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2answers
47 views

How to be a productive software developer without a Computer?

I'm currently doing my masters degree in CS while working on three small research projects to finance myself. Even though the classes and the projects sound interesting, I suffer from zero motivation, ...
0
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0answers
4 views

Which is the best, free, calendar application for Windows

I need a detailed calendar for my activities in an attempt to organize my day. Do you have preferences for such a free program?
6
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6answers
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Sleeping on the desk (the most comfortable and simple method)

During school I have a 2 hour break in between lessons. I try to take a 30 min power nap in the library. The problem is, sleeping with the desk is not very comfortable for me. I am 1.8 m tall and I ...
0
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1answer
20 views

Get promoted to job from internship [on hold]

What can be the beneficial steps or actions that can lead me to job as a software developer. What guidelines I should adhere to in order to impress my head so that he could let me work as an employee ...
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1answer
20 views

Tendinitis pain and cold hands when typing - solutions? [on hold]

I am a programmer and computer gamer. While doing both of these activities my wrists will start to hurt and my hands will get very cold due to the fact that I'm in a cold basement. Are there some ...
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3answers
79 views

Append mail content to a document online

I want to be able to have a document hosted online (e.g google doc) that I would be able to send an email to a certain address, and the content of the email will be automatically added (preferably ...
13
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11answers
10k views

Does a Trackball make you more productive?

Does using trackballs instead of mice makes you more productive? Are there any scientific studies on this subject?
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2answers
159 views

“Eat That Frog” vs. “One Small Step”

I've flicked through these two books: Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, by Robert Mauer Tracy recommends tackling the hardest thing first. He also ...
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5answers
145 views

How can I write my notes in order to have them be of most use to me years later?

How can I write, prepare, and/or structure my notes so that I can go back to them years later and get up to speed on the subject as quickly as possible? I'm working with the assumption that I will ...
5
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4answers
445 views

Alternative methods of tagging to organize thoughts?

As ideas occur real-time, traditionally (pre computer age) people would typically record thoughts/ideas/research in the order they occurred, and then come back and pull out similar veins of thought as ...
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1answer
31 views

I am ashamed of my typing skill [on hold]

I am into the IT word more than the 6 years now. But still I can't touch type. I use my index finger to type in and have to look at the keyboard when I type. I always start for the touch type ...
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0answers
16 views

Organising notes in a mathematical text book

I currently have 200 pages of annotated text from an Abstract algebra textbook in Skim. Skim, IMHO, is brilliant for taking notes while reading. But unfortunately, this leads to my current ...
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1answer
29 views

Are we people able to study throughout a long time without resting a day

Some people say you should not study at all at least a day in a week. I'm wondering whether we can study on something throughout a long time (say a month) with small amounts of rests in a day so that ...
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8answers
586 views

Solutions for working with pen/paper while using a computer at the same desk

I do my work at a desk with computer monitors, a mouse, a keyboard, and a notepad and pen. The problem is that if I want to stay facing the monitors and have my keyboard, mouse and notebook at hand, ...
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2answers
1k views

Is there a FOSS, full-featured, cloudless GTD software that supports both desktop and mobile platforms?

Excuse the very specific question, but I think my criteria are warranted. Having read Getting Things Done, it seems that the system offered by David Allen not only has merits, but it is also ...
0
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0answers
14 views

Computer science: How can I start a new project? [on hold]

I’m currently student in computer science. Like every school, I have some project to finish in good time of the date. However, I have some trouble to organised my work. More precisely, I have some ...
0
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1answer
28 views

How to overcome ADHD related productivity loss? [duplicate]

I sometimes find myself losing focus on a task due to my severe ADHD (Stack Exchange doesn't help!). I'm not missing deadlines, but I tend to lose interest easily while I work or am doing something ...
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0answers
31 views

Proper and improper behavior? [closed]

My nephew (A: male single 26) has in my opinion an improper behavior (in fact reaction) to my brother-in-law (B: male 30) who has newly (4 months ago) got engaged to my sister (C: female 27). We ...
0
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0answers
9 views

Auto-complete suggestions for all words in Windows 8.1? [migrated]

I'm currently using PhraseExpress to get auto-complete for words I added to the the local phrases list. That helped boost my productivity. Now, I would like to take it a step further and get ...
11
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5answers
741 views

Depression or Procrastination, Can either be permanently changed?

This morning I was diagnosed with depression and given medication. My initial reason for visiting the doctor, is because I'm very tired and can't seem to generate the elan to do stuff. As an example, ...
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16answers
9k views

What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
0
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0answers
7 views

Change QuickBooks (or Outlook) HTML display settings [migrated]

When one of my users generates an invoice through QuickBooks and selects to have it sent via email it automatically populates the email with her form message. You will notice that it defaults to ...
1
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1answer
101 views

How can I aspire to be a polymath without becoming more reclusive? [closed]

I aspire to be a polymath and I am unable to reach my goal. I feel more depressed and mediocre in the process. I am a second year engineering student in Computer Science, in a Tier 3 institute. I ...
0
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2answers
108 views

(free) software to set up repetitive workflows?

In addition to doing my usual technical job, I have a few (10ish) types of tasks that I do over and over. Each task has a number of steps that may involve sending something off to another person, ...
2
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2answers
74 views

Two different things at a time or just one, but with full dedication?

I don't know if my question fits right in this community, but I want an answer or just a suggestion at what to do to be an expert in my subject. I like math and programming. I'm trying to become an ...
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5answers
19k views

How long does it take to learn Gregg shorthand?

If someone has never used Gregg shorthand before, how long does it take to learn the system? On average, how long would it take to be able to write it as quickly as normal longhand? A bit faster than ...
1
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2answers
155 views

Card View in Gmail

Most of the time I am working in Gmail, and to take down a note or to dump an idea, I usually compose a new email and save it as a draft. Modifying and searching for such a note is quite efficient in ...
0
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2answers
74 views

How to organize a document that summarizes multiple research articles with heavy formulation

Does anyone have this problem? This has been a struggle of mine ever since I started doing research couple of years ago. When I do literature review, I look for ways to compile my own document with ...
1
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1answer
321 views

Are productivity head-up-displays effective?

I recently came across a tool called Focusr that helps people focus on one thing at a time; it's basically a heads up display (HUD) for your current task, and seems to be geared towards people with ...
3
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2answers
166 views

How do you avoid those moments when you are just staring at the material that you have to learn and you do no progress?

Recently I've spent 2 days in order to understand a course. 65% of this time was spent rereading and rewatching the course notes and the lectures. In the first 2-3 hours I wasn't even able to say what ...
0
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2answers
41 views

Going round in circles [closed]

I've had an idea for around 4 or 5 years now for a personal project, and that is to make a map of how the Microsoft Windows Operating system works. I originally was going to take every Window, button, ...
1
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1answer
53 views

Which productivity tools I can use to run remote company?

Actually I am developing a product. It is SaaS based application. From the beginning only I was working. So I didn't have problem to manage me.But now I have a remote team to work with me. So I need ...
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1answer
50 views

Can Mental Fatigue be Managed through Physical Introspection?

Question Can mental fatigue be effectively managed by taking fatigue symptoms as indicators that rest is needed? To put the question another way; "If I feel tired, should I rest or push through ...
2
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1answer
47 views

Nightshift only job, how can I make it workout?

Currently I have been offered with a night-shift-only job with tempting compensation package. Only problem is I am afraid this is going to take a toll on my health and social life. I would like to ...
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11answers
3k views

Too lazy to do programming?

I am a programmer, or could be called so because with my laziness with programming I am more often doing half a job and then start gaming. The other half I do tomorrow, next week or next month. What ...
0
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0answers
5 views

How do I set myself up to not have to mow the lawn? [migrated]

In the next few years, I will likely be getting my first home, and I don't want to mow the lawn. I see this as a large waste of time, a source of waste in buying a lawnmower, fertilizer, gas, oil, ...
0
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1answer
56 views

How to love ( studying )? [duplicate]

I do not feel any desire to study .. I do not know why .. it's the last year of study which is very important to me but I can not study for more than 5 hours a day ... When I study I'm thinking about ...
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4answers
630 views

How to prevent the urge to masturbate to keep on track with work?

I'm a 17 year old male. I'm not going to be subtle about it, I masturbate a lot. When I start getting the urge, I almost have to otherwise I'm completely uncomfortable until I do something about it. ...
0
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0answers
17 views

Smart study+ Hard study [duplicate]

How can I study for 16 hours a day without getting bored or sleep? I have to face an exam this August & I should enter to faculty of medicine. But I often get tension, sleepy & bored.!!
10
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14answers
8k views

How to force myself to focus while reading?

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
15
votes
8answers
8k views

How can I use Outlook folders to implement GTD?

I want to use Outlook folders to implement GTD so that I don't have to use a separate program. How can I set up Outlook folders to be GTD lists?
5
votes
1answer
109 views

How to do GTD + Priority

I'm pretty good at doing all the GTD steps (I think), but i tend to end up with lots of tasks - however, I tend to not do the most important ones - I have an idea, it goes in inbox, if it seems like ...
2
votes
1answer
113 views

How to read fluently?

I have a question how to read fluently and quickly without returning to previous words and with understanding. Please provide some tips. And one question what is the faster method of reading by a ...
22
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17answers
4k views

How can I speed up my coding?

I am currently studying Informatics and Computer Science. Cause I know there are quite a lot of programmers here on SE, I would like to ask for advice on speeding up my coding. First, a brief ...
0
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0answers
18 views

Managing lists - task, todo etc - Integration with other domains, Having many views [duplicate]

Managing lists of things to remember/do/read/buy is important in personal productivity. One needs to manage and view items in different ways. What are platforms for managing these over devices and ...
15
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10answers
17k views

Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...
2
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2answers
149 views

How do mechanical engineers organize their work?

In programming we have all kinds of fancy named procedures or processes like Agile, Scrum etc. We use tracking tools like JIRA or TFS where we create items for the steps we take to create a piece of ...
1
vote
1answer
96 views

How do you actually become better at planning and being prepaired?

How do you actually become better at planning and being prepared? For example I knew I probably would have to move out of where I'm living at the end of the month and now I'm wishing I started looking ...
1
vote
2answers
32 views

Are there any strategies for reviewing from a text?

I spent a couple months going through a math textbook and came out knowing the subject pretty well. I remember most of it, but I need to review it all, and the thought of going through that 500-page ...
1
vote
3answers
80 views

Noise cancelling headphones in the office questions

My office is quite noisy, especially noise from computer fans. I am thinking of noise cancelling headphones. Should I try? Should I normally use them with music? I like music for some phases of ...

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