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6answers
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How to calculate my personal efficiency in programming?

I want to improve my personal efficiency. How better can I calculate my personal efficiency? I am a programmer. I want to calculate my personal efficiency in programming.
2
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2answers
132 views

Working with Kanban and daily and repetitious tasks

I have recently begun using a Kanban style system to work through my tasks. I've adopted this system because quite a few of my tasks are long-term, ranging from several days to several weeks. At the ...
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3answers
38 views

How to coordinate digital calendars?

Is there a way that my wife and I could both have digital calendars in a handheld device, that could sync with each other and we could still use when WiFi was not available? I know then they would ...
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1answer
34 views

Are there pre-made Monthly/ Weekly Grocery and Meal Plans available on the web? [duplicate]

I am looking to start to eat and cook healthy at home, to build up valuable cooking skills and to eat healthy. Any attempt I have to buy groceries for cooking actual meals usually fails and I revert ...
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7answers
3k views

Simple shorthand system?

There are several written stenography systems (like Gregg shorthand) that allow for quickly and efficiently condensing text into a series of symbols. Those systems would take hours and hours of ...
10
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4answers
9k views

How long does it take to learn Gregg shorthand?

If someone has never used Gregg shorthand before, how long does it take to learn the system? On average, how long would it take to be able to write it as quickly as normal longhand? A bit faster than ...
9
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6answers
970 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. ...
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2answers
161 views

Timebox scheduling in GTD

I have somewhat of a dilemma with my GTD system. Lately I started outlining schedules in my application of choice (CC Things). The idea was to create explicit repeating tasks for major activities ...
0
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1answer
78 views

How does one handle it when he/she is the center of blame always? [closed]

Before I begin, I must clarify that I am a teenager and a programmer and this is going to be a long post. My case might resonate with other teenagers or it may not but anyways, here it goes. I know ...
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8answers
364 views

Is stress a good thing?

I know a theory behind stress. I also know general attitude which links stress with all negative things. However I would like to ask "Do you think is stress good or bad?" The question come after ...
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5answers
720 views

Too obsessed. Cant concentrate

I am an addicted computer programmer. I am doing my Engineering. I am extremely obsessive about things. I am soo much obsessive that people tell me that I work really slow. I feel that I am unable to ...
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3answers
226 views

What techniques can I use to complete a thesis in 3 months time?

I am a master's in applied science student in Civil Engineering. My research work deals with analysis of 3 huge data sets in R language and simulating the results in another software. I want to stay ...
0
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1answer
88 views

Unhappy with current situation, how to make it through my next planned steps?

I had within the past year an epiphany and "crystallization" of my core values. Before this realization I had latent beliefs and values, but I had no direction and was just coasting along my current ...
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3answers
1k 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 ...
0
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1answer
42 views

Absorb a Text By Typing It Out [closed]

When I'm reading a dry text I often feel the desire to just open up a word processor and type out the text in its entirety as I'm reading it. The subject is so boring to me that I want to be doing ...
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14answers
3k 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 ...
5
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3answers
164 views

Does military background enhance productivity? [closed]

Is there any research investigating the effect (or correlation) of a military background of a person on his productivity, effectiveness and other characteristics? It is often casually claimed that a ...
0
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1answer
30 views

Left handed mousing without swapping the buttons [closed]

Today I encountered the idea of using the mouse with the left hand, and decided to try it. I would like to avoid swapping the mouse buttons because that will make it harder for me to use other ...
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5answers
374 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 ...
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2answers
205 views

How do some users here keep up with so much information without getting overwhelmed?

There are many users here who sign up to different *.SE sites and still continuously participate with some of these sites. I tried to do that too. But I got overwhelmed just thinking of it. One ...
3
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2answers
241 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 ...
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2answers
88 views

Pushing myself too hard to exercise, causing me stress

Recently it has dawned on me the necessity to exercise regularly, but I am highly over-pushing myself to do it, and its causing me to stress out about doing it. I've been doing it consistently for the ...
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0answers
47 views

What kind of permissions are necessary to give a workshop or write a book about GTD? [closed]

Today I was participating in a discussion panel for instructors at my university and we got to talking about time management. I recommend to the audience that they should read David Allen's GTD book, ...
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1answer
39 views

How to find a summer job [closed]

I am 19 and am without any formal job experience. I want to get a job for the summer before I go off to college. Where do I even start?
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4answers
620 views

Restoring integrity after capturing too many ideas in GTD

GTD as the Curse of Facebook (GTD buzzwords italicized): Like any human, I generate many more ideas than I can execute. However, I meticulously capture these ideas with a GTD system (ticklers, ...
2
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1answer
90 views

How can I learn how to focus better? [duplicate]

I have what I used to call a "butterfly brain": if something doesn't interest me, I find it almost impossible to stay focussed on the subject for more than a few minutes at once. Back in my student ...
2
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4answers
260 views

For what kind of activity is Pomodoro technique effective?

I've tried using Pomodoro Technique when I was studying, though I wouldn't dare use it when I'm programming. It is somewhat helpful when I have to watch videos of lectures and take notes. I thought I ...
4
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6answers
424 views

In Pomodoro Technique - How to deal w/ really quick interruptions

Imagine I have started a pomodoro and in the middle of it I realize I forgot to take a kettle off the stove. It would only take me like 10 seconds - quicker than to take a note of the interruption - ...
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3answers
229 views

Cannot reproduce what I have learned or memorised

I am an Accounting senior level student. My issue is due to lots of information in the books I tend to forget about every specific topic and heading even if I compile notes and memory aids. Reason ...
3
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5answers
352 views

How do I stop my self from learning everything about any subject I read?

I'm majoring in computer science. The amount of stuff we learn is already overwhelming. Topics I'm learning about so many stuff (networking, security, web development, and software development). Not ...
0
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2answers
67 views

What do you do during slow builds when using the Pomodoro technique?

I'm a programmer using the Pomodoro technique and every time I build my project it can take up to a minute. This is something I may have to do several times in a single Pomodoro. I'm wondering what is ...
0
votes
1answer
115 views

How to know if I'm being too slow in a project with a GTD system?

If I use a classical project management tool like a Gantt diagram, I know if I'm being too slow because I can see the critical path. If a task is not completed in the time allowed, I'm probably not ...
3
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6answers
162 views

How can I block an application such that I myself cannot use it?

I have trouble with personal productivity at home, sometimes, due to overuse of time-wasting applications. I'm trying to work around my poor willpower by locking the application from being ...
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12answers
2k views

Good at writing Todo lists, but awful at doing them

At night, before going to bed, I write a TO-DO list to remember what I want to do tomorrow. It includes everything I wish to do, like what I wished to do when I was a child! When I get up in the ...
4
votes
6answers
557 views

There are GTD software that includes review?

I found a lot of software that claims to support GTD, but of "collect, process, organize, review, do" they usually on focus just on collect and process. There is a software that has some feature to ...
6
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4answers
725 views

Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?

I looked in The Pomodoro Technique book and didn't see this referenced, but what should you do if you know you can't finish a Pomodoro? Let's just say I'm using 25 minute work blocks and 5 minute rest ...
2
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2answers
131 views

How to wake up without alarm? [closed]

Is there a way I can wake up at morning without using an alarm. I ask this because some of my roommates don't want to wake up early and I don't want to bother them. I want to wake up at 4 a.m. ...
12
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3answers
583 views

How does sleep debt decay?

Sleep debt is the concept that if you skip half an hour of sleep now, you'll need to catch it up later. I would expect though, that if you skip some sleep, but then start having a normal amount sleep, ...
6
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6answers
278 views

How to go from an above (slightly) average student to a 'top' student?

to be more specific, I would like to get some advice on perhaps study/lifestyle tips etc, on how I can go from being a slightly above average student to being a 'top' student. To give a bit more ...
1
vote
1answer
84 views

How do I set aside time for leisurely reading?

I love reading. For me, it's very stimulating to read for pleasure. Oddly enough, reading on the subway in NYC works very well for me. I am able to live inside the pages of the book I am reading and ...
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0answers
30 views

How can I become free from the pulling force of thoughts and focus on Meditation? [duplicate]

I have recently started practicing meditation. My main objective is improve concentration and peace of mind I am trying to focus on my breath. Initially I starts with focus on my breath. While I am ...
3
votes
5answers
593 views

Is there a GTD app that has a good system for horizons of focus?

I have been using the Walker iphone GTD app. Its great, but the horizons of focus part of it is really lacking. It feels like this part of the app was added as an after thought. The rest of the app is ...
11
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9answers
25k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
169 views

Trying to be an early raiser

I'm a CS master student I'm trying to change my sleeping habits. I used to wake up 9 am everyday, but now I want to change that to start waking up at 6am. I have some friends who wake up at 5 or even ...
5
votes
3answers
230 views

Ways to maintain the feeling of accomplishment

I keep lists of goals. I regularly read books and blog posts (here included), watch motivational speakers and keep up with the classics (Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, seth godin, Richard wiseman). ...
9
votes
9answers
4k views

Touch typing Catch-22: How do I switch from hunt-and-peck without losing too much productivity during the switch?

I badly want to learn touch-typing because it will enable me not to look at the keyboard when typing and will increase my typing speed in the long run. But I face one problem which is related to "in ...
4
votes
2answers
744 views

Motivational texts on Android Lock screen

I'm trying to find an android application that is able to motivate me quickly when I'm outdoors and look at my screen. It could look like as follows: It can display a motivational text (citation) on ...
5
votes
3answers
242 views

How can I stay focused on one task, when thinking about others cause me to lose motivation to do any of them?

I've noticed a disturbing pattern with myself that goes like this: At the beginning (e.g. start of the day, sitting down after lunch, or getting home at night), think about one thing I need to do ...
153
votes
34answers
8k views

How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
1
vote
3answers
136 views

Personal notes software with Android/web sync option

I spend two hours in the subway each day and trying to use this time as wisely as possible. Most of the time I am doing some notes, regading my day planning, week planning, ideas sketching and so on. ...

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