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Hierarchy tree editor

I am looking for a desktop application that can be used to efficiently manage hierarchical data structures, much like a filesystem tree hierarchy but that saves my hierarchy in a file. MSFT Excel is ...
4
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4answers
757 views

What are the steps to be taken to bring more clarity to your thought process?

I had recently migrated from being a student to an IT professional and I realized that I need to bring in more clarity in my thought process. My job requires me to ask critical questions (I do ...
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4answers
300 views

How to speak more clearly

I pronounce word correctly. But listeners don't clearly understand my words. I speak in enough high volume. What to do?
3
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2answers
110 views

Context vs. Lists

I'm not very familiar with this whole Getting Things Done thing, but I believe this is where context and lists are very important. I was wondering what the difference between the two were. It seems to ...
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6answers
577 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 ...
2
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1answer
513 views

Application to handle Gantt Charts for multiple projects on Mac

Is there any Gantt Chart application for Mac OS X that allows dealing with multiple projects? I have tested Omniplan, which is very good for a single project, but can not work efficiently with ...
2
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3answers
605 views

If after a few weeks/months I forget a topic which I studied in the past, does it mean that I never understood it in the first place?

I write blogs whenever I study a technical topic. After a few months if I start thinking about that topic, my mind feels like a blank slate. Does it mean that I never understood the topic in the ...
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1answer
113 views

Memory techniques - bespoke or off-the-peg?

Almost all memory techniques involve visualising some unusual situation like imagining your front door dripping with custard (this is how I know my front door key is the yellow one on my keyring). ...
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11answers
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How to study efficiently few days before the exams [considering that one hasn't throughly studied any subject by now]?

I am having exams in these two weeks. But I still haven't studied thoroughly on each subjects. For physics, I have spent more than a week studying electric charges, yes, only electric charges. I spent ...
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5answers
713 views

How come some people are able to think out of box while others fail?

How come some people can think out of box while others fail to locate the very basics. In my context, I've been more than 2 years in IT industry and most of the things that I think of, have already ...
3
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2answers
334 views

How to notate that a task can't be started until a separate task is completed in GTD

I did a search through the site and found some similar questions with some answers that aren't quite what I'm after. What I'm looking for is if there is a recommended way to note that a task is ...
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5answers
1k views

Looking for printable daily organizer/planner/scheduler for 2013

I am having a hard time searching for an electronic version (any file type that can be printed) of a daily planner. Paper version of these planners look something like this: Only requirements for ...
2
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1answer
80 views

Sales Team Time Management Web Application?

I'm looking for a web app to manage my sales team, that contains functionality to assign appointments witt a customer to a specific seller. I would prefer an opensource app.
5
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6answers
333 views

Fear of failure

Maybe this will be long but I want to cover as much detail as I can to get proper help, because I think I need it. I'm 23 years old. I'm a Computer Engineer who got top 10 degrees in university, and ...
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5answers
341 views

how to avoid temptations

well I usually do prepare a very good plan, but due to lot of temptations and their consuming nature and few of their execution I find discipline bit very hard in day to day life... plans are ...
9
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4answers
160 views

What do I do with reasonably large tasks that are due at some point in the future?

I have found that my todo lists work great for three cases: Simple things that have a very specific due date (e.g. call Chris at 3pm, pay credit card bill by January 15, etc.) Things I would like to ...
9
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3answers
426 views

Is there an electronic task management software that stores encrypted data in the cloud for syncing with other devices?

My question is basically what the title says. I am trying several software for GTD/todo/task management, focusing on syncing between laptops and cellphones. Although most of the software transfer ...
4
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2answers
203 views

Is Pomodoro an all or nothing system

I consider GTD to be an all or nothing system, i.e. either you fully engage in the system or you don't. I have found that using bits and pieces of it doesn't really work. But, I've been reading about ...
14
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3answers
262 views

Isolation as a productivity 'drive'

This is my attempt to re-frame a recently-closed question in a more positive and productivity-focused way. Various cultural artifacts make mention of writers that escaped to isolated cottages far ...
4
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3answers
418 views

How do i control my over excitement during my work?

It is usually found when i finish a sort of work assigned to me i usually get over excited over stuffs and start asking for more work though forgetting what task is being assigned. I give a yes to ...
0
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1answer
619 views

What other techniques are equivalent to GTD and Pomodoro effectiveness-wise?

I learn that GTD and Pomodoro are two broadly and greatly appreciated as very effective techniques. I therefor intent to study and practice both of them and try to use them together. But I'd like to ...
9
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5answers
416 views

Handle tasks with no specific due date

I need a computer program to help me handle my tasks. I know, there are many task programs, such as Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook. My problem is that they can't handle tasks with no specific ...
8
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5answers
2k views

How to be a smart worker rather than hard worker to be fit for the IT industry?

How do I work smart rather than work hard, specially in IT context (web development, PHP basically) as this field absorbs only smart professionals? Sometimes I personally feel that I need to work in ...
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4answers
352 views

Forgetting of concepts

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
2
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6answers
133 views

App that has attachments and comments to tasks?

I'm doing a masters degree, and I often have reading tasks in different formats (i.e pdf, word, e-books, and so forth). I need a way to schedule a reading task for a specific date, attach that ...
8
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4answers
399 views

App to track activities and progress on them

I need to find application to track my activities and progress that I did on it (for example number of pages I read or exercises I did). I need to be able to look on what I spent last month for ...
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9answers
1k views

How do you read programming books?

I'm wondering, how do you read programming books? I always don't do the exercises, I just read the book.. Do you read while sleeping or you really take the book and study like you do in high school ...
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4answers
341 views

Merge daily todo with project todo

I'm on a quest of finding the best tool to manage what I do. TL;DR: Freelance web developer looking for tool to connect project management and daily tasks. I like Getting Things Done methodology a ...
14
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8answers
863 views

Struggling in coding [closed]

I have a problem that whenever I struggle with a programming problem, for example in computer vision or game programming, I try to look for an existing demo or some code that does that job. I always ...
6
votes
3answers
273 views

How to use pomodoro technique when doing tasks with dependencies?

The Pomodoro Technique works well for me when I do fixed ,defined tasks like studying using book or working on specific issues .But I struggle with this technique when the task at hand has a lot of ...
6
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4answers
339 views

The balance between rest and productivity

My job is mentally tiring. I find that I often have to study on it a little when I get home to keep up with the current technology, but by then, I'm often too exhausted to focus on anything. My ...
2
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5answers
2k views

Pomodoro app that keeps a log?

I use Pomodoros with some success, but I would really like to be able to easily track how many and when I do them. Is there an app that keeps a log of start time and stop time (if it was stopped ...
6
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4answers
5k views

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.
5
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4answers
213 views

How to cure my grave fear for examinations?

How to eliminate my grave fear for examinations which is associated with the tragic end of my academic career due to some of my family matters? I am totally unable to withstand the fear of failing in ...
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8answers
4k views

I'm chronically late to work: how do I change this?

Since I started working on May, I'm always late. Not by minutes, but hours. Last month I logged the hour I arrived at my desk every day and calculated I'm on average 1.5 hour late. I've been trying ...
4
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2answers
204 views

How to overcome productivity/daytime-correlation

After reading some threads here on PP.SE, I've encountered that a lot of people seem to be more motivated and focused in the late evening/night to do challenging and work-intense tasks. ...
2
votes
3answers
514 views

Free 'developer activity tracker' software for increasing productivity of development

Does anybody know of developer activity tracker software used to increase productivity of development? I need to find out developer's time distribution. How much time do they spend on browsing, ...
6
votes
3answers
455 views

What are the techniques to sleep effectively

I often do programming tasks at night. When I'm working on a programming task, times I get Ideas and will implement them at a stretch. Subtle, I don't get Ideas that faster and I pause my task. ...
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17answers
5k views

what do you do when you are stuck at programming and you don't have access to internet?

This is a question most of us have faced while programming. Getting stuck! It might be a programmatic problem or tool problem, most of us eventually face it. You know something is supposed to work ...
7
votes
9answers
591 views

How to constrain my emotions and act based on my wisdom? [closed]

I am not sure that this is the right SE site to place this question. If not my early apologies and please redirect me right SE site. I am suffering from a high intensity of my emotions. Anger, fear, ...
5
votes
5answers
213 views

Tradeoffs of 'no email' day

I'm considering having a once-a-week `no-email' day, so that would be one working day on which I set my out-of-office and don't look at an incoming email for the whole day (with the idea that I'd ...
5
votes
5answers
974 views

Personal workflow management web/mobile app with networking capabilities

I am looking for a web/mobile app which could be used to assign tasks to oneself and, more importantly, others who are in your defined network and associated project management. The mobile app is ...
8
votes
2answers
876 views

Like Evernote but with multiple levels of directory structure (notebooks)

I loooooooove (one O was not enough to express) Evernote, however, one significant deficiency is that it only supports one level of directory categorization (Notebook->note) instead of multiple, like ...
3
votes
5answers
92 views

Pollen or hay fever season and personal productivity

There are several weeks in each year when my productivity drops to zero because of hay fever. I basically can't think about any productive solution for this problem. I am a programmer. It's not just ...
11
votes
5answers
487 views

What is the best wiki to install and run locally?

I want to start my own wiki page for note keeping. As the info I will be keeping is sensitive I need to host the wiki internally on my LAN. It's possible I will be the only user of the wiki but I ...
2
votes
6answers
331 views

How much of my time should I plan in advance: A day, a week or a month?

I want to make a list of the projects and exercises I am supposed to do this semester to make a plan but every week, new projects and exercises should be added to this list. I wonder which is best to ...
0
votes
2answers
119 views

How should absolute interruptions be handled?

It may happen that a task can't be started or continued due to an absolute interruption. For instance, the internet connection went down for some reason. When that happens, should I start the timer ...
5
votes
9answers
393 views

How do I start working even having scheduled my day and long term tasks?

I have read things about productivity techniques here and in other places but I still can't get focused. Currently I am searching my first big paid job as I am a recent graduate. I also am designing ...
5
votes
3answers
286 views

What are specific strategies for pacing yourself during the day?

For example, an e-mail comes in and you have that biological urge to respond immediately or work on the problem immediately. In addition, we don't want to come off talking our sweet time, so we ...
6
votes
1answer
496 views

Hacking sleeping pattern and increasing productivity

I plan to develop my own 'customised' sleeping pattern. My idea is to reduce my sleep to about four hours (up to five) per day. I read about polyphasic sleep, especialy uberman's and everyman 3. The ...

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