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118 views

Productivity apps are not for me! [closed]

Hi! I'm a very chaotic guy and I've been looking for a way to organize my life a little better for a long time. I've never found a real working solution. Though I have tried some productivity apps ...
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Should I Learn a New Skill by breaking it into Sub-Skills? [closed]

Well, for instance i want to learn SQL programming language. should i break it into different topics like functions, variables etc. Should i practice one sub-skill or topic for weeks or even Months ...
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98 views

Is there any research about audio books and productivity at work?

I've recently started listening to audio books at work, and I've found it helpful in keeping me focused. The reasoning being, that the audio book helps me zone out and ignore the sound around me ...
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6answers
638 views

How to divert your mind from the continuos process of thinking?

I am a software engineer. My job needs me to solve some software problems. Sometime, I need to discuss some problem with in the team. Generally, I work 8-9 hours. After coming back from office, I ...
4
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1answer
200 views

I procrastinated and now I'm in the hole several assignments deep, where do I begin the climb out?

So I procrastinated because I opted to work on job related projects rather than school assignments. Its now Spring Break and I want to turn my classes around before it is entirely too late. How do I ...
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2answers
129 views

How to increase focus and concentration after ruling out the usual suspects?

Questions like this are not new on SE, and the title might imply that I didn't do my homework. I did, however, I couldn't find a solution that'd help me. I am in my late 20s, and for already some ...
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1answer
85 views

Desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the tray area

Is there a Windows desktop client for Google Tasks that sits in the system tray? I'd like something which is not a web app, because I don't keep my browser open all the time and, besides, having to ...
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59 views

How to cope with the situation that my teacher was not happy with my mistake of writing a wrong title [closed]

I am new to this site and please forgive me if my question is off-topic. I am attending a cooking course on weekends. Since I could not find the timetable for the classes in April, I emailed to one ...
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3answers
327 views

Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
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How can we eliminate the process of 'imperfect recall' of information? [duplicate]

Practice helps recalling some piece of information faster. Is there a better way to do practice in some certain way so that with relatively little practice, recall of information (having information ...
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5answers
306 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 ...
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1answer
74 views

How can I read people mind? [closed]

People is really hard to get into their mind and don't know exactly what they want, everyone are engages or contact with another sometime not a hundred percent honestly from their mind, that because ...
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3answers
203 views

doing the most important things that require waiting

When doing the most important task, if it requires waiting(eg, waiting for a long standing programming process to finish, waiting to hear back from someone), I often do one of the following: 1. ...
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2answers
169 views

What is the ratio of work time to real work time

I started tracking my work time (not on all tasks, but still). From my experience, if I am able to clock in, say 2 hours of "real work" (i.e., excluding distractions, using the restroom, ...
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126 views

Suggestions for time planning software for college students?

Anyone knows good time planning software (for a college student) for free, to be used on a Windows desktop? Apps like the Calender app in Windows 8 ? I'm looking for a software that sends reminders ...
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2answers
119 views

How to prepare your brain to do a complex task?

I am an engineering student. When I study easy subjects,I feel like my brain isn't even being used. i.e I don't feel like making any effort and I am in my comfort zone. But I get exhausted at even the ...
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3answers
106 views

How can I retain new information for more than a few hours?

I am studying law and I am having trouble understanding and remembering acts. While studying I get it for an hour then I forget. Even before the exam, I know all things, but during the exam, even the ...
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1answer
87 views

How to stop wasting time and focus maximum? [duplicate]

This is the biggest problem of my life! I'm currently in grade 11th and I wanna get into a great college (MIT or Yale) and become an Astronomer. I know exactly what to do and how to do it, but I'm ...
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1answer
45 views

Unable to cope with people sometimes [closed]

I am an engineering student. Some of my previous friends are now turned my enemies. I don't know why and how to cope with them. Some are jealous others feel threatened whenever i excels in any field ...
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6answers
406 views

Programming with ADHD

I suffer from ADHD. I am trying to build an android app. My problem is that I find it hard to sit and program for a long time, I usually sit only for 5 minutes and then walk off. My question How can ...
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2answers
93 views

Dealing with pointless meetings at work - should I give feedback to the manager? [closed]

In my current project we have meeting every single day, which lasts for around 30 minutes. The meeting has no agenda. However, by tradition, everyone says what they accomplished the day before, the ...
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4answers
515 views

How to not get irritated?

Sometimes I am very cool and wonder, why isn't everybody else cool? But sometimes I get irritated from small things. I become rude and irritated from things like: I have planned to sit alone and ...
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3answers
106 views

How can an undergraduate find “extra” time for “extra” topics?

I'm a full time math student and consequently I spend most of my time studying for classes, exams, etc. I would really love to cut out in my weekly routine some time to explore (that is, self-study) ...
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7answers
327 views

How do I find a decent hobby?

This might sound weird, but it actually is an important question. I am currently graduating in computational science, and my main interest is mathematics. I do mathematics all day long, with short ...
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1answer
48 views

Could you help me about my confusion? [closed]

I studied Industrial Engineering and I am interested in programming. I started working for a company as jr. software developer. Here, the people who work as senior software developer, are busy with ...
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0answers
28 views

How do I remind myself to stop browsing and start working [duplicate]

I find that I have a habit of switching to the browser to find something that is related to work and then going off into a rabbit hole of related information. After half an hour or so, I figure out ...
2
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4answers
215 views

How to internalize Parkinson's law

Parkinson's law is a saying that goes like this: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion I'm perfectly aware of this law; however, I don't always apply ...
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1answer
101 views

The desire of being productive, but failing at implementing it [duplicate]

I feel like life is too short, and I feel like I have to take advantage of every moment. I am a college student, I don't have much free time on my hands but when I do, I want to do something new, ...
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3answers
144 views

How to prevent spurious productivity

To quote Dan Ariely: "... technology makes things worse by creating a new term called 'structured procrastination'... our ability to do nothing while feeling that we're actually doing ...
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8answers
1k 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
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4answers
173 views

How to handle a job that forces multitasking?

I work in corporate R&D, with tasks related to data analysis and some software engineering. A majority of my work (often all actionable projects at a given moment) contain huge amounts of downtime ...
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2answers
166 views

How remember little “important” things and be conscious when to keep checks?

I have been dealing with this for quite a few years now, I always forget little important things while doing any random task. And i mean "any" task , not any particular task or every task. For example ...
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1answer
143 views

How should I boost my confidence and overcome depression? [duplicate]

I have completed my graduation 1year back but no job yet due to low grades in my course. So I feel depressed. When I prepare for an interview,I have a strong feeling that I am not deserved person and ...
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2answers
142 views

As a university undergraduate, how can I get more self-disciplined in my academic studies?

I have an issue in that I don't think I was ever taught real discipline. I was always a really good kid, polite, never really acted out or anything of the sort really, and so my parents never really ...
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3answers
115 views

Dropping old habits since childhood

I have been raised in a family where I was controlled and pushed to do something without knowing the value of why they were pushing me. In response (or by nature), I became rebellious. That ...
1
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1answer
31 views

Is there a laminator which can handle multiple pages? [closed]

I am a primary school teacher. When making your own resources, the powers that be like them to be laminated. Sometimes I wonder if this is because they know that you have to laminate every single ...
5
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3answers
224 views

What techniques are there to make more time for useful activities?

Related: How to increase productive number of hours I want to "make" more time to do more things. Techniques I know are: Trading 1 - trade task A which you take longer to do, for task B that you ...
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6answers
473 views

Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
1
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0answers
70 views

A watch to stop procrastinating [closed]

I want to design a watch for a science project: a watch with a big timer displayed on its screen. The watch principally displays the time remaining for a task and not the real time. How it functions: ...
0
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3answers
174 views

Time taken to learn a new skill as per Malcolm Gladwell

In the book 'The Tipping Point' Malcolm Gladwell makes a point about devoting 10,000hrs to mastering a new skill. How can he come up with a hard number like 10,000 for something so subjective? Is the ...
2
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3answers
94 views

How do I retrain bad habits? [duplicate]

Background: This answer talks about Ironic Process Theory, in which deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts make them more likely to surface. I find I have this problem with certain ...
3
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5answers
513 views

How to make studying interesting like movies?

Why is everything more interesting than studying? E.g: eating, drinking, watching a movie, looking around, sitting, standing, daydreaming, listening to songs... Even doing the most boring thing is ...
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2answers
84 views

Regressions in reading

All speed reading tutorials insist that avoiding regression is a major contributor to the reading speed and memorizability. Take this one as example. However, I notice that I read best when I read the ...
1
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3answers
168 views

How Should I make a Plan of Action to achieve my Goal?

For instances have a 1 year goal to acquire a new skill. Now how should i make a plan of Action? Should i work on my objective Daily or Weekly? Should i follow the plan blindly or adjust to ...
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3answers
84 views

What Should be the Duration of any Learning Goal?

What should be the duration of any Learning Goal? for instance i want to learn a new computer programming language...then should i make a deadline for 3 months or 1 year?
3
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4answers
211 views

My wpm (words per minute) is already 93, how can I get any better?

I am not willing the use the Dvorak keyboard so how can I improve my typing speed on a Qwerty keyboard? I can type without looking at the keyboard, but I do take some time to delete mistakes and ...
1
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1answer
149 views

Dilemma of spending time with family members, watching TV and doing something fruitful?

I am a developer who spends most of the hours of the day at office. Once I am back home, I have a few hours left with me, in which I try to indulge in some hobby, like reading a book and doing some ...
7
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3answers
577 views

When the pomodoro is finished, what if I want to keep on working?

I'm not great at time-based work, so I'm giving Pomodoro a go. My problem is that, when I'm mid-sentence or mid-way through whatever I'm doing and the timer goes, I don't want to drop it right there, ...
3
votes
1answer
191 views

Get the motivation to change (i'm stuck)

Maybe I'm posting this at the wrong place but let's give it a try. Last year was pretty tough; working full-time, having classes in the evening until almost 10:30 pm, my parents divorced, and had to ...
4
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1answer
150 views

Pomodoro for studying programming books

Currently how I use Pomodoro is using 25 minutes of study, then 5 minutes rest. And I do this for studying programming books. Is that how I should be doing it or should I first break down sections of ...

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