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Aug
22
awarded  Yearling
Aug
4
comment Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)
StevenV has a good point here. If I would have to store some kind of information in this format, I would probably use a plain text file with some kind of separators between entries (tabs). Unless the article number contains tabs (will never happen IMO) this will work. Possible cons: If someone uses markup in their spreadsheet (e.g. mark super important entry as bold) this will be lost. People might get irritated if they no longer have neatly aligned columns, or if their text editor sucks. About Excel being slow: Performs Libre Office (fork of OpenOffice) any better?
Aug
1
answered How to have a quick overview about time zones of international partners?
Jul
30
comment What is the fastest way to take pictures of a case file?
The folks at diybookscanner.org have some very neat ideas for quite cheap setups and software.
Jul
14
answered What is the most efficient hands-free mouse?
Jul
8
comment wake yourself up on time
All what you said is true, but in my experience getting enough sleep (duh) and having a pretty consistent sleep cycle helps as well. Also: The snooze key is your enemy. Do not use it.
Jul
7
answered Manage multiple tabs in browser
Jul
4
answered Finding the most efficient way to do something
Jul
4
comment What approach is good? First getting job done then improve or the other?
+1 I love to analyze stuff and to look for the perfect solution. But my experience told me that doing a quick design, implementing it and then finding the flaws and eventually fix it takes sometimes about the same time. Benefit of the quick implementation: You have the chance to test early and maybe have a decent enough solution during the first try. I sometimes have to force me to start implementing, because committing to something I don't trust 100% and maybe have to rewrite is not a thing I like.
Jul
4
comment Is it possible to learn foreign languages effectively by watching tv series?
+1 for the point about effectiveness.
Jul
3
comment Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?
@scientifics: Unfortunately the site is broken. I already mentioned it to the author, but he did not fix it. However, here is the version of the app that I use (unfortunately not the current version): dl.dropbox.com/u/3637391/pomodoro.app.zip
Jun
30
comment How to correctly resume yourself with the same enthusiasm after sleep?
"I sometimes try to sleep by remembering the to-dos for the tomorrow": I don't understand what you mean by that. Do you fall asleep while thinking about your to dos?
Jun
29
answered How to stop misplacing things?
Jun
27
awarded  Enthusiast
Jun
26
comment Complete loss of focus / wanting to work
You already checked some of the things I thought of as possible causes. How about stress/anxiety/depression? Do you have any long term goals?
Jun
24
answered How to evaluate quality of a book
Jun
24
comment How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?
I want to add that audible uses DRM, but it works on the popular mobile phones. IMO this is somewhat understandable, but something to know in advance.
Jun
23
comment How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?
These are almost exclusively audio podcasts with topics ranging from politics to skepticism. My personal favorites however are "npr money" and "this american life". One is an excellent show about economics, which explains fairly complex stuff in an understandable way. The other uses storytelling (mostly non fictional) to explore a certain theme like "crime scenes" or "breakups". As a German speaker, I also enjoy "Jazz und Politik" and other stuff from the Bavarian public radio.
Jun
23
comment How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?
I usually listen to podcasts on my iPod whenever I have to travel/commute. This time is not really used "efficiently", but more pleasant which is maybe the best you can expect from traveling by car.
Jun
22
answered Best Practices for returning to a complex task?