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Is “mind mapping” inherently hierarchical?

I notice that many, if not all, mind mapping applications are hierarchical, stemming outward from one central idea and dividing down to smaller ideas. In general, even if links between child nodes are ...
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Are productivity HUDs effective?

I recently came across a tool that helps people focus on one thing at a time; it's basically a heads up display for your current task, and seems to be geared towards people with dual monitors. Does ...
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How to learn English in a way that contributes?

I want to increase my English language skills. I know that the options are 'endless', but I want to help the world somehow while increasing the skill. For this purposes I think that the most ...
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Roommate moving out of larger room; reduced price to less than mine [on hold]

I know this is a bizarre question, but my roommate pays more and has a larger room than I do. He's moving cities over the summer and is having trouble finding someone to sublet to. He now has reduced ...
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How to not get embarrassed on small things?

When I have done something good,or have replied to people, then though I don't say sorry to them but feel embarrassed and argue with my self and keep thinking about the same thing all the day. How ...
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How to avoid being jealous?

Everybody wants to be the best out of all. So, in classroom or in work place, i always want to think that i'm the best.I think that is the best way to be self-motivated. But if everyone is talking ...
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Techniques to stop procastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...
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What is the most efficient hands-free mouse?

Hands-free mice are numerous: Camera based head tracking systems: SmartNav, Tracker Pro, FreeTrack, HeadMouse Extreme and HeadMaster, Mouth-operated joystick types: the TetraMouse, the QuadJoy, ...
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Autoload Subtitle of YouTube Playlist in VLC [migrated]

How do I make VLC automatically load the subtitles of all videos in a YouTube playlist? I've searched and searched, but all I get are: how to play a single YouTube video on VLC (I know how to) how ...
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How to maintain a diary meant for tracking how, when, and why I delayed instant gratification?

For instant gratification, I do the following in no particular order: Sit on the sofa, gaze to the ceiling and pull self hair strands. Browse non technical SE sites. Roam around the house doing ...
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Create a review all deck

I've got bunch of decks in Anki to study kanji, and I'd like to review all of them once a week in a random order. Is there any way to create a deck that adds all the entries from other decks and ...
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2answers
147 views

Jogging as a tool to always stay fresh and energized

Expanding on President Obama Loves to Jog -- is it normal for people to go on a jog whenever they start feeling drowsy at work or when studying? So that when they return they'll feel fully revitalized ...
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GTD app for iPad?

I'm trying to find a great GTD app for my iPad. I don't have any other iOS devices or a Mac, but I want to ability to access it through my PC (web based is fine). A lot of the better GTD systems seem ...
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Indexing a journal? for better thought organization. What is a good system?

I've been keeping a journal for a while now. I would like to read back to some of the stuff I wrote and build on top of that. I was thinking about indexing my journal into a spreadsheet so that I can ...
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3answers
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When is tracking time a waste of time?

I have been reading a lot of Drucker lately one of the things he emphasizes is to "know thy time". I have been tracking time with toggl, I started out with tracking everything. I have since pulled it ...
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How to cancel out caffeine's effects on sleep?

I'm a programmer and I need caffeine in order to do my job. But, the paradox is - the same caffeine that enables me to do my job degrades the quality of my sleep, which in return degrades my ability ...
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How many and which calendars should I use

I always liked to have several type of calendars on my Google Calendar, which with its own color. This gave me a better vision over my days and allowed me to better separate work from fun. Note that ...
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Whats the reason of not willing to progress?

I have been in the environment of competition right from childhood. I took competition very seriously and often sacrificed many things in childhood that usually can be done in childhood only, and I ...
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Efficient Checklist Software? [closed]

What are some good free tools which can help you in making a Task Checklist[with check-boxes] to verify your tasks list. I want to use checklist as sometimes i miss important things at work. ...
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3answers
168 views

How to catch up with studying when I feel I missed out a lot of things

I am in the technology field, I have been working in programming for 6 years, but I was working with a company on outdated stuff and currently I am working in another company that keeps me working on ...
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4answers
480 views

How do I set priorities and estimate completion time for 30 projects, 600 tasks?

The question is simple: I have 30+ projects in several categories : Work, Personal, Daily, Self-improvement etc. Each project contains several tasks in different aspects of my life: Intellectual, ...
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2answers
123 views

Exercises to strengthen intuition

I've been advised to work on my intuition as I'm fairly logical. How does one do this? I tried google searching intuition exercises but found most of the results are a little more hokey than I'm ...
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1answer
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Is there any research about audio books and productivity at work?

I've recently started listening to audio books at work, and I've found it helpful in keeping me focused. The reasoning being, that the audio book helps me zone out and ignore the sound around me ...
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3answers
87 views

How to quickly think about doing something or not?

Kids are taught that things are either "good" or "bad". Could someone give me a provisional universal rule to act under any situation. Of course that I'm not asking for a detailed action plan, just ...
2
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3answers
190 views

How to be successful with a narrow attention span?

I haven't been diagnosed officially with AD(H)D (probably because I haven't sought counseling) but I find myself having many symptoms. My biggest problem is not so much an inability to concentrate ...
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4answers
128 views

How to manage with the household chores that I don’t like?

I am a working professional and I am married. For a family event my wife and kids went to my wife parents home in another country and I am living alone in my house now. Now I have start managing my ...
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35answers
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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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2answers
236 views

How to do Life-logging that doesn't consume too much time?

So, I'm a personal productivity nerd: I meditate for better focus I track water intake I assign points to tasks, keep a track of them I use habit formation apps (Routinely, HabitRPG I use rescuetime ...
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0answers
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How can I display the “from” address on received e-mails in Outlook? [migrated]

This has to be obvious, but how can I view the actual "from" address of a received e-mail?
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7answers
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Benefits of being on time (or not)

Being on time is something I have problems with. I think if someone could convince me of its importance than it may help. For example, isn't it a waste of time to be early and just sit around? When I ...
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4answers
209 views

How to internalize Parkinson's law

Parkinson's law is a saying that goes like this: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion I'm perfectly aware of this law; however, I don't always apply ...
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3answers
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What is the average time lost when interruptions break your train of thought?

I'm looking for quantifiable results from studies; not best guesses please. I quite frequently find that after an interruption I need to gather my thoughts and refocus on the task I was performing ...
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5answers
378 views

How to divert your mind from the continuos process of thinking?

I am a software engineer. My job needs me to solve some software problems. Sometime, I need to discuss some problem with in the team. Generally, I work 8-9 hours. After coming back from office, I ...
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0answers
41 views

Changing a design later down the track seems time consuming for its value [migrated]

(For those who don't code, don't be intimidated by the code snippets in this question, they question is about approach to changing a design rather than the code design itself). Recently I put ...
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2answers
144 views

How can I remind myself about tasks at the right time to reduce the number of interruptions?

I have a bunch of ToDos written down, and I need a way of being reminded to do them at the right time. Being reminded at the wrong time causes interruptions as you need to stop whatever you're doing ...
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Calculating least number of light fixtures for a run [migrated]

Good afternoon all, I've been using Stack Exchange on a school site, and found it very helpful. Hopefully my question will be topic appropriate and well phrased. I am a Project Manager for a ...
2
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2answers
357 views

Combining Linenberger approach Master Your Workday Now (MYWN) with emacs

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by Linenberger is to divide tasks ...
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9answers
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Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
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10answers
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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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2answers
83 views

A quick test for determining when I should go to bed?

I often stay up later than I should because I can't tell when my body is ready to sleep (a combination of artificial lighting and reading-intensive courses will do that). Either I'll go to sleep too ...
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How do you remember to sit up straight?

I spent some time thinking about this recently. It's kind of frustrating. It seems that most of the advice out there on posture is about why sitting up straight is good for you. There are also all ...
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Why is 12pm so boring? [duplicate]

I have a paper tomorrow.When I woke up I was fresh and enthusiastic to study.(and I did study!) but now at 12pm its so sunny outside and my motivation is zero. Not only today,always at 12pm I feel ...
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46answers
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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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9answers
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How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?

In elementary school I had learned the German language for six years, my skills were at an intermediate level, but then I started with English and I haven't learned German for nine years. Now, my ...
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3answers
460 views

How can I improve my decision making speed?

This question is similar to this one (How to efficiently make a hard decision?) except I'm concerned more about improving the speed and effort taken to reach a decision. So just come off organising ...
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3answers
227 views

Automatic time tracking software for computer work (for Windows/Linux/Mac)

There has been a question on this site: Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)? it nearly describes what I need ...
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9answers
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Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...
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1answer
110 views

Productivity apps are not for me! [closed]

Hi! I'm a very chaotic guy and I've been looking for a way to organize my life a little better for a long time. I've never found a real working solution. Though I have tried some productivity apps ...
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8answers
982 views

How to use bathroom time effectively

I spend a non-neglible time in the bathroom, sitting on the pot. It occured to me that I could be using the time better and not let precious productivity time literally go to waste. So, how do I ...
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2answers
79 views

Should I Learn a New Skill by breaking it into Sub-Skills? [closed]

Well, for instance i want to learn SQL programming language. should i break it into different topics like functions, variables etc. Should i practice one sub-skill or topic for weeks or even Months ...

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