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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 ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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), ...


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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 ...


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I would not set up my computer to shut down automatically for several reasons. Even if you can set it up so that it does this only on workdays. The trouble starts when you deviate, for any reason, from your normal schedule. Maybe you are sick, or work at home today, or there is a holiday or you have some time of ... or many other reasons. If you are just ...


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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, ...


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What repetitive processes do you have that consist of tiny time slices?You know more about your job than we do. Things that come to mind: looking up translations doing some calculations filing away paperwork proofreading documentation physical exercises to prevent RSI read a web page that is on your 'non-essential' reading list check your mail and other ...


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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 ...


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You have several problems and may be the tool is not the deeper solution: You have the habit of staying in the computer. Once you are here the auto-pilot is controlling you so one app that helps you with this might bring you to the rational self-concious mode. That can be done in a lot of ways. One of them as simple as setting an alarma in in other room ...


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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 ...


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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 ...



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