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aerospace engineer, Star Wars nerd, PowerPoint hater, and family barista, @wuerl


Mar
18
comment Outlook automation solution
Per our FAQ, "problems related to software and automation scripts themselves" are off-topic for the site and better suited to Superuser or Stack Overflow.
Mar
11
comment What are the digital equivalents of index cards?
I don't think you need a Google account. That's an option, but it looks like you can just have a Trello account.
Mar
10
comment Team work and productivity: Noisy office vs quite room
Closed as a duplicate to an existing question on Programmers that has 27 upvotes and multiple answers with 10+ votes. I see that the same question has been closed on that site as being off-topic. Perhaps you can ask the moderators to migrate the question to this site.
Mar
7
comment Is there a free software similar to Freedom?
As worded this question is just a shopping list for software that has a similar feature set to something else. Questions like this have to solicit more constructive answers than people just responding with software they think is compatible.
Feb
25
comment What “light therapy” lamp should I get that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing cost?
I've closed this because it's a shopping list type of question, which has been found to not be a good fit for Stack Exchange sites. The question would be more answerable and useful to the community if it were reworded to ask about what someone should consider when buying a light therapy lamp. For how to tell a quality from a bad one, what the important features are and why they'd be valuable, etc.
Feb
18
comment The productive label printer
I agree. I have two of a slighter older version of the PT-1880. I haven't replaced the batteries in a year or so, and after the initial rush where I used a spool of tape I rarely have to replace it. The labels never fade and don't peel up off the manila folders I put them on. It looks nicer than hand writing and is almost as fast.
Feb
9
comment How to use Remember The Milk (RTM) to implement a GTD system?
@eflat Actually, since I wrote this answer I have started separate lists for projects. But I find in practice I only do this for large projects where I have a need to store many future actions and want a way to see all the tasks assigned to them at once. This of course could just as easily be done with tags; I just didn't decide to do it this way, mostly because in the iPhone and web app if I'm in a list when I enter a task it will put it in that list. I wrote all about this in a blog post.
Feb
4
comment How do you sync your electronic to-do list with your physical to-do list?
Can you elaborate on why you've decided against RTM? Knowing what you don't like about that tool or approach will make it easier to identify solutions that would work for you. For example, is it out because it's subscription based, cloud-based, etc. Do you like the large white boards for your lists and just want a ubiquitous capture mechanism for when you're not by your boards that's better than email?
Jan
26
comment Online calendars. How long before the event do you set up the notification?
This question is getting at a matter of personal preference that doesn't have a correct answer. Any advice is likely top reflect personal preferences and thus not be generally useful or so general as to be a statement of common sense along the lines of as early as necessary.
Jan
24
comment At what time do “early risers” go to sleep at night?
@David. As worded, this question is pretty general and isn't likely to have a "correct" answer. There's not going to be a time or range of time when people who like to get up early go to sleep. The answers are likely to be general statements about how much sleep people should get or personal anecdotes.
Jan
23
comment Recommendations for Productivity videos
Welcome to the site. Stack Exchange's Q&A model has been found to not work particularly well for poll or suggested list type questions where there's not a clear answer. However, if you're looking for general advice about good productivity podcasts the chat would be a great place to ask that type of question.
Jan
7
comment Does it make sense to continuously listen to some sounds to avoid mind wanderings?
This was a topic on the a recent episode of the Build & Analyze podcast. One host suggested white noise (there are links to a white noise app at the link above), and the other said they prefer music. I put this as a comment because it's anecdotal, but may have advice others would find useful.
Jan
4
comment What Android applications schedule tasks which appear each day?
That's all that was needed. Thanks.
Jan
4
comment Not okay to take notes at meetings?
Only reason I could see people frowning on electronic note taking would be if they think you're checking email or doing something else instead of listening. Keyboard taps can also be loud and distracting.
Jan
4
comment How to compare performance?
I like this question because it's asking for a way to scientifically assess a productivity technique that you've implemented. That said, if you feel heathier and more productive, isn't that good enough?
Jan
4
comment What Android applications schedule tasks which appear each day?
This question appears to be asking two questions and really needs to be edited down so it's clear what's being asked. The first part proposes a straightforward question about a et to remind yourself to complete tasks with specific attributes; the second is a question about motivation. I'm not sure how anyone could answer the motivation question without more data on why you're not motivated, and even then it's likely a subjective and localized answer.
Dec
30
comment Does it make sense to continuously listen to some sounds to avoid mind wanderings?
IMO it's not necessarily that it's off-topic, although that's probably the best matching reason for closing it. I think this question has a future but simply needs to be re-worded some. I think this site can value from more answers that are based on research (in the skeptics.SE model) and literature rather than personal opinion, especially on questions like this. Perhaps a re-word that emphasizes the desire for studies, data, etc. that suggest various types of music/sounds can enhance the ability to concentrate, focus, etc. I bet if you do that the community will vote to re-open very quickly.
Dec
15
comment Are there software solutions that implement Structured Procrastination?
Sounds like setting your alarm clock fast to scare you into getting out of bed in the morning. But the article's in Instapaper now, so perhaps I'll be able to answer once I read it.
Dec
8
comment Is there a master “catch-all” system for keeping track of things?
You can send articles from Google Reader to instapaper. With the item highlighted just click the send to instapaper bookmarklet--it even works in the mobile version of the site.
Dec
6
comment What is a learning attitude, and how can I improve mine?
welcome to the site. I see the kernels of a good answer above and agree that all the things you'd do to prepare to teach someone else about a topic would probably help you learn about it yourself. But we try to have longer-form answers on this site. Can you elaborate on yours to prevent it from being deleted or down-voted?