Time Management

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There's an old joke that goes like this: when you get your bachelor's degree you think you know everything. Then, when you get your masters degree, you realize that you don't know anything. Finally, when you get your doctorate, you realize that nobody else knows anything either.

Time Management and Productivity


There are 168 hours in a week:

  • 56 are removed from sleeping, leaving 112 hours.
  • At 10 credit hours, class time is leaving 102 hours.
  • If you TA for 15 hours, that leaves 87 hours.
  • Studying for 21 hours leaves 66 hours.
  • Working 20 hours leaves 46 hours free for the week!

Stop procrastinating with the online stopwatch (I like the full screen Egg Timer). The bomb is always a popular choice for exams. You can download a standalone Flash player, called Adobe Flash Player Projector. Pomodoro Technique.

Use a good RSS feed reader like FeedDemon to minimize pulling of information.

Brain Management

GTD means Getting Things Done. I'm not a big fan of productivity books, but David Allen's Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity has really good reviews.

Places to Study

  • NC State Library
  • EB II Office
  • Using the Pandora ambient genre works well.

Pasting Code and Note Taking

There's much to be said with minimal, bloat-free, distraction-free environments when working. I'm trying Evernote now, but have been increasingly frustrated with it.

  • Mempad, a plain text outliner and note taking program with a structured index. All pages are stored in a single file. Can be considered a portable app.
  • ResophNotes, for quick notes on Windows. I don't quite like the interface, but can't say why. Integrates with SimpleNote. Uses Markdown syntax.
  • Pastebin is still popular, though I've started using github gist.
  • Not sure why exactly this fits here, but: codepad.
  • SourceKit.
  • With Zotero, you can actually import BibTeX entries for the clipboard. See the Gear menu drop-down to do this.


There's been a lot of Web-based productivity applications on the market recently.

  • Chains, lets you build chains to meet your simple, but long-term goals.
  • Asana, but feels more geared to corporate, rather than individual, use cases.
  • RescueTime, installs software on your machine that tracks processes to infer productivity.
  • Trello, for organizing virtually via a note card approach.
  • WorkFlowy, reminds me more of Emacs Org-Mode.