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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
212 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 ...
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1answer
155 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, ...
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5answers
464 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 ...
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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
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5answers
386 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
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3answers
189 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 ...
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3answers
226 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
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5answers
432 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
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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 ...
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5answers
374 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
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1answer
85 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
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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 ...
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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). ...
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4answers
73 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?
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3answers
1k 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
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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
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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
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2answers
240 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
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1answer
148 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
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3answers
468 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
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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
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9answers
958 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
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4answers
179 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
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1answer
263 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 ...
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4answers
368 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
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5answers
964 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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14answers
4k views

How to solve my personal issues to be productive and happy person

Until two years ago, I was a positive thinker, easily forgot petty issues, and was productive. After that I started studying for a masters in Computer Science and started a full time job. This means I ...
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1answer
149 views

Does changing keystone habits really help bring bigger changes? [closed]

Keystone habits were described in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The idea is that instead of a changing the big habits in life we should focus on small seemingly inconsequential habits and work ...
3
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5answers
855 views

Time-variation in pomodoro technique?

I have just started using the pomodoro technique. However, often after a 30 min work interval (I have changed the 25 minute interval to 30), I often don't feel exhausted and think I could go on ...
10
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7answers
828 views

How to control or change habits?

I don't know what I need to write here, but I am explaining everywhere what I feel and think. Everyone has some habits that may be good or bad. But firstly I want to control or change some of my ...
2
votes
3answers
437 views

Tools to represent skills in a graphical way with rating

I have been reading self-assessment articles for few days. I have been thinking to create a nice graphical representation (Venn diagram) of my skill set (input) along with level of expertise for each ...
6
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2answers
136 views

How do I become more agile in shifting between activities?

I really like being able to focus on one activity and only that for a prolonged period of time. I could spend days on end doing one type of activity as I feel that the longer I focus on it, the ...
2
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1answer
120 views

Improve productivity in a non will job

I need help. I am a software engineer but i didn't opt for this career by will. I did it because of family pressure. I wanted to be a cricketer. I have got good results in all my exams and also been ...
4
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6answers
875 views

How to stop worrying on petty issues?

This has been one of my biggest flaw since my childhood. I usually keep worrying about small issues, which brings me into lots of tension, but actually nothing happens. I keep on worrying about what ...
7
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5answers
346 views

How do I get back to doing what I love?

A little background. I started coding in C++ about 5 years ago. Ever since then, I was sure that I wanted a life in code :) In my last 2 semesters, I wrote quite a bit of code for varied purposes. ...
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3answers
436 views

Keeping track of emails, notes, files, and deliverables for a project

Is there anything better than Basecamp? Basecamp seems to have all the features I'm looking for in a project manager, but it requires a ton of tedious little interactions with its web GUI: uploading ...
2
votes
3answers
137 views

Where should I take (and store) notes during meetings on different subjects?

I've got various meetings on a variety of subjects. In some I take a lot of notes, in others, not so much. How should I manage/organize these notes? I don't want to have a separate notebook for each ...
8
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3answers
222 views

Do simple diets help our mental productivity?

I am a mathematician and so I am interested in every way possible to increase all my mental powers and abilities (memory, creativity, concentration, etc). I have tried several different diets and life ...
0
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1answer
59 views

What are the milestones of an idea from insight to feedback?

I'm trying to build a board of ideas in which any invited participant can pitch in contributions. It should be easy to tell in what level of progress each idea is and that is what I'm naming ...
2
votes
1answer
586 views

GTD spreadsheet based system with alert or Calendar (iCal, gCal) notifications

I create a GTD system based on excel, whose link I report here. The advantage of having this gtd is that I can share it with my european colleagues without the need of having a dedicated software ...
6
votes
4answers
163 views

Tips for bi-tasking?

I have decided that I'm a terrible multi-tasker, at the end of the day I have a bunch of unfinished emails, terminals and text files. Mono-tasking is not for me, if I have to wait 5 seconds for ...
9
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3answers
329 views

Situational procrastination: how to be productive before project starts?

I am working as a software programmer and my company does not have any projects right now, but there is one in the pipeline. It has been around for one month and I have been told to read the documents ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

Online app to create simple data entry forms with drag-n-drop

I am looking for an online app using which a NON-TECHNICAL person could create a simple HTML data entry form and a backend data table, then have a number of non-skilled data entry personnel around the ...
1
vote
2answers
149 views

How should one feel inside when he sees the clash of education and money? [closed]

I have a bachelor and masters degree from a local university. I work in a bank. As time is going by, I am becoming more and more demotivated about my job. Here I see that university-degree holders ...
5
votes
9answers
5k views

How to force myself to focus while reading

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
1
vote
2answers
144 views

Simple Contact Management System that automatically sends notifications

I am searching for a CMS where I can flag if I had an interaction with a client and then it automatically notifies me a period of time later to remind me to contact them again. This is essentially all ...
2
votes
3answers
295 views

Completing petty tasks using Pomodoro techniques

While working on first task to practice Pomodoro technique, I raised 9 internal interruptions. Later on I decided them to move in specific lists. There are many interruptions and tasks which are ...

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