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How can I make Windows 7 less sluggish? [closed]

I develop statistical software for internal use that runs on Windows 7, and one of my biggest productivity killers is sluggish response from the GUI. Not only does this waste time, but it becomes very ...
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Todo list - Evernote vs Trello

I've read The Secret Weapon's system for organizing your life using Evernote. It seems that Evernote is well suited as a digital filing cabinet and note taker. However I'm not so sure it fits as a ...
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Looking for boxes to store 8.5 x 11 papers

Looking for storage containers that can store 8.5 x 11 papers efficiently, that is without a lot of wasted space. Basically, I want to dump stacks of papers into boxes, temporarily hiding the mess and ...
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2answers
709 views

What should I do when my inboxes are filling faster than I can empty them?

I use the word "inbox" in the generic GTD sense, i.e. anywhere that "stuff" can accumulate, awaiting processing. At work, I receive a lot of emails. I also go to a lot of meetings at which I pick up ...
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229 views

How to have less blackouts while working under pressure?

I'm a 17 year old high school student. I try to explain my problem using a short example: During a maths test I have tried to remember a formula, which I just learned a few days before. Normally I ...
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113 views

How long should one study continuously before taking a break for optimum result? [duplicate]

What's the norm? I was thinking of having a break every 1 hour. How long should a break normally be? And in general how long do people study before taking breaks? Is a 5-10 minute break enough ...
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161 views

What have been published about a real person changing his life from passiveness and laziness to vitality and activeness in the long term? [closed]

The Problem Even though I have a good set of goals I'm passionate about, and no matter what I try - despite of occasional, temporary periods of relative success, I always get back to a state of ...
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How to avoid forgetting personal belongings and simple things

I am frequently forgetting my personal belongings like spectacles, pens, etc. as well as basic tasks. Below are the top 3 things I have forgotten and suffered a lot Once I forgot my spectacles on a ...
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168 views

Speed reading software with highlights

Do you know any speed reading software, preferably open source, that highlights text in chunks of words (3/5 words). I know some but they just flash text like cards. What I'm trying to do is improve ...
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1answer
74 views

Increasing the reading comprehension in foreign language texts

My level of English is reasonably high (c2) however due to it not being my mother language I still suffer some handicapping when reading texts in it(for example some specifications or more technical ...
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1answer
92 views

How do I avoid interrupting my work on task assignments to improve my skills and workflow?

I am working as a programmer trainee and my trainer is incompetent; he is often unable to help me and I am doing large parts of my work by myself without instructions. I have a constant feeling that ...
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170 views

Getting up in the morning without snoozing for hours [duplicate]

I really want to get up early every day and manage to do a lot of things. While my motivation is really high during the day, in the morning I forget everything and will do everything just for few more ...
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Is there any way that you get a free app space on google play? [closed]

I want to deploy am android application on Google play or some other market place for free.I see they fear virus and male ware to be uploaded and they dintgoogl make it free.But , what can i do please ...
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1answer
47 views

Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech (Mac OSX)

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
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2answers
83 views

How can I better organise a workspace? [closed]

I am getting to a point where the tasks I need to do are well organised, and my living space is also pretty organised. However, my workspace tends to get disorganised quite quickly. How can I rectify ...
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246 views

Difference between tags and notebooks in evernote?

Let me show you an example first: I have the evernote a stack called school and a notebook in it called physics. I put all the physics related school stuff into it. My problem is that I struggle a lot ...
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130 views

Switching tasks

I love programming, but excessive programming is bad for health/sanity. So I want to make it my goal to exercise for at least 30 minutes after work. I can't exercise right after work since my commute ...
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1answer
84 views

How to increase reading speed with or without apps/extensions?

For the past few days I have been exploring various extensions and sites which help you in speed reading the articles/content. I was fascinated in the beginning by their promises but in the end I'm ...
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1answer
227 views

What is the optimum number of tasks in a day to be productive?

I have read that one must only work on 3 major tasks within a day to be productive. Is there any truth to this or even anecdotal evidence? Or maybe there's some other magic number? I do feel it ...
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Is having a girlfriend dragging me down?

I am 19 years old and I find myself in a good relationship. However, I have noticed that ever since I got my girlfriend, I don't wake up before 6 anymore. I don't study 8 hours a day anymore. I don't ...
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29 views

Hide related content on popular websites [closed]

I am looking for an addon (preferably Firefox) or program that does the following to increase productivity, but I have no been able to find one using Google. The tool should hide suggestions to read ...
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1answer
54 views

How do you make sure your Idea for Application Development is worth a try? [closed]

It been my dream to develop apps in mobile and generally in software development stream since the day i have started to learn and love programming. I have now above 4+ year Software Developemt skill ...
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638 views

Massive amounts of books to read and audio books to listen to

I have a huge list of books I want to read (around 70) some of them related to Computer Science (mainly programming) and most of them self-help (various topics). I also have a list of audio books that ...
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4answers
299 views

Jack of all trades, but master of none [closed]

Jack of all trades, but master of none I know the meaning of this quote. I feel that the quote applies to me. I've tried to analyse my knowledge and I found that I know a bit of everything but I ...
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1answer
170 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
137 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
222 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
708 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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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
348 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
298 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 ...
2
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3answers
200 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
169 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
208 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
168 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
882 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 ...
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4answers
254 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
229 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 ...
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1answer
201 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
120 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 ...
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2answers
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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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227 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 ...
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2answers
378 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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1answer
89 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
91 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 ...
8
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4answers
269 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
146 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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