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How do I respond faster while conversing?

There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and still give a great answer. You all know those guys who are able to counter a joke in no time. I ...
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How to be productive on publishing scientific papers?

How some people are more productive on publishing papers? Do faculty with many publication follow an strategy or method? what is that? What are the major skills or think style in research which lead ...
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Why do I start wasting time when I am excited about learning some technical stuff?

I make plans, todo lists, etc. about the technical stuff which I have to study. I am not, but I do wish to become an excellent C++ programmer. Now, when I am pretty excited about learning the stuff, ...
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How to handle continuous accumulation of multiple personal projects and goals simultaniously?

First off, I just wanted to mention that I did do a bit of research on previous questions, but they don't seem to fully fit my particular problem. Although, I did learn something interesting from the ...
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Techniques to stop procastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...
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Does note taking not by hand help remember things?

I've heard of various studies that found that just taking notes helps remember things, even if you throw the notes out immediately after. Is this only true for note taking done by hand with a pen and ...
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How to use multiple monitors effectively?

Summary I have been issued a second monitor at work, and now I'm looking for ways to use it effectively. Full explanation Much of what I find on the net via searching is step by step "click here, ...
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What are good learning techniques? (for lifelong learners)

I think that the only technique that made me learn something was visualizing -if it's even technique. I was never taught how to learn in school. And even visualizing happened only sometimes, ...
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How to become more productive or remain one of the updated person in work as a Software Developer

As we know being as a software devloper/computer geek requires be updated in terms of new technologies as well as must be good hand on computer machine. To be a good software person i do below ...
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Switching tasks

I love programming, but excessive programming is bad for health/sanity. So I want to make it my goal to exercise for at least 30 minutes after work. I can't exercise right after work since my commute ...
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Effective method of thinking beyond the first idea

As the title says, do you know any effective ways of escaping the trap of thinking about a problem only in the terms of the first idea/solution that came up? I have encountered this issue both in my ...
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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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Avoid petty general and arithmetic errors when in haste

How can I avoid making arithmetic and petty calculation errors while performing manual arithmetic? The problem arises whenever I am engrossed in problem solving. I make mistakes as silly as 3 ...
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Making good buying decisions

How can I make a good buying decision that I will not regret about in the future? It happens a lot: I come to a situation where I really want something but not sure if it'll be a good purchase, or ...
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What's the most effective physical exercise routine to boost productivity?

Exercise increases your energy and your mental performance. But what kind of exercise is best for increasing productivity? Heavy weightlifting? Intense cardio? Mild cardio? Something else? Some ...
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How do I get more productive from using keyboard shortcuts?

I am constantly stunned by how few people use keyboard shortcuts, because I've always felt that people who have internalized a core set realize a significant productivity boost. How do I get better ...
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What makes a 'break' appropriate or safe to take?

Happened too many times. After overcoming something in your productivity period, you suddenly feel tempted to take a 10 minutes break. An overly dangerous one because it exits from the productive ...
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What is the simplest (yet surprisingly) effective productiviy increasing technique? [closed]

Many productivity systems are complex and hard to keep going. The benefit of these systems often comes from not the overall systems but from the specific tactics or techniques they encourage. What ...
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What is the hidden secret in Think and Grow Rich (by Napoleon Hill)? [closed]

He mentions in the book that it is in every chapter and while inspired by it, I did not have a clear idea of one single secret after reading the book. Did anyone discover a "secret", or is it ...
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Is there anything similar to TRIZ known outside of Russia for improving personal productivity?

I was born in Russian and went to school there in middle 90ies. During my school time we had a special subject called "TRIZ" that stands (in Russian) for "theory of inventive problems solving". Apart ...
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How to switch into a work schedule, in the absence of external pressure?

I'm at a point where I have a gracious amount of free time that I'm not in school. I think I have a viable business idea (centered around a computer application) but it happens pretty often that I'm ...
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Do digital wrist watches have productivity advantages over software based features?

My wife recently received a digital wrist watch (Casio Baby GShock) as a gift. She is a teacher and uses the watch for (other than quickly telling the time) timing her lessons, other presentations and ...
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Do´s and dont's for audiobooks?

(Related with this question) I have recently started to hear audiobooks in my daily commute, giving me 40 minutes a day of "book listening". However, though it's my first time on the audiobook world, ...
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What are alternative sleeping patterns

Currently I sleep 7-8 hours a night, but I've heard of different sleeping strategies where you sleep in shorter increments and do them often. What is the most common form of an alternative sleeping ...
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how to keep consistent self belief

I am sharing with you my week experiment result. Out of 7 days, 2 days my confidence was up and every difficult task was done and I was happy but on the other 5 days my confidence was less, some ...
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Do it yourself or delegate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I decide when it's worth it to spend money to save time? I found out that I'm a person who likes to do many things self but I found out that many people ...
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How do I remember technical information for longer periods of time?

I'm a CS student and like many future software engineers, I have to learn a lot about data structures and algorithms (knowing them and also knowing how to implement them). I find that after I ...
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While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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How to get over passive thinking

I need to get some advice on overcoming mental passivity. I have never had efficient study skills before (always managed to be average or above average by cramming), and now that I'm at a top 10 ...
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Does brain training software like “Lumosity” work?

I've read conflicting reports on the effectiveness of brain training, but I have come across few reports by users of such tools. Is "brain training" effective in enhancing cognitive function?
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How to do intellectual work pressed by deadline under extremely bad emotional conditions

Which strategies can help you get your intellectual work done, under these conditions: Work of an intellectual nature (e.g. PhD thesis, scientific paper, etc) Strict deadline because of life ...
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How do you go about preparing for your talk?

How do you go about preparing for a talk? Could you please tell me whether you write the talk down first and memorize it, or if you write the entire talk down, practice reading it and then on the ...
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When changing habits, what can you do to cope with stress?

I need to change several habits but whenever I do something that is new to me, I get a little stressed. I used to have depressions and I know that CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy described in ...
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Is it possible to learn foreign languages effectively by watching tv series? [closed]

Some people say that watching TV series can be very helpful in learning foreign languages. However, I am skeptical about it as I think that this kind of activity is just too passive. My biggest ...
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While learning any new programming language, is it a myth to use a basic text editor instead of an IDE to learn concepts?

I am learning Ruby on Rails these days and asked one of my friend to provide me an IDE for Ruby on Rails, but he suggested to write code on Notepad/Dreamweaver (Windows user currently) first instead ...
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How do you avoid being distracted by a pomodoro timer?

I have tried a physical version of the device (Clicking countdown clock, in the shape of an apple.) and I found that sometimes get distracted by the clicking sounds of the timer. For a digital ...
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If after a few weeks/months I forget a topic which I studied in the past, does it mean that I never understood it in the first place?

I write blogs whenever I study a technical topic. After a few months if I start thinking about that topic, my mind feels like a blank slate. Does it mean that I never understood the topic in the ...
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How to be a smart worker rather than hard worker to be fit for the IT industry?

How do I work smart rather than work hard, specially in IT context (web development, PHP basically) as this field absorbs only smart professionals? Sometimes I personally feel that I need to work in ...
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Are there fundamental behaviors that cut across multiple productivity systems?

A variety of productivity systems and techniques are discussed on this site (e.g. GTD, Inbox Zero, FTF, Pomodoro, etc.); however, lots of folks probably land here because they're looking to learn more ...
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What is the most radical productivity technique that you successfully use?

I think, most people understand the importance of such productivity techniques and principles as focusing, setting goals, avoiding distractions, checking email twice a day, rising early, doing ...
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How to focus without bad habits?

I have a terrible habit, Whenever I am deeply concentrating on something I chew my fingers, Not just a slight munch, but enough that i am splitting the skin. The issue is that I am so focused on ...
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How can I comfortably sleep less than 8 hours?

I normally sleep eight hours or more. I wish to sleep less, say by one hour. Are there any natural products/drugs/tips that can help me be in good mode after having slept only seven hours?
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How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
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Has anyone tried using Trello to track GTD projects?

For me, tracking projects has always been the hardest and most intractable part of GTD. In particular, how to manage future actions and keep track of sub-projects I've delegated to others. Future ...
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how can i always be in the present Moment?

I have often heard meditation is good and calms your mind,i have also enjoyed the benefits of it and but it just lasts several minutes,i know that meditation means present moment but i always keep ...
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How to keep the rein of customers in my own hand? [closed]

I work in a banking organization. I am not yet as expert and knowledgeable as my seniors in terms of working in the software system that our bank uses. In fact I am not given any username for the ...
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How to start as a customer-hunter? [closed]

I have just started my career in a Banking organization. Banking organizations need customers and deposits. So I am given a quarterly target to open some new accounts and to collect fixed-deposits. ...
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What was scientifically shown to support productivity when structural organizing/accessing file and folders?

My Personal Information Management problem I have gathered terabytes of data but it has became a habit to store files and folders to the same folder, that folder could be kind of seen as a Inbox ...
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How to code faster?

I am really behind on my schoolwork (a result of both procrastination and my disability) and I need to finish 4 programming assignments in 5 days. Usually each assignment take me two days to do, ...
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Recollection of non-linear content

I just read Joshua Foer's book "Moon-walking with Einstein," and examined some relevant passages from Rhetorica Ad Herennium in hopes of being able to learn and remember faster. One issue that these ...