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I'm a software tester and recovering procrastinator. I use taskwarrior to implement a minmal version of GTD.


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.
Dec
22
comment what to do with said “knowledge”/area of interest
I really don't get what your question here is. If learning new things is something you enjoy, it does not have to have another purpose IMO. Maybe your question is "how can I apply my broad interests in an open / creative environment?". Then think about joining a hacker/maker space or programming project. If you want to program and solve math puzzles: take a look at projecteuler.net
Nov
30
comment How can I improve my workplace to have less interruptions?
I wear headphones at work. Some colleges are genuinely surprised when they notice that I actually play some noise instead of using them as a "don't disturb" sign. I usually use this noise generator: mynoise.net (the northern lights drone is very calming for me)
Nov
9
comment Should your short-term goals be ambitious?
I don't understand very well what you mean by "goals": Is it developing a habit (this is what gethabit wants to achieve), then it can't be short term (habits are a long term thing). Or is it about completing tasks or a greater number of tasks: Then you might want to look at the "srcum" method, which has a concept called a "sprint" (a defined time period of e.g. a week that gets assigned a specific set of tasks): lifehack.org/articles/productivity/scrum-for-one.html I guess there is at least some research on that method.
Oct
12
comment Self-hosted Evernote alternative?
Welcome to the Personal Productivity SE! Your link certainly looks interesting. From your name I think you are associated with the project, so you could talk more about what would be needed to set up the software or how it compares to evernote (syncing etc.).
Sep
30
comment Writing on paper first then digitise to PC
I read that the handwriting recognition in Evernote is not very accurate (I guess this would depend on the handwriting). How are your experiences with this, and is your handwriting especially tidy/clear?
Sep
23
comment Event tracking via email with easily exportable data to track health
Is a dedicated app also ok for you? Because there are plenty of "headache tracking apps" out there (for both Android and iPhone).
Sep
22
comment Event tracking via email with easily exportable data to track health
I thought about IFTTT, but the only recipe I can think of is "email to dropbox (append to a txt file). It has the downside that it lacks automatic timestamps, which would be needed for automatic reports.
Sep
20
comment How to structure content in a private wiki where information grows naturally?
+1 for abandoning a fixed structure and relying on search. My approach approach is a folder with plain text files + notational velocity or nvAlt for search, which makes this a light weight but limited setup.
Sep
5
comment How to organize a large number of reoccuring tasks\maintenance?
I did edit the answer to give more information on taskwarrior. However I don't think that this is a good option here, since it does not have support for more than one user (yet).
Jul
26
comment Laptop Addiction with Videos - Unstoppable due to programming
You can search for the "procrastination" tag on this site or look into the pomodoro technique to get started with your tasks.
Jul
19
comment How to write equations involving different sized symbols neatly in notes? What kind of paper to use?
How about blank paper or paper with light grey dots (like dottedpaper.com/download/dotted.pdf)? With enough practice you can write straight enough and are not restricted on how to big your letters are.
Jul
16
comment How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional lfe
I voted to close you other question, because I think career advice that is that specific is off-topic here. Unfortunately programmers.stackexchange.com tends to think that career advice is also offtopic there (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/110852/…), so I don't have a good place for your question. My advice would be to think about your current strengths and areas where you have to develop your skills (maybe ask coworkers or your boss). Then investigate how to improve in these areas.
Jun
28
comment Alternative methods of tagging to organize thoughts?
Another tip for nvAlt/notationalVelocity/ResophNotes: Always chose the setting to have one txt file per note in a folder. This way you can easily edit the notes in another editor, sync them using dropbox, add notes with scripts. I also sync my notes with Simplenote.com and use FlickNote on my Android Device (perfomance of the app is great once you buy the premium key and get rid of ads).
Jun
28
comment Alternative methods of tagging to organize thoughts?
@Dallas: Resophnotes is said to be very similar to notational velocity and runs on Windows: resoph.com/ResophNotes/Welcome.html Also: +1 to keword search instead of tagging. I help this process by adding a "keywords: ..." line to reference files sometimes to add additional keywords that may not be present in the text (e.g. because they are not in the same language or synonyms)
May
25
comment Does military background enhance productivity?
@vprisivko: True that. I suppose I'm biased since I opted out of my military service for ethical reasons (a right which the German constitution granted me), but the anecdotal evidence I gave means to give an additional information how the German military is not educating towards efficiency.