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1answer
142 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 ...
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1answer
130 views

Using pomodoro technique for studying

I normally use the pomodoro technique when working on my own projects. Now, I have an upcoming test. So I was wondering if I should use the pomodoro technique for studying as well. Is the technique ...
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1answer
177 views

What is the purpose of incremental reading?

I found some articles, such as this article from SuperMemo and this article from Wikipedia, about incremental reading. I read quite often, and for many different purposes, but cannot understand in ...
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6answers
580 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 ...
2
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3answers
312 views

Technique for writing an algorithm or solving a problem

When we try to solve some some programming problems or any algorithm, we come across an overwhelming amout of information which is difficult to organize. A simple example is - If I am trying to ...
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4answers
338 views

How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
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4answers
290 views

What frameworks exist for establishing and questioning goals or objectives

I have been using the GTD methodology and I have the control side of it well in hand. However, for the perspective side, contained in the 'horizons of focus' technique, I'm having trouble establishing ...
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3answers
199 views

How to assess the worth of my free time? [closed]

What are the best approaches to assess the cost of my free time? I am looking for suggestions on formulas for computing the cost of one hour of my free time in money equivalent for decision making. ...
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3answers
165 views

How to create a weekly nutrition schedule?

I got idea from Sheldon Cooper and think it will be great to not waste my time on thinking about what I'll eat today. Apart from time it could save money, because I could buy right amounts of ...
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3answers
200 views

How to recover from a sad situation and concentrate on the tasks on hand? [closed]

I know this question is very situation based. But I really need help. Please provide your thoughts. It would be really useful for me. I have to appear for an exam in June which require lot of ...
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3answers
160 views

Best practice: replying an email, keep or quote?

Suppose that we have a limited mailbox space. What are the advantages and disadvantage of the following practices when replying an email? (1) Quoting the original message and removing the original. ...
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3answers
861 views

How to remain productive in a lazy day?

For certain days in a month, when I wake up in the morning, I will just be lazy to do anything. No reason. I don't know why. I'm just feeling like I have no motivation whatsoever. Such a day will ...
3
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4answers
230 views

In GTD, is a project a context?

At my workplace, I work on multiple projects, usually at the same time. GTD seems to suggest defining contexts by what resources are available, e.g. @Desk. But if I'm at my desk, there's typically a ...
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3answers
224 views

How do you handle a workday after a bad night sleep?

I am insomniac at least 2 days a week, and the day after a bad night's sleep is terrible, especially its the extreme if its a Monday (obvious!). What are the ways such a workday can be made better if ...
0
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1answer
199 views

How should I use my last month before my medical entrance exams? [closed]

I am studying for the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) and other medical exams. I have only one month left, and I haven't revised everything yet. Now I fear that I won't be able to clear the exams ...
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2answers
115 views

How to work efficiently with tree (hierarchical) data

Often I want to organize data into a tree-like structure. However, I would not know how to do this quickly. Here are two examples: Example 1 I keep track of my spending, and I am interested in total ...
0
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2answers
63 views

Should you start a pomodoro for a meeting if part of your job is to dial into and participate in meetings?

just wondering how other Pomodoro users factor in meetings, if part of your job is to dial in and participate in telephone meetings? Do you start up and claim a pomodoro for these, or should these be ...
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4answers
220 views

Solution for reading heavy books while on a treadmill (bookholder)?

I need to do a lot of sports as soon as possible because of health issues. As a PhD student, I can either work on the computer or read books to be productive. If I want to do a lot of sports I need ...
2
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2answers
355 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 ...
4
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0answers
103 views

How can I develop a system to question deeper motivations? [closed]

I have been doing self-enquiry / questioning exercises to assess where I want to take my career path / life. I found a simple method of asking "what do you want to achieve? What do you need to do to ...
1
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2answers
109 views

How do you appreciate yourself more? [closed]

It seems intuitive that people who have more high-quality self esteem are more productive because not having this should lead to depression. Apathy, of course, being a component of depression. So, I ...
1
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1answer
87 views

Wake up phase application

I am using an app on my phone that measures my sleeping phase and tries to wake me up from sleep at the best possible time within predefined period (30 minutes). I (in general) sleep 7 hours a day, ...
1
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1answer
83 views

Should creative tasks be performed outside of a pomodoro?

I'm trying the Pomodoro technique. Sometimes, I need to make some strategic decisions. I need to consider some options and choose the best. These are creative tasks and I don't know exactly, how long ...
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4answers
262 views

How to be emotionally detached from (not obsessed with) the things I do?

I tend to be emotionally attached to things I do. It's bad because it costs me more to achieve my goals. Let me explain: When I read a book of which I love the cover and typography or the starting ...
1
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2answers
145 views

Why people hate themselves? [closed]

I've a simple question related to a specific Mental State. Some times you does a great work (Help) for others(Company/Relatives/Friends/etc.) But because of their emotion and/or some situation and/or ...
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1answer
135 views

How to remain productive when you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder)? [closed]

I suffer from ADHD(Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder). Is there any way to work around it? Is there any experimented common cure which people might know of. Medicine or exercises?
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4answers
291 views

How does the “Two-Tab” rule work in boosting productivity online?

I came across this idea- to only have Two-Tabs open at once when using an Internet browser. I'm always swimming in dozens of tabs. How would I get a Two-Tab discipline?
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5answers
581 views

Is there a GTD app that has a good system for horizons of focus?

I have been using the Walker iphone GTD app. Its great, but the horizons of focus part of it is really lacking. It feels like this part of the app was added as an after thought. The rest of the app is ...
0
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3answers
480 views

How can I make sure to get up early in the morning and study?

I am in my early twenties. I work as an actuary so my job is hectic with long hours and almost no breaks. I am studying as well. I also have a lot of family responsibilities (especially in the ...
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1answer
129 views

how to study the four subjects in one month [duplicate]

iam studying in 12th standard my exams just one month away and i have not yet studied once. and what should i do now ? how to study? should i concentrate on important things? or should i learn ...
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5answers
184 views

A better approach to studying?

I am a university student. Of late, I have gotten into the habit of 'studying' at the last moment. Before I proceed, let me clarify. In my university, exams have questions that require me to write ...
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3answers
401 views

How to understand complex topics faster?

This is mostly geared towards learning complex things in my quest to getting my Information Systems degree, but any general information is welcome as well. I would like to know what you use to help ...
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8answers
981 views

Learning to be organized — how?

I've got a friend that has recently become aware that his own disorganization makes his performance really go down, and asked me for help on how to be more organized. I have been organized and ...
6
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6answers
278 views

Best way to record todo items without breaking your flow

Many times while I am working and being protective, an idea comes to me that's not related to my current task but is still important. Till now, I have kept a pen and pad with me to record these. But ...
3
votes
3answers
160 views

What is the current state of the art technology for PC ergonomics? [closed]

We know that for the most comfortable use of technology, we need to design items for both optimal movement of the body and minimal contortions of muscles from their resting positions. We know from ...
4
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1answer
98 views

Computer ergonomics: is a change as good as a rest?

I am in the process of trying various setups to help prevent RSI while doing computer work; I was wondering if there is any data that helps me decide whether or not I should have the same setup at the ...
1
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1answer
119 views

Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
5
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2answers
185 views

Version control system for projects involving mixed content

My question: is there a reliable and simple version control system/mechanism/platform/... for projects with content that is effectively monolithic, opaque stuff? Most of the projects I work on ...
4
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2answers
91 views

How to study for exams with 2 weeks left

I have studied all the subjects ( Hist,Geo,Maths,Physics,Chemistry,Biology,English,Computer) in a scattered way. Like out of 8 or 5 or 6 chapters I am very well prepared with 2 or 3 . I learned that I ...
3
votes
1answer
137 views

Happiness - change who you are or accept yourself? [closed]

I've been watching Dexter and I've raised this question: will you be happier changing yourself to who you want to be, or just accept yourself for who you are? Killing addictions may be a bit ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Does using a task bar on each monitor showing only the windows that are located on that monitor improves computer productivity? [closed]

Some program allows to have a task bar on each monitor showing only the windows that are located on that monitor: I wonder if it tends to increase or decrease the computer user's productivity in ...
8
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9answers
369 views

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. ...
7
votes
8answers
363 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
votes
1answer
76 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
votes
5answers
114 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
votes
2answers
128 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 ...
15
votes
6answers
682 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, ...
3
votes
4answers
156 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
votes
1answer
76 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 ...
5
votes
2answers
295 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 ...

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