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7answers
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Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight

I'm currently using Remember The Milk for my organisation system that is based on GTD. One thing that I find is missing from my system is the ability to capture all the actions relating to a project. ...
2
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5answers
757 views

How to read a 300-page non-fictional book in a day?

I have a school competition coming up and because of school (and I'll admit, my laziness and other stuff like workout, running) I haven't been exercising for the competition. I read 100 pages out of ...
7
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3answers
175 views

How do I avoid thinking about people's reactions to my refusals?

I used to be a "yes" person, agreeing to every request and leading to a major burnout. After the burnout incident, I have turned around and started saying "no" to a number of things. However, I still ...
0
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0answers
35 views

Programmer wanting to manage 'context switching' between tasks better [duplicate]

I am a programmer, my daily routine demands that I switch focus (aka 'context switch') between many different tasks in a day. On top of this I have to deal the with usual interruptions from meetings, ...
19
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13answers
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
3
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3answers
154 views

When to choose tutorials and when to choose books?

When I want to learn something new I tend to choose books to learn it, but I feel that they sometimes slow me down. I've decided that I will choose books for things I want to be more average at, and ...
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2answers
186 views

can't focus on certain day or after a few working hour and how to overcome the problem

I noticed that on certain days, I can't focus at all. For example, it is Sunday night and I was actually at school today. However, I couldn't focus on what I was studying. I did 71 hours at school ...
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5answers
6k views

What are the digital equivalents of index cards?

I have a very deal of trouble filtering visual information and so have problems working with lists, digital or analog. When I realized that the inherent visual nature of lists was the source of most ...
4
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2answers
5k views

How much time can the brain keep on learning some subject through reading?

Almost all things that I have read on internet about studying, are just tips about how to improve concentration, performance, and other stuff you probably already read. But, I stumble on a difficulty ...
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0answers
22 views

App for android with tasks and subtasks with possibility deactivating alarm on subtasks

I am looking for app that enables this. I have a main task and below several subtask with regular alarms (for example daily) for each. If I check main task all subtasks should be inactive until I ...
2
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3answers
241 views

Do we need rest after sitting on a comfortable chair all day?

I am making my daily time table chart. I work as a web developer. After my work, I take a bus and come back home. There is not much physical activity involved. I added an extra time of 30 minutes to ...
4
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4answers
1k views

How to pace myself at work?

First of all, a little background: I'm a programmer, developing web-based applications, working a full-time job for the first time in my life. I've been working in the area for a decade now, but ...
17
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8answers
3k 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
125 views

How can I respond wisely while I am in frustration or angry or charged?

I am working as a Team lead for an IT team. I run meetings everyday and gather status. It is my responsibility to control the meeting and make sure meetings ended in a productive manner. But so many ...
0
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2answers
71 views

How to pace myself for increase in working hours from 7.5 to 8?

Currently I work 37.5 hours per week. I will be working 40 hours per week soon. At the moment, I feel drained after 7.5 hours at work. What can I do to pace myself for an increase to 8 hours (e.g. ...
0
votes
1answer
122 views

How can I do my work AT work and not at home?

I'm a college student studying Computer Science. Certain classes are about practising the material, which was covered in the lectures. The problem is - I can never get myself to do the work properly ...
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7answers
2k views

How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
3
votes
4answers
394 views

My Goals and Daily Programme

In the turn of this year, I have put together some goals which I want to pursue and areas of my life I want to advance in. To meet these goals, or to work within these areas, I have created a daily ...
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votes
1answer
61 views

Deep sleep aids

I'm looking for a sleep aid, herb, or medication that triggers or helps the transition into deep sleep (primarily stages 3 and 4). Ideally this miracle substance would allow someone to sleep for a ...
4
votes
4answers
288 views

How can I “reach” a procrastinating classmate to teach him about how to solve it?

EDIT Thank you all for your ideas and tips! A classmate of mine in high school doesn't learn much in school, nor does he do much homework. He doesn't understand the current topics discussed in ...
2
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5answers
867 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 ...
9
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3answers
739 views

How to stay motivated with no pressing deadlines

I have noticed that when I have a 'pressing' deadline my productivity goes through the roof. However, recently I have been so well organized that I am working well in advance of any deadlines. ...
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2answers
137 views

How can I pass a typing speed plateau of 105 wpm?

I started learning to touchtype in 2009. Back then, using the Dvorak keyboard, I decided to practice until I reached 120 words per minute (wpm) with 99% accuracy. I am still working towards this goal. ...
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5answers
137 views

Strategy on taking notes from academic articles?

I'm in the final phase for my Masters in Computer Science. I have to write a thesis (12,000 words). The recommended reading is 50+ academic papers (varying lengths). I've never been an effective ...
5
votes
1answer
761 views

Pros and cons of touch typing finger map lay-out (EDX versus EDC) in QWERTY

When I learned to touch type, back in the mid-80’s, I was instructed to use a finger map that basically mirrors the left and right hand side. I’ve added a figure below and refer to it as the EDX ...
1
vote
2answers
660 views

How can I learn multiple things at the same time?

I would like to ask if there are any tips as to how I can learn multiple things at once. For example, I'm currently reading programming books (python, ruby) and also learning music theory and design. ...
3
votes
3answers
178 views

How do I use my smartphone more efficiently?

I feel that my smartphone should be renamed as "dumbphone", mainly because it's too distracting; it wastes a lot of my time. Also, I find it complicated and generally a time-killer for me. I find ...
2
votes
4answers
214 views

How to deal with self-doubt?

So I recently graduated with my new degree in Physics. Instead of doing a PhD, I decided to try my hand at corporate America. The results well, are interesting. I've interviewed in plenty of ...
6
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6answers
350 views

How can I deal with others who have different personal productivity goals?

I have many interests in personal productivity. I don't like to waste time so I sometimes pass up social events for 'bettering myself' through some extra work on a weekend night. I still get plenty of ...
2
votes
1answer
98 views

How can i organize my music file(mp3) library? [closed]

I have about 250-300 mp3 files stored in my microSD card, mounted to my android smartphone. In the beginning, I downloaded songs from the internet and just moved them to a folder. The music player app ...
12
votes
4answers
452 views

Why am I forgetting concepts?

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
0
votes
3answers
191 views

How to help young people who want to improve their productivity, but are struggling with authority?

Only a few years ago I was in at that age where everyone around me wanted to party and only have a good time. Even then I was driven to look for another path. Now I find myself with some younger ...
0
votes
3answers
158 views

How can I stay focused while reading technical material?

I can be focused but not in every case. I'm computer science student. So I have to read a lot of books or tutorials about it. However I noticed that I have some difficulty to stay focused when I read ...
5
votes
5answers
268 views

Keeping computer files organized to maximize productivity

I have a lot of files on my computer, most of it related to either code/web development or games. I'm looking for an easy method to keep those files organized in a way that will maximize my ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

Why does adding a new note type on Anki break synchronisation?

If you add a new note type on Anki (manage note types- add one - delete it) the app says it has to resync your entire database to the server, merging is no longer possible. Why does this happen? How ...
0
votes
1answer
81 views

Customized accountability tracker app

I am seeking recommendation for a personalized accountability tracker iOS app that has reporting feature. I use several health related trackers that report progress for me but want something that ...
19
votes
10answers
875 views

How do you fill in the “dead” time when using a computer? [closed]

Working with a computer generates periods of "wasted" or "dead" time. I'm talking about the time during which the computer compiles your program, performs a sophisticated computation or downloads an ...
13
votes
3answers
4k 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 ...
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votes
2answers
94 views

If And Then Else Planning

So, I've thought up the basics for a productivity / scheduling system that I refer to as in the title. Basically if this and that is true do this, else if do this. Let me give an example that I'm ...
1
vote
4answers
272 views

Is there any efficient method for long term memory?

I know that spaced repitition is important . Therefore, i had used anki application however it didn't work because i couldn't organize important informations and i didn't feel ready for reviewing my ...
7
votes
6answers
457 views

How do I get back to doing what I love?

A little background. I started coding in C++ about 5 years ago. Ever since then, I was sure that I wanted a life in code :) In my last 2 semesters, I wrote quite a bit of code for varied purposes. ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

How to make my knowledge come into action? [closed]

I am confused if I've asked the question the right way. I am extremely sorry for my bad english. But I am trying to describe it more precisely. Suppose I've read a book and learned some wonderful ...
18
votes
8answers
5k views

How to prevent/control daydreaming?

Daydreaming is becoming a serious issue for me as I miss valuable information in places such as classes, meetings and presentations. It doesn't depend on any specific element. In fact, it may be ...
2
votes
2answers
54 views

How can I scan hanging folders that contain tabbed inserts?

As suggested by David Allen of GTD, I've tried the following: I do have a drawer of hanging folders But none of the hanging folders have those plastic tabs on them Each hanging folder contains one ...
15
votes
7answers
6k views

How to concentrate (read a book or work) when other people are talking instead of listening to their conversation?

I find it very difficult to concentrate on a task, if people are talking in the "neighborhood", e.g. reading a book in the tram or train or in a doctor's waiting room where other people are talking....
8
votes
7answers
8k views

How to get a song out of your head

I have a problem, in that my head is sometimes like a broken iPod player. When I'm supposed to concentrate on a job, or simply try and shut my mind down to go to sleep, a song will pop into my head. ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

Linking auto-updating tasks/email to a task in Outlook

I organize my tasks and my time using Outlook tasks an in doing so I often link related tasks or emails to a task. The problem I'm having is that if a task is linked in another task and another person ...
9
votes
6answers
770 views

What are good learning techniques? (for lifelong learners)

I think that the only technique that made me learn something was visualizing -if it's even technique. I was never taught how to learn in school. And even visualizing happened only sometimes, ...
11
votes
3answers
346 views

GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Reading relevant messages from social networking notifications

To stay updated and learn on the happening things around world on topics of my interest, I have subscribed to limited social networking notifications. The daunting challenge mostly such topics ...

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