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comment What is the ultimate personal organization system?
Just curious: Is a progress tracker really needed? My task manager already supports projects (= a group of tasks that belong together) and gives me the % done of that task.
Jun
15
comment Studying several languages programming and update
For me "updates" of a language were never hard, because I get the news/version differences that I need from following tech blogs or reading documentation. So I would not worry about that for now.
Jun
15
comment mind mapping - auto conversion of hierarchical tree into a radial format
I used both yEd and Freemind before, and think that yEd is not a good editor for mindmaps because it lacks the quick addition of nodes that Freemind has. On the other hand its automatic layout options are pretty neat (although you can waste a lot of time getting your layout exactly as you want it).
Jun
15
comment mind mapping - auto conversion of hierarchical tree into a radial format
I would call this feature "radial / circular layout".
Jun
15
comment mind mapping - auto conversion of hierarchical tree into a radial format
If you mean something like this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_tree this would be still hierarchical (every node would still have 1 parent and and up to any number of children). This is just painted/displayed differently. Unfortunately I don't have a software recommendation.
Jun
11
comment Is it better to use printed study material rather than soft copies of study materials to avoid distractions?
I think you should edit your question because currently there is not really a thing that you ask. My suggestion is "are there any benefits of using printed material over reading on a screen?"
Jun
10
comment How do I break free of this rut?
@AzfarHussain: For me pomodoros are about committing to work uninterrupted for a defined amount of time, and taking breaks following a before defined scheme. This way I'm less likely to extend brakes or interrupt work for checking social media. If you have problems defining what to do, you have to use other tools (like I said in part 2 of my answer).
Jun
10
comment 15 Minutes With Success - What are your three questions?
I don't have an answer, but would like say that I have some doubts about the approach where you copy the methods of successful people or organisations blindly. The persons maybe falsly attribute their success to the wrong habits they have (e.g. maybe their meditation ist not the key, but instead their better than average family life that they are not aware of). I think this would fall under "survivor bias".
Jun
7
comment Tickler system for electronic files - how?
I don't know if creating a single task entry for every document is feasible (@che_kid talks about hundreds of documents). A single reminder to do the regular review will help, but you will still need some system to store the files and a review order.
Jun
1
comment What is the best solution for digitizing notes?
"All of your information is OCR'd which makes retrieval a breeze". How good is the OCR or Evernote on handwriting? Is it usable if you have an about average nice handwriting?
May
29
comment Keyboard for walking
Questions: How much text are we talking about? Where do you walk? For small portions of text I think creating a voice note and later typing it in (maybe add some labels and filing it accordingly) might be better. I personally would guess that things that I "typed" while walking will be with more errors and would need some proofreading anyway because of distractions.
Apr
8
comment When is tracking time a waste of time?
I would disagree a bit: If you get your data without any significant cost I find it smart to store it anyway because you may find it useful later. So I would anwer the question a little different: Tracking is a waste of time if you have not reason to and you have to spend significant resources for tracking.
Apr
8
comment Efficient Checklist Software?
Do you need nested lists? Do you need a desktop program (which OS) or is a web service also acceptable? Do you need a smartphone app (Android or iPhone?). What do you need that a written list on a piece of paper cannot do? Whyt do you mean by "efficient"?
Feb
24
comment Suggestions for time planning software for college students?
+1. Bonus: when used with a smartphone, because you will get reminders even when away from your computer.
Feb
12
comment Techniques to stop procastination
This gets asked a lot. I think you will find more than a few answers that have the tag "procrastination".
Jan
10
comment How can I improve my workplace to have less interruptions?
How would you tell others when you are available? Depending on the environment it might not be acceptble to put up a sign with your "opening hours".
Jan
7
comment How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?
If you took a break in your pomodoro: you are not supposed to do this but work without any distraction (no email, no browsing social media, ...). You can read about GTD by looking on this SE site (there will be a tag named GTD). But for the start you can stick with the tips I gave you. Don't waste any time creating a "perfect" method, but keep it simple and start completing task from your list!
Jan
7
comment How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?
Pomodoros are a way to trick you into starting with a bigger task that seems to be too big to accomplish. People that don't think that they can work on a topic without distraction will be more likely to work for half an hour and repeat this four times (which is essentially the same thing). The other thing is that you get a defined, short break (this way its easier to continue working). Regarding todo lists: one of the things I stole from "getting things done" (GTD) is to have one list of tasks so that no tasks gets lost. Give it a try. I wish you the best!
Dec
25
comment Open hardware alternative to livescribe?
@AlexLeonov: Unfortunately handwriting recognition of scanned text seems not to be ready yet. If anyone could point to any tool (does not even have to be free of charge or free software) I would be very happy.
Dec
22
comment what to do with said “knowledge”/area of interest
Like I said: look for similar minded people to spend your time. About work: I think that being interested in a lot of different things myself helps be be a better engineer, because I naturally talk to colleagues about their work and later can use that knowledge to 1. get the "bigger picture" and 2. transfer some concepts or solutions from other areas to my work.