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Strategy on taking notes from academic articles?

I'm in the final phase for my Masters in Computer Science. I have to write a thesis (12,000 words). The recommended reading is 50+ academic papers (varying lengths). I've never been an effective ...
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How can I learn multiple things at the same time?

I would like to ask if there are any tips as to how I can learn multiple things at once. For example, I'm currently reading programming books (python, ruby) and also learning music theory and design. ...
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Is there any data showing that learning about personal productivity increases productivity?

We could use this site as an example. If I spent X number of hours on the site would I be more productive in general. And then would the productivity gains offset the X number of hours I spent on ...
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Study Tips For High Work Load

I am in my second year of studying, compared to other students; having twice the work load I am curious of any golden rules, tips & tricks that can be offered
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How to work effectively during the holiday season?

I am in a situation where I must do a lot of work during this holiday season. How can I do this, without looking asocial to my friends and family? I will be in situations where there are alot of ...
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Saving link from iOS Facebook app to Pocket workflow

I use Pocket to store my found online reading material, some of which is found through friends and followed companies sharing on Facebook. Using the iOS Facebook app, the current method I use to do ...
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Is it worth taking work breaks “by feel”?

As a student working on multiple things, not finding enough time is a constant problem and finding efficiency tweaks is always a goal. Every single source I look at recommends scheduling work into ...
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How do you work efficiently on an airplane?

I was curious about ways to improve my productivity while I'm flying. I do have a Macbook air laptop. So I aim to do some work on the plane. I'm curious about ways to improve my ability to do work on ...
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Short cuts to commonly used websites

I'm making a list of useful abbreviations to use when trying to get to a site on the internet. For example, no one adds www anymore to the begining of websites. For sites like google.com it's slightly ...
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How can people advise me to throw away my 'to do' list?

I have a massive task list of all the things that need doing at home: mainly DIY and household paperwork. It is huge and I have a backlog from 2013. No recurring tasks are on there (cleaning), no fun ...
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Paper vs whiteboards, for a daily scheduler?

I am looking into making my own daily scheduler-sheet. I was curious as to your thoughts on Paper vs whiteboards. My main issue with whiteboards has been erasing quickly. I can't seem to erase ...
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Techniques and exercises to improve visualization

Do you know any techniques and exercises to improve visualization? I'd like to be able to solve problems like software design or project management or planing or furnish a room or anything else in my ...
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How to get started?

Lately I've been wondering how to fire up my engines and get to doing the things I want to or have to do instead of doing something else that's easier to do (or just never really getting started on ...
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Why can we learn effectively only for a short period of time?

I ask this in the hopes of possibly getting some insight on how to learn for long periods of time. I'd first like to point out the distinction between working and learning. While learning you're more ...
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How to build insights purposefully?

Background I'm a student in the US starting a four-year engineering degree in the fall. Problem Whenever I've taken technical courses, I've found much of my success was dependent on whether or not ...
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E-mail management question

There is an internal support type department in our company that gets bombarded with emails daily from staff. The support group is 8 people, each part of the same email workgroup on MS Office. ...
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How can I know when I am no longer working efficiently on a problem?

Background: My "What's your greatest weakness?" answer is always "I have to see a problem through to the solution." Sometimes though, it borders on obsession, and I lose momentum since I am basically ...
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Best books on Personal Productivity? [closed]

what are some good books on Personal productivity which have proven practical advice on being more productive and efficient at work? please provide workplace productivity related books also.
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what to do with said “knowledge”/area of interest [closed]

How can I apply what I have learned to real life, so that it has a purpose and does not feel gimmicky but rather, creative and useful? I am 21 I am not sure where is the best place to ask this and ...
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How shall I study now…?

I am a class 12 student. I am going to write my board exams on march of next year, and write IIT JEE (engineering entrance exam). I haven't prepared well - I haven't studied much of the concepts ...
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How to remember correct solution to (academic) mistakes? Learning techniques

While studying I do a lot of tutorial questions and I find that I always make at least one mistake in every tutorial. Once I've found the error I have several ways that I've tried to deal with it. ...
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Data entry: from paper vs. from screen

I am employed in a company where some workers are designed to enter data into system. They receive the data as pdf files on email. The quality is not great therefore OCR is not really an option (it's ...
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How to calculate my personal efficiency in programming?

I want to improve my personal efficiency. How better can I calculate my personal efficiency? I am a programmer. I want to calculate my personal efficiency in programming.
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How does the “Two-Tab” rule work in boosting productivity online?

I came across this idea- to only have Two-Tabs open at once when using an Internet browser. I'm always swimming in dozens of tabs. How would I get a Two-Tab discipline?
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Clarification need on the Pareto principle as quoted in productivity literature…

I regularly find myself reading about the Pareto principle in productivity literature. Generally, it's quoted as '80% of the results come from 20% of the work', or more popularly, '80% of the sales ...
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Good approaches to refactor myself to become more productive?

I am programmer and I want to be more productive in my profession. I was searching for how to do this and in many places I encountered the idea that I should "refactor" myself. So, how can I ...
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A better approach to studying?

I am a university student. Of late, I have gotten into the habit of 'studying' at the last moment. Before I proceed, let me clarify. In my university, exams have questions that require me to write ...
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How to cope with “idea overflow”?

How do I cope with "idea overflow"? My constant stream of new ideas is preventing me from realizing old ideas. Specifically, I recently started two big projects. I started from scratch and had to ...
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How can I minimize the time I spend preparing food without sacrificing quality or greatly increasing cost?

Cooking only for myself, how can I more quickly and efficiently prepare my food to minimize the amount of time I spend preparing and cooking without compromising nutritional value (i.e. no microwave ...
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How can I channel my energies in the right direction?

I am sure all of us would be facing/have faced such stages in life when you're buzzing with energy and ideas and you find 24*7 less for them. I find myself in such a quandary often. And I feel this ...
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How to quickly prepare for technical presentations?

I give technical presentations around once a month. These last for about 10-15 minutes. However, I spend way too much time preparing my talk. I start with writing a complete speech and then practice ...
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Substances to increase productivity, concentration

I am a workaholic, I don't need to treat it but I need to increase my productivity and efficiency. I am also adrenaline addict. What substances can help me reach my goal? Do Nicotine patches and ...
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How do I improve typing speed on a touchscreen device?

I have a medium size (4") smartphone that I find myself increasingly using for long bursts of typing. I am finding it extremely hard to use more than two fingers consistently and two finger typing ...
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Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly [closed]

I'm trying to mass-scan stacks of documents, but my scanner doesn't have a page feeder. Instead, I want a device that takes a piece of paper off the bottom (or top) of a stack, moves it over the ...
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How do I efficiently handle non-electronic mail?

Every day, I get a lot of mail at my household. They range in importance from personal bills to advertisements or flyers. They may be addressed to the different members of the household as well. ...
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Is It Worth The Time?

There was an xkcd recently that raises an interesting question, which I would like to pose to Productivity.SE. The math of the chart is undeniable, so I am not asking "how much time is saved by doing ...
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Tips for bi-tasking?

I have decided that I'm a terrible multi-tasker, at the end of the day I have a bunch of unfinished emails, terminals and text files. Mono-tasking is not for me, if I have to wait 5 seconds for ...
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What does science say about productive learning time?

I wonder what science says about how to set learning time. Specificially I wonder about how to mix learning and free time. This is of course related to the attention span. My rhythm looks the ...