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1answer
74 views

Sleep is taking over my life - Shift Work Sleep Disorder?

For the last 4 years I've been used to sleep from 7AM to 4PM. Now I try to adapt to a sleeping schedule from 10:30PM to 06:00AM, but that does not really work. After 4 hours I wake up (at 2:30AM), I ...
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6answers
10k views

Self-hosted Evernote alternative?

I'd like to have an app running on my own server that stores and syncs notes, with a great interface. Any suggestions?
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4answers
263 views

How to systematically manage notes for electronic books in PDF format?

I normally read my PDF-format electronic books in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat and edit notes, highlight paragraphs therein. But I find this is not a very good strategy to systematically manage this ...
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1answer
66 views

How do I deal with distractions by checking websites? [duplicate]

I am an instructor in a university. For job promotion I need to publish some papers. Usually if I start a software or a research I like to complete it. But nowadays, when I sit behind the computer ...
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0answers
12 views

How to be more focused while reading and listening? [duplicate]

Many times, I loose focus while reading and listening. While having conversation with someone, if someone explains me something lengthier after few lines, I loose concentration and can't grasp ...
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0answers
10 views

How to make habit of quick and better decision making? [duplicate]

I often come across situations where I get too much confused and too much time to take a decision, even in case of small things. Let me explain with examples: Ex 1 - Suppose, I want to buy a shirt. ...
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3answers
635 views

Consistent Productivity

I have been conscious of being productive at living for a few years now and by and large it has enriched my life. I value time far more than I used to before and that keeps me focused at tasks at ...
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3answers
123 views

How Can I Eliminate Habit of Distraction at Work? [duplicate]

I work in a medium sized organization and my job is a desk job. I usually make a list of things I have to do during the day, but I hardly achieve anything. I put off things until late evening and ...
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3answers
157 views

Scatter brained, information overload

I wonder if the 14 years of extreme multi-tasking in my job has contributed to training my mind to be scatter brained, however I've been this way for as long as I can remember- the information age ...
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2answers
392 views

What are some critiques of David Allen's GTD system?

I'm curious if people could point me to some constructive critiques (books, essays, videos, etc) of David Allen's GTD system.
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3answers
1k 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 ...
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2answers
272 views

How to have a serious mindset?

I have ADHD and am controlling it with concerta. My lack of focus and attention, I'm learning to use Todoist app + GTD method. When I work, I use pomodoro to keep my attention zoned into one task at a ...
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2answers
89 views

Skipping a few chapters to learn others properly?

The university I study in has this nasty habit of combining two subjects into one. For example, Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality are taught as separate subjects in other universities. So are ...
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4answers
825 views

How to manage multiple simultaneous private projects?

I have a number of private web design projects that I work on during my spare time. Non of the projects have any real deadline, other than my own urge to finish them. As there is no real deadline, I ...
0
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1answer
151 views

Productivity Enhancing Linux Distro

I wasn't sure whether to put this in a more technically oriented StackExchange site or here, but here is my question: How plausible would it be to create a custom Linux distro (or modified version of ...
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3answers
164 views

Writing on paper first then digitise to PC

So, I'm working on a number of projects now and really prefer to do my brainstorming for ideas, designs, short term to do list (1-3 days) on paper. Sometimes I do lists of text and stuff that needs ...
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2answers
208 views

How to organize a large number of reoccuring tasks\maintenance?

What are some effective ways to organize a large number automated\reoccurring tasks? I have servers with backups\patches, databases with automated scheduled tasks, patching for workstations, etc. It ...
2
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3answers
488 views

Free 'developer activity tracker' software for increasing productivity of development

Does anybody know of developer activity tracker software used to increase productivity of development? I need to find out developer's time distribution. How much time do they spend on browsing, ...
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0answers
29 views

How do I manage and prioritise a number of different projects? [duplicate]

Over the years I've developed a variety of different projects. A few require ongoing promotional activities as they are finished products. A couple of projects are not finished and need focussed ...
2
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2answers
682 views

How to use OneNote to implement a GTD system?

In standard* fashion, I must ask how to use OneNote to implement a GTD system? * Using Remember The Milk for GTD *Using Evernote to implement GTD
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3answers
80 views

How to effectively study for a test of many small, random details from a dense textbook?

My college instructor has given students 3 weeks to prepare for a test covering 300 pages from the course textbook. Based on my experience with the first test, covering a previous 300 pages of the ...
0
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1answer
52 views

How to stop blanking out during tests [duplicate]

I have a habit of making sure that I get enough practice before any test I have(be it a major test or minor test). Lately I haven't been following up quite well what is taught in the class and in ...
2
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2answers
242 views

How to keep only useful information and organize efficiently?

I am working as a Dev team lead for a project. I am daily receiving so much information from various sources related to work, project etc.. from many channels like Emails, formal meetings , casual ...
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6answers
463 views

Ways to work well with my stack-like working habit on computer?

I do almost every thing (e.g. study, work and reading news/forums) on my laptop (my only computer): writing my notes, reading documents, looking something up on the internet, .... I don't play games, ...
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3answers
101 views

How to advance work tasks when using only my smartphone with one hand

Currently it takes for me 2-3 hours a day to walk my baby with the stroller. During that time I have a free hand and I was thinking how can I advance my work tasks at the same time while using my ...
0
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1answer
35 views

Event tracking via email with easily exportable data to track health

I have a need to track Migraines and other acute health issues. We can call these events. The easiest way for me to track these is to simply send an email because I always have my phone on me or ...
1
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2answers
66 views

What activities to do when I'm taking a free time from study? [duplicate]

Usually when I study for a long time, I take like 2 or 3 hours of break. In this break time I really can't think of activities that are useful but don't consume or push information into my mind. The ...
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2answers
227 views

How to structure content in a private wiki where information grows naturally?

Introduction: I often dive into some topics quite deeply in order to deal with some private issue. So I spend a lot of time researching, organizing information and coming to my conclusions. Then I ...
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3answers
817 views

How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
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5answers
4k views

How to improve one's 'learning' and 'understanding' capabilities?

The question is vague, but makes sense. Playing Chess / Poker would improve certain abilities. Performing mental calculus would improve others. But which activity, other than those, would ...
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1answer
73 views

Meaning of working hard [closed]

I often read articles about working hard leads to success but what exactly does it mean? Is working long hours after hours even when we are tired is "hard work" ? Please explain what is the meaning of ...
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2answers
175 views

journey of work

This is probably a stupid question from a middle aged man. But this still looks like a problem to me. I have sufficient technical background and running my own start-up with a few projects to sustain ...
0
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1answer
71 views

How to get over that embarassing incident [closed]

Today at gym, I accidentally dropped my barbell rod with weights. It broke the mirror. There were a lot of guys around around. Thankfully it didn't hurt anybody. Although I will pay for the loss of ...
3
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3answers
267 views

How do I focus on the necessities even though I hate them?

I am a high school student. I am preparing for the SAT & the AP in CS. I like to study for these exams and can do so for hours on end. However, my school-work is very boring and has a lot of ...
2
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1answer
55 views

Are there any mnemonics suitable for storing foreign vocabulary?

There are many tricks used to remember information. E.g.: the method of loci the peg system the phonetic number system If one wanted to remember the pronunciation or spelling of a foreign word, ...
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1answer
52 views

what is the effect of communication on productivity [closed]

It is about two week, which I am aware of communication skill, because before that I did not think that is a skill and you can learn it. For example you can ""learn"" how to behave with other, I did ...
6
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1answer
641 views

Which is better; trying to become the best or just improving yourself?

Which will result in a higher productivity; trying to be better than other people (becoming nr.1), or trying to improve yourself and do your work as good as possible?
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4answers
3k views

How to become a fast learner?

In the college, I faced the problem of not grasping my study-materials fast. It used to take intense study and brainstorming to understand a material which seemed to be a piece of cake for others. ...
2
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1answer
168 views

Best Practices / Habits / Hacks to effectively use Spaced Repetiton Learning [closed]

Are there any tips or case studies on usage patterns of spaced repetition using tools like Mnemosyne or Anki? Any guidelines or best practices, a do's and don'ts list if you may...
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10answers
2k views

Why do I start wasting time when I am excited about learning some technical stuff?

I make plans, todo lists, etc. about the technical stuff which I have to study. I am not, but I do wish to become an excellent C++ programmer. Now, when I am pretty excited about learning the stuff, ...
7
votes
7answers
476 views

How to go from an above (slightly) average student to a 'top' student?

to be more specific, I would like to get some advice on perhaps study/lifestyle tips etc, on how I can go from being a slightly above average student to being a 'top' student. To give a bit more ...
6
votes
4answers
214 views

How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?

I need to study for ~1 hour daily, everyday. Since I have no teacher, I found the best form of personal motivation is "don't-break-the-chain". After a month or two of study with this system, I always ...
3
votes
5answers
130 views

Keeping Track of Deadlines

I am a high school student that's applying to a lot of colleges along with scholarships. One problem that I'm having is keeping track of deadlines. For instance, BLANK application opens in a week, but ...
19
votes
15answers
9k views

Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
3
votes
2answers
100 views

Fast paced classes

In class when I'm listening to the instructor there are times when I don't quite understand a concept thoroughly or a proof and the steps which led to the proof or sometimes I'm thinking that the ...
164
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34answers
10k views

How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?

I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting ...
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3answers
77 views

Are there affordable, hands-free alternatives for a mouse?

Basically I want to be able to keep typing and not have to use a mouse by hand. I want to be able to select text, click anywhere and right-click. This will increase my productivity at least 3 times as ...
17
votes
12answers
771 views

How do you start working?

I am a student, so doing my homework has to be the most horrid part of my day. Although I know I can do it, and it really won't take that long, I hate it. Something in my mind makes me repel against ...
0
votes
2answers
120 views

What are more radical techniques for dispelling 'morning fog'? [closed]

I am experiencing heavy morning 'brain fog' recently. The techniques I've tried (without success) are: Consistent sleeping schedule Coffee A few nootropics in the morning, but this seems to make it ...
5
votes
2answers
187 views

coping with burnout to finish thesis

I just hit the 6-year mark in graduate school, and in 2 months I'm scheduled to start a postdoctoral research position in a new city. I need to finish writing my dissertation as soon as possible. ...

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