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There are many users here who sign up to different *.SE sites and still continuously participate with some of these sites. I tried to do that too. But I got overwhelmed just thinking of it. One example of such a user HERE. Look at his answers for each site.

How and what techniques do users use to achieve such efficiency in acquiring vast information and resources without getting overwhelmed ?

Note: I'm assuming such users have a job and a family to take care of. Hence sitting in front of the computer all day is not possible.

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As this question stands, it seems off-topic. We have no idea how users keep their content and knowledge organized, nor how they acquired it. You may want to edit the question to relate to some particular aspect of acquiring and managing multiple bodies of knowledge.. –  Raystafarian May 24 at 21:49
    
@Raystafarian, I was hoping one of the users (such as the user I linked) can read my question and give us brief tips on how to do that. Ok, I edit it. If it's still off topic, could you give it some edit to make it sound on-topic ? Thank you –  Suhaib May 24 at 22:11
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I don't think I can answer that. Arguably, all the time I spend on SE is non-productive time. It's more like scratching an itch for pontification. Ok, some of it qualifies as productive in being research in topics that I have a professional or personal interest in. As for keeping information organized — Google helps. I'm a writer far more than a repository of knowledge. –  Gilles May 24 at 23:20
    
Maybe we can ask him to answer this? –  Syd Kerckhove May 25 at 15:12
    
@SydKerckhove: He did. Giles (who commented before you) is that person. –  Jeanne Boyarsky May 25 at 18:59

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It does take a lot of time. Some knowledge is gained at work. Some is gained doing tech things for fun. Some is gained through reading. (I read in books, not just on the computer.)

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For me, it's to-do lists and a work ethic based around finishing once the task is complete, not when the clock says it is time; and a real passion. If you look at the sites I am a member on here, you can very easily see the handful of sites I have a passion for, and then those I am vaguely interested in. With passion for a topic, you can be inspired to self motivation, delivery, detail and effort...Without passion, it is just effort.

Like @Gilles, I fit my SE time in around my various work tasks - SE for me does not give me anything other than satisfaction at seeing things improve (I do a lot of mentoring and coaching in and around my day job and it does make me feel useful when I can help others understand a topic)

I head up a couple of professional bodies - for those my to-do lists are all on electronic shared docs, so as committees we are accountable to each other.

In my main day job, I mostly use paper lists, as there are so many projects, tasks, management items and team members that electronic lists get too unwieldy very quickly (and I am of a generation that grew up with pencil and paper, not iPads)

And for my family, I have a calendar showing which sports competitions they are attending so I know where/when I need to be somewhere.

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