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The answer here is really simple, if you ask me: If you feel that you can solve the problem or if you are in the right "mood" you must keep going because that state is hard then to replicate in the future. If you struggle with a problem and can't come up with a solution, the best thing, at least for me, is to sleep over it. The new day brings me new ways ...


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No, projects are not contexts. A Context is defined by resources required to do actions that are in that context. For an example outdated by most people's current technology, you can't make phone calls on your @Phone context list unless you are somewhere with a telephone. A more subtle resource is time - you may choose to define one context for tasks ...


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edit: Seems like I did not read you comment about how you wanted to see edits to your notes (in this case Evernote is no good). I think for this purpose markdown + Git is a good idea, however you might want to have a script which e.g. runs every day and makes a commit to your repository automatically (example how someone did a similar thing). IMO making the ...


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Given I am a proponent of the GTD (Getting Things Done) system, my advice would be to treat them as either standard projects, or in the GTD bucket of Someday/Maybe, and just integrate them into your normal workflow. If they are a standard project, you will review them during your weekly once-over, and generate any new active tasks to go into your various ...


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You can still use something simpler than a full CRM system like Outlook or Gmail. There are scaled down CRM systems like Highrise by 37signals.com. The main thing for you is the search functionality. Not only do you need to research these products to find out which ones work for you, but then you need to become proficient at them. I'm a big fan of ...


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I just finished high school last month, and although it might not be as hectic as some of your lives, it carried a lot of psychological significance. Around the same time I finished high school, I stopped working on a tech startup I had been focused on the past three years and finished practicing tennis seven days a week for the state tennis tournament. I ...


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My answer is no as well, but with a my own interpretation of what projects and contexts mean to me. Projects A project is any work that takes more that one action to complete. Contexts A context is a situation or place where things can get done. It can be a specific place: like your car or the local dry cleaner store where you have to pick up your ...


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Except for the "set aside a small amount of time each day " advice, I would like to add another one (maybe not applicable to everyone): Get up earlier in the morning and work on your side project for about 2 hours It has two benefits: No distractions from your family which would be more productive than working during the evening with your kids running ...


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I make the decision this way: I will stay late (up as long as I am productive) if and only if I will be able to sleep until rested once I finally stop working. If I have to be at work at 8 am the next morning, I will not stay up until 4 am. If I can come in at noon, I will. The reason is simple. The productivity gained from working late almost never ...


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It seems counterproductive because we like to think "hard work" is the same thing as spending time on a task. But it isn't. Search for why breaks are productive or the Pomodairo Technique to see why just ploughing ahead with something isn't the best approach. Whether it is time to sleep or just take a break or go for a walk, giving your brain a rest to ...


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As Gruber states the human brain is not ready for a "round robin". If you still want to try this method, you could change to the other project on the large pause after four pomodoros. But I woudn't recommend it. Or maybe you could add some gamification. As you complete goals on the boring project, you allow yourself to work N pomodoros on the exciting ...


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I think the best way to proceed is to start afresh using what you've done so far as a guideline. As with all CS projects that generate code, there are certain decisions and counter-decisions you made in choosing certain courses of action and the only way to fully grasp why you did what you did in the way you did it is to retrace your steps. I think it's ...


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My option for this would be using Trello, and I actually follow your same scenario. This is how it works better for me: I have a single board for work related tasks. This is my main project/s, what is related in my day-to-day tasks. If you can read Spanish, I wrote about my specific workflow in this board and how to keep track of several simultaneous ...


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It depends on how you handle multiple tasks at a same time. One can be efficient, but at the same time, one can't given justice to any of the task. Being multi-tasker is a real talent. It trains mind to think beyond the limits and handle stress pretty well. Multi-tasking skill improves interest in work as one is no more working on same thing again and ...


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Could you explain what you mean by "dealing with multiple projects"? Do you mean manage multiple projects in their own files and at the same time have an overview about all of them? Task Juggler is free and open source:http://www.taskjuggler.org/ it should also be able to manage multiple projects, see ...


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Kanban Tool is probably something you are looking for. It's a visual project management application that allows to share tasks and documents as well as to communicate with team members by adding comments (you can add them via email). The app has a free version.


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There are 3 areas you can address that will each help you complete the project: 1. The project itself The first thing to do is to pare down your project to the absolute bare minimum that could possibly be useful. Now you've got your real project. Put everything else on a "nice to have" list and forget about it. Once you've done this (and be really ...


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I can't say I've looked in detail at everybody's answer, but it looks like the trend is to focus on potential for improving the effective use of your spare time. In this case spare time would be any time that hasn't been "blocked off" for your day job or your family. I think the family thing is pretty much immutable - you've chosen to have a family, and ...



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