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Bioinformatics programmer/analyst in an academic lab


Sep
12
comment How to work through technical books for long hours to completion
@Soner Gönül: Good links! I'd make them part of your answer for visibility if I were you.
Sep
12
comment How to work through technical books for long hours to completion
@CoolEulerProject: If you take a 5-minute break after every 25 minutes, and a 20-minute break after 4 hours, you're still working 4 hours out of every 5! I don't see how that isn't "working most of your available time". If taking some short breaks will make your reading more efficient, there really isn't any good reason not to do it.
Sep
9
comment Do audio books help our productivity?
@mielu You can skip/rewind, but it's much less convenient. If you want to mull over a particular sentence for a while, which is fairly common with technical books, you have to either pause, in which case you can't hear the sentence any more, or keep rewinding a little to replay the sentence, which is inconvenient. It's even worse if you want to go back and forth between two different sections.
Sep
8
comment I have burned out, what is best way to fix it?
Why do you think looking for another job isn't the right approach? If most of your issue is due to a high-pressure workplace culture, it seems like a job change might help. Hopefully to one that gives you more vacation - 10 days just really isn't enough!
Sep
2
answered What are some way to increase productivity with a sleeping disorder?
Sep
1
comment What to do while compiling?
Personal differences, probably. For me those kids of things are something I'll never do for very long, so they make better "filler activities" than something I might get really absorbed in.
Aug
29
comment Touch typing Catch-22: How do I switch from hunt-and-peck without losing too much productivity during the switch?
For the record, I personally know people who can do "hunt-and-peck" typing RIDICULOUSLY fast - much faster than my touch-typing speed, which is already a bit above the Wikipedia average. So the poster's speed isn't that surprising to me.
Aug
27
answered Touch typing Catch-22: How do I switch from hunt-and-peck without losing too much productivity during the switch?
Aug
27
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Aug
27
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Aug
27
comment What to do while compiling?
Oww, that's some confusing terminology! ;) So "multitasking" doesn't refer to "tasks"? Ah well. In any case, you're right, those things are doable in a 60-minute chunk - that's very different than the 10-20 minute ones I was thinking of for some reason.
Aug
27
comment What to do while compiling?
It feels like context-switching to me - even within one project there are usually different "contexts", since I can't keep the entire thing in working memory at once. I definitely agree that all the things you mentioned are worth doing, but they might be worth spending a few continuous hours on instead of going back and forth in ten-minute pieces.
Aug
24
comment How to treat people who hate you?
Yes, it'll look weird. I'm not saying it won't, I'm not even saying it's the best idea, just explaining what the quote you gave would imply when applied to that situation.
Aug
23
answered How to treat people who hate you?
Aug
23
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Aug
23
comment What to do while compiling?
This is probably an individual difference, but for me multitasking by quickly switching between multiple aspects/tasks in the same project is precisely the easiest way to get myself confused and unproductive.
Aug
23
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Aug
23
comment How can I combat my tendancy of always wanting to do what I'm not able to?
That's very strange... I'd say maybe you just have too many things hanging over your head, but you said those things actually seem like they'd be fun when you're thinking about them - so I really have no idea what's going on. I hope someone else will!
Aug
22
comment How to stop your rss feeds becoming a mess/information overload?
Seconding curated content.
Aug
22
answered Are there studies on the effect of relationships on productivity?