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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
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 procrastination
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.
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).