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


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?
Dec
5
comment How to overcome “hyper” sensitivity?
You're most welcome. I was trying hard to make sure that you didn't feel that folks suggesting the question isn't a good fit for this site didn't mean that you're not dealing with a real problem and emotions.
Dec
2
comment How to overcome “hyper” sensitivity?
@AnishaKaul I understand your point about concentration as an aspect of personal productivity, but based on your question the reason you're having trouble concentrating is not related to the topic of the site. If you were having trouble deciding what tasks to do, or how to keep track of your commitments it would be more on-topic. Here, the issue seems to be you've been greatly affected by reading about the holocaust and war, but this site isn't built to attract experts who can help with that and I don't think there's really a productivity-related question here.
Nov
16
comment What can I do to quickly become a better orator/public speaker?
Despite your caveat, and I agree recording yourself is not a replacement for actual public speaking, it does provide a totally different type of feedback. Being able to watch yourself is a critical aspect of improving your public speaking skills as it provides the best means of objectively observing your posture, gestures, pace, tone, voice, etc. All of these things seem different given the outside perspective and a little time since the delivery. Especially when you're learning new habits you should be recording yourself and watching it back.
Nov
15
comment How do I avoid missing important/urgent e-mails?
If you have the freedom to set up a separate account I like that idea. It reminds me of the prior art of the special zip code each President gets so correspondence from people in the know can get fast-tracked to his desk (letters from family and what not). I suppose if you can't set up a separate account the same thing could be accomplished in practice by giving people a special code or string to put in the subject, which you could then set up rules and filters to process into a special inbox.
Nov
15
comment Organization system for cables, adapters, etc - electronics clutter
I don't know, that seems like a pretty solid plan. I even like the idea of labeling the generic cables and perhaps storing them together as miscellaneous. The only thing I would add is I'd set a tickler for a few months after the initial organization to re-visit your organized items and toss any that were on the bubble when you kept them, but that the intervening months have made clear you can toss or donate.
Nov
11
comment How do I avoid missing important/urgent e-mails?
I don't see how this answers the question. The user is having a problem noticing urgent emails because he is receiving so many. I'm not sure how getting each one as a text message or having a notification posted to their twitter feed would help.
Oct
24
comment How does GTD handle due dates?
I like this option. I find that putting next actions with due dates on a calendar is counter-productive because this hides the task out of sight (I look at my next action lists multiple times a day), often until it's due and it's too late to do anything about it. This also conflates (as @Tom) describes, due dates with appointments. That said, having a way to annotate the due date in the task description is useful data to have at hand to help gauge urgency.
Oct
19
comment How do your busiest people transfer their knowledge?
I like this answer. Many people are intimidated by the thought of starting with a blank sheet of paper and ending up with any documentation worth having. It seems like only a subset of group #1 people are good at this. However, once these people prime the pump and there is something written down to serve as a template, guide, skeleton, whatever, then some of the folks with time who don't seem like they have the right knowledge will in fact be able to provide value. This will also make it possible for the busy folks to make value added additions in less time (thus making it more likely).
Oct
17
comment Always sleepy, tired and not focused
I know the question title says always, but is your energy level really at a fairly constant low level throughout the day or does it wax and wane? Also, what did your doctor say?
Aug
23
comment How to treat people who hate you?
Hi! Welcome to the site. I'm sorry that I had to close your question. This is really a question about interpersonal relationships and not personal productivity, even though the quote is from a book ostensibly on topic. Furthermore, as worded I don't think it's a good fit for a Q&A-type SE site as it's subjective and likely to lead to extended discussion rather than a cohesive stand-alone answer.
Aug
21
comment How do I get more productive from using keyboard shortcuts?
I still think this is a great answer to the re-focused question, but you may want to consider some edits as "Your own" no longer flows directly from the question and you may have other things you'd want to change as well.
Aug
15
comment Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?
@Dubs I'm sorry if you felt I was heavy-handed, that wasn't my intent. I probably should have left your joke and wouldn't revert if you put it back. My hope was that combining the questions would prevent duplication of good cross-platform options. Based on the answers so far I suspect there aren't many Mac answers because there aren't many Mac options. It's like asking a question about windows-based Markdown editors--you get Mac answers even if you asked for windows.
Aug
4
comment Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?
I've edited to make the question generic to any computer-based timer so that we don't have multiple questions: one for windows, one for OS X, one for iOS, one for Linux, etc. Better to have folks recommend timers they like and then indicate OS compatibility as the answers will become more of a resource for someone interested in finding a timer, with the most comprehensive and canonical survey of timing programs hopefully earning the most votes in time. This is also why I removed the recommendation for one timer per answer. Poll type questions are now discouraged in favor of complete answers.
Jul
29
comment What is recommended reading if I'm interested in increasing my productivity?
Richard, welcome to productivity.SE. I've modified your post to put it in the form of a question and reworded the body to try and make a good subjective question where you're asking people for their recommendations, rather than a list of popular productivity books. The latter is more of a poll-type question that is generally discouraged on SE sites.
Jul
29
comment How do I get more productive from using keyboard shortcuts?
@Soner and FYI to those unfamiliar with SE, this is community wiki now so upvotes don't give rep, they just push the answer higher up when sorted by votes.
Jul
28
comment Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?
I like the link. It acknowledges that RTM doesn't have built-in support for sub-tasks, but he explains the work-around of using lists and tagging anything that's not a next action. The tasks still can't be made to show up automatically when their predecessor is done, but his work around of tagging with a due date seems like the best that can be done given the tool's current limitations.
Jul
27
comment What are recommended workflows when working with Markdown--in Windows, on a Mac?
@Dmitry see this post under the meta FAQ question, where questions on workflow can be voted as on or off topic. I've also edited the workflow tag wiki to better explain why I believe this category of question should be on topic for the site by showing why it's a bad fit for other SE sites.
Jul
24
comment How do I get more productive from using keyboard shortcuts?
Years ago, I remember watching a Google Tech Talk by Quicksilver's creator and I've wished there was an equivalent tool for Windows. There is however a LifeHacker article on 10 Windows Alternatives to QS
Jul
24
comment What is the optimal text width for Speed Reading?
Link didn't work, can you edit to add it back in?