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Touch Typing for Programmers

I have been using Typing Master to learn touch typing, but it doesn't cover the symbols and numbers I user as a programmer to any significant extent. Is there any touch typing software that is more ...
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2answers
60 views

Is “mind mapping” inherently hierarchical?

I notice that many, if not all, mind mapping applications are hierarchical, stemming outward from one central idea and dividing down to smaller ideas. In general, even if links between child nodes are ...
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3answers
113 views

How to learn English in a way that contributes?

I want to increase my English language skills. I know that the options are 'endless', but I want to help the world somehow while increasing the skill. For this purposes I think that the most ...
3
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2answers
161 views

How to maintain a diary meant for tracking how, when, and why I delayed instant gratification?

For instant gratification, I do the following in no particular order: Sit on the sofa, gaze to the ceiling and pull self hair strands. Browse non technical SE sites. Roam around the house doing ...
2
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2answers
193 views

Jogging as a tool to always stay fresh and energized

Expanding on President Obama Loves to Jog -- is it normal for people to go on a jog whenever they start feeling drowsy at work or when studying? So that when they return they'll feel fully revitalized ...
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6answers
2k views

GTD app for iPad?

I'm trying to find a great GTD app for my iPad. I don't have any other iOS devices or a Mac, but I want to ability to access it through my PC (web based is fine). A lot of the better GTD systems seem ...
0
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3answers
129 views

Indexing a journal? for better thought organization. What is a good system?

I've been keeping a journal for a while now. I would like to read back to some of the stuff I wrote and build on top of that. I was thinking about indexing my journal into a spreadsheet so that I can ...
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11answers
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How to cancel out caffeine's effects on sleep?

I'm a programmer and I need caffeine in order to do my job. But, the paradox is - the same caffeine that enables me to do my job degrades the quality of my sleep, which in return degrades my ability ...
0
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3answers
79 views

How many and which calendars should I use [closed]

I always liked to have several type of calendars on my Google Calendar, which with its own color. This gave me a better vision over my days and allowed me to better separate work from fun. Note that ...
4
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2answers
135 views

Whats the reason of not willing to progress?

I have been in the environment of competition right from childhood. I took competition very seriously and often sacrificed many things in childhood that usually can be done in childhood only, and I ...
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4answers
209 views

Efficient Checklist Software? [closed]

What are some good free tools which can help you in making a Task Checklist[with check-boxes] to verify your tasks list. I want to use checklist as sometimes i miss important things at work. ...
2
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3answers
217 views

How to catch up with studying when I feel I missed out a lot of things

I am in the technology field, I have been working in programming for 6 years, but I was working with a company on outdated stuff and currently I am working in another company that keeps me working on ...
4
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4answers
707 views

How do I set priorities and estimate completion time for 30 projects, 600 tasks?

The question is simple: I have 30+ projects in several categories : Work, Personal, Daily, Self-improvement etc. Each project contains several tasks in different aspects of my life: Intellectual, ...
6
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2answers
150 views

Exercises to strengthen intuition

I've been advised to work on my intuition as I'm fairly logical. How does one do this? I tried google searching intuition exercises but found most of the results are a little more hokey than I'm ...
7
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1answer
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 ...
2
votes
3answers
94 views

How to quickly think about doing something or not?

Kids are taught that things are either "good" or "bad". Could someone give me a provisional universal rule to act under any situation. Of course that I'm not asking for a detailed action plan, just ...
2
votes
3answers
241 views

How to be successful with a narrow attention span?

I haven't been diagnosed officially with AD(H)D (probably because I haven't sought counseling) but I find myself having many symptoms. My biggest problem is not so much an inability to concentrate ...
171
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35answers
11k 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 ...
9
votes
2answers
268 views

How to do Life-logging that doesn't consume too much time?

So, I'm a personal productivity nerd: I meditate for better focus I track water intake I assign points to tasks, keep a track of them I use habit formation apps (Routinely, HabitRPG I use rescuetime ...
2
votes
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 ...
11
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3answers
3k views

What is the average time lost when interruptions break your train of thought?

I'm looking for quantifiable results from studies; not best guesses please. I quite frequently find that after an interruption I need to gather my thoughts and refocus on the task I was performing ...
2
votes
2answers
148 views

How can I remind myself about tasks at the right time to reduce the number of interruptions?

I have a bunch of ToDos written down, and I need a way of being reminded to do them at the right time. Being reminded at the wrong time causes interruptions as you need to stop whatever you're doing ...
6
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9answers
1k views

Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
18
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10answers
9k 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. ...
2
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2answers
119 views

A quick test for determining when I should go to bed?

I often stay up later than I should because I can't tell when my body is ready to sleep (a combination of artificial lighting and reading-intensive courses will do that). Either I'll go to sleep too ...
0
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0answers
25 views

Why is 12pm so boring? [duplicate]

I have a paper tomorrow.When I woke up I was fresh and enthusiastic to study.(and I did study!) but now at 12pm its so sunny outside and my motivation is zero. Not only today,always at 12pm I feel ...
9
votes
9answers
1k views

How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
7
votes
3answers
519 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 ...
4
votes
3answers
331 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 ...
41
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9answers
6k 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
votes
1answer
119 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 ...
9
votes
8answers
1k views

How to use bathroom time effectively

I spend a non-neglible time in the bathroom, sitting on the pot. It occured to me that I could be using the time better and not let precious productivity time literally go to waste. So, how do I ...
5
votes
2answers
100 views

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 ...
26
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15answers
11k views

Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
1
vote
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 ...
8
votes
6answers
720 views

How do you estimate time for a new task?

I have designed a site using WordPress. This was just a test WordPress site. I am now okay with the coding in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and WordPress. Now my senior wants me, just by looking at a JPEG ...
11
votes
1answer
247 views

Organizing research-oriented tasks

I am an engineering graduate student and I have always been a 'todo list' person. However, I'm having a difficult time keeping myself organized now, because most of my tasks are research-related. With ...
2
votes
2answers
95 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
4answers
565 views

Super effective way of storing day to day information where I can access them quickly?

I am going to start organizing chaos of tasks by Getting Things Done (GTD) in my life. For which I am reorganizing information that I need from time to time, for example: Internet Banking ...
6
votes
5answers
428 views

How do I take out time for my research while working a full time job?

I am working a full time job as a software engineer. I am also doing masters in computer science. I don't have to take any classes this year as I have completed my coursework. I work from 10 to 7 in ...
1
vote
3answers
436 views

How best to organize research by project for multiple different projects?

I have multiple projects each requiring their own research that's not interrelated. (ie: Database Admin, Systems Admin, Database Development). Knowledge in these areas is endless and falls under ...
13
votes
9answers
699 views

How can I list down website passwords for better productivity?

I am an avid web surfer and I surf a lot of websites. I also have my accounts on numerous sites. The problem is when I need to sign in to some websites, I have to search my two mailboxes for username. ...
0
votes
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 ...
1
vote
1answer
86 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 ...
4
votes
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 ...
12
votes
5answers
820 views

Where should I file my Next Actions from Projects in Freemind?

I use Freemind Mind Mapping software to store all of my GTD lists. I have a separate mindmap for each list (i.e. In Tray, Next Actions, Projects, Project Support Material, Someday, Tickler Calendar, ...
1
vote
2answers
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 ...
3
votes
5answers
472 views

Desktop app/group of apps for todo list/time management

I use Listhings in my browser to make sticky notes and remind myself about stuff. I am looking for an app/group of desktop apps for the same purposes. What I want the app to be like: Desktop ...
19
votes
8answers
3k views

What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?

Here: you can read : "Often, tasks are delayed till a reasonable time before the deadline. Just because you feel like you can do it later; [blabla] ..." This is not the real problem I've been facing ...
0
votes
4answers
230 views

Trying to study and work fulltime

I have read several of the other questions about this and they seem to state it is doable. But I am unsure how. I want to study for an undergrad degree in science. I work full time (58 + hrs per week ...

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