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During the day, I forecast sales at supermarkets, drugstores, furniture, perfume and other retailers and calculate order proposals. Lots of time series, with an emphasis on fast, automatic and robust data cleansing and forecasting - with some logistical optimization thrown in for good measure. I'm active in the International Institute of Forecasters and an Associate Editor for their practitioner-oriented journal Foresight.

At night, I switch hats and do inferential statistics for clinical and biological psychology.

I'm never bored. And I use R.


Jul
21
comment What methods can I use to allocate my time between different tasks?
... not to mention losing time to task/context switching. Good, short, helpful answer. +1.
Jul
11
answered Putting “maybes” on calendar
Jun
20
answered Can reading English literature be productive for a programmer?
Jun
19
comment How to maintain concentration after 7 hours
YMMV, but I know that if I get only 6.5 hours of sleep, I will also be tired, sensitive to light and unable to concentrate after seven hours' work the next day, usually earlier. My first suggestion would be to try eight hours of sleep for two weeks and see whether this helps.
Jun
19
comment How to maintain concentration after 7 hours
Do you get enough sleep if you get up at 0430?
Jun
19
comment The routine of the successful German?
I am German. As it is, this question seems far too broad - the secrets of productive Germans are likely no different than those of successful Americans or Fijians. You'll find healthy, fit, smart, sporty, studious people all over the world. Please consider editing your question to be more specific. As it is, I voted to close.
May
28
comment Absorb a Text By Typing It Out
Nice, +1. Note that writing by hand may help you retain the material better than typing it: lifehacker.com/5738093/…
May
21
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May
21
comment Does military background enhance productivity?
Even with conscription, there typically is the possibility of conscientious objection, and so we are back to the question of whether less disciplined, less hardworking etc. conscripts disproportionately make use of this possibility. (I'll stop now before I'm accused of perpetuating stereotypes.)
May
21
comment Does military background enhance productivity?
Nice question. There may also be a bit of selection bias here: does military service make you more disciplined, hardworking etc., or are disciplined, hardworking etc. people more likely to sign up for the military in the first place? (Assuming that there is a correlation in the first place.)
May
21
answered How can I learn how to focus better?
May
12
comment How do I set aside time for leisurely reading?
Nice answer, +1, especially for If you successfully transformed this into a reading space, you would then struggle with sleeping. You don't want to associate lying in bed with reading, because that will mess up falling asleep. I would definitely recommend finding a chair to read in.
May
9
comment Trying to be an early raiser
Don't expect to be able to change sleeping patterns within a few days. Your body has gotten used to a particular sleep/wake and REM sleep pattern, and this will be as hard to change as breaking an addiction to nicotine or caffeine. That said, I suggest pushing your wake-up time back gradually, e.g., by 15 minutes each day. This gives your body time to adjust. Make sure you go to bed early enough, and cut back on the caffeine while you are making the transition.
May
6
answered How to effectively manage time for 10 books?
Apr
11
answered Does the 2 minute rule apply during weekly reviews?
Apr
8
comment What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?
Nice, +1. It all depends on the amount of paper you have and how often you need to carry it around. I'd switch to your approach if I had less paper to keep track of, or if I needed it to be more mobile, you you apparently do.
Apr
8
revised What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?
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Apr
7
comment Techniques or methods to achieve consistency
+1. The OP mentions "a number of things", so it may well be that he is trying to build multiple habits at the same time. That probably won't work, willpower is limited (read Willpower by Baumeister and Tierney). Better to work on one habit at a time and only add a new one when the old one is well established.
Apr
4
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Apr
4
answered What is the most productive way of maintaining a TODO list on paper?