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Different people work best in different ways. The Pomodoro Technique encourages frequent breaks. The bursts are traditionally a little longer than yours, but you can set whatever times you want on the timer. I think by walking around, so I take a lot of "breaks" too. When working on knowns, I think your span or work between breaks will increase. However, I ...


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I would avoid file type specific version control systems as having to look in too many places would not help your situation. For that reason I would recommend moving from SVN to Git for the repository for a few reasons. I know that would not be an easy task but keep reading for my reasoning. Git treats all file types the same (text, binary, etc.) Content ...


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You say it's counter intuitive, but that's where your intuition fails. There is nothing wrong with your approach. Taking a step back and letting the issue ferment for a while works. That's why you get your best ideas under the shower. This is especially true when creativity is concerned, which is an aspect of a coder's job. You also take on a different ...


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I find that being productive tends to hinge on 2 different kinds of environmental factors - comfort and distractions. Minimising distractions: Visual - place yourself when you are unlikely to be bothered by seeing people walking around your workspace - face a wall or close the door to the room you're in, maybe disable pop-up email notifications if you're ...


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My method for organizing my days is mostly based on lists and consistent behavior. I have a number of "to-do" lists (Personal, Work, Grocery, etc.) - as an example, below is my list for tomorrow. You will notice I don't try to plan for every minute of my day, that's because (as you mentioned) you get unexpected calls from colleagues needing something. If ...


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Dropbox with the Packrat feature (has to be paid extra) turned on will keep an unlimited number of previous versions of any files you put in it. description taken from the Dropbox Homepage: Packrat is a feature that gives you unlimited deletion recovery and version history. By default, Dropbox saves a history of all deleted and earlier versions ...


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Here is how I follow end of the day routine: Check my e-mail for any last minute replies Review calendar to see what's coming up next day Review all my "Next Action" list and mark items which are done Re-negotiate commitments which are unfulfilled Identify 3-5 Most Important Tasks to be done next day Take a deep breath and give up all concerns Leave for ...


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Yes, you are micromanaging at the runway levels because there is some work at the higher levels of perspective that you have not been doing on a periodic basis. The difference between your two approaches is the level of commitment you explicitly devote toward learning French relative to other areas of focus in your life. You are cycling between two extremes. ...


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Working and being in school is difficult simultaneously, especially if you care about your job in any respect. The first thing I'd say is not to be too hard on yourself. You're in second year, so anyone who hired a developer in second year at school knows that you're still learning, so you will probably make silly mistakes and take more time than someone ...


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I've modified the pomodoro technique to fit my needs. I usually do 2 or 3 pomodoros before taking a break to avoid messing up my flow. Usually 50 minutes to 75 minutes is about the maximum amount of time that I can focus before I lose concentration and need a break.


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Most people seem to understand canonical GTD as Next Actions don't have priorities and that the only things that go on a calendar are scheduled activities that must happen at a certain time. That's pretty much your second workflow, and it absolutely includes the risk of some projects never getting done. The standard response to noting that risk (as ...


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This is not 'bug' in the technique its a 'feature'. Mandatory breaks are there to break the habit of holding too much context in your head when you are working on a task. Holding too much context in your head prevents creativity( There is a research paper to this effect somewhere). You should practice doing work in small chunks. Also mandatory breaks give ...


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As I'm working during the day, I tend to move distractions (i.e. things not immediately related to the task at hand) to a scratch file. Something I call a day book, but the name doesn't matter. At the end of the day, I like to set aside some time to go through that file. Things that can be sorted out right away get sorted, and anything that can't gets moved ...


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Have a list of things you are trying to make a habit of. At the end of the day, check off the things you did. Some things on my list are: Exercise Read something (not online) Write something useful Floss Show wife that I appreciate her I use an app called Routinely on Android for this purpose, but you should be able to implement the concept with nothing ...


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I'll try to answer this question and also include some of the questions you asked in your other question. First of all: I'm a geek and I like the idea of automating things, and tracking stuff (bonus points if its beautiful graphs). Sometimes I set up a complicated system and don't use it that often. I did not like paper but ended up using it. What should ...


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From my side I can give you these suggestion to manage all your daily task and routine. White board work better then cool gadgets like phone, alarms etc. Because can make you stuck in it. Like check calls, play temple run etc. So white board is much better. White board is stay in front of your eyes in your room or office then you never forget any thing. Its ...



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