Hot answers tagged

5

It sounds like your distractions are really not specific to your smartphone - you could ask pretty much the same question about your desktop or laptop computer. Thus, similar advice applies. Turn off notifications. The little icon that tells you you have new emails, the jingle that plays whenever you get a new mail, Whatsapp or other message etc. If you ...


4

Ktimetracker Although I have no experience with this particular software, it might suit your needs. It's from KDE, so if you are using other Desktop Environment it might install a lot of dependencies. ktimetracker


3

I suggest: Create three folders on your drive, one called "games", one called "projects" and one called "unsorted". Copy all your files into "unsorted". Whenever you work on a project file in "unsorted", create a folder under "projects" for that project, and copy the file in there, removing it from "unsorted". Similarly, before you play a game, create a ...


2

I would agree with Gruber, that from my personal experiences I have found that many TCS books (especially the ones they recommend in school) can be embarrassingly bad and unuseful. I would take his suggestion and try to look for better books on whatever subject you are studying. Try Amazon. In terms of reading these books in a more productive way, I can ...


2

Store the bookmark with a custom name. Prefix it with something useful like an abbreviation. Enter the abbreviation in the address bar and see what comes up. (works in Chrome). With firefox, you can open the bookmark manager , select a bookmark, press the down arrow, next to More and add a keyword. The keywords even allow faster searches and data entry. ...


2

I use Hamster. It meets all your requirements. I have mine set to track to the nearest 1/10 of an hour (6 minutes). If there is inactivity for that period, it stops tracking but also every 6 minutes a 5-second tiny window pops up in the corner to remind you as to which project you're currently tracking against...to included you're currently not tracking ...


2

The Forest app does miracles for me. You "grow a tree" by starting the app, the tree/bush starts to grow and if you quit the app, for example by making a call or by using the phone for any purpose, before the time runs out (depends on you 10-120 minutes), you kill the tree. You have daily and weekly stats so you know how it went. Plus, if someboy calls you, ...


1

The smart phone has equal power to help or demolish productivity. With great power comes great responsibility... The trick is in how you use it. Here is how I keep it from distracting me: Turn off notifications Only check email twice per day (I only check on my desktop unless travelling) Turn sound off during peak focus times Here are a few ways it does ...


1

a way that will maximize my productivity by reducing clutter and easing the process of finding things. Instead of spending time organizing everything in a dense hierarchy, spend that time giving them descriptive filenames and then use a search tool like Everything to find them. It takes me less than 5 seconds to find and open a file because I have the ...


1

I do something similar to @Kramii for my work-related files. At the top level, I keep only four folders: Clients, Operations, Projects, and Resources. Everything goes into one of these folders because they can't simultaneously by a reference file associated with a specific Client and part of my own company's internal Operations, for example. Try applying ...


1

arbtt seems to match your requirements. Configurable rules sort applications into tags, based on the active window but background ones can also be taken into account The docs show how to configure an idle timer. Hopefully this tracks both keyboard and mouse activity. Generates nice graphs with arbtt-graph (demo here) See also ulogme (screenshots here), ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible