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From experience, opening a new programming book is always exciting. I start reading (even the dedication, acknowledgements etc.), but gradually loose the vibe and get tired. Here are a few concepts that help me carry on: Divide and Conquer - in programming (and GTD), D&C is dividing a complex task into simpler ones that can be more easily tackled. Plan ...


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Evernote (http://evernote.com) can do what you're looking for, and more. It's cloud based and platform independent. You can attach an unlimited number (as far as I know) of tags to an item. You can create a tag hierarchy if you want to, although hierarchical retrieval isn't Evernote's strength. It will hold all the data types you mention.


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Have you looked into Inbox by Google? It has the exact feature you're looking for, and integrates very well into Android phones and Google Now. It group messages similar to the new "tabs" feature in Gmail but also allows you to "snooze" emails for any time in the future, and also add reminders within the app that show up when they need to. Say, for ...


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If you are not afraid of spending some time on learning you should try org-mode. Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system. It allow stuff like: it is GPL it is fully text file based, so really easy to sync with dropbox/git/your choice free-form file ...


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I suffered the exact problem. Over the years, I've learned a couple methods/tools that helped. But in general, it's more of a habit/process issue than the lack of hardware. I'll first talk about some tools: For browser tabs, I like 'one tab' or something like 'simple window saver' (for chrome). Just find a session managing extension that helps you quickly ...


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I do this with Evernote and RememberTheMilk. In practice, an alert shows up in my task list that says "Review article XYZ" with a link. When I review it, I mark the task complete. The task will appear again after the repeat interval I selected. To make it all work has a number of steps that may sound overwhelming, but in practice is a mouse click here and a ...


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Emacs org-mode is a very powerful solution which lets you (among other things) ... (see features overview on org-mode homepage) features and advantages for your application store text or code snippets work directly with source code do complex filtering and searching (regexp, etc.) in "agendas" assign multiple tags to each of the text snippets organize ...


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If you can, read it later. There are dozens of great services, like Pocket or Instapaper, that allows you to save texts, files and even entire web-pages to read them later, when you have finished your other tasks. They are great, since you can also have offline versions of site-pages and you can install them on tablets/smartphones. This should prevent you ...


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I personally use FreePlane, which is an open-source mind mapping Java application. Mostly, I like the idea you can store information hierarchically. Among other things, you can: store your information hierarchically in nodes add notes to each node, which can be viewed in its own window (great for storing code snippets) add hyperlinks to URLs, or any file ...


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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. https://www.kde.org/applications/utilities/ktimetracker/


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I believe you already identified the problem: you're using way too many apps and this is taking too much of your time and bringing your productivity down. I would: Automate as much as possible. E.g. maybe buy one of those water bottles that already log your water intake? (Couldn't really recommend any particular brand.) The more you can make these systems ...


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I use a variant of the "43 folders". Suppose I have an email I need to work on on December 1st. I have an Outlook folder (of course, this also works on other email clients) called "2014-12-01", where I drag the email. Every day in the morning, I go through the folder for the corresponding day, and I'll find my email there and can follow up. When I've gone ...


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If you are not afraid of the command line I recommend that you take a look at taskwarrior (TW), although you would have to implement some of the features yourself using user defined attributes. Here is a comparison with your requirements: cloudless. TW keeps a local database and can be synced using a TW server (FLOSS, there are services like freecinc if ...


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Use OneTab. It is a Chrome/Firefox extension. It allows you to - with a single right click - move all your 500 tabs into a list that is then persistent. This is better than bookmarking them, especially if you only want to read them once and because bookmarking 500 items is a pain.


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I also tend to "multitask" heavily on my Kubuntu Laptop, especially when working intensively on different projects as a college student. However I was pretty ok with it once I got a little bit organized. Additionally I have a heavy tendency to procrastination, so it is important as well for me to separate work from entertainment. I also work in 3, sometimes ...


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Yes, that is normal. These systems can send an update out as soon as it happens, but it is also very likely that further along in the synchronization process they are polling/pushing with a certain interval, and not continuously. Also bear in mind that these systems are used by massive amounts of users, so even if everything was immediately put in execution ...


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What i do to be "one of the updated" is less hands on courses on new techs but following hackers, who are well known in their respective communities, to get something like a birds eye view of the industry. This way you don't have to spend time going through the information right away, but you still have good chances to not miss anything usefull. You could, ...


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How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional life I am a software developer, too. It depends on what you mean by "success" here. You can think of "success" by making software in two ways: Making a lot of money from it Making an impact Point 1. is implicit because you chose this as a profession. Point ...


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Emacs org-mode (http://orgmode.org/ ) does all what you want (and much more). It is also text-based (like your current approach), but much more powerful, as it lets you create an hierarchical structure of goals / projects / tasks that lets you group tasks below the projects and goals they belong to assign start or due dates to any "heading" in this ...


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Bookmarking alternative Emacs org-mode. Using org-protocol, you can add links to your notes. My browser bookmark bar is empty; I had hundreds of old archived bookmark files that I had little hope of getting through. I converted them to org-mode files (probably using pandoc), and quickly sorted, cleaned out and extracted what I might actually need. So now, ...


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There's two major forms of planning software. Task level planning Project level planning In the first bucket, you'll find applications like Omnifocus, Things and Wunderlist. These apps will help to manage your list of things to do and offer varying degrees of organization and planning control. Apps in this category are focused on your own list of tasks ...


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It is difficult not to multitask in the modern environment. I think simplifying can be an answer to your question. Try to create good organized bookmark system. Using bookmarks can be a good way to reduce the amount of tabs on your browser. Also general simplifying as one task per time is a good exercise to improve your productivity. I tend to use chrome ...


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https://pomotodo.com/ From the above: "Your todolist and Pomodoro records stay updated across all your devices. You can use Pomotodo anywhere and anytime you want, even offline!" "Contains full workflow management. Collect ideas, schedule works, finish tasks and review history right in the app." 'nuff said.


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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 ...


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I think cherrytree might be what you are looking for. http://www.giuspen.com/cherrytree/ You can insert check-boxes (Edit->Insert special character) and tick them or untick them with a click. http://www.giuspen.com/topic/cherrytree-on-mac-osx/ The image is from Linux, but it's also available for Windows. I don't see it for OSX, but somebody got it ...


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Check out Todoist. It has apps for almost every platform, from mobile to web to your computer (Mac/PC/no Linux support at this time). They have "Sub tasks" and "Sub projects", which provide a hierarchy tree structure. Check out this screenshot to get an idea of how the tree structure appears visually. While not attached to metadata directly, I figured I'd ...


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No product, physical or of software, will make you productive by itself. You need a complete process of handling your business, that takes the complexity of your life and turns it into "what should I do at this moment" for all moments. The process itself can not be automated but the parts that don't require judgement calls from you can be made as smooth as ...


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Very surprised to not see any mention of Pomotodo so far, considering I had to look into the second page too! Pomotodo is two things: a pomodoro timer/logger, and a TODO list. Part of the reason I've been using it for so long is because I've never been satisfied with a single program for each... but this one works well if you're a fan of TODO-lists. It's ...


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I created this software for myself: http://herring.zohosites.com/ I define it as "an activity tracker designed for enhancing productivity in computer-related work". Please note, however, that I don't believe that you will achieve any enhancement if you force your people to use it. It is intended to be a self-monitoring tool, not an employee supervision ...


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There is an webapp called Pomotasker that can work on desktop and mobile browsers. Also it can store your task on the cloud, so that you can start your pomodoro on desktop and continue on mobile. Or you can use it as I do: add tasks on mobile before you forget and you'll have your task list ready when you get to your desk. Currently on beta but I'haven't ...



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