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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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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 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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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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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


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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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It seems that no one mentioned Marinara Timer yet and it's pretty powerful as it lets you customise the length of each pomodoro and rest, adjust the sounds played and even provides you with a global URL so that you can easily use it on multiple devices in sync at the same time. To use, simply go to marinaratimer.com/ANYURL


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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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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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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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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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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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One of my company's development teams created a browser-based version called Marinara Timer that allows you to tweak the length of the pomodoro and breaks. We just put it up so people outside the company can use it. You can even share the link to your team so you're all on the same timer. I'd love your feedback.


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I'm going to plug this free webapp that I made. PomoTrackr.com I track Pomodoros like it's a religion. Being self-employed I need it to stay focus. At the time, I couldn't find a Pomodoro App that accurately tracked my progress. Basically I wanted to see how I was doing last week, last month. Am I trending upwards or downwards etc. The History View is ...


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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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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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I've just released Pommie for iPhone and iPad: Simple, distraction-free and intuitive interface Audio and visual alerts when the next period starts Over 35 alert sounds to choose from Configurable work and break durations Today view widget Open, pause or stop the timer directly from iOS notifications Dynamic Text and VoiceOver for the visually impaired ...


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For me I'm a strong believe in Inbox zero. Basically first thing in the morning anything in my inbox gets sorted into "Review later", "Trash", and "Archive" Archive is anything I might need to refer to at a later date that requires no further action. (this is organized into subfolders for easier retrieval should I need to look back at something there) ...


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Followupthen has been mentioned. I think followup.cc is better. You may also like Boomerang for Gmail. I wasn't happy with any of those those and wrote my own thing called Gmail Snooze which works without relying on a third-party service (like followupthen and followup.cc) nor cluttering the Gmail UI (like Boomerang). You just give threads integer labels ...


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What exactly you miss in the current apps? Lot's of them are available already. Actually, I've done the same thing myself - wrote an app that I like to use. But I had specific wishes for that app - I wanted to see my projects as mind-maps(in addition to typical tree or list like views), and I wanted the detailed statistics of what I've had accomplished. ...


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I got into the pomodoro technique after using focus@will. It's a service (not free, but not very expensive), which lets you play music that is optimized for productivity. The pomodoro timer is exceedingly simple, but does the job very well. It has a productivity tracker that lets you keep track of how focused you are, but that's about it. Again, it's ...


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Check out this article. It lists 5 different ways to use GT from your desktop, which, I believe, includes what you're seeking. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/five-killer-ways-to-use-google-tasks/


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I like kanbanflow. It combines a kanban style to do list with the pomodoro method. I run it on my work computer through Chrome, and it has an Android and Iphone versions too.


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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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There are only a couple of programming books I've read cover to cover: Code Complete and The Pragmatic Programmer. Any other programming book I've read has been with the purpose to extract enough information to get a job done. It's a question of utility. Reading a short story is usually a different matter. You're drawn into the world the author created. ...


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I have been using Excel sheet for that (it's easy to maintain and swift to work with), with column A as description of repetitive tasks column B named as Period - weekly/monthly/quarter/yearly and column D as weekdays, E as date, F as Quarter no. etc. use short-cuts shift+L for Auto-filter it comes in handy. You can also have a column of priority or ...


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Well, I manage them with Microsoft Notepad. (Actually, vi.) It's worked smoothly for a decade. If you insist on something fancier, googling for "to do list" recurring finds half a dozen. (Which half dozen depends on which month you do that search...)



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