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Nobody wants to work a place without window(s). Like Joel says; Every developer, tester, and program manager is in a private office;all except two have direct windows to the outside (the two that don't get plenty of daylight through two glass walls). I thinks this is the perfect office desing for everybody. Your front is wall, (not distribute the ...


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I think having a window right in front of you as you work might be too distracting, but having one nearby, preferably somewhere to the side, would definitely be better than none at all. I find it relaxing to have a feeling of space and not being locked in a small room, which windows definitely help with. They're also great for taking short breaks - ...


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I can speak from my current situation that people are, without question, more productive when a window view is available. To make a long story short, the company has downsized quite a bit. When I started, the company took up most of the 3rd floor of the building, an office lined with big windows and lots of natural light. Regardless of where you were in the ...


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Why do they end up in the downloads folder in the first place? Many (most?) browsers have an option to ask you where to download the file to, instead of automatically putting them in the 'downloads' folder. That way you immediately decide where to put them when downloading and you no longer waste time cleaning up. For all those files that you only need ...


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I think you will be overall more effective if you abandon the idea of categorizing your notes as you take them. Take notes in one step, then organize and categorize as a separate step later. You'll get better notes, and better organization. You are attempting to conflate (at least) two different concepts and types of thinking into a single process. One ...


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One effective way is to use an application blocker. Set the application blocker to password-protect a program(you can find a handful of them with a simple search). You may argue that you can type the password and unblock the program. However, there's also a workaround. Ask someone to type half of the password and then type the other half yourself. Now the ...


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Google calender does this, just set the reminder timer to head of the events. There is a desktop-ish version of Google calender you can download for free.


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You might want to try Hazel, which I use very often to automate a lot of repetitive stuff. You can use it to rename files, delete files that haven't been opened since a certain time, delete duplicates, and so on. It's up to your ingenuity in terms of what it can accomplish for you.


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I use OSX, where you can sort files by "added on date". I use that to sort my downloads folder. From time to time I review all items in the folder (oldest items first) and then force myself to either move the file to another location or delete it. An important component in that system is that I rename every file as soon as I download it to make review ...


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You can investigate internet filter software programs, usually used to block children from going to (types of) websites. These sometimes have the option to block specific local apps as well (or folders), so you can use that feature only. Or block some internet sites as well, because in your case they could also be time wasters ;-) These apps also may have ...


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You shouldn't need to block it irreversibly - instead, lock it down so it is difficult. There are some applications which you can use to lock a particular program during a certain time period, or to limit your use to a certain amount of time per day etc. On Windows, as long as you are admin you can always get around it, but you'd need to deliberately ...


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Why not use the web version of Trello and create an application shortcut via Chrome so that it opens in its own window? This is how you do it: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95710


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You can also use the Sunrise app. It syncs all of your Google Calendars + reminders + Evernote and a lot more. You can set reminders before the events happen as well.


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I've been using Dexpot for over 8 years now, and I really miss it when working on another Windows machine. Supports up to 20 monitors, highly configurable, and works fine with Windows 7 (even on 64 bits). Only discomfort it's caused me is that sometimes, when using Remote Desktop, it causes my desktop icons to disappear.



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