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Never read anything less than a week old. 90% of news is unimportant by the next day. Only read stuff that stayed relevant for a full week. Ask yourself: do you want to know who won the Super Bowl or watch every play? You might want to watch every play because you like football, but from a productivity standpoint you only will ever need to know the winner - ...


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Francois! I can recommend you the most simple way. There are two software systems- one is the simplest and most clear do-to list - it's Trello. The second is TimeCamp - time tracking software. They can be easily integrated and you have the best to-do and time tracking combination. You put your projects divided to tasks into Trello. Then the timer of ...


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The most effective way to save time when doing a task is to stop doing it. The second best way is to delegate it to someone more competant than you are. And the third best is to automate it. With this in mind, your best bet is: Stop trying to keep up. Delegate the filtering process ot experts: Talk to people who have an interest in the subjects you want ...


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I have been using Workflowy to organize my to do lists. Granted it is very simple and doesn't offer repositories to my knowledge or calendar sync. It is more of a big picture of to do list that I use for both personal and work and is surprisingly effective in it's simplicity. I've tried many other project managers and task list services and this is the ...


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You haven't mentioned your operating system but in case you're using Mac OS X then there's Qbserve. It tracks not only sites and apps but also subreddits on Reddit.com and YouTube videos, so you can separate useful ones (like tutorials) from distractive. Qbserve also logs time independently for different Skype, Slack, and Telegram chats. I created this app ...


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If you already have a DropBox account, you can make a IFTTT recipe do the dirty job. But, you would be required to create an IFTTT account (plus a Dropbox one, if you don't already have).


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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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Fran├žois, You are already using one of the best tools - Todoist. Are you familiar with Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allan? https://todoist.com/gtd Another app to consider (I don't know if you're looking for something that will run on your smartphone, your tablet, or your desktop and I don't know what operating system you are using) is: Fantastical - ...


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Just saw two webapps like this today on Product Hunt: https://www.getplan.co/login http://www.focuster.com/


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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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For Mechanical Engineers it is even more important to "...practice all the unnecessary stuff like software developers do by writing down every step that is necessary to create a piece of machinery." This step is never unnecessary. It is essential for any level of consistency and repeatability, and whereas in software design you can continually change a ...


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I think you are going to need to do a deeper re-think. My suspicion is that neither GTD nor Kanban, nor a combination of the two will create the right kind of solution you need. So your question is a bit hard to solve if it's confined to these two systems. I'd recommend that you analyze the unwanted symptoms you are experiencing from first principles, ...


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This is exactly the problem with lists. They offer no context or movement, therefore our work, short or long term, is very difficult to teach our analyze. GTD and Personal Kanban work very well together, combining the best of both worlds. Go to the personalkanban.com site and do a search for gtd. You'll find articles by practitioners detailing how they ...


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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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This is a great question. I asked myself the same question of a year or two ago and I figured out an effective way to do this. First, you need to know why you are reading. Is it for leisure, is it to learn the latest trends? Is it because you want to acquire knowledge on a particular topic? Once you have figured that out, you will find a bunch of ...


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My approach is to have a normal TODO list and a normal calendar (Outlook or Google calendar). Every evening I check my calendar to see how many appointments I have to estimate the work hours I can spend on doing items from the Todo list. I thenk mark the items as "planned for the next day" (depends on your todo list system, maybe even a small paper note will ...


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I use emacs/org-mode for taking notes. Browsing and noting information from my browser is thus part of my daily routine along with taking notes from meetings with students, on research, thoughts, etc... To smooth things I rely on this firefox plugins (https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/addon/org-mode-capture/) that allows me to easily take notes from ...


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I can think of several ways to tackle this. Let's start with something fairly "low-tech" as far as computers go. Use a plain-text editor to keep a running document. Inside that, you can jot down URLs and your reaction to it. You can also create some simply headers making an outline of subjects yet to research. Sync this text file across your devices using ...


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Habitbull sounds exactly like what you are looking for. An example of the interface is below. I believe you can link this to a fitbit, you would have to install this on your iOS or Android device, and set up a reminder to ask you for a yes/no completion.


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If all you have is just an idea my recommendation is to make this idea more concrete. What are the requirements your software has? Write them all down. If you have a lot of requirements mark the important ones. Now you want to think about architecture: how should your implementation be structured? What parts should exist, and what are the interfaces in ...


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From your requirements above, it would seem that Trello may be a good solution to your preferred organization system. A single Trello 'board' contains a system of 'lists' which can contain unlimited 'cards'. Each card can contain a variety of content including tags, links, files, etc. And Trello can very easily be setup for GTD use.


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I use IQTell to do everything: manage multiple email accounts, To Dos, multiple calendars, projects, contacts, Evernote, etc. I like that it has everything in one app. No need to cobble together a system of different tools. You can try it for free and see if it fits your needs


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MyLifeOrganized app has a functionality to manage both tasks and projects. And you will be able to see this all in a single interface, or you can set up a special setting and see only the projects, or only personal to-dos. There are special views for that - you can choose, which tasks you would like to see right now. I don't use project functionality very ...


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I use a very good program called my effectiveness pro check it may help you you can try to search for it in google play .. I consider it the best program as i tried many of them it can let you make plans for every day of the week and you can make a reminder .it let you categorize your tasks as urgent and important or urgent but not important and vice versa ...


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The best way for me to ensure I keep reading technical books is to use Jerry Seinfeld's "Don't break the chain" concept. Have a calendar and decide on something you want to do every day. Put a big red X in each day that you do it and try not to go a day without doing it. There are a number of habit forming apps like coach.me to help record this but the best ...


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CLI-based applications Org-mode Born as an Emacs mode, it is highly customizable and lets you do virtually everything. If you're into terminals, this can be your first choice. It has an official website and a rich selection of questions on StackOverflow. todo.txt Another good CLI-based application, it focuses on simplicity rather than richness of ...


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let me give some suggestions for the points raised. I disagree that pen and paper is the best option. I did that also for years with copying across lists but this was far from effective. This is not to say electronic lists are inherently more effective, they need to be fast and fluid enough to be a good replacement. If you can find that(I come to this in ...


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As I understand your question, incoming emails are distributed to all support group members. If your company uses MS Exchange, use a shared mailbox instead. It provides one mail adress and a shared mailbox. Everybody in the support group gets permission on that mailbox. You then can use e.g. categories to mark who works on which mail. Or edit the subject ...


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PomoDone - Has been my favorite desktop solution. They have informed me of a mobile version in the works. I use it because it syncs todos from my other accounts like wunderlist, trello, and todoist. It also free!


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Pomodoro Timer Lite - Using Bootstrap CSS I built a basic and clean Pomdoro Timer as a pet project, for me and my friends. Features: 25:00 mins - Standard Timer 05:00 mins - Short Break 15:00 mins - Long Break Simple and Clean User Interface HTML5 App - Works on any device with latest browser. No installation needed Responsive Design - Adjusts to both ...



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