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5answers
553 views

Maintaining Diary/Journal - Really Pays back?

Does maintaining Diary/Journal really pays back? How should I maintain it so that when I refer back later it helps me? With what notion and mind set should I refer back so as that today I become ...
2
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9answers
592 views

How can I better organize the way I take notes?

I'm a novice programmer and have been having a tough time figuring out how to take notes in an organized fashion. As I read a textbook or watch informational videos I will take a variety of notes in a ...
38
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15answers
3k views

Techniques to stop procrastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...
1
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2answers
159 views

GTD vs Kanban? Compare and contrast for in-progress

Okay, so currently I use a simplified GTD system with Emacs's Org-mode to organize my life. My simplification is that I have only one "agenda" list, but I do have items context-tagged (work, home, ...
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 ...
6
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6answers
1k views

Advantages of a fountain pen for scribbling productivity

Inspired by the answer on this question about penmanship, I'm considering again the fountain pen way. I always give it up either 'cause I think it will make a mess and be impractical or just not easy ...
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? ...
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3answers
232 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 ...
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 ...
12
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11answers
20k views

A time-management watch with alarms, timers and vibration?

I'm looking for a wrist-watch that can help me in various time-management tasks. I'd like to regularly write down what I'm doing (time logging) so I know where my time is going, the watch could ...
3
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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 ...
2
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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 ...
2
votes
9answers
491 views

What tool can help me manage my todos list and my project (some develoment one)?

What I need is the combination of some tools that already exist. Or at least a way to integrate those tools a bit tighter. What I would like is a tool (or integrated combination of tools) that allow ...
3
votes
4answers
218 views

How can using Post-It notes make you more efficient?

I have colleague who uses a tremendous amount of post-it notes. Every day, I notice that he has at least 20 post-it notes spread around his monitor, desk, and window-sill. I was curious about ways to ...
0
votes
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 ...
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votes
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 ...
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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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 ...
5
votes
3answers
407 views

I'm overwhelmed.. Do you have an advice?

I am working 100% in a production company as a network administrator. I start at 6:30am and usually go to 6pm to go home. I am learning not very much about the administration, and not very in depth ...
8
votes
6answers
192 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 ...
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 ...
0
votes
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 ...
8
votes
5answers
375 views

If 'don't fear failure' is good motivation advice - should people simply quit their job to do what they really want?

A lot of motivational material, for example this video by Arnold Schwarzenegger suggests 'Don't fear failure, you are the only one to realise your own potential'. On the other hand common place ...
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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 ...
40
votes
14answers
3k views

What is the most radical productivity technique that you successfully use? [closed]

I think, most people understand the importance of such productivity techniques and principles as focusing, setting goals, avoiding distractions, checking email twice a day, rising early, doing ...
1
vote
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
vote
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 ...
14
votes
7answers
1k views

Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight

I'm currently using Remember The Milk for my organisation system that is based on GTD. One thing that I find is missing from my system is the ability to capture all the actions relating to a project. ...
2
votes
5answers
753 views

How to read a 300-page non-fictional book in a day?

I have a school competition coming up and because of school (and I'll admit, my laziness and other stuff like workout, running) I haven't been exercising for the competition. I read 100 pages out of ...
7
votes
3answers
174 views

How do I avoid thinking about people's reactions to my refusals?

I used to be a "yes" person, agreeing to every request and leading to a major burnout. After the burnout incident, I have turned around and started saying "no" to a number of things. However, I still ...
0
votes
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, ...
19
votes
13answers
2k views

How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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 ...
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 ...
8
votes
5answers
5k views

What are the digital equivalents of index cards?

I have a very deal of trouble filtering visual information and so have problems working with lists, digital or analog. When I realized that the inherent visual nature of lists was the source of most ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

How much time can the brain keep on learning some subject through reading?

Almost all things that I have read on internet about studying, are just tips about how to improve concentration, performance, and other stuff you probably already read. But, I stumble on a difficulty ...
0
votes
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 ...
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 ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
17
votes
8answers
3k views

How do I keep working if I'm going to die anyway?

Steve Jobs said that the single most motivating factor for him was that he was going to die. However for me that is the most demotivating factor because after all, if you're going to die, what's the ...
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
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. ...
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 ...
21
votes
7answers
2k views

How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
3
votes
4answers
394 views

My Goals and Daily Programme

In the turn of this year, I have put together some goals which I want to pursue and areas of my life I want to advance in. To meet these goals, or to work within these areas, I have created a daily ...
-1
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 ...
4
votes
4answers
279 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
5answers
847 views

How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
9
votes
3answers
675 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. ...
1
vote
2answers
112 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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