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2answers
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Fast paced classes

In class when I'm listening to the instructor there are times when I don't quite understand a concept thoroughly or a proof and the steps which led to the proof or sometimes I'm thinking that the ...
161
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34answers
9k 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 ...
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3answers
75 views

Are there affordable, hands-free alternatives for a mouse?

Basically I want to be able to keep typing and not have to use a mouse by hand. I want to be able to select text, click anywhere and right-click. This will increase my productivity at least 3 times as ...
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12answers
765 views

How do you start working?

I am a student, so doing my homework has to be the most horrid part of my day. Although I know I can do it, and it really won't take that long, I hate it. Something in my mind makes me repel against ...
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2answers
114 views

What are more radical techniques for dispelling 'morning fog'? [closed]

I am experiencing heavy morning 'brain fog' recently. The techniques I've tried (without success) are: Consistent sleeping schedule Coffee A few nootropics in the morning, but this seems to make it ...
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2answers
137 views

coping with burnout to finish thesis

I just hit the 6-year mark in graduate school, and in 2 months I'm scheduled to start a postdoctoral research position in a new city. I need to finish writing my dissertation as soon as possible. ...
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3answers
289 views

Most effective work habit for coding?

Working on a big solo project (~15,000 LOC), I am encountering the following phenomenon: I seem to work best when I program in short bursts of 10-15 minutes. Right now I am working on a section ...
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11answers
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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 ...
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2answers
263 views

How do I Increase my productivity without getting distracted by the things happenned to me in the past?

I am not sure how common it might be? Owner of my company wants to make a software and copy a similar product for about 90 %. And get it done by 15th of next month. I am only guy who will be doing ...
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2answers
150 views

Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
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3answers
191 views

Tabletop sit/stand desk recommendation

I'm looking for a sit/stand adjustable desk for my dorm room, which provides a desk/chair combo. As a result, the desk should be basically flat in the 'sit' position and adjust up 18 inches or so for ...
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9answers
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How to improve self discipline when starting from nothing

It seems that I have no ability to be productive. Outside of the occasional week where feeling accountable to somebody else has kept me on task, I have never had the self discipline to accomplish ...
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7answers
665 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 ...
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2answers
79 views

What environmental variables are most important to maintaining constant work flow?

In other words: what are optimal work conditions for maintaining solid blocks of work? Although the question is somewhat subjective, there are a few that remain constant across many people, such as ...
2
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6answers
434 views

Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming

I am a computer programmer, worked for 3 years, and now I am doing my post-graduation from the best institute of India. I have a wierd problem. I am addicted to watching videos, lesser addicted to ...
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3answers
419 views

How to handle continuous accumulation of multiple personal projects and goals simultaniously?

First off, I just wanted to mention that I did do a bit of research on previous questions, but they don't seem to fully fit my particular problem. Although, I did learn something interesting from the ...
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6answers
2k views

How to keep focused without losing interest?

I am not sure how common is this, but I experience loss of interest pretty often. Unlike many people, my problem is not in starting things but in sustaining the interest. One day, I decide that I am ...
4
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1answer
429 views

How to improve typing speed post 100wpm

I relearned how to type this past summer, I switched from a 5 finger style to a 9 finger touch typing style. I'm still on a qwerty keyboard, and do not want to switch to dvorak or any other layout. I ...
2
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1answer
74 views

Simple workaround for LaTeX in Anki that avoid software errors and is mobile friendly (self-answered)

So I recently started using Anki to help me get back up to speed on math before I jump into my first calculus class (it's been a couple decades since my last math class, ouch) and immediately ran into ...
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0answers
127 views

Combining Linenberger approach with emacs

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by Linenberger is to divide tasks ...
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2answers
61 views

What are the different techniques at your disposal in increase productivity of meetings? [duplicate]

How is it you can improve productivity in meetings in terms of take away for each participant and collective time spent. Are there any formalised techniques by different researchers / authors to ...
15
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5answers
761 views

What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?

I have some tasks, some of which to be done daily and some other to be done on some specific days. I want to track what I did, what I did not do and why. Also, how should I handle the tasks started ...
0
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3answers
138 views

Android app for personal mini-project planning and tracking

I have to clear a certification exam in Dec (4 months from now). As I am full time working I get very less time to for study. But in order to clear the exam the best thing I think is to create a solid ...
13
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7answers
733 views

Techniques to stop procastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...
3
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4answers
235 views

Measuring how well we focus?

All the books and advice on focusing essentially boil down to: practice focusing and you'll learn how to focus more effectively. However, the level of expertise we have in focusing can only be ...
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9answers
1k views

Task management software to organize tasks visually… how would I find it?

I have been unsuccessful finding what I want after trying a multitude of keywords, and I am hoping someone might have a suggestion to help me find a task organization tool that fits my requirements. ...
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3answers
83 views

Data entry: from paper vs. from screen

I am employed in a company where some workers are designed to enter data into system. They receive the data as pdf files on email. The quality is not great therefore OCR is not really an option (it's ...
4
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7answers
512 views

Write long text on tablet while laying back on bed/sofa

I think using an iPad or other tablet is very comfortable, but when you have to write long texts/emails/documents, then it becomes a serious annoyance. I wonder if anyone could suggest any good ...
0
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1answer
74 views

Focusing on tasks [duplicate]

This is first time i'm using this site of stack network so i hope it's the right place. I have problem with focusing to my plans. I'm a 23 years old software developer and i am working for a company. ...
0
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0answers
49 views

Study Effectively [closed]

I have 1day for the exam and there is much to study and Is there anyway to study Effectively.. This is not just for tommorrow this is for the entire life.. I'm feeling little low. Is there any ...
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1answer
62 views

How to Get rid of Contact lens fear? [closed]

Hi Guys I am having this problem like whenever I am trying to put a contact lens into my eyes I am getting some anxiety. how to put aside fear to focus ,in fact for an year I am having this issue?
4
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3answers
246 views

Tickler system for electronic files - how?

I've accumulated probably over a hundred interesting articles (mostly pdfs, but some web sites), that I want to periodically review. I'm not sure what's the best way to do this. I could print ...
16
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5answers
1k views

Dealing with Existential Crisis [closed]

I was reading a comic on PhDComics and although it is funny, sadly, it is also true. Grad students I know (including me) usually fall into one of these existential crisis at least once a semester. And ...
5
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4answers
211 views

How to cure my grave fear for examinations?

How to eliminate my grave fear for examinations which is associated with the tragic end of my academic career due to some of my family matters? I am totally unable to withstand the fear of failing in ...
0
votes
2answers
183 views

Little progress over the past 2 years, where is my problem? [closed]

I started my personal development journey about 18 months ago, this involved having goals as to what I wanted to achieve over the course of the next year or two. I have been learning along the way ...
3
votes
10answers
902 views

Personal Planning Software

I am currently planning my life in a text-based format, like this: Yearly goals. Doesn't include concrete action steps. Monthly goals: Specific action steps associated with the goals from (1). Daily ...
1
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2answers
159 views

Kanban and 'Protected Days'

I think I may have found the solution to my on-going problem with KB. Basically, some of the tasks on my board are small chunks of larger tasks which might sit around on my board for up to a month or ...
9
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6answers
387 views

How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
1
vote
4answers
213 views

What methods can I use to allocate my time between different tasks?

Say you have several tasks, each with different priorities. What methods or algorithms can I use to divide my time between the tasks? As input, I'd like to have priority and as output a percentage of ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

How to come out of bad sleeping patterns? [duplicate]

Background Story: It has been ten years since I slept before 10 'o' clock and wake up at 6 or before. In all these 10 years I have been atleast sleeping after 12 and waking up after 8 nowadays these ...
4
votes
5answers
447 views

How do you remember to work off your todo list?

I have a problem with working off my todo list (which is a canonical GTD next-action list in digital form.) The problem is that I never remember to look at the list for determining what to do next. I ...
15
votes
6answers
551 views

How to fall asleep

I think many people can relate with this problem, eventhough I'm giving a personal description Ever since I was young I had extreme trouble with sleeping. I think I can best attribute it to ...
1
vote
2answers
61 views

Is delay in updating to-do-lists softwares normal?

I am deciding which software to use for my scheduling and to-do-list, note-keeping and based on some questions on this site, I decided on evernote and google keep (and I am deciding which application ...
2
votes
2answers
293 views

How do I handle tasks that take long periods of time with Kanban

I see a question out there for ongoing tasks handling those in kanban. I am asking more about how to handle lengthier tasks with Kanban. Currently I have a board and I run the following columns: ...
0
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0answers
32 views

Using Kanban for studying [duplicate]

'Studying' isn't a task which comes to an end. I have finished school but want to pick up some new skills in my current field. No doubt, studying is a time consuming process, especially when you're ...
8
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3answers
386 views

Required or a Distraction?

I am 27 yrs old and a software developer by profession. I feel I can learn and do a lot more but I also want to give time for other things. I am learning to play guitar, a new language. My wife is ...
14
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6answers
6k views

How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
5
votes
3answers
131 views

Does note taking not by hand help remember things?

I've heard of various studies that found that just taking notes helps remember things, even if you throw the notes out immediately after. Is this only true for note taking done by hand with a pen and ...
1
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3answers
116 views

How to write equations involving different sized symbols neatly in notes? What kind of paper to use?

I prefer writing on lined paper. I find it faster and neater and it helps with formatting. When I'm writing math some things don't fit neatly between the lines; for example the divider used in writing ...
4
votes
7answers
166 views

Putting “maybes” on calendar

My impression of GTD is that it's pretty strict about your calendar - it should only contain the necessary things (meetings, time-specific tasks), so you can get a picture of the landscape of your ...

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