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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
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
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
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
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
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.