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TL;DR Pick 5 books. Shelf the rest. Pick 2 Projects Shelf the rest. Pick one knowledge area until you are skilled enough to be able to answer the majority of questions on SE. Shelf the rest until that moment comes. Steve Jobs famously said (likely paraphrased from elsewhere0 that the most effective people know which projects to set aside. I am ...


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Your mind is cluttered by various job-related thoughts and you can't let go of them when you leave work. You can't focus properly. This is a clear case for Mindfulness training. It is a meditation technique which will, if implemented for no more than 10 minutes every day, yield great benefits: sharpen your focus, improve your productivity and sleep. The ...


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You may lose 5-10 minutes of your life by being early. But by being late, you may lose 30 minutes (by missing the bus, doctor calling someone else, and so on). If someone is waiting for you, you'll lose a lot of respect which will take far more than 5-10 minutes of your life to earn back. My father would refuse to do business with people who show up to ...


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My first tip: once an exam is written, forget everything about it until the results come back. There is nothing you can do to change it, and beating yourself up over questions you may or may not have missed is not productive. It takes a while to learn how to do this properly, but once you can, it makes focusing on the rest of your exams so much easier. As ...


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I think your first step should be to prioritize those goals. That's a lot to have in your head at one point. The more you are doing at the same time, the more "state" has to stay in your head. Which makes it harder to get moving on it. For example, you are in the middle of at least 20 books. Pick a couple and FINISH them. Then move on to the next book. I am ...


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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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There are lots of good answers already. Let me add one more aspect. There is an asymmetry between being early and being late. If you are early, you know that you are early. You can plan accordingly. If you are 30 minutes early, you can bring a book. If you are 5 minutes early, you can do a quick phone call, read or write a few emails or messages. When you ...


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The best quality sleep is aquired around 23:00. Being a late sleeper and not sleeping the full 8h it isn't strange at all that you are tired in the mornings. The plain answer is that you will have to start going to bed earlier, there are sadly no cut-arounds unless you can sleep in or arrive to your daily activities later in the day. Sleep your full 8 ...


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I use GTD, so I have a "Someday / Maybe" list Take a look at your projects list, so put all your coding projects, cashflow ideas, and personal improvement goals on one list. Now as you look at that list, decide what you want to put on hold, and move them to your Someday/Maybe list. The rest stay on your Projects list. These will be your focus. A ...


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I used to have a problem with chronic lateness, and I whilst I was well aware of the problems that my lateness caused me, I often overlooked the impact of my lateness on others. This is partly because many of these problems were experienced by people before I even arrived, and when I did finally turn up, I was often in such a rush that I didn’t notice other ...


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When you have no reason to, no purpose. Measuring anything is a waste of time if you have not determined beforehand why you want to measure what. Usually you determine the why first (why would you want to measure 'time', instead of 'time spent on X'), then you decide what is useful to measure, then you decide which tools you use (you don't use an ordinary ...


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It may make sense to work on two or three books in parallel, so you can switch between them if you hit a writer's block. However, ten books are probably far too many. I would suggest designating one book as your primary focus and working on this one the majority of your time, and designating one or two others as backups. If you do hit a snag with your ...


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I also have an inability to function well in the morning. I don't think it is something that can be changed. It's just the way our bodies function. But, being aware of the problem allows you to adjust your behavior to compensate for the lack of productivity in the morning. Things that I have done to adjust: Get up right away with the first alarm. It ...


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Please watch the talk Study Less, Study Smart by Dr. Marty Lobdell. It will help you a lot. To sum up the talk in a few points: Start studying early. Your brain can only handle a few concepts at a time. It takes time for the concepts to sink in. Don't keep everything for the last moment. Take breaks every 25 minutes. The human attention span lasts ...


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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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It sounds to me like you're struggling with creating an environment for reading, not finding time to read. You mention that you struggle reading in bed (naturally) and there's no place for you to read that's neither too loud or too quiet. What you need to do is create a place (whether permanent or temporary) and associate it with where and when you are ...


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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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While Dennis' answer is suitable for an ideal scenario, in reality you may have conflicting priorities that make this unworkable. So while there is no algorithm that is going to be appropriate for everyone, you should at the very least look at: Expected effort / resource Will this take you 5 minutes or 5 days Due date How much slippage is allowed ...


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Take the task with highest priority. Devote 100% of your time to it until complete, you hit a block, or your priorities change. Repeat. Anything else and you're spending too much time thinking about work instead of doing work.


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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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It is very rough preparing a thesis for any level. It may be argued that you need to feel (a controllable degree of) the 'fear' of non-completion. So... Be very clear of the physical requirements of the thesis (length guidelines, data collection requirements, etc.) Pre-structure your thesis - create the index for the so-far imaginary thesis - and go into ...


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One of the issues here is that I can never follow each daily schedule 100% this is because it doesn't really allow for any emergencies that arise, and it can't otherwise I might as well not have a programme as I can't foresee the future. You can still have a daily schedule with some slack in it. What if you plan 2 hours per day for "unplanned ...


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I see no reason that you should be doing this at all. Micromanaging your schedule is bound to take a lot of time you could use for better things. What's worse, your scheme sounds much like the dreaded waterfall model of planning projects which generally leads to ineffective results. Instead, apply the agile way of thinking into your personal life: there's ...


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Write down what you spend all your time on for a week. That will show you where the time goes. Once you have that info, you can see: Opportunities to make your routine more efficient. Maybe you can read while exercising or something. Wasted time or things you'd prioritize differently. Maybe you spend 2 hours a week on Facebook.


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I think it's more effective to apply it through an external system. This is one of the points of agile software development methods. Break down the big task into smaller task and focus on that and when you expect that to be finished. This can be applied to most parts of life, and with some discipline, you can hold yourself accountable. Set small goals with ...


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Concentration - focus on one thing at a time so as to do each task better and faster.


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I don't see those as being mutually exclusive. Why not learn enough for the exam on both and dive deeper into the one you are more interested in? My college had a combined class on data mining and data warehousing. I was a bit peeved because much more time was spent on the theory of the first subject and I was more interested in the practical application of ...


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I would aim at waking up the same time every day, including your 1:30 PM weeks and your weekends. Having free time before lunch is awesome. Waking up the same time every day is The ideal way of sleeping optimally. Have you taken every possible step towards being able to sleep as early as you need to get up when you need to? Go to be the same time every ...


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Have you considered engaging in some kind of hobby to relax your mind and body? Perhaps some kind of sport, something social or something creative - basically anything that doesn't involve much more problem solving. Here are some ideas: Team sports Helping out at a soup kitchen Dancing Martial arts DIY Painting or drawing Creative wrting Photography ...


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The nature of any possible break may be entirely defined by the exam invigilator. Some will not let you do anything other than walk to the bathroom and back, others will let you have food, and some open book exams may even let you study. I'd suggest if you need to take one: Do it when you feel like you have stalled and you aren't answering effectively. ...



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