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Conventions + means press and hold or press the keys together (at the end it means repeated pressing will repeat the command) - means press the keys sequentially / means multiple next keys work, potentially with different results Copy/Paste Ctrl+A select all Ctrl+X cut Ctrl+C copy Ctrl+V paste File management Ctrl+S save Ctrl+Shift+S save ...


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Text files are future proof. They will always work. Grep is your friend. See also TODO.txt. ASCII is the new PDF! - Cory Doctorow


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For this imo the unbeatable weapon of choice (Windows-only) is AutoHotKey It will boost your productivity. E.g. i open all my program windows by hitting CTRL+P (for PDF viewer), CTRL+F (for firefox), ALT+SHIFT+G to search a marked word in any Program with Google Scholar...and so on. Endless possibilities and huge user and scripts base. You can also ...


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Like first post said, the only future-proof technology is the ASCII (or UTF-8) text file. However, you will soon find yourself wanting more. Amongst many others, I have made substantial use of the following knowledgebase systems. Presenting in chronological order of when I started using it and how much I've written in it: Freemind (200,000+ words): ...


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I agree that these answers will probably be quite subjective and personally tailored. For myself, I only use paper as a means to get things into electronic form. Specifically, everything goes into emacs org-mode. It also comes down to my specific line of work. I need to document my work for intellectual property purposes, and the bottom line, for me, is ...


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Evernote Advantages: There is a free option that will be good enough for many people. Lightning fast search. Searches as you type, instead of having to press enter. This is highly preferable. Good for loose, relatively unconnected ideas that you want to be able to access easily in the future. Great for keeping a journal. It can never be lost, it ...


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I've been using RTM (both web and iPhone) as my GTD system for over a year and have found it incredibly helpful and ideally suited to my needs. I originally started with this advice from the RTM blog, but quickly streamlined the system to something less complex to manage and with less overhead. What I've liked the most are the power of the smart lists and ...


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I use Dropbox for a long time and I am very happy with it. I follow the following process: I've Dropbox installed and all my projects are in the Dropbox folder, so they are synchronized. If I don't have Dropbox installed, I use a web browser to upload or download my files. The nice thing with Dropbox is that you can access your files everywhere. You don't ...


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Where do you currently keep data you wish to see? For me, spaced repetition is critical to internalize anything. I put a lot of stuff on flashcards that magically goes to my phones, tablets, and interwebs. I still have to consciously spin through my flashcards, but that's become a habit while standing in line, waiting for a long build process, other ...


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Several factors impact the effectiveness of task-management tools for your circumstances. The features that you need, and which of their qualities are of most importance to you, are heavily dependent on your circumstances and the tasks you're looking to manage with said software. Issues related to your circumstances include: Workgroup involvement Number ...


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I started building a while ago a personal knowledge base (kb) with similiar requirements and concerns as yours. After considering a lot of different choices, finally settled with a mediawiki installation and haven't regretted since. I'll fundament my choice considering your requirements. future-proof In my point of view, building and practical, ...


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I use Checkvist with Mark Forster's AutoFocus 4 method. It has minimal graphics to show your progress, but I love it for the keyboard shortcuts.


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When I end up working on a failed idea, I sometimes write it up anyhow because the value it provides is a warning to others that this is a dead end. I'm making some assumptions here, you didn't post what your thesis was about. There is a question in philosophy about which end a gnat farts from, the front or the back. I suppose if my thesis was on that ...


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To train yourself to use keyboard shortcuts, unplug your mouse for a few days. Not only will it force you to use keyboard shortcuts, but you will quickly find out where your applications require you to point and click, and give you an incentive to find alternatives. For example I use the Pentadactyl plugin for Firefox, which gives vim-like keybindings ...


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David Seah have a whole bunch of templates or forms that you could print out and use. I found his compact calender quite useful.


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ManicTime is a time tracking solution that has been worked out well over the years, it has the following features and comes in a free and paid version: Auto tracking of computer usage Manictime sits in the background and records your activities, so you can just forget it is there and focus on your work. When you are finished you can use collected data to ...


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My favourites are: Ctrl + Delete: delete the word after the cursor Ctrl + Backspace: delete the word before the cursor Especially the last one is super handy: made a typo? Do the shortcut and the word is gone. IMO, if you can type fast, typing a word again is way faster than correcting your mistake. It doesn't work in all software though (notepad for ...


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Excel (or openoffice, libreoffice) workbook would work as well, with a worksheet for each group of tasks. Notpad++ is also great. Additionally, evernote will do that as well with a table.


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Had the same problem. Several solutions: Task Changer TITANIUM, adds a Alt+Tab functionality as overlay screen button, so you can switch between 2 apps with one screen swipe like hitting a keyboard shortcut. Dock4Droid, touching screen on the margin yield pop up bar with recent and favorite apps SwipePad, similar to Dock4Droid All these apps make it ...


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I am a Google power user since 2001, but I have become disgruntled with the company due to its service cancellation policies. Many applications I have poured data into have been discontinued. Given the recent cancellation of Google Reader, there is a high risk that Google won't keep Keep (pardon the pun). So evidently I recommend Evernote: James Fallows: ...


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The answer is simple and straightforward: Minimalism. Don't fall into the trap (that I already did one thousand times) of GTD strategies and Time management Gods/Gurus (or whatever they call themselves) which aim to sell something "complicated" in order to present themselves as more clever and smart than us. Through my research crusade all these years to ...


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You may want to check out d-i-y-planner. Search terms to find a wealth of templates would include Hipster PDA and diyplanner.


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One approach which I've often found useful is to mentally recast the action as a more productive or fruitful approach. Perhaps your thesis is a chance to improve writing technical documents, or a chance to figure out how new approaches to get things working again. Perhaps there are important process or approach observations which can be gleaned from the ...


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An often overlooked aspect is that such software should be lightweight, simple and fast. If the software requires a lot of interactivity, it is going to distract you from your real work. Simplicity helps.


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Currently I've got a fairly close to purely digital GTD setup, although this could do with some refinements and tweaks. To-Do: I use Things for my to-do list. It supports tags (which can be used to create contexts), an inbox, next actions, projects quick entry of items, and iPhone & iPad support. This currently uses a local network sync to keep devices ...


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Since text is a popular answer for this question, I would suggest Emacs, with Org-Mode. It also uses plain text as it's backend but has a lot of features. Links, tags, todo lists, time tracking, tables, basic spreadsheets, publishing/exporting to html and or pdf and support for referencing and embedding source code. Synchronyzing Org-Mode's text files with ...


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You can try trello if you have not tried it yet. it is not what you exactly want in your question. But it might solve your problem. It is cool and worth trying.


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I use RescueTime, it's great! It has superb reporting, you can see your activity per day, week, month, etc. Another awesome feature is that it can distinguish between productive activity and non-productive activity, you can view per category / application how much time you have spent on it. You can checkout Scott Hanselman's review for further details:


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If you know it already, it's certainly useful. You can get your thoughts to paper faster and more clearly than if you have to write out each letter, abbreviate, or omit words. As for whether or not to learn it, it may be better than voice recognition for a long time, but it's a risk/reward analysis whether it will pay off for your particular circumstances ...


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There are 2 ways to do this: choose a solution that will last forever accept that you will need to do a conversion every 5-10 years The first will probably have a much lower functionality than the second. Choose a solution that works best for you now. Make sure that it has "export information" functionality, that you can use when converting to next ...



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