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1answer
30 views

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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7answers
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A time-management watch with alarms, timers and vibration?

I'm looking for a wrist-watch that can help me in various time-management tasks. I'd like to regularly write down what I'm doing (time logging) so I know where my time is going, the watch could ...
5
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5answers
603 views

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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0answers
13 views

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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1answer
136 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
242 views

How to change my negative thoughts into positive ones? [on hold]

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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6answers
541 views

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
110 views

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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1answer
74 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
126 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
571 views

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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10answers
3k views

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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2answers
305 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, ...
2
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3answers
815 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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6answers
548 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
65 views

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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10answers
5k views

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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2answers
165 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
153 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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2answers
68 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 ...
0
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2answers
144 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 ...
2
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5answers
527 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
241 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
94 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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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
173 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
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 ...
0
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1answer
88 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
143 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
49 views

Using multiple services in agile environment - what can we remove? [on hold]

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
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3answers
647 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
186 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
253 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
161 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
177 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
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1answer
53 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 ...
2
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2answers
199 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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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
860 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
51 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
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3answers
1k 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 ...
1
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1answer
84 views

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. ...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

How can we use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...
4
votes
2answers
158 views

Do video subtitles make learning easier or harder?

I am a visual person, so reading is easier than listening. When watching videos with subtitles I find that my eyes tend to mostly watch the words more than the speaker because it is easier and faster. ...
0
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2answers
76 views

How to “do it now”? [duplicate]

Popular self-help literature on procrastination recommends to Do it now! and build The Now Habit, that is, the solution to procrastionation is supposed to be that you don't procrastinate. That's all ...
0
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3answers
958 views

How do I use Evernote for college to keep track of homework?

I'm not using EN this quarter because my coursework is just Math and I cannot type math really fast. But all of my homework is done online, and there's a lot of homework. I've made written lists but ...
80
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14answers
4k views

How can I improve reading speed and comprehension?

How can I improve my reading ability? I want to increase my reading speed and comprehension. Do you have experience in increasing your reading. What did work for you? Which approaches failed?

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