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How to calculate my personal efficiency in programming?

I want to improve my personal efficiency. How better can I calculate my personal efficiency? I am a programmer. I want to calculate my personal efficiency in programming.
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How to enjoy trying to solve hard problems?

How do I enjoy solving hard problems? I love learning--reading and understanding textbooks or papers, for instance--but I am slower to try to solve problems or apply what I've learned. I am naturally ...
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How can I get myself to read books?

This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple: If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start ...
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How to focus on a long class?

I'm a college student who finds it very easy to be distracted. One important sentence missed means I'll have trouble understanding the rest of the class. Sometimes this can be solved by asking someone ...
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How to handle interruptions in developer work without losing concentration?

I work as a developer for some years now. Mainly the issue why it's antisocial work is because you need to spend much time programming. I've been always the kind of developer who likes to cut off from ...
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Managing information bits

I have had this peculiar problem for years and tried many tools to solve it, but so far none were satisfactory. I read a lot of blogs, social sites, etc. and regularly encounter very interesting ...
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How do you store your writing implements?

I have got a lot of pens and stuff, which I also need, but not only due to my delibarate oversupply of pens, but also the lack of organisational system for them my question is now: How can I more ...
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How to deal with 3pm slump if you can't take a nap

This article suggests that feeling tired at 3pm is perfectly normal, and should be countered by simply having a nap. However, in some workplaces, this isn't possible (a lack of beds for one). I can ...
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What approach is good? First getting job done then improve or the other?

I have a question for a long time. I am very much bothered by this one. The question is "What approach is good in doing job? Is it first getting the job works, then improve it over time, or You should ...
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Well organized, still overloaded?

After following GTD principles for several years, I now have the system well oiled. Unfortunately, I'm still overloaded--not at the inbox level, but at the project level. Too many things are flowing ...
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How to plan a month of work in advance

I had a main list with the main projects and tasks, organized according with priority, importance and other factors. I would like to be able to plan a whole month of work in advance, so when the day ...
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How do I memorize lists of technical terms?

I find it easy to remember the meaning of most technical terms if I'm prompted to explain each one of them. However, recalling all of them by their topics is a bit more difficult when they weren't ...
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How to stop misplacing things?

I have a big problem of forgetting where I have put things. I always seem to forget where, for example I left my papers, keys, etc. Is there a way I can remember all the objects and where I have ...
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What to do when the work in a Pomodoro is completed before 25 minutes?

I earmarked two Pomodoro to clear my inbox this morning, and when I got half way through the second I was done. The Pomodoro Technique manual says that this presents an opportunity to 'over learn' - ...
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How to handle recurring but low priority tasks that aren't actionable now?

In a GTD system, how do I handle a task such as "checking the oil in the car", which should happen once a week or so but is also fairly low priority? My concerns are that this task isn't actionable ...
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how to avoid temptations

well I usually do prepare a very good plan, but due to lot of temptations and their consuming nature and few of their execution I find discipline bit very hard in day to day life... plans are ...
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In which cases is procrastination a positive thing?

I have thought a bit about procrastination. My conclusion is that I believe there are evolutionary reasons for this phenomenon. My thinking is that a small society will be more efficient if the people ...
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Simple shorthand system?

There are several written stenography systems (like Gregg shorthand) that allow for quickly and efficiently condensing text into a series of symbols. Those systems would take hours and hours of ...
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Is it ever better to keep working on a problem until its done and not sleep?

If we forget about any time constraints for this question and instead focus on how well and efficiently you can get a task done, I would like to know if there is ever a time when it's better to keep ...
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What is a learning attitude, and how can I improve mine?

What is a learning attitude, how do I determine whether I have one, and what can I do to cultivate it? I have also noticed that during interviews, the interviewers ask questions to see if the ...
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How to efficiently make a hard decision?

I saw an interview with Warren Buffet, where he states that if he makes something like two or three good decisions in a year, then it was a good year. Is there best-practice process on how to make ...
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How do your busiest people transfer their knowledge?

This question was originally posted on Programmers SE. I've placed it here based on advice in the comments. We have recently polled our company wide wiki users and found out that there are two large ...
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How can I control my unproductive Internet addiction?

I have a big problem using the Internet - I am using it for purposes unacceptable by my moral stands but fun. Every time I login, after about 1 or 2 hours I lose the control to the unproductive task ...
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How to get motivation to do important things in the morning?

I have developed a very bad routine of checking my emails, twitter and few other websites after waking up in the morning. Generally, i wake up at 8 AM and start with my important things very late, ...
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At what point do you start saying “No”, to new tasks and how do you deal with it?

I'm sure that everyone here, is here because they lead a busy life and want to efficiently pick up tips on making the most of their time. At some point, when a person in authority over you asks you ...
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Organizing folder logically

Problem I always have problems logically organizing my important data in folders. My goal is to organize such that I am able to find what I want even after a long time, say, 10 years. Or even better, ...
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How to get rid of silly mistakes?

I've always been having some silly mistakes in homeworks/tests/exams etc, as well as programming. I very often seem to be 1-2 silly mistakes away from a perfect score, despite having done a draft and ...
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Can a project have multiple next actions?

I've recently read over Getting Things Done again, after reading Making Things Work, and as I was starting to implement my GTD system, I ran into an issue. I had ended up with a project that had ...
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How do I use sleep to my advantage?

I am curious about how I can better sleep, in order to improve my productivity. One thing I want to understand, is how I can accurately figure out how long is my sleep cycle. I read it's around 80 to ...
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What is the efficient way to remember things we read?

I read variety of things in a day; But I forgot those things in a week or so. I identified that 'spaced repetition' will help me to keep remembering things. To do spaced repetition, i take note of ...
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Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight

I'm currently using Remember The Milk for my organisation system that is based on GTD. One thing that I find is missing from my system is the ability to capture all the actions relating to a project. ...
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How to break down steps of a project?

Each morning I'd wake up and tell myself that I have to get certain things done. The problem is that when I get to my GTD management program (Things for Mac), I don't really know what to put down. ...
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Reading multiple books simultaneously or just one at a time

The good: I try to read as much as possible - I would like to understand the world, as ongoing learning, as professional and personal development, just because I like it. The bad: I am a slow reader, ...
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How to quickly remove bad experiences from mind & switch to another task?

If something bad happens to me in a day, I can't remove that bad experience from my mind; at least for that entire day or sometimes for next 2-3 days (no matter how small that bad experience is). And ...
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Scientific studies on the default duration of a pomodoro?

I was wondering about the default duration of a pomodoro (25 minutes). In the PDF on the Pomodoro technique(1) it says: The length of a Pomodoro, 25 minutes, seems short enough to make it possible ...
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Is it a bad idea to work in the evenings or at night?

Sometimes when I'm bored I work in the evenings and even into the night on work related projects. Is this a bad thing? Will it harm future productivity during the day? Should you strictly limit ...
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Do ergonomic keyboards/mice provide significant productivity improvement over “average” counterparts?

There's not much to add to the title of the question... I'd like to know if there's been any studies done on ergonomic keyboards and mice, and their effect on productivity. This might help me and ...
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How do you recover from a long streak of non-productivity?

I find myself going through long periods of inactivity such as a long vacation or time spent doing things not really related to work (routine, non-complex errands which take a lot of time and put your ...
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GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
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Does a Kindle with e-Ink impair sleep the way a computer monitor can?

I have read a number of sources say you should stop looking at monitors an hour before bedtime, because this gap in exposure to blue light allows you to fall asleep more quickly and sleep more ...
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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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Losing Motivation during project

I am a Computer Engineer and working at a Software House as Software Engineer for the last 2 years. I usually observe things a lot and try to get an idea from everything to do something ...
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how to maintain a constant productivity level?

I'm facing the following situation: I can work very productively on one or two projects for a couple of weeks (40-60 hours), feeling that nothing (and nobody) can stop me, getting all things done. But ...
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Switching environments for work and play

This is related to a previous question, but I'm hoping to get more thoughts and throw in more context for my question. I have one primary computer. It's got my big monitor and my nice keyboard, etc. ...
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Fixing 'reverse-tiredness'?

I'm a nightowl by nature, always have been. I've read Steve Pavlina's strategies on changing this, I follow Lifehacker, and all sorts of things. However, here's how my day goes (from midnight) ...
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Is there any psychological research into the value of GTD's trusted outside system?

One of the basic ideas of GTD is to dump all the things that are on your mind outside your skull, because you can't trust your brain to reliably remember all the details. Personally I find this ...
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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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Can working less get more work done?

I wonder if it is possible to get more done by working less. Lets say that on a normal day: I work 8 hours and finish 10 units of work. If I work less in a day, there are 3 possibilities: I finish ...
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Does Noise Help Concentration and Productivity?

Does Noise (White/Pink/Brown) help concentration? Any literature to speak about this? Note: This is not similar to this because I am asking specifically about noise not music. I am not asking about ...
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Which studies are the most significant in demonstrating radical variations in individual productivity for knowledge workers?

For example, in software development there is the oft-sited Fred Brooks number (5-10x) from the Mythical Man Month and the Robert Glass number (28x) from Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering, ...

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