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5answers
246 views

Activate your brain

Especially for programmers, designers, engineers out there. Say you are having a day or two when you are just tired. (Went drinking night before, been working hard for 2+ weeks, or watched that movie ...
3
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2answers
295 views

What is an example of not using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting framework?

I've been looking for a good way to set goals and can't decide which is a right fit for me. I'm to the point of just breaking out Notepad and write stuff in. I know that won't work for very long. I ...
3
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1answer
253 views

Why is there so much hype about mind mapping?

The short version of this question is why are mind maps touted as so great (sometimes pitched as the end-all of diagrams) given their limits to expressiveness? This question is NOT meant to be a ...
54
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15answers
18k views

How to cope with “idea overflow”?

How do I cope with "idea overflow"? My constant stream of new ideas is preventing me from realizing old ideas. Specifically, I recently started two big projects. I started from scratch and had to ...
4
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3answers
292 views

Looking for outliner with formula support \ spreadsheet with tree structure support

I'm looking for a tool that will allow comfortable creating of hierarchical structures, and allow performing computations on them. For example: plan a budget and\or time estimate of a project The ...
4
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6answers
2k views

How to organise files and folders of projects to be hyper productive?

I am looking for a smart idea to use for my folder hierarchy: The data: I have many projects by different clients and different kinds of, like business cards, websites, development, logos etc. ...
11
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7answers
231 views

Making good buying decisions

How can I make a good buying decision that I will not regret about in the future? It happens a lot: I come to a situation where I really want something but not sure if it'll be a good purchase, or ...
5
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6answers
267 views

Enforcing completion of other people's tasks

My personal productivity is often dependent upon other people completing tasks as promised. For example, my doctor promises to send an important health certificate to a third party so that I can be ...
3
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7answers
551 views

Five days to memorize hundreds of terms and diagrams. How?

There are quite a few questions about how to quickly or effectively memorize information. I'm asking this again, because I'm not looking for an answer about how I might ideally do this, but want to ...
2
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10answers
469 views

My Problem with learning programming

I like to focus on one thing and master it while I'm learning. However, my problem is that I don't focus and I don't like that it just goes like this: Assume that I want to learn PHP. I go and bring a ...
0
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5answers
192 views

Systems for managing “daily read” type of information flow (and over flow)

update: Based on the 3 responses I think I need to clarify this question. I read a LOT of news, technology and other sites, daily. I am using two methods for managing this in order to a) spread it ...
0
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4answers
234 views

Application to organize my assignments

I'm doing my master's degree and even though the workload is manageable, a lot of time and effort is wasted in managing and deciding the work/assignments that need to be done. I've it all on an excel ...
0
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2answers
293 views

Not enough progress studying with pomodoro technique

That 5 minute break seems incomplete What I do normally in that 5 minute break is write a question like this, check email... other online stuffs. I don't want to leave the seat and I don't. Also it ...
5
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2answers
417 views

Which is a minimal and effective way to prioritise tasks with projects/tags?

I have built my productive task/time management system in various applications and various strategies. It seems that I have concluded in a system that helps me a lot, but I want to force this to 99%. ...
12
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3answers
321 views

Pomodoro: should I still take a break if I'm highly engaged?

Short breaks are definitely beneficial when I'm leaning on Pomodoro to keep me motivated for a task. But what if I'm highly engaged in the problem I'm attacking? Will pacing myself with 5 minute ...
0
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3answers
154 views

How to keep scheduled tasks in a Calendar app?

I am wondering which is the safest approach in keeping and updating tasks for various aspects of my life: Health: exercise, visiting doctors, relaxing etc. Professional: everything about work ...
0
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4answers
206 views

Keeping creativity when having a schedule

As you know, having a schedule (or a plan) optimizes your time a lot. Once thought out you just have to follow it. Since you know what you are going to do you can prepare in advance for some of the ...
0
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5answers
167 views

How to study with efficiency?

I'm 16 and going into high school. I passed my 1st grade with an A average, but my second with B average (4 grades away from A). Anyhow, I wanted to ask someone to tell me how to study with best ...
12
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15answers
935 views

How to balance work life and personal life.?

How you guys balance your work life and personal life. Being a developer, I'm finding it very difficult to find out how to balance it. If I concentrate on work, I lose many things in my personal life ...
4
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3answers
271 views

Making printable checklists

I'd like to print some large A4/A3 sized checklists on paper for people to tick out. Is there any tool that just helps me to churn these out like bullet points in a minute and not have to spend half ...
4
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3answers
634 views

Motivational texts on Android Lock screen

I'm trying to find an android application that is able to motivate me quickly when I'm outdoors and look at my screen. It could look like as follows: It can display a motivational text (citation) on ...
1
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1answer
128 views

How to switch into a work schedule, in the absence of external pressure?

I'm at a point where I have a gracious amount of free time that I'm not in school. I think I have a viable business idea (centered around a computer application) but it happens pretty often that I'm ...
1
vote
3answers
184 views

How do you keep yourself fresh for office when all your holidays are spent studying?

I am currently working as a software engineer.I am also studying for a Masters degree.This means that I don't get any free time.I work 10 to 7 and when I go home I have to study.I don't even get any ...
3
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5answers
319 views

How to get back to track after being lost?

Usually, I get organised and plan my projects down to detail. But sometimes, urgent things happen and I get distracted from my path. Afterwards, everything falls apart like a domino effect and all ...
10
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4answers
319 views

What is the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...
5
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5answers
4k views

How to switch to biphasic sleep?

I have read about research evidence that biphasic sleep (i.e. sleeping 2 times every 24 hours instead of once) is probably closer to the normal human rhythm. Typically two approaches are mentioned: ...
1
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1answer
121 views

Best way to learn speed reading [duplicate]

I want to know what is the best way to learn speed reading? I searched the answer for a week now, but I found no personal experience recommendation. I also found a lot of books and software, but I ...
1
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1answer
136 views

Time Management issue

I am a class 12 science student and I have coaching classes ~7 hours a day and they start at 10 am and with small frequent breaks they end at 5 Pm. My problem is that I wake up at 8:45 am and I am ...
1
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3answers
151 views

Why I am receiving so many advertisement emails?

Recently I have been inundated with tonnes of emails. These are promotional emails from valid companies that I have registered with before. I am always very careful in saying that I don't want ANY ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

How to get motivated to improve memory?

As per Maria Konnikova, motivation is required to keep something remember for a long time. I completely agree with her (however I'll call it as interest). We remember a complete movie, all talks ...
6
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2answers
265 views

How do I maintain high levels of productivity when working with flexible deadlines?

When I am not under pressure I am not working nearly as hard as I can. Here are some examples: When I have a task for exactly X days I will always complete it on time. For example a commission of a ...
24
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14answers
2k views

How do people learn technologies fast?

I keep on reading blogs and tweets about how somebody just sat through few days, learned a new technology and hacked together a new project in a weekend. It is simply unfathomable for me. I recently ...
13
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5answers
1k views

How to take notes when reading technical books

Do you know of any systems such as mind maps or flash cards for taking notes while reading technical/programming textbooks? For example, after reading two chapters of a dense textbook and taking a 1 ...
5
votes
4answers
254 views

How to focus on small periods of time that I find available for my personal projects every day?

During a day I schedule a lot of things, including work, entertainment, routine things, house stuff etc, plus unexpected tasks that usually can't wait. So, there are not a few times that I find some ...
1
vote
5answers
118 views

Avoiding the Inbox

I keep a relatively clutter free email inbox, but it just keeps filling up and it is difficult to ignore those messages. Turning off popups has really helped, but I need to create a new email message ...
3
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1answer
130 views

DIfficulties working when I am not at home

I have a job where I work mostly with my laptop. I sometimes work with my laptop from home, and feel this environment is perfect for me to work in because I can wear my comfy jogging trousers, ...
9
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4answers
500 views

How to work on multiple projects effectively?

I'm working on 2 projects, both investors are in a hurry, and I'm a computer sciences student. It's summertime now but in fall, I have no room to breath. Sometimes I feel like not doing anything, ...
0
votes
2answers
136 views

Tabletop sit/stand desk recommendation

I'm looking for a sit/stand adjustable desk for my dorm room, which provides a desk/chair combo. As a result, the desk should be basically flat in the 'sit' position and adjust up 18 inches or so for ...
4
votes
4answers
238 views

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep?

How much caffeine works best for clarity of mind, while not disturbing sleep? Say we score caffeine intake like this: Green tea = 20 Black tea = 40 Coffee = 80 How much mg of caffeine do you take ...
1
vote
1answer
263 views

How to get couch potato to improve productivity

How do you get a couch potato (i.e. somebody lazy who is completely uninterested in personal productivity and instead uses other people to get things done --- or gets very little done at all) to ...
13
votes
5answers
880 views

How to fall asleep faster

I'm working a internship this summer where I need to be up by 6:30 and don't get home until 8pm. I'm having trouble falling asleep at night because I'm naturally more of a night person. Does anyone ...
5
votes
6answers
252 views

Keeping in 'The Zone' when phones ring, people talk etc

I have just started a new job, as a programmer I have to get in 'The Zone' to get alot of work done, I do this by listening to music and just getting on with it. But people kept talking to me, as I ...
3
votes
5answers
395 views

Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...
2
votes
2answers
212 views

Substances to increase productivity, concentration

I am a workaholic, I don't need to treat it but I need to increase my productivity and efficiency. I am also adrenaline addict. What substances can help me reach my goal? Do Nicotine patches and ...
1
vote
1answer
90 views

Will frequent job change affect career growth? [closed]

I have big confusion about career growth. Because, initially I started my career in small scale industry with low pay. I cannot support my family on this salary due to current economic conditions. ...
2
votes
2answers
436 views

Can a periodic caffeine detox boost productivity in long term?

This is a question for primarily caffeine users. I'm currently not interested in "don't do coffee" type answers. I have a chance to undergo a caffeine detox. I'm interested in how long do you think ...
2
votes
2answers
107 views

Optimize Travel Time on Smart Phone

I spend a good chunk of time driving or being driven. How do I optimize this time? What do you do on your smart phone to best utilize travel time? What do you do while you are driving [solo] to best ...
3
votes
2answers
158 views

What are the attitudes are required to improve communication ability?

I am a software developer. I am able to speak with my friends and colleagues but I have a problem in making effective communication with higher officials. I struggle a bit when speaking with higher ...
0
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2answers
71 views

Collaborating Online and enforcing anonymity for members to increase productivity

I have a group of online workers that need to work on a common task , the notifications for the work to be done are also common like the todo lists, wikis, docs etc. What I want is enforcing anonymity ...
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votes
1answer
91 views

Is there a software available that auto completes sentences? [closed]

I'm looking for a plugin or desktop software that completes sentences I often write, e.g. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you". I'm using the latest Opera browser on Windows XP. Can anybody ...

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