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What is the best way to learn speedword systems ? (for example Dutton speedwords)

I am looking at ways to improve my note taking ability. For some reason when I am taking notes in meetings/lectures/conferences, the act of writing it down and reviewing later appears to be the secret ...
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Reducing mess, step by step

I want to reduce physical mess. Deciding on a system and implementing it is to overwhelming/takes to long/doesn't work. Are there any methodologies to "get it done" gradually?
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Missing a day practice leads hard to get in track again

I have been working on a long term goal(an year term). I have divided the tasks into many small chunks(monthly, weekly, daily) and working on it. But in real time, as you see inevitably, ...
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How to develop interest in something that do not attract me?

Suppose I need to study something that is required by my university-degree/job. But the study-materials are either very much hard to learn or boring or tedious. How can I develop a solid interest in ...
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How can I prevent simulatenous events in Google Calendar? [migrated]

I want improve my planing via calendar tools. So I need two features to my google calendar: "Prevent (Disable / Prohibit) simultaneous events" If some events moved forward for a 2 hours, to transfer ...
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How to manage outgoing emails that need an answer (by date)?

Very often I sent emails that need an answer. Sometimes I need factual information, other times I just need confirmation that things are being handled. To complicate things, answers may be required ...
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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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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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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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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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Procrastination [duplicate]

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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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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101 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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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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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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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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806 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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Can the stand up self-learning style with whiteboard maintain the identical academic performance and improve health [closed]

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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441 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 ...
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How do you improve your soft skills? [closed]

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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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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Difficult decision between internship and study abroad [closed]

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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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. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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519 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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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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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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“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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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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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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166 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 ...
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74 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 ...
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80 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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“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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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 ...
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635 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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178 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 ...
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245 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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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 ...
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171 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 ...
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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 ...
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198 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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