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Jun
22
comment Personal notetaking with table editing
I get your point that you don't want to use Excel. But what's exactly wrong with it, the prize, the installation size, the startup time? Does using Google Docs fix Excels flaws?
Jun
22
comment Best Practices for returning to a complex task?
I suppose you are talking about task on your computer. I also do not know what you mean by "session manager". However I am positive that switching task will have its cost in productivity, no matter what software tools you use.
Jun
15
comment How to retain focus without coffee?
-1 for suggesting red bull, +1 for the tip about withdrawing when sick.
Jun
11
comment Solutions for working with pen/paper while using a computer at the same desk
+1 for this. My notepad is a spiral bound A5 version, which usually doubles as coaster for my cup of coffee.
Jun
9
comment Keep repeated tasks in GTD task management system or calendar?
@user6076: you could say that. But I'm talking about the difference in flexibility: If I change my toothbrush two days later. In contrast: not preparing for a weekly meeting in time will possibly end in a desaster. There may however be examples which can not easily sorted into these two categories.
Jun
8
comment Schedules, timetable or tasklist?
@KartikAnand: IMO it really helps to break down the work into chunks for every week first, and then to further divide it into portions for every day. This way you will know that 1. you have enough time to do your work and 2. how much time you can spend for leisure e.g. on the weekend. If according to your plan 6h a day is enough then you don't have to stress out and pull all-nighters (assuming that you stick to your plan and your plan is reasonable).
Jun
6
comment What's a good cloud based notebook?
Have actual files / have mobile app / edit in emacs. All solutions I can think of tick only 2 of 3 boxes. Or is it enough to view the files on your android device?
Jun
5
comment How to manage daily tasks especially in office
One thing GTD can not really fix is lack of motivation, but braking something down sometimes helps to feel less overwhelmed.
Jun
5
comment How to manage daily tasks especially in office
I think your question consists in fact of three questions: 1. How to improve my excel skills? (maybe better suited on another stackexchange subsite) 2. How to improve my techninical english (search the site for some suggestions) and 3. How do I manage my daily tasks. For the third question, I would like to know which method you currently use. For me, the "getting things done" method has a nice collection of ideas which are worth thinking about even when you do not implement a real gtd system for yourself.
May
30
comment Super effective way of storing day to day information where I can access them quickly?
@Ashfame: I group the evernote notes into large groups like DIY, reference, work, blogging. Whats more important is to make sure that you will find them again via the search bar, so include tags. I also write a two sentence abstract in front of saved web articles which include crucial keywords.
May
29
comment Which GTD apps provide cloud syncing, android device access, and SSL?
Is there the possibility that you are the author? Then you should say so if you are proud of your app...
May
29
comment Which GTD apps provide cloud syncing, android device access, and SSL?
Some people say that they have implemented GTD with Evernote, and there are guides out there how to do it, so it's quite reasonable to include it into the list IMO.
May
26
comment Help me study and read paperlessly, with some ebook reader efficiently?
What ever you end up with: I missed the possibility to sync my last read page and bookmarks between my devices. This will work better with iTunes+iPad (but I refuse to touch anything other than a Macbook, because I need a device which accepts free software). If Android tablets have a good pdf reader which can read files from your Dropbox you may have the thing you need. Also notice: PDFs need screen space. This is also why the kindle sucks a this task.
May
25
comment Help me study and read paperlessly, with some ebook reader efficiently?
I agree with the things said about pdf and e-readers: I have a kindle 3 (the e-ink thing with the keyboard) and reading pdfs on the thing is not fun at all. Converting anything more than a plain text + some headings into another format does not work. Stay away from this kindle if you want to read pdfs, I would recommend a quality netbook + Dropbox. Geek-mode: forget about dropbox and use rsync or sth. similar.
Apr
29
comment Is there a time tracking application for Mac OS X and iOS that can sync with each other easily and does not require an Internet connection?
I don't know what your requirements for the software are, but if you manage to do some "manual" time tracking with a simple text file, evernote is the way to go. Bonus: It's free and can do a lot of other neat stuff.
Apr
27
comment What is a good way to begin your work day?
+1 for creating the todo list in the evening before. For heavy procrastinators use the form "in situation X I will do Y to achieve Z". Example: "First thing when I arrive at work I finish the report to get rid of the guilty feelings which haunt me for quite a while".
Apr
22
comment Equipment for computer-printing, into a notebook
Why don't you go fully digital and take your notebook/tablet to the meetings?
Apr
16
comment Gamification to improve myself
Would you mind to share your script here? I suppose it's some kind of gnuplot magic glued together by shell scripts?
Apr
14
comment org-mode and productivity
You don't have to use org-mode to organzize your life in plain text. I personally use a combination of Taskwarrior and plain text files (+markdown markup) synced via dropbox to do a lot of my note taking. This approach needs little effort to learn and is powerful enough for me. The reasons to use org-mode or a setup like mine is that it is independent from any service provider, internet connection or software installation (you can read your data even in the most basic text editor).
Apr
11
comment What can I do to be more productive when working with several applications at the same time on Mac OS X?
In my personal experience I seldom had a big problem regarding this: Fortunately most of the applications I work with give me the choice to open documents in tabs of a window rather than a new window (Firefox, TextWrangler, TotalFinder). The only time the problem you are describing hits me is when I open two multi-file projects in TexShop: If both projects have a file called "introduction.tex" then I'm screwed, since the path is not displayed under the windows. This certainly would be a neat feature!