers
227 views

How do you go about preparing for your talk?

How do you go about preparing for a talk? Could you please tell me whether you write the talk down first and memorize it, or if you write the entire talk down, practice reading it and then on the ...
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3answers
494 views

How do I get motivated to study hard things?

Nowadays I study Logic and Philosophy. I think a lot in order to generate new ideas and try not to just know what other's ideas are. This is hard, and I know that Mastery/Autonomy/Purpose help in ...
6
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7answers
466 views

While learning any new programming language, is it a myth to use a basic text editor instead of an IDE to learn concepts?

I am learning Ruby on Rails these days and asked one of my friend to provide me an IDE for Ruby on Rails, but he suggested to write code on Notepad/Dreamweaver (Windows user currently) first instead ...
9
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8answers
742 views

How to remain calm during a tense period?

I am working in a bank as an assistant of one of my seniors. One day one of the bundles of account-opening forms was lost. I became much anxious and was thinking about an way out. I was continuously ...
4
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1answer
475 views

How do I maintain consistency when learning a new skill?

Sometimes, I find it difficult to maintain focus when learning new skills, especially when I'm just getting the hang of it. Most times, it's due to being distracted by learning another skill. How do I ...
3
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1answer
113 views

Is there a system/method incorporating bookmarks, citations/references, and a document editor (e.g., Google Docs/Drive) with a revision history?

Currently, I'm writing a paper in Microsoft Word 2007. I use Endnote to organise my references and bibliography and hold electronic copies of papers I've found where possible. I have stacks of books ...
2
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4answers
240 views

Where can I find references on good office design?

I am currently in a position where I will be in my office for a relatively long time and I am thinking of ways that I can alter my office to maximize my productivity for the different aspects of my ...
3
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6answers
701 views

Being motivated for self study

I am a software professional. I have reached a stage in career where I will have to do something apart from regular coding. I am very confused about what that extra thing should be. Sometimes I think ...
19
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9answers
785 views

Short relaxation break 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 ...
6
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2answers
256 views

What would be a good way to maintain an academic and professional journal ?

I maintain a journal(diary) to keep track of personal targets, habit changes, etc. and seeing its positive effects, I would like to maintain something similar for academic/professional acivities. The ...
3
votes
1answer
243 views

How do I study the books that don't have answers at the back?

There are several classical books on mathematics which are a pleasure to study from. However, after reading its materials and working through the theorems and solved problems, I feel very ...
6
votes
1answer
174 views

What does science say about productive learning time?

I wonder what science says about how to set learning time. Specificially I wonder about how to mix learning and free time. This is of course related to the attention span. My rhythm looks the ...
0
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1answer
193 views

How to deal with very short tasks with Pomodoro [duplicate]

Pomodoro encourages you to put interruptions into other tasks (more or less) but, sometimes, these new tasks can be very short - literally 5 minutes of work. Or 10. If I am using a 25-5 work-break ...
3
votes
4answers
364 views

How to use pomodoro in a busy environment

I am a programmer working in an open-space environment. There are basically two types of people which make it difficult to use pomodoro: Those, who want something completely trivial every 10 minutes ...
4
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4answers
3k views

Grasping new things quickly or in less time

I am 4yrs experience software engineer. When a new requirement comes or when I move to another project, I take a long time to understand the process/flow. So become helpless to work on any development ...
2
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3answers
162 views

How do I move from collecting ideas to executing projects?

I use Evernote as a way to record ideas and web clippings that interest me. Some are ideas for projects. Some are collections of ideas that relate to prospective projects. There are quotes, metaphors, ...
1
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1answer
95 views

Can writing also improve productivity in other non related personal areas apart from the project we are working

Can writing also improve productivity in other personal areas apart from the project we are working on e.g : Writing to improve food habits (making a diary of what you ate and corresponding ...
1
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4answers
246 views

Writing more in spite of laziness

I am a PhD student, and I have found that writing down my ideas and thoughts helps me discover new ideas which fascinate me. Such ideas would be difficult to generate just by thinking. Unfortunately, ...
1
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2answers
82 views

Learning new material while being a Junior

I have been asked with a task that is about linux driver development and its so complex actually. I'm in the first two months of work, and I don't want say I do not know about this and my boss expects ...
7
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1answer
215 views

If I can both sit and stand during an 8-hour day, what is the optimal balance of time sitting/standing?

So I have two desks right next to each other (actually, one is a regular desk and one is a refrigerator, my "standing desk"). I work from home, usually about 8 hours a day. Is there any research ...
1
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1answer
157 views

How can I tell when my body is ready to sleep?

The problem is, due to caffeine usage I often end up going to bed too early and wasting time trying to fall asleep. Are there any methods to find out whether my body is ready to fall asleep? I ...
0
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4answers
139 views

When do you update and study other material?

Considering an 8-9 hours a day in a job, you come home, you are tired, wanna listen to music, don't want to study anything new in CS, weekend comes, you never want to touch anything related to work, ...
12
votes
7answers
543 views

Hating sleep at night because of inadequate feeling of no achievement during the day

I've been having a hatred for sleep and when i mean hatred i mean a feeling of not wanting to fall asleep because i feel i've done nothing during the day to achieve my goals. How can i stop feeling ...
3
votes
3answers
123 views

Should I keep revising?

Scenario: I read about multithreading (one of the computer programming concept) aroung 10 months ago. I practiced it well, wrote around 5-6 articles with my own examples. It is one of my interesting ...
4
votes
5answers
392 views

How to safely and effectively ignore irrelevant external stimuli?

I have come to realize that a lot of mental energy and focus is wasted on the intake, filtering, and processing of what ends up considered completely useless sensory input. Things like various types ...
3
votes
3answers
193 views

Going from idea to execution

I have a problem with not being able to move from idea to execution. By idea, I mean a detailed, specific plan on what to do and how to do it. I make lots of plans, but rarely follow through with ...
1
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3answers
227 views

How to concentrate again after getting stuck at some point

I'm a self-employed IT guy at the moment. My self discipline is quite decent usually, I plan and think a lot before implementing something. I got stuck at some point now, because I didn't foresee a ...
7
votes
5answers
438 views

Why is my productivity the lowest in afternoon?

Is it just me or is productivity low in the afternoon for general population? I find that I'm unable to do simplest of tasks between 1pm and 5 pm.
1
vote
1answer
95 views

How to be productive in two different but equally demanding tasks

I am the owner of a small software development business, and most of the time I will have two general tasks to perform: The task of managing my company, usually it has to do with talking to my ...
1
vote
5answers
389 views

Problem of falling asleep after intense study

I always find problem in falling asleep after intense brainstorming. I feel some fuzzy doodle of some irregular thoughts going on in my brain. The thoughts change very quickly from one to another and ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

Software to plan lab experiments

I am searching for a (free) software to plan lab experiments. These experiments can stretch over several days but only need attention on some of them. So the feature I am searching for is to define ...
34
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10answers
3k views

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, ...
1
vote
4answers
127 views

Managing emails

I am an IT professional. I get around 20-30 mails per day related to my work or general company updates/processes. I have always lacked in effectively managing my mails so I can quickly search a mail ...
1
vote
6answers
1k views

What can I do during the breaks between the stressful long study hours that would not be counterproductive?

Playing computer games during the breaks would not certainly be productive to do between the long study hours. Watching TV will also not be a good idea (it will jam the brain further, I guess). ...
0
votes
4answers
74 views

Which way to manage download and put them in workflow to install

i download many apps from links in this stack and then forget to install all of them is there any way to manage it?
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Is there such a thing as a package receiving service?

Is there such a thing as a monthly fee/rent-based service that gives you a "virtual" address to which you can ship your packages, and pick them up at your convenience? Something that would eliminate ...
3
votes
2answers
85 views

How to solve the dillemma of shorter-time versus deeper-understanding?

When we studied undergraduate, we were always in a dilemma of shorter-time versus deeper-understanding. For example, to complete the whole study material we always had few hours in our hand. If we ...
3
votes
5answers
391 views

What are basic techniques to cope with an extremely tough and totally unfamiliar university subject?

Let someone has completed a Bachelor degree. For some reason, he needs to take a graduate course in something hard and unrelated to his Bachelors; how should he approach studying the subject? For ...
6
votes
2answers
241 views

How to measure/increase productivity

I am into software development and an individual contributor in the team working from off-shore. My manager is onsite and he assigns work to be on calls. The project is in very initial stage so I am ...
3
votes
1answer
150 views

Learning methodology for software developer?

I am a beginner in software development. I've started learning algorithms, networking and software development practices from various books. My seniors advised me to read one book and learn one thing ...
4
votes
3answers
483 views

Time management strategies for computer science students

Over the past few months, I've been contributing to both Wikipedia and Stack Overflow, and working on open source software projects. However, I've found that my obsession with software development has ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Is there any multi-platform cloud based Pomodoro application?

Is there any cloud based Pomodoro client software which can synchronize with all types of devices like laptops, mobile phones, and desktops? A software like Dropbox but a personal productivity ...
6
votes
9answers
980 views

Trying to achieve inbox zero in Gmail

I have a rather unruly inbox at this point. There's probably at least a thousand messages in there, with 300 or so of them unread. I'm trying to find ways to achieve inbox zero. As part of this I want ...
5
votes
4answers
180 views

How to not be too nice or too harsh?

I have two really disturbing personalities which I need advice on shaking off. When I meet new people which by the way I am really good at. I either come off as being too friendly, in which case they ...
3
votes
1answer
268 views

Would Like To Be A Better Person In Life [closed]

I'am 28 now and i have the tendency to take everything for granted.I have always been extremely ignorant about numerous things that one would encounter in his/her life like studies,taking care of ...
0
votes
4answers
369 views

App that has nice separate lists for tasks and goals?

Is their any app (Web based, Android, iPhone, anything) which enables a person to manage both - his tasks and his goals, without mixing them up.
2
votes
5answers
1k views

How to become a proactive rather than a reactive (lazy) learner?

My whole life I have been a reactive, lazy learner. What that means is that more or less any knowledge I ever acquired came in one of the three possible manners: Someone madated a task for whose ...

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