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mind mapping - auto conversion of hierarchical tree into a radial format

I have a largely hierarchical mind map, which looks like a tree with a depth of around 12-14. A typical parent node has say 1-5 child nodes (average of 3 nodes). I manually built this mind map with ...
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3answers
280 views

I'm overwhelmed.. Do you have an advice?

I am working 100% in a production company as a network administrator. I start at 6:30am and usually go to 6pm to go home. I am learning not very much about the administration, and not very in depth ...
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7answers
998 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 ...
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2answers
136 views

How to be productive on publishing scientific papers?

How come some people are more productive on publishing papers? Do faculties with many publication follow a particular strategy or method? If so, what is it? What are the major skills or think style ...
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2answers
250 views

What is the best solution for digitizing notes?

I'm currently seeking a solution to: Digitize my notes Digitally hand write notes Digitally hand-annotate pdf/powerpoint files (rigid textboxes won't cut it) Digitally hand-draw diagrams and charts ...
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4answers
216 views

I have 10 days to gain 35 words/minute typing speed. How?

My typing exam is on 20 June. I need to be able to type 35 wpm. My speed is currently 17 wpm while looking at the keyboard . How can I gain the required speed in the time allowed?
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2answers
463 views

Combining Linenberger approach Master Your Workday Now (MYWN) with emacs

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach MYWN Master Your Workday Now (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with Gnu Emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by ...
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177 views

Having exact timings for going to bed and waking up in terms of productivity

For the last few months I've been experimenting with many sleeping shedules, including the popular 2h of sleep called Uberman, and on the other side 6.5h+ of sleep. I have to say that I managed to ...
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9answers
5k views

how to get over something stupid done in past?

I have a tendency to act out wierdly and angrily, (usually throwing stuff here and there) when I suddenly remember something stupid that I had done in past, and then bang my head over how stupid I was ...
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18answers
6k views

How do I deal with distractions when working on a computer?

I spend most of my working day on a computer and know that when I am "in the zone" I am extremely productive. Getting to "the zone" is very dependent upon the task itself and environmental distraction ...
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2answers
157 views

Re-conditioning the brain to read numbers “visually”

I have a problem with how my brain reads numbers, it's very inefficient, I see "1" written on paper, and if I'm doing math my brain flashes to me the written word "one" which I mentally read at my ...
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1answer
315 views

How can I prevent StackOverflow from killing my productivity? [duplicate]

I'm a programmer. I use StackOverflow a lot for solving problems. It's so helpful that I rarely need to ask my own questions. But StackOverflow can also be distracting and kill my productivity by ...
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2answers
121 views

What is an efficient way for storing paper based reference materials?

I have a bunch of reference materials which cannot be scanned. What are efficient ways for storing/filing such materials? Manila folders get mentioned a lot, but in my attempts of using them I have ...
5
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4answers
445 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 ...
12
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10answers
5k views

Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...
0
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0answers
19 views

How to master a programming language - Java? [duplicate]

Its been quite a time that i have started working with Java. I have lot of interest in doing programming.. While i also get demotivated when i feel i dont know certain things in it too.. As everyone ...
0
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1answer
57 views

How to let go what happened and start THE SAME PROJECT again?

I had a final project viva I worked hard on it but the teacher pointed out many mistakes. Now it has been marked(and it is marked fine) . Now I want to correct those mistakes for my satisfaction but I ...
4
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4answers
899 views

Workflowy: How do I best deal with large amounts of text?

I am new to Workflowy, but try to increasingly use it. It is already much improved over "Trello", which I used until now to dump information, simply because Trello already helped a lot with ...
2
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1answer
144 views

Postponing research work [duplicate]

I am a grad student in theoretical physics. Whenever I have some well defined research works (calculations, plotting etc) at hand, I postpone them. I engage myself in other things like studying ...
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2answers
147 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
220 views

Which tool, template of methods should I use for tracking a long-term goal?

There is no painful & energizing task of visualizing the progress of long-term goal. I have been following this. It is good for planning the next immediate activities on daily(,weekly and ...
14
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17answers
2k views

What genre of music helps in increasing productivity? [closed]

I'm convinced some quiet background music can increase productivity and I'm willing to try. I'd rather listen to music on head phones than street noise. I believe that the music should : Be ...
8
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6answers
520 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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1answer
576 views

What factors make differences among students with same amount of merits?

Most of the time it is seen that two or more students seeming to have same merit but perform differently in their academic careers. What factors contribute to the differences among the students with ...
1
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1answer
166 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 ...
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2answers
326 views

How can I overcome psychosomatic symptoms?

Often I experience extreme tiredness or stomach aches when I need to work on a project that I don't want to work on. Sometimes just walking into the same floor where work is waiting causes those ...
3
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6answers
354 views

How do you become good at thinking on your feet to solve programming problems?

I think as a developer thinking on your feet is an essential skill, but it seems some people in our industry are a lot better at it than others. Experience in an area/technology obviously helps. I ...
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0answers
26 views

How to learn a lot of subjects and understand them? [duplicate]

I am a developer. I have very ambitious plans about learning: I want to learn programming, physics, math, languages. How to combine this all? Which subjects fit better to other subject? Programming ...
16
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29answers
2k views

What are famous quotes about productivity?

What is your favorite productivity quote? This is community wiki, so please one quote per answer.
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2answers
160 views

Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)

Part of my job involves creating new articles. Each article is stored inside a spreadsheet and has an article number in cell A and a name in cell B. The only reason I ever need to open the ...
4
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5answers
838 views

How do I maintain focus towards work for extended periods?

I work in a team and after some days of regular focus & productivity, normally towards the end of the month, I lose interest in the work. It usually takes about a week to regain focus but, this ...
69
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23answers
22k views

How do I clear my mind before going to sleep?

I have great difficulty stopping to think of things I'm doing at bedtime. Whenever my night's sleep is bad, my day is much less productive. I try to compensate by drinking coffee, but this only works ...
6
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2answers
241 views

How to measure/increase productivity

I am into software development and an individual contributor in the team working from off-shore. My manager is onsite and he assigns work to be on calls. The project is in very initial stage so I am ...
3
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4answers
383 views

How to not get embarrassed on small things? [closed]

When I have done something good,or have replied to people, then though I don't say sorry to them but feel embarrassed and argue with my self and keep thinking about the same thing all the day. How ...
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2answers
105 views

Software engineering workflow app?

I am a software engineer and I feel that I am cruelly missing a good workflow and organisation [web]app. Ideally I need : Everything in one place (one app) Permanently stored Possibility to ...
0
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1answer
98 views

Getting as much done with the most focus [duplicate]

I have like probably many people in here a 40 hour week. In my spare time I have a project I want to work on. My goal is to become way better in a competitive activity. This is not a programming ...
0
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3answers
71 views

Memorisation Help

Pushed for time, I am in need for proven strategies which reinforce memorisation of heaps of information. I am in need of a method which I can universally apply to any kind of information.
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3answers
551 views

Finding new solutions by describing problem to other people

I noticed sometimes as I'm typing out questions on the stackexchange network I get a whole new idea. It seems like the process of describing the problem helps me think in different ways. Are there any ...
0
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0answers
37 views

How can I emote better? [duplicate]

I have just returned back to a regular work and have never really liked my coworkers at any of my jobs because I had incidents where I snapped at coworkers over comments that I didn't take very well. ...
2
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3answers
137 views

How can i Focus on Learning one Skill at a time? [duplicate]

Well, i have a problem of learning/focusing on perhaps too many things/topics at a time. For instance i am learning a new programming language. By the time i have read few tutorials on the internet, i ...
4
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2answers
1k views

What is the most efficient hands-free mouse?

Hands-free mice are numerous: Camera based head tracking systems: SmartNav, Tracker Pro, FreeTrack, HeadMouse Extreme and HeadMaster, Mouth-operated joystick types: the TetraMouse, the QuadJoy, ...
2
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2answers
219 views

Simple Task Management with dependencies

First, I'd like to state that I read Task Management Application with task dependencies but it doesn't answer my question because I'm looking for something much simpler than that. I'm looking for a ...
1
vote
4answers
309 views

How to stay focused on achieving my Goals?

I have read many books on goal setting. i made a list of 10 goals for the year and then just did nothing. All of my goals are realistic and specific. They are short-term to mid-term goals. I started ...
6
votes
3answers
229 views

How not to stress and hurry in work?

My way of work is agitated. I work in stressed way even if the deadline is far away... I have a bad habit to try to do everything immediately. My boss told me that twice : take your time, no hurry !. ...
2
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0answers
64 views

Best books on Personal Productivity? [closed]

what are some good books on Personal productivity which have proven practical advice on being more productive and efficient at work? please provide workplace productivity related books also.
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6answers
554 views

How to deal with 3pm slump if you can't take a nap

This article suggests that feeling tired at 3pm is perfectly normal, and should be countered by simply having a nap. However, in some workplaces, this isn't possible (a lack of beds for one). I can ...
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0answers
31 views

How loud should sleep noise be? [closed]

Using white noise is often suggesting for helping people to sleep. The question I have, is how loud should it be? Should it be like voice level, or just a quiet buzz?
5
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3answers
2k views

Todo list manager with progress bar

After doing some fiddling with some Excel sheets, I saw that it worked out nicely for me to have a monthly or trimestrial todo list with checkboxes and a progress bar on top. The general look and ...
6
votes
4answers
989 views

Personal Kanban - Use multiple boards?

I'm using personal kanban and currently have 2 separate boards - one for job hunting and school, one for household chores. Each is has color coded task types in addition. I don't switch between boards ...
11
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6answers
3k views

How to avoid mind drifting while listening?

While talking to someone at work or even on the phone I often find myself drifting off where my attention wanders off. This happens even during short say 5 ~ 10 minute conversations. If while talking ...

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