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Jan
9
comment Making good use of a sabbatical
@AsheeshR well, from the takeaways listed above, 1) was a success to stay somewhat focused, 2) was not so useful since I ended up taking whatever the time needed was and 3) was hard to do with the kids so all in all I didn't get a lot done but at least I worked on things I wanted to work on in the first place.
Oct
1
comment Repeating actions over and over again
+1 for TDD. Spend some time setting up tests for your project (it's fun to set up). Then think of a minimum feature/function that you need to have. Write a minimal test that exercises it. Run it, it should fail. Write the code that implements it. Run the test and fix the code until it succeeds. Repeat. TDD really helps keeping focus on your code goals.
Sep
4
comment How to fall asleep faster
@IdeoREX, did it work?
Aug
21
comment How do I maintain high levels of productivity when working with flexible deadlines?
So the problem is setting a deadline that you believe in...
Aug
14
comment How to cancel out caffeine's effects on sleep?
See also productivity.stackexchange.com/questions/7908/…
Aug
14
comment Keeping focus as a novice programmer
You're doing it wrong. Just code in JavaScript with NodeJS server-side and and then you don't have to learn any other languages, ever ;-)
Aug
14
comment How to fall asleep faster
to 7: don't eat sugar. If you do this, eat a smallish cold potato instead. Think of it as sleep medicine instead of something yummy for your tummy.
Aug
11
comment Can a periodic caffeine detox boost productivity in long term?
Also check out blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/08/… which explains how it works and claims a 7-12 day reversal period.
Jul
30
comment Why am I not making money and success even If I am organised, motivated and hard-working?
@Gruber thanks for mentioning the synopsis! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_4-Hour_Workweek I always wanted to read the book but didn't get around to it.
Jul
30
comment Making good use of a sabbatical
Hi @Juan that's a summary of the ted talk I linked above :-) I agree it was very inspiring!
May
21
comment Is it possible to learn foreign languages effectively by watching tv series?
My first sentence was "He's dead, Jim" (subs were "Hij is dood, Jim" in Dutch). I was 8-9 at the time and ecstatic I could understand it. Now I'm ecstatic that my first English sentence was from Star Trek :-).
May
21
comment Is it possible to learn foreign languages effectively by watching tv series?
+1 for using subs
Mar
12
comment Self-hosted Evernote alternative?
See also aerofs.com which is more like dropbox than evernote.
Mar
3
comment Tips for bi-tasking?
Well I've been doing this for a while now, one substantial task and one less substantial, and I found that my chances of getting distracted greatly increase when adding additional tasks. I think what makes this work for me is that the extra task is a reward for doing the substantial task...
Feb
13
comment Why is my productivity the lowest in afternoon?
+1 for fingering the diet... blood sugar fluctuations are bad for concentration. Avoid sugars but do eat starches with fat and/or vinegar to slow down their digestion.
Jan
28
comment How to stop worrying on petty issues?
Anxiety can be diet-related. See here for a testimonials of people that improved anxiety through diet: perfecthealthdiet.com/reader-results/#Mental%20health.
Jan
28
comment Do simple diets help our mental productivity?
One more thing to try: Skip breakfast by having only e.g. coffee with cream. (no carbs or protein). Then you're extending your night fast until lunch which can be very beneficial due to autophagy and mild ketosis (ketones are a cleaner source of fuel for your brain). See if you function well during that time. If not you may have issues to address.
Jan
28
comment Do simple diets help our mental productivity?
low fat can lead to lower satiety and less nutrients (since many nutrients are fat-soluble). If you're feeling fine without hunger there's no issue. Hunger means your body is missing nutrients. Eat lots of very nutritious foods so you need less calories. Take a look at the PHDiet I linked at the bottom, it's really amazing.
Jan
28
comment Do simple diets help our mental productivity?
I agree with this except the whole grains, which are actually bad for you. Google "Paleo Diet".
Jan
26
comment Tips for bi-tasking?
Yes, I use a Pomodoro timer but I would still get distracted. Bi-tasking seems to help so far...