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3answers
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Alternative methods of tagging to organize thoughts?

As ideas occur real-time, traditionally (pre computer age) people would typically record thoughts/ideas/research in the order they occurred, and then come back and pull out similar veins of thought as ...
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18answers
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What is the best way to improve English vocabulary?

I want to improve my English vocabulary. I want to know some of the best ways to improve my vocabulary. How many words should I learn daily? What resources should I use?
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5answers
247 views

When the Todo-list/planning becomes an overwhelming task in itself

I am not good at maintaining productivity and effective time planning. I have a kind of ADD possibly. On the other hand I'm an achiever, and so it is inevitable for me to organize in an almost a ...
3
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2answers
98 views

Language independent memorization peg system

Most pegwords in Mnemonic peg systems ti memorize large numbers are based on the letters written in a certain language: I would like to create a set of Icons for the numbers from 0-99 that are ...
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6answers
728 views

The black hole of procrastination

Why does procrastination tend to block everything productive I want to do, rather than just the task I'm trying to avoid? I have a report to write up for next week and I've been procrastinating on ...
0
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1answer
91 views

wiki integration with mail program, calendar, files [closed]

I'm trying to find an answer to this issue since pretty some time but I'm not able to find any valuable and hiagh-quality answer. The issue is related to the organization of my work thorugh GMAIL and ...
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1answer
48 views

How can I transfer my GTD system from Things on Mac, to anything on Android?

I've been using Things for iPhone and Mac. But, I just switched to an Android. How can I move all of my stuff to an Android GTD app? I don't really care which Android GTD app.
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13answers
2k views

How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
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5answers
2k views

Limit online time on Android

Often I find myself stuck in endless navigation on my phone. I just want to check if I received a message, or doing some basic research, and without noticing it I jump from link to link (or spending ...
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4answers
118 views

How to make myself take breaks from games and other screen activities?

A long time ago I made a program for my laptop which counts down from 90 minutes and shuts down my computer after. Fool as I am, I included a feature which resets the timer, so while in theory it ...
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4answers
172 views

How Can I Prioritize Maintenance Tasks With Goal Tasks?

How can I schedule in the maintenance tasks into my day yet allocate enough time for my important goal tasks? If I didn't have any goal tasks, my "maintenance" tasks (clean rooms, read email, kill ...
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5answers
163 views

Disconnect from work at home

I recently moved to a new company which has a big dimension (worldwide presence). We're using a custom framework build in several componentes in mixed languages with lack of documentation, most ...
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1answer
80 views

Is a general management responsibility a GTD project?

I have several responsibilities which in theory require me to take considered actions, but in practice many of those actions are emphemeral - such as the responsibility to manage certain types of ...
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5answers
568 views

How to stop learning and start coding?

I'd like to ask you for some advice. I'm currently building the MVP for my startup. I'm also quite motivated to improve my skill in programming, but since I decided to do this project I spent a lot of ...
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5answers
85 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 ...
0
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1answer
233 views

How can I learn multiple things at once

I would like to ask if there are any tips as to how I can learn multiple things at once. For example, I'm currently reading programming books (python, ruby) and also learning music theory and design. ...
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4answers
242 views

How to arrange my desk (that has a computer) to read programming books?

Since I was a an undergrad student (now master) I couldn't find a way to arrange my desk so I can read programming books (and other books) easily. Normally what happens is that I have a keyboard in ...
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10answers
3k views

How can I remain productive when working long hours?

Occasionally I have to spend some late nights working on projects. It is not a common occurrence, but sometimes projects just need an extra night or two to hit a deadline. Unfortunately I have found ...
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9answers
4k views

Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...
0
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1answer
74 views

Can reading English literature be productive for a programmer? [closed]

I like reading Shakespeare, Dickens, and Orwell on my free time. But someone today just brought it to my attention that all this is a waste of effort: what does 16th, 19th, and 20th century literature ...
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0answers
30 views

How to maintain concentration after 7 hours [duplicate]

Most days for me start at 0430 and I get to working at my desk around 0615. I eat breakfast with caffeinated coffee at 0700 and lunch at 1130. Just about every day, I "hit a wall" around 1400, feeling ...
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1answer
97 views

The routine of the successful German? [closed]

We all know that Germans are known for being very good & serious at work and to make great good products. I live & study in Germany and I've always wondered about the routines of the ...
3
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5answers
172 views

How to concentrate and study something that is boring

I'm a high school student, I have a problem with learning geography. For me, it's the most boring subject I have to learn. I can't concentrate and remember the things I have to. If I read 10-15 pages ...
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7answers
195 views

How to work effectively during air travel

Focusing is very hard during a flight. Lots of distractions, small work space, etc... I've searched the web for advice on this topic, but most articles simply discuss how hard it is to work. I've read ...
0
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1answer
78 views

How many Pomodoro sprints and what to include?

Here is a question — How many Pomodoro sprints do you do a day and what kind of activities do you include in a sprint? For example I have said that getting 10 sprints done in a day is a reasonable ...
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4answers
338 views

How to deal with vague tasks?

If I can make a checklist of chores to do or features to add to my projects, I usually get them done. On the other hand, there are tasks with some vagueness, such as "review X" or "improve the design ...
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3answers
2k views

How do you organize your life in Asana?

I am looking forward to migrate fully to Asana from Things because of pricing/costs reasons. What I have right now in Things (for Mac) is : Today Next Scheduled Someday Projects I have never used ...
0
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2answers
93 views

Any examples of diaries of successfull people? [closed]

There are opinions even on this site, than maintaining a personal journal could make you a more successful person. But for me it's always easier to learn by example, so I wonder if there are any ...
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3answers
944 views

How to increase ability to “think on your feet”?

I am not sure whether this question is appropriate for this forum. But still I would share my reason for posting it. During official meetings (and even shouting matches and arguments) to substantiate ...
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8answers
5k views

Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
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3answers
444 views

What are good learning techniques? (for lifelong learners)

I think that the only technique that made me learn something was visualizing -if it's even technique. I was never taught how to learn in school. And even visualizing happened only sometimes, ...
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8answers
2k views

What are the best things to do when reaching home after work in order to be productive?

I am working as a computer programmer in a government firm. My job timing is 07:30am to 02:30pm. I leave for work at 7:00am and come back to home at around 04:00pm. After reaching home, I usually have ...
2
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3answers
124 views

How to develop discipline to take relevant notes?

During my working life, taking notes in an ordered, relevant fashion has been quite burdensome. It seems to be essential to planning not to rely on the fragile human mind, so it is evermore needed to ...
9
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7answers
1k views

How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
0
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2answers
49 views

Is there a way to measure how many emails I “process” in a day?

I'd like a tool that collects email metrics (such as throughput - how many emails travel into and out of my inbox each day). I came to work today with 17 unprocessed (I've read them, but I have to ...
0
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1answer
109 views

How do I improve myself for programming? [closed]

Actually I would like to create something new.In this context,I have chosen my department as Computter Engineering however I realized that I cannot programming or I accept myself like that.But I know ...
3
votes
3answers
245 views

A software/application to Organize my random sets of data/content/texts/info

I have the need to store random contents (on my local hard drive/ laptop hard drive) for personal use so I can look these contents up later on when I need them. That would safe me lots of time and ...
2
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2answers
85 views

How do I summarize a lot of (similar) content from different sources about the same subject?

I'm doing some (thesis) research, subject unrelated, and therefor I started to gather sources and content regarding the subject. Now I'm stuck with about 20 A4 sheets full of content with all kind of ...
7
votes
5answers
312 views

Are there any concerns with using an exercise ball as a chair?

I've been looking into an exercise ball more seriously as a chair alternative. I've heard the benefits which include core strengthening and encouraging you to sit up straight. Are there any drawbacks? ...
14
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11answers
1k views

Too lazy to do programming?

I am a programmer, or could be called so because with my laziness with programming I am more often doing half a job and then start gaming. The other half I do tomorrow, next week or next month. What ...
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vote
2answers
59 views

How to avoid frustration of interruptions to multiple ongoing projects?

I have a full-time job, I run an online business on the side which I'm trying to expand, and I'm starting a graduate course in a few months which I need to study for. On top of that, it's very ...
3
votes
2answers
160 views

Does text expansion help you be more productive?

I have read a few articles on text expansion (mainly from Lifehacker) and they express the benefits of text expansion in their workflows to save time throughout the day. Has anyone put this to ...
0
votes
1answer
115 views

Does a tablet with stylus solve the paper vs digital problem?

I want to get serious about task and time management but am torn between paper and digital. While researching various methods, I saw an anecdote about a person switching from digital to paper and then ...
7
votes
4answers
777 views

Does masturbation make you more or less productive? [closed]

Does anyone have personal experience regarding their levels of productivity with masturbation (via watching pornography)? Yes I know masturbation lowers your stress but does it lower productivity?
3
votes
6answers
353 views

How to become more productive or remain one of the updated person in work as a Software Developer

As we know being as a software devloper/computer geek requires be updated in terms of new technologies as well as must be good hand on computer machine. To be a good software person i do below ...
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vote
0answers
34 views

Is there an algorithm for adjusting seat for ideal posture (especially in cars)? [closed]

Even after years of being aware of ergonomic guidelines, I still find it extremely difficult to figure out how to adjust chairs correctly because the body's feedback comes with a delay. What usually ...
0
votes
2answers
430 views

How to differentiate Ego from Self Respect and then kill Ego and protect self Respect?

I am aware Ego is a negative attribute and Self Respect is a positive attribute, but I am unable to differentiate them and hence cannot judge my actions. Below are some incidents : I have a mentor ...
0
votes
2answers
36 views

Email: should I have separate folders for Invoices and Receipts

In my email account, I currently have an Archive folder where I keep messages for eventual reference/documentation. These messages are not actionable — either there is no immediate associated action, ...
1
vote
4answers
116 views

Is there a pomodoro timer with visual cues instead of an alarm?

Is there some kind of "pomodoro-like" timer available for people that are hearing impaired and have trouble hearing alarms? Please no app or software, this must be a physical device that can be placed ...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

How can we use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...

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