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18 views

How do I keep working if I'm going to die?

Steve Jobs said that the single most motivating factor for him was that he was going to die. However for me that is the most demotivating factor because afterall, if you're going to die, what's the ...
2
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2answers
47 views

How to handle a job that forces multitasking?

I work in corporate R&D, with tasks related to data analysis and some software engineering. A majority of my work (often all actionable projects at a given moment) contain huge amounts of downtime ...
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0answers
32 views

Dealing with moments of terror

It's been said that police work is "hours of boredom punctuated by moments of terror." I'm not a policeman, but my work is similar - I have a 'moment of terror' about once per day. That moment can ...
2
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4answers
195 views

How to make studying interesting like movies?

Why is everything more interesting than studying? E.g: eating, drinking, watching a movie, looking around, sitting, standing, daydreaming, listening to songs... Even doing the most boring thing is ...
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7answers
766 views

How do you act confident?

How do you act confident in front of your peers when you have a low self-confidence?Also, how do you get rid of your low self-confidence and bad body image?
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1answer
55 views

How should I boost my confidence and overcome depression? [duplicate]

I have completed my graduation 1year back but no job yet due to low grades in my course. So I feel depressed. When I prepare for an interview,I have a strong feeling that I am not deserved person and ...
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58 views

Dropping old habits since childhood

I have been raised in a family where I was controlled and pushed to do something without knowing the value of why they were pushing me. In response (or by nature), I became rebellious. That ...
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1answer
46 views

How remember little “important” things and be conscious when to keep checks?

I have been dealing with this for quite a few years now, I always forget little important things while doing any random task. And i mean "any" task , not any particular task or every task. For example ...
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3answers
126 views

What techniques are there to make more time for useful activities?

Related: How to increase productive number of hours I want to "make" more time to do more things. Techniques I know are: Trading 1 - trade task A which you take longer to do, for task B that you ...
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0answers
13 views

Looking for a check-in service that store my location history?

In good old symbian days, I used a check-in service in my nokia OVI maps to keep track of my location. Suppose I went to Nafees Restaurant or a clinic or at friends house, I would just make a check-in ...
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1answer
22 views

Is there a laminator which can handle multiple pages? [on hold]

I am a primary school teacher. When making your own resources, the powers that be like them to be laminated. Sometimes I wonder if this is because they know that you have to laminate every single ...
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2answers
53 views

As a university undergraduate, how can I get more self-disciplined in my academic studies?

I have an issue in that I don't think I was ever taught real discipline. I was always a really good kid, polite, never really acted out or anything of the sort really, and so my parents never really ...
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0answers
103 views

Open hardware alternative to livescribe?

I'm looking for an alternative to Livescribe / smartpen. In particular: device working with any system (desktop, mobile) - no vendor lock-in device working on any paper (ex. no need to buy fancy ...
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0answers
25 views

I would like to write notice for every telephone call realized [migrated]

I would like to write one notice for every telephone call realized. Now, not on paper (as up to now), but I would like to use my notebook (with windows 7). Even if I am offline. So, I would like to ...
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3answers
141 views

Stop checking Facebook and other sites while at work

I have developed really bad habit of checking my Facebook every often. I check it at work, during dinner, on the road, signal, when I wake up. It's becoming too much and irritating. Every minute I am ...
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1answer
46 views

Without getting my hand strained how can I physically write faster?

How can I physically write faster? I've got a hell lot of writing work to finish within short time.
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0answers
16 views

How to aquire an internship for a call center? [closed]

I'm 19, have no work experience, and i'm bilingual. All of the call center jobs that i have seen posted require at least 3 months of call center job experience to apply. How does anyone get their ...
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3answers
110 views

Time taken to learn a new skill as per Malcolm Gladwell

In the book 'The Tipping Point' Malcolm Gladwell makes a point about devoting 10,000hrs to mastering a new skill. How can he come up with a hard number like 10,000 for something so subjective? Is the ...
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1answer
44 views

Why do earplug cable always tangle up after the same pattern? [closed]

There must be a reason for all earplugs in this world to always end up like this: After having done nothing but lying them down and picking up again, this happens. Every time. What kind of mights ...
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4answers
1k views

How to avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to/want to learn?

I study philosophy at university, a subject that covers a lot of ground. My problem is that I often feel overwhelmed by what's been done in the past 2,500 years in so many different fields. There is ...
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3answers
63 views

How do I retrain bad habits? [duplicate]

Background: This answer talks about Ironic Process Theory, in which deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts make them more likely to surface. I find I have this problem with certain ...
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1answer
207 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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0answers
52 views

A watch to stop procrastinating [closed]

I want to design a watch for a science project: a watch with a big timer displayed on its screen. The watch principally displays the time remaining for a task and not the real time. How it functions: ...
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0answers
28 views

What is the difference between Tickler and Calender? [closed]

Do you guys use a tickler file? Do you think we should have one, or should I just get rid of it?
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6answers
705 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 ...
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3answers
92 views

How Should I make a Plan of Action to achieve my Goal?

For instances have a 1 year goal to acquire a new skill. Now how should i make a plan of Action? Should i work on my objective Daily or Weekly? Should i follow the plan blindly or adjust to ...
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2answers
53 views

Regressions in reading

All speed reading tutorials insist that avoiding regression is a major contributor to the reading speed and memorizability. Take this one as example. However, I notice that I read best when I read the ...
0
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3answers
61 views

What Should be the Duration of any Learning Goal?

What should be the duration of any Learning Goal? for instance i want to learn a new computer programming language...then should i make a deadline for 3 months or 1 year?
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2answers
65 views

My wpm (words per minute) is already 93, how can I get any better?

I am not willing the use the Dvorak keyboard so how can I improve my typing speed on a Qwerty keyboard? I can type without looking at the keyboard, but I do take some time to delete mistakes and ...
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18answers
5k views

How do I deal with distractions when working on a computer?

I spend most of my working day on a computer and know that when I am "in the zone" I am extremely productive. Getting to "the zone" is very dependent upon the task itself and environmental distraction ...
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1answer
113 views

Dilemma of spending time with family members, watching TV and doing something fruitful?

I am a developer who spends most of the hours of the day at office. Once I am back home, I have a few hours left with me, in which I try to indulge in some hobby, like reading a book and doing some ...
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3answers
450 views

When the pomodoro is finished, what if I want to keep on working?

I'm not great at time-based work, so I'm giving Pomodoro a go. My problem is that, when I'm mid-sentence or mid-way through whatever I'm doing and the timer goes, I don't want to drop it right there, ...
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1answer
140 views

Get the motivation to change (i'm stuck)

Maybe I'm posting this at the wrong place but let's give it a try. Last year was pretty tough; working full-time, having classes in the evening until almost 10:30 pm, my parents divorced, and had to ...
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4answers
237 views

I don't know how to use my time productively after work hours

I work from 8:00 to 5:00 so by the time I get home it is close to 6:00 pm. There are two main things I want to do but I can't: Going to gym which is about 5 minutes drive from my home Studying ...
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1answer
88 views

Pomodoro for studying programming books

Currently how I use Pomodoro is using 25 minutes of study, then 5 minutes rest. And I do this for studying programming books. Is that how I should be doing it or should I first break down sections of ...
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7answers
753 views

I have trouble motivating myself to read programming books

I honestly love programming but I find it tiresome to read programming books. Well, I find it tiresome to read most books actually, with the exception of short stories. Do you guys have any advice you ...
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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. ...
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2answers
194 views

How does GTD fade to the background?

David Allen talks on one of his audio programs about the GTD process fading to the background, meaning it's just the way you work without thinking about it anymore. I have been doing GTD of and on for ...
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2answers
498 views

how to stick to something

I am very curious. I can spend days on stackexchange, wikipedia, coursera, plenty of tutorials. I often start projects with very big ideas in mind, but don't really do anything concrete. There are ...
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4answers
408 views

Technique for writing an algorithm or solving a problem

When we try to solve some some programming problems or any algorithm, we come across an overwhelming amout of information which is difficult to organize. A simple example is - If I am trying to ...
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7answers
278 views

What would you include in an end-of-day routine? [closed]

I am curious to know what you might consider for addition to an end of the day routine at work.
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2answers
155 views

Avoid petty general and arithmetic errors when in haste

How can I avoid making arithmetic and petty calculation errors while performing manual arithmetic? The problem arises whenever I am engrossed in problem solving. I make mistakes as silly as 3 ...
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1answer
129 views

Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
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4answers
314 views

How to be emotionally detached from (not obsessed with) the things I do?

I tend to be emotionally attached to things I do. It's bad because it costs me more to achieve my goals. Let me explain: When I read a book of which I love the cover and typography or the starting ...
1
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2answers
119 views

How do you appreciate yourself more? [closed]

It seems intuitive that people who have more high-quality self esteem are more productive because not having this should lead to depression. Apathy, of course, being a component of depression. So, I ...
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vote
1answer
58 views

How do you make sure your Idea for Application Development is worth a try? [closed]

It been my dream to develop apps in mobile and generally in software development stream since the day i have started to learn and love programming. I have now above 4+ year Software Developemt skill ...
1
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4answers
178 views

What have been published about a real person changing his life from passiveness and laziness to vitality and activeness in the long term? [closed]

The Problem Even though I have a good set of goals I'm passionate about, and no matter what I try - despite of occasional, temporary periods of relative success, I always get back to a state of ...
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2answers
222 views

How to remember things you don't often use?

I just contacted the help desk with a problem with an e-mail account. They said "sometimes you have to switch between port 25 and 26" (that is one week it's 25, the next it's 26 and vice-versa). I ...
2
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3answers
94 views

Seeking advice on sleep pattern

Due to circumstances I have to temporarily change into an unnatural sleep cycle. It will be for 5-6 months. So I have the following two choices: Sleep 4 hours from 1500-1900 and Sleep 3 hours from ...
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12answers
938 views

How can I improve my workplace to have less interruptions?

In the past week I've tried switching between several work spaces Office If it's open space and someone starts talking loudly you get distracted. There are also people around who may want ...

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