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How can one use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

The question was unfortunately closed but feel free to leave comments or answer at https://www.quora.com/How-can-we-use-Dragon-naturally-Speaking-to-code-more-efficiently. You can also vote to reopen ...
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2answers
146 views

Importance urgency and optimimal productivity

How to do most important things first and still find the most appropriate thing to do for the brain? What gives? Between Most important thing, most urgent one, and the most appropriate one for your ...
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7answers
387 views

How much of my time should I plan in advance: A day, a week or a month?

I want to make a list of the projects and exercises I am supposed to do this semester to make a plan but every week, new projects and exercises should be added to this list. I wonder which is best to ...
3
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1answer
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Does Dual-N-Back work?

Dual N Back They say that the dual-nback trains your working memory and has a corresponding effect on your fluid intelligence. Then it was in the news recently that this doesnt work. Now I some how ...
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3answers
123 views

How do I build reading stamina?

I am practicing for an examination coming up soon that involves reading comprehension. I have the ability to buckle down, focus really hard, tune out distractions, and read at an appreciable rate ...
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5answers
237 views

Disconnect from work at home

I recently moved to a new company which has a big dimension (worldwide presence). We're using a custom framework build in several componentes in mixed languages with lack of documentation, most ...
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2answers
136 views

How to study something you don't like at all

So i'm in school, I've taken commerce and i don't like it at all. I know I've made a mistake but i had no choice since the subjects here (India) are very limited. It's the last year of my school and i'...
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Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
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6answers
154 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 ...
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7answers
817 views

How do you plan your next day?

Do you plan what you'll be doing the next day every day? If so, how does this plan look like and has it helped you? What's the usual structure for it (is it task oriented or time oriented?) I find ...
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6answers
1k views

What is the best way to schedule your day?

I find that having a day plan is great: It helps to act according to my priorities I can save time by batching similar tasks together I am better focused, and get distracted less I am ...
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19answers
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what do you do when you are stuck at programming and you don't have access to internet?

This is a question most of us have faced while programming. Getting stuck! It might be a programmatic problem or tool problem, most of us eventually face it. You know something is supposed to work ...
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4answers
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How to read a lot of technical material?

I just stumbled upon this Reddit post The Transformative Effects of Reading + Elon Musk's Reading List (Original here) and it made me think. I want to sift through vast amounts of material, but I ...
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5answers
4k views

Mind keeps wandering during conversations

I have trouble remembering instant things in mind. It really feels weird when I am talking about something and then I ask the person talking to me as, "Excuse me! Where were we?." I have been told by ...
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3answers
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What other kind of benchmarks to measure learning?

I find that learning is an ultimately very subjective thing and it is very difficult to quantify whether you have learnt until you understood something. Here are a few examples of benchmarks ,which ...
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4answers
160 views

Tips to stay productive in 24 hour hackathon

I am attending a 24 hour hackathon next month. We have been advised to bring a sleeping bag if we wish to sleep. Therefore I am assuming it is unlikely I will get more than a couple hours of sleep ...
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0answers
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Creating meeting agenda on Cultured Code's Things

Does Things (from Cultured Code) have a suggested mechanism for handling agenda(s) in the way GTD suggests? I'm thinking of the idea that a meeting, even an ad hoc meeting with a person, is treated ...
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4answers
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What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and ...
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1answer
90 views

How valuable is time? [closed]

We all know time is money and yes time is extremely valuable, but how much is it really worth? How much would you buy "a min" "an hour" or "a day" for? Before events like deadlines for objectives or ...
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0answers
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cross platform/synced pomodoro timer software [duplicate]

I would like to find a cross platform, variable pomodoro timer. The more control it gives the better, and It would be excellent if it had android widget and android wear support. Please advise if you ...
0
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1answer
43 views

How do I do in Outlook what I did in GMail?

I'm at a new workplace where they require the use of Outlook, and I'm used to GMail and Inbox. I would like to recover some of the usage patterns that I used in GMail, specifically: Sleeping a ...
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6answers
583 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 ...
3
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2answers
325 views

How do I know when I have learned something?

I wonder if I learn something how do I know when I have learned it? There is no doubt that repeating is important for learning, especialy when practicing active learning. But how do I know when I can ...
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4answers
255 views

How to be productive when you don't have an end goal in mind?

It seems to me that the most productive people in life have some larger vision that guides them forward (Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.). I myself am someone who is not content with making small ...
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3answers
78 views

Want to invent a machine to record when I go to bed [closed]

My sleep schedule is very unstable and I want to invent a machine to record when I go to bed. I will use this to correct my pattern. I found a software from How to record and optimize sleep patterns?...
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10answers
1k views

Manage multiple tabs in browser

I am not too sure whether this problem can ever have a solution, but here I go. As some (maybe more than some) have experienced more than 100 tabs open on your browsers. I have a habit of opening a ...
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1answer
81 views

How to stop over thinking? [closed]

Thinking is good but over thinking... I always catch up with endless tier of thinking too much about stuff. This affects my daily productivity How to avoid it?
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2answers
87 views

Tab/browser management [duplicate]

I am looking for a tool which will help with tab and task management. I am a tab hoarder and often end up with 100-200 tabs before giving up and starting over. My request is for a tool which will do ...
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10answers
933 views

How to stop your rss feeds becoming a mess/information overload?

So like probably many I use Google Reader to manage, read, filter my subscribed rss feeds. Subscribing only as much feeds as you can read doesnt really work. From time to time i delete some feeds, but ...
11
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8answers
688 views

Strategy to utilize fragments of time?

I am refering to short and scattered fragments of time like commuting, waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus etc etc. I read an interview of a businessman who said he was working as a photography ...
0
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4answers
110 views

How to Make Working With Text More Efficient Than Copying and Pasting?

I am working with words in a Notepad and I have a big list of them where I only need to choose specific words and delete the rest. Going through each, line by line and deleting those I don't need ...
1
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1answer
51 views

Happy or Positive ToDo iPhone App like Carrot?

There is a comical, but (for me) soul draining iPhone app called Carrot. Is there a happy version of http://www.meetcarrot.com/ ?
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1answer
60 views

How to end the Habit of Task-Switching? [duplicate]

When I am learning or reading articles on the internet, I open at least a hundred different tabs and glance through the material on each tab for just a few seconds. As a result, I remember nothing! ...
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6answers
606 views

What is the best wiki to install and run locally?

I want to start my own wiki page for note keeping. As the info I will be keeping is sensitive I need to host the wiki internally on my LAN. It's possible I will be the only user of the wiki but I ...
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2answers
88 views

Recommend a Countdown Timer – computer app or OS widget

I'm looking for a computer-based countdown timer that is light-weight and offers ease of use. I want to use it to put time limits on certain tasks, like spending max 2 minutes on a news article (...
5
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7answers
404 views

How do I take quick notes in odd places to maintain mind like water?

My biggest gain productivity (and reduction in stress) came when I embraced the idea of writing everything down. (Thank you, David Allen!) The hard part is managing to always have something handy with ...
5
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4answers
338 views

How to handle long drives to work?

Every morning, I need to drive between anywhere between 2 hours, and sometimes upwards of 3 hours. Sometimes I wonder just how much I can mitigate this pain, in regards to the loss in my ...
6
votes
3answers
413 views

How can I transform my cycling commute time into productive time?

I am currently multitasking my commute by cycling (2x40 minutes exercise daily) with occasional podcast listening (learning 1-2 times a week), but I feel like I could do more. Has anyone experimented ...
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0answers
46 views

Wrist watch with programmable time-management funtion

I am looking for wrist watch with at least 8 programmable alarms. It can be a watchface for pebble or apple watch OS or android wear, does not need to be a physical watch. Recurring short silent ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Calendar alerts for events at unusual times?

Most of the time, I have morning meetings at 9 am, which is listed in a Google Calendar calendar that I subscribe to. In the rare case that the meeting starts at 8 am – is there any way to get a ...
0
votes
1answer
118 views

How many units of work per unit of break?

How should I gauge the percentage of work time against percentage of reward time? Example: I have a day-long activity that would be a powerful motivator for me to get some work done, but I'm not sure ...
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vote
3answers
263 views

What's a better sleep time: 7.5hrs or 8hrs?

If sleep cycle is of 90 mins, should we sleep for 7.5hrs? Why, then, do most people suggest 8hrs of sleep? Does that include buffer for falling asleep? What's the optimum sleep time to stay fresh and ...
6
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2answers
328 views

Free Open Source GTD Software

I am looking for an open source GTD that I can install on my cloud account or dedi server. I spent time searching the net but could not find any. I need it to have/be GTD Collaboration (So I can ...
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7answers
5k 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 ...
8
votes
2answers
7k views

How to stay focused?

Sometimes I get drowned by my imagination. I'll give an example. An hour ago I was reading some stuff about esoteric programming languages. Then my imagination kicked in. After that I was just sitting ...
29
votes
7answers
1k views

Why does procrastination happen? And why does it block all productivity?

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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votes
1answer
60 views

How to fill the gap among us from college to corporate or IT professional?

There is always a gap between these two important steps in our life. What steps should we take to enjoy these two changes and make more productive ourselves.
2
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3answers
222 views

Note Taking / Idea Organization featuring Spatial Organization, features Relationship and Containers

I am a piles organizer. I believe part of this psychology is based on the knowledge that having a real world representation of a task helps keep it in mind. It also helps me organize things as I can ...
10
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1answer
187 views

Is there any data showing that learning about personal productivity increases productivity?

We could use this site as an example. If I spent X number of hours on the site would I be more productive in general. And then would the productivity gains offset the X number of hours I spent on ...
0
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1answer
97 views

How do I start and keep working hard to reach my life goals?

I've always wanted to achieve some results in the things I like, but usually I ended up reading about theory and techniques. I never did any actual work. For example, my dream is to enter an ...

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