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Papers, articles, books etc. file naming conventions

I'm a researcher and so far I've been accumulating hundreds of papers, articles... The point is that I want to organize them by choosing a consistent file naming convention. This is driving me crazy. ...
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8answers
304 views

How do you overcome analysis paralysis when learning how to program?

Every time I settle down to continue my programming practice I always get hung up on intrusive thoughts like: Am I being effective enough? Am I going fast enough? Am I learning the most relevant and ...
2
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1answer
70 views

What to do to find the most suitable career for me? [closed]

I really don't know which career to choose. People around me have said to me that I should do what I love to do the most and this is the problem: I don't know the answer. I am an engineering student, ...
2
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5answers
96 views

How to make a plan without readjusting it?

I always struggle with accomplishing the tasks on my to-do lists. For example, one or two weeks before I have exams I construct a plan with what I have to do each day. What almost always happens is ...
2
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2answers
123 views

Avoid petty general and arithmetic errors when in haste

How can I avoid making arithmetic and petty calculation errors while performing manual arithmetic? The problem arises whenever I am engrossed in problem solving. I make mistakes as silly as 3 ...
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6answers
602 views

How to overcome the constant feeling of not being good enough?

I constantly and obsessively question myself during many kinds of activities. When I play Tetris, I cannot stop thinking that world class Tetris players have way faster motor and cognitive abilities, ...
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4answers
126 views

How many next actions to make a note of in a project in GTD?

I'm using Omnifocus for my GTD implementation. I find myself spending a lot of time defining a lot of next actions. Inevitably by the time I get to next action 6 of 10 the remaining 4 are no longer ...
3
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1answer
70 views

I want to graph the connections between my contacts - are there any online applications for that?

I have a growing number of contacts in my company and I need to organize those contacts into a web of connections - who is working with who, who knows someone and that sort of things. Is there any web ...
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2answers
267 views

How to stop procrastinating tasks?

I'm at my parents house to study for a very important exam in my country, of the same importance as studying for college. So I apply many techniques such as mind maps and resting 10 minutes after each ...
0
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4answers
89 views

Do Positive Affirmations work with productivity?

I see evidence for and against it when I do a google search. I was wondering has anyone in this community ever tried using them daily in their meditations or standalone and find any benefit from them? ...
3
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2answers
145 views

How can someone keep from over-committing by constantly taking on new projects/responsibilities?

It sounds simple enough: just say 'NO', but it isn't always that easy. I have a "friend" that is easily intrigued, but also easily bored. He commits to projects out of genuine interest and curiosity, ...
5
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2answers
279 views

How do I increase my concentration and attention on a difficult/technical subject?

I have trouble reading programming books and doing and understanding their example code. I have trouble understanding advanced math and even basic math concepts. I have trouble to learn new things on ...
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7answers
244 views

What would you include in an end-of-day routine? [closed]

I am curious to know what you might consider for addition to an end of the day routine at work.
2
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1answer
120 views

Long-wait tasks with Pomodoro Technique

What are some good strategies for coping with tasks that have high "wait times" when using the Pomodoro techinque? Right now I'm about 15 minutes into a pomodoro, but I'm waiting for a program to ...
0
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2answers
67 views

What to do when starting to feel sick?

Personally, getting sick is a huge detriment to productivity, perhaps the largest. I find I get tired but can't sleep at night (I found a reddit explaining why this may be). Even after the sickness ...
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2answers
85 views

How can I memorize geography maps?

There is some problem for me to memorize geography maps. It involves actually two tasks: 1) To look quickly on the map and to keep in the head approximate image of picture. (for orienteering) 2) To ...
1
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1answer
86 views

Kids and Time Management [closed]

I'm doing some research for my book and need to know: When do children first learn the concept of time? How and when do they learn temporal study habits? Are there experts on this topic?
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2answers
43 views

How to scroll/navigate in text or Firefox browser without having to leave the typewriter keys?

I notice that it is often disruptive for me, to leave the "typewriter" section of my computer keyboard to jump to the arrow keys, e. g. for navigation up/down in a list or dropdown menu (e. g. when ...
8
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1answer
362 views

how to stick to something

I am very curious. I can spend days on stackexchange, wikipedia, coursera, plenty of tutorials. I often start projects with very big ideas in mind, but don't really do anything concrete. There are ...
0
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3answers
82 views

Allotting time for unforeseen circumstances

At my university I'm taking a class where we need access to a certain lab. To get into the lab you're supposed to have a pass card to unlock the door. However the door is usually propped open and if ...
2
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1answer
339 views

Does Dual-N-Back work?

Dual N Back They say that the dual-nback trains your working memory and has a corresponding effect on your fluid intelligence. Then it was in the news recently that this doesnt work. Now I some how ...
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3answers
321 views

How do I motivate myself to work on my projects when achieving average levels of success?

Some background: I am a full time software developer, with a number of side projects on the go. These include a blog or two, making hand painted jewellery, a few pretty diverse things. These ...
2
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4answers
473 views

Study Skills and Strategies for an Academic Subject like Math

I'm interested in learning about and implementing study aids, boons, leads, pointers, ..., preferably those proven through research. I'm regardful of questions such as How to set a realistic deadline ...
2
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6answers
445 views

What is the fastest way to send emails to myself?

I have some success using gmail inbox as my primary GTD inbox. One glitch however is that it takes a lot of steps to send email to myself, which I want to do to clear my head. Right now I do this in ...
10
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8answers
374 views

How to calm yourself before meditation?

When I practice mindful meditation (concentrating on the breath), my thoughts wander - a lot. I try hard to bring my mind back but often I fail. What should I do to calm myself before meditation?
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2answers
95 views

How do I know whether a person is lying? [closed]

Is there anyway to find whether a person is speaking the truth or not?
2
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1answer
191 views

How can I make my productivity system more efficient and usable?

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
0
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0answers
34 views

How should Pomodoro be applied in a college setting? [duplicate]

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
4
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5answers
282 views

Strategy to utilize fragments of time?

I am refering to short and scattered fragments of time like commuting, waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus etc etc. I read an interview of a businessman who said he was working as a photography ...
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4answers
853 views

Does the snooze button turn you into a zombie?

I've read that the snooze button really, really interferes with the wake-up process of the brain. To caricature, in my understanding snoozing the alarm clock can render you a zombie for at least part ...
2
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4answers
168 views

Not being able to finish/not satisfied by the day's work

On some days I am not able to finish what I had planned or hoped for, or I am just not satisfied with the work I have done. One such days, at the end of the day I feel guilty. In such cases, should I ...
4
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2answers
224 views

Methods to minimize sleep in a healthy way

I think that my body currently needs at least 7 hours of sleep for me to be fully alert and at my best. Are there any methods by which I could get less sleep and still feel and be at my best? (E.G. ...
0
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2answers
157 views

What are the 3 most useful programming concepts which you apply in life? [closed]

Queuing Computer Science: I find queuing up very useful. When a program needs to process an overwhelming amount of data, the incoming data is usually queued up. And then one by one each of the ...
5
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5answers
143 views

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile?

How do you abandon a task that isn't worthwhile? For example, I've been trying to get Firefox portable to work from a USB drive on the library computers with certain add-ons installed. I find this ...
0
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2answers
80 views

How can I get motivation to keep learning new things?

I seem to have hit a brick wall when it comes to progressing in my life. I'm a persistent and determined person but somehow I can't seem to find enough motivation to keep up with new technologies. I'm ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

Multi-field studies - help with schedule

Well, basically I have recently figured out one truth : if one doesn't study systematically, one will never succeed or reach advanced level in the field of studies. The problem is that I have too many ...
7
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2answers
254 views

Learning optimally?

Not sure if this is the right place but I'm currently 9 years old and have recently become obsessed with learning. When I get home from school all I do is try to learn everything I can and at school i ...
7
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3answers
217 views

How can I improve my decision making speed?

This question is similar to this one (How to efficiently make a hard decision?) except I'm concerned more about improving the speed and effort taken to reach a decision. So just come off organising ...
1
vote
1answer
271 views

PM tool that integrates with Evernote

I have just started using Asana and really like it. But what I would like to be able to do is integrate it with Evernote so that I can include links to Evernote notes (or even embed them) into Asana ...
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0answers
123 views

Can someone really have multiple careers? [closed]

The one thing I really love about this site is that it allows subjective answers, unlike many of the other Stack sites. So here starts my rant. Please, get yourself a cup of coffee or light your ...
1
vote
3answers
223 views

Personal Kanban on Multiple Teams

I am using personal and team based Kanban on multiple projects with multiple teams. One of the benefits I was hoping to get from Kanban is seeing "the big picture" - all of the work I have in progress ...
5
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2answers
265 views

Too much time and too little to do. What to do?

I feel I am living in enforced nonproductivity right now, and would like to find ways to create opportunities for productivity. What can one do to create purpose and interest that doesn't cost money ...
1
vote
0answers
146 views

Introvert to Extrovert in 5 years. How? [closed]

How is this related to productivity? Sales people require lots of energy and enthusiasm... which is a trait of extroverts. When you're an introverted sales person, you're likely to have a bad time! ...
4
votes
4answers
205 views

How to read books in a better cost-benefit ratio?

I have a habit of searching for good self-help/Technical book if I found one then I will start reading it until I find another good self-help/Technical book and this pattern goes on and on. The ...
10
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2answers
182 views

Switching environments for work and play

This is related to a previous question, but I'm hoping to get more thoughts and throw in more context for my question. I have one primary computer. It's got my big monitor and my nice keyboard, etc. ...
0
votes
2answers
341 views

How to deal with zero motivation and focus?

I've been coming back and forth to this Django guide (https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/intro/tutorial04/) for a few months now and can't seem to stick with it for more than a few minutes/an hour ...
3
votes
2answers
321 views

Is it normal that I lose focus and concentration when programming?

I'm a teen, I don't have a job as a programmer. I study programming at my school, though I didn't learn it in my school but through YT tutorials. Anyway, I've been doing programming for about 2 years ...
1
vote
1answer
141 views

Code formatting (custom vs standardized) impact on productivity

Would custom formatting code in an IDE (like allowing a particular text / line / parameters to appear in bold or higher size - the ones which are currently being built) help in increasing programmers ...
1
vote
4answers
214 views

Getting back into studies after many years

I am an IT professional and have around 9 years of experience. I had completed my post graduation 9 years back. I used be good at studies at that time, a high scorer and it wasn't difficult for me to ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

How do I trigger a dopamine release based on certain stimuli?

This question is regarding Dopamine and possible ways to cause some related trigger or spark. Now, the concept/objective is to get into that "motivated/fun/interested" state. So, you feel some what ...

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