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How to enjoy trying to solve hard problems?

How do I enjoy solving hard problems? I love learning--reading and understanding textbooks or papers, for instance--but I am slower to try to solve problems or apply what I've learned. I am naturally ...
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1answer
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Procrastination

I always end up postponing my various chores that have to be done at the end of my day. It's not that I'm physically tired, but mentally I am. So how to keep up the mental energy throughout the day?
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Drawbacks of the Pomodoro method [duplicate]

No one likes procrastination, or at least the idea of it. So I decided, for this summer, to let it go. To take premeditated walks instead of watching random youtube videos. To break my work time into ...
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0answers
26 views

Spatial repetition several times a day (MNemosyne, Supermemo, Anki)

When I Input new material, I often want to repeat the same items several times a day, but still with intervals adapting to difficulty. How can I do this? (any software) - In Supermemo, I have tried ...
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6answers
500 views

How to develop interest in something that do not attract me?

Suppose I need to study something that is required by my job. But the study-materials are either very much hard to learn or boring or tedious. How can I develop a solid interest in those stuffs?
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1answer
83 views

How to identify the ideal time to go to sleep and wake up?

Assuming one was not concerned about what time they went to sleep and what time they woke up (even if at times generally thought of as "early") is there any method for selecting what time is the most ...
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7answers
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I have trouble motivating myself to read programming books

I honestly love programming but I find it tiresome to read programming books. Well, I find it tiresome to read most books actually, with the exception of short stories. Do you guys have any advice you ...
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Doesn't the Pomodoro Technique break the flow?

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique yesterday. In my first few trials I've noticed that since this technique requires you to stop working at defined intervals, it can easily break your state ...
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3answers
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How to learn a lot of foreign language vocabulary rapidly?

I have found Spaced Repetition Software (SRS) useful for studying vocabulary, but mostly it seems only effective for review and retention and useless for learning new words. Is there any technique for ...
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2answers
148 views

Daily Review vs. Weekly Review?

I'm currently in the process of defining and starting my GTD system. While I understand the overall aim of the review is to assign yourself time to process your inbox and review your lists/tickler, ...
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3answers
804 views

Pictures for language learning

If you want to learn a new language, there are a lot of people who recommend that you stay within the new language. You are not supposed to learn vocabulary by learning their direct translations but ...
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0answers
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Can the stand up self-learning style with whiteboard maintain the identical academic performance and improve health [on hold]

Reading texts, solving exercises, searching on internet etc... are important things for students to do and large amount everyday. The sedentary will result in many different healthy problems, ...
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7answers
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How to stop watching movies?

Alright, this may sound weird but how do I stop watching movies? In my religion people generally don't watch movies for many reasons: it shows stuff we are prohibited from doing, may have influences, ...
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6answers
425 views

Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...
2
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2answers
57 views

How do you improve your soft skills? [on hold]

Often I find that my options at work are limited because while I'm very good technically, my business (soft) skills are flat. Where do you go to learn soft skills?
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10answers
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How effective is the Dvorak keyboard at improving productivity?

How effective is the Dvorak keyboard layout (or other alternative layouts) at improving efficiency/productivity at the computer? Has any research been done on improved typing speed or productivity?
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0answers
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Difficult decision between internship and study abroad [on hold]

The title says it all, I'm trying to decide between a summer internship with a great company (NetApp) and studying abroad in Australia. I can't do both because Australia's spring semester extends ...
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2answers
110 views

I am motivated and pumped up when I'm around people, but when I'm alone, I could care less. How do I keep the energy going?

SO when I'm around people, whether we're doing anything productive or relevant to my goals, I'm so ready to tackle my projects and get things done. As soon as I go back home or am alone, whaaatever. ...
2
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2answers
138 views

How can I ensure that I will get back on track after disruption in personal life?

Currently my boyfriend and I are in the process of renovating a house on a relatively tight deadline and budget so have to do the majority of work ourselves whenever we can. We are therefore left ...
2
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3answers
41 views

Single email or multiple emails for personal, work and recurring notifications [closed]

I use a single Google Apps email for all my communication needs - personal, work, notifications, etc. I have had single email address because it is easier to maintain with just a few filtering rules. ...
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0answers
78 views

Do you use “agile results/getting results”? How do you organize it?

http://gettingresults.com/wiki/Main_Page I've been following agile results but have had a hard time coming up with a system that works nicely. Currently I have the 3 outcomes for the week in google ...
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2answers
63 views

How to manage exams and an internship

I've been trying for this internship(work from home) for the past 2 months now. I had times when I wanted to give up but somehow I managed to qualify for it.The results came out today and I was ...
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2answers
119 views

Tracking a long-term goal: Need Tool

There is no painful & energizing task of visualizing the progress of long-term goal. I have been following this. It is good for planning the next immediate activities on daily(,weekly and ...
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0answers
46 views

Wiki system for mathematical notetaking [migrated]

For keeping track of notes, wiki systems like Dokuwiki or Mediawiki are potentially extremely useful, especially for the ability to easily browser previous versions of notes, if I feel that some ...
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3answers
84 views

Should your short-term goals be ambitious?

I'm curious if anyone has any research links on the effectiveness of setting ambitious short-term goals. I know that people vastly underestimate how much they can get done in the long-term, but I'm ...
2
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5answers
517 views

GTD App that syncs locally

I'm wondering if there are any GTD or to-do list apps that sync locally and not to the cloud? This would be useful for devices that do not have internet access and need to plug in to a computer to ...
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3answers
1k views

How to scientifically evaluate and record one's mood or mental state?

I write in my diary irregularly and in the diary I record my schedule and mental state. I find that it is a good way to know myself. However, I am not satisfied with that because: The record is ...
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2answers
217 views

Something is missing, which I can't point it at, to achieve a goal

After reading self-help books & failing many times, I figured out a self-disciplinary approach to achieve my long term goal(an year term) by breaking them to monthly, then to weekly and ultimately ...
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2answers
88 views

“How To Set Clear Goals and Really Achieve Them in Your Life”? [closed]

Well, i have been thinking that its time that i start making goals so i want to know thoughts of others? Firstly, if you want to achieve something, for ex learning a new computer Skill...do u first ...
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43answers
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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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6answers
1k views

How can I get myself to go to sleep when I know I should?

I've read on resetting one's biological clock and clearing my mind before bedtime (and I do most of the things there, using F.lux, being physically active mostly every day), taking melatonin ...
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4answers
164 views

How to develop impulse control?

After a lot of thinking and struggling with various problems like procrastination, social anxiety, stress, depression, I have concluded that the root of most of my problems is very poor impulse ...
0
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1answer
73 views

To be social and productive [closed]

To be productive i mean less procrastination and hesitation on doing jobs. I think one effective factor is how much one is social, social people are comfortable with other people, appearance on ...
0
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1answer
79 views

How to balance sleep in biweekly schedule

So my school has bi-weekly philosophy where every first week it starts at 1:30 PM and every second week at 07:30 AM. It takes me ~30 minutes to arrive. The problem is, apart from school studying, I ...
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3answers
137 views

“Should We make Deadlines for Tasks in our TO-DO List”?

I make a to-do list in the morning of the day, which nearly includes all the tasks i have to do in my job. I usually define time deadlines for tasks. For example: (creating a doc: 11:00 - 12:00 pm), ...
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0answers
44 views

Using multiple services in agile environment - what can we remove?

In our work environment, we're using a number of platforms to get things done, but we're at a point where we're trying to trim down our toolset and minimize cost. Does anyone have suggestions based ...
3
votes
3answers
634 views

How do various GTD services implement Next Actions lists? (Is there a canonical way?)

I really like Doit.im's interface, but there's a major flaw in the way they handle the Next Actions list. Every project task appears as an actionable item by default (which is obviously ridiculous): ...
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4answers
175 views

Getting back to work after small break

After doing some work I take a small break and then that small break turns into a long one, ultimately resulting in procrastination. How do I take efficient small breaks so that I do not have above ...
3
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5answers
243 views

Planning productive results beyond 1-2 months: systems? SMART goals? Something else?

I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
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3answers
157 views

Is watching educational videos at higher speeds helpful?

I find that I can watch lectures/videos at 1.5x or 2x speed (depending on the speaker) and still understand what they are saying. This allows me to finish material in less time, which seems to be a ...
0
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3answers
170 views

Am I procrastinating or are these tasks really important?

If you want to achieve a goal, you'll have to do a list of tasks, that help you get closer to that goal. We all know action is king when it comes to achieving goals: you'll want to cut out ...
3
votes
1answer
51 views

Scientific studies on the effectiveness of accountability partners

Does anybody know of any scientific studies which show that using accountability partners can effectively get someone to to build a habit or do something? I'm particularly interested in studies that ...
0
votes
2answers
170 views

How to change my negative thoughts into positive ones?

I am 52 yrs old. So let's see if a "old" dog can learn new tricks ;) Background info: I am in a horrible marriage and am trying very hard to make a income of my own so I can leave. I have a spine ...
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0answers
25 views

A social media dashboard to get all the notifications in one place [migrated]

Anyone knows any site where you can have all your social media "dashboards" in just one page? I keep "wasting" time visiting different pages at once to see what my friends are doing, but I would like ...
2
votes
2answers
197 views

The best “negative motivation” movies (or books, etc.)? [closed]

Requiem for a Dream is the best negative motivation movie I ever seen. This movie really helped me. And recently I started to notice that negative motivation is the only type of motivation that ...
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2answers
68 views
40
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10answers
13k views

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 ...
14
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10answers
853 views

How to improve concentration on more important priorities than facebook?

I used to be a very focused student in school. But after coming to college after i got access to unlimited internet,freedom my concentration has fallen very steeply. Even while studying for my final ...
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2answers
48 views

Which contents are suitable for learning from listening

I thought it is productive to generate or download some audio files and listen to them in dead times (for example in car) to speed up the learning in my education. I am a university professor and I ...
7
votes
3answers
955 views

Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...

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