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5answers
768 views

How to master a large variety of technical literature

I've an Engineering background I like to read technical literature (college level onwards) quite omnivorously - especially mathematics, computer science, engineering, and medicine. This is part of my ...
0
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3answers
106 views

How can I retain new information for more than a few hours?

I am studying law and I am having trouble understanding and remembering acts. While studying I get it for an hour then I forget. Even before the exam, I know all things, but during the exam, even the ...
5
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2answers
169 views

What is the ratio of work time to real work time

I started tracking my work time (not on all tasks, but still). From my experience, if I am able to clock in, say 2 hours of "real work" (i.e., excluding distractions, using the restroom, ...
2
votes
5answers
306 views

How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
1
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2answers
1k views

GTD or Personal task manager that integrates with Outlook?

I work in a large corporation, so using Outlook is mandatory - All the e-mails, contact lists, appointment requests, room scheduling, etc., goes through the Exchange server. It is therefore very ...
2
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7answers
327 views

How do I find a decent hobby?

This might sound weird, but it actually is an important question. I am currently graduating in computational science, and my main interest is mathematics. I do mathematics all day long, with short ...
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0answers
36 views

How can we eliminate the process of 'imperfect recall' of information? [duplicate]

Practice helps recalling some piece of information faster. Is there a better way to do practice in some certain way so that with relatively little practice, recall of information (having information ...
6
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3answers
203 views

doing the most important things that require waiting

When doing the most important task, if it requires waiting(eg, waiting for a long standing programming process to finish, waiting to hear back from someone), I often do one of the following: 1. ...
0
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1answer
74 views

How can I read people mind? [closed]

People is really hard to get into their mind and don't know exactly what they want, everyone are engages or contact with another sometime not a hundred percent honestly from their mind, that because ...
6
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4answers
515 views

How to not get irritated?

Sometimes I am very cool and wonder, why isn't everybody else cool? But sometimes I get irritated from small things. I become rude and irritated from things like: I have planned to sit alone and ...
0
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2answers
119 views

How to prepare your brain to do a complex task?

I am an engineering student. When I study easy subjects,I feel like my brain isn't even being used. i.e I don't feel like making any effort and I am in my comfort zone. But I get exhausted at even the ...
41
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11answers
15k 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 ...
7
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6answers
406 views

Programming with ADHD

I suffer from ADHD. I am trying to build an android app. My problem is that I find it hard to sit and program for a long time, I usually sit only for 5 minutes and then walk off. My question How can ...
2
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4answers
434 views

How do I Increase my productivity without getting distracted by the things happenned to me in the past?

I am not sure how common it might be? Owner of my company wants to make a software and copy a similar product for about 90 %. And get it done by 15th of next month. I am only guy who will be doing ...
24
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10answers
9k views

Are there alternatives to the GTD system?

What are likely alternatives to the Getting Things Done productivity system? Full fledged alternatives that "compete" with GTD Group of smaller systems used together to replace GTD "Simpler" systems ...
1
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4answers
252 views

How to measure improvement progress in a soft skill?

I have a goal to learn/improve a soft skill (for example, charisma). To achieve this goal and to continuously assess my progress I need to be able to measure it. How do you measure a soft skill? Is ...
3
votes
4answers
211 views

My wpm (words per minute) is already 93, how can I get any better?

I am not willing the use the Dvorak keyboard so how can I improve my typing speed on a Qwerty keyboard? I can type without looking at the keyboard, but I do take some time to delete mistakes and ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

How to stop wasting time and focus maximum? [duplicate]

This is the biggest problem of my life! I'm currently in grade 11th and I wanna get into a great college (MIT or Yale) and become an Astronomer. I know exactly what to do and how to do it, but I'm ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Unable to cope with people sometimes [closed]

I am an engineering student. Some of my previous friends are now turned my enemies. I don't know why and how to cope with them. Some are jealous others feel threatened whenever i excels in any field ...
6
votes
4answers
491 views

What is a good planning software for a proactive student?

I'm studying Computer Engineering and I run a small hosting reseller company and a computer club and am involved in other activities as well. What good software can make me very efficient. I give a ...
11
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7answers
5k views

What is an Android task manager with sub-tasks and complex filtering?

Basically, I'm looking for an Android app that will let me do just two things: Have unlimited levels of nested sub-tasks Filter so I can view only tasks that have no sub-tasks. Let's say I have ...
11
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8answers
1k views

How do I keep working if I'm going to die anyway?

Steve Jobs said that the single most motivating factor for him was that he was going to die. However for me that is the most demotivating factor because after all, if you're going to die, what's the ...
0
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2answers
93 views

Dealing with pointless meetings at work - should I give feedback to the manager? [closed]

In my current project we have meeting every single day, which lasts for around 30 minutes. The meeting has no agenda. However, by tradition, everyone says what they accomplished the day before, the ...
3
votes
5answers
513 views

How to make studying interesting like movies?

Why is everything more interesting than studying? E.g: eating, drinking, watching a movie, looking around, sitting, standing, daydreaming, listening to songs... Even doing the most boring thing is ...
12
votes
2answers
910 views

Complete loss of focus / wanting to work

I work on my PC all day, every day, even when I get home. I am a programmer, theres no getting round it, and I love it! But recently I have been having 'programmers block' or complete lack of 'want' ...
3
votes
2answers
121 views

Without getting my hand strained how can I physically write faster?

How can I physically write faster? I've got a hell lot of writing work to finish within short time.
1
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3answers
106 views

How can an undergraduate find “extra” time for “extra” topics?

I'm a full time math student and consequently I spend most of my time studying for classes, exams, etc. I would really love to cut out in my weekly routine some time to explore (that is, self-study) ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
144 views

How to prevent spurious productivity

To quote Dan Ariely: "... technology makes things worse by creating a new term called 'structured procrastination'... our ability to do nothing while feeling that we're actually doing ...
1
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0answers
28 views

How do I remind myself to stop browsing and start working [duplicate]

I find that I have a habit of switching to the browser to find something that is related to work and then going off into a rabbit hole of related information. After half an hour or so, I figure out ...
17
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11answers
2k views

How can I learn about complex subjects?

I am very interested in certain subjects which are quite complex (and not very mainstream), but I find it hard to learn about them since there seems not be a lot of introductory content about such ...
9
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5answers
313 views

How to remember things you don't often use?

I just contacted the help desk with a problem with an e-mail account. They said "sometimes you have to switch between port 25 and 26" (that is one week it's 25, the next it's 26 and vice-versa). I ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Could you help me about my confusion? [closed]

I studied Industrial Engineering and I am interested in programming. I started working for a company as jr. software developer. Here, the people who work as senior software developer, are busy with ...
1
vote
2answers
166 views

How remember little “important” things and be conscious when to keep checks?

I have been dealing with this for quite a few years now, I always forget little important things while doing any random task. And i mean "any" task , not any particular task or every task. For example ...
16
votes
4answers
729 views

How to increase productive number of hours

I am working in software industry and my job demands me working 10-12 hours everyday. In addition to this I spend sometime in travelling everyday 1.5 hours approx. When I reach home in evening ...
16
votes
7answers
933 views

How do you act confident?

How do you act confident in front of your peers when you have a low self-confidence?Also, how do you get rid of your low self-confidence and bad body image?
3
votes
4answers
173 views

How to handle a job that forces multitasking?

I work in corporate R&D, with tasks related to data analysis and some software engineering. A majority of my work (often all actionable projects at a given moment) contain huge amounts of downtime ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

The desire of being productive, but failing at implementing it [duplicate]

I feel like life is too short, and I feel like I have to take advantage of every moment. I am a college student, I don't have much free time on my hands but when I do, I want to do something new, ...
17
votes
6answers
700 views

How can I measure how tired I am?

In order to stay productive I want to make sure I don't try to work when I am too tired, as I should get some rest instead. Working on computers all day long as I do can make it hard to detect. What ...
1
vote
1answer
142 views

How should I boost my confidence and overcome depression? [duplicate]

I have completed my graduation 1year back but no job yet due to low grades in my course. So I feel depressed. When I prepare for an interview,I have a strong feeling that I am not deserved person and ...
0
votes
3answers
115 views

Dropping old habits since childhood

I have been raised in a family where I was controlled and pushed to do something without knowing the value of why they were pushing me. In response (or by nature), I became rebellious. That ...
5
votes
3answers
224 views

What techniques are there to make more time for useful activities?

Related: How to increase productive number of hours I want to "make" more time to do more things. Techniques I know are: Trading 1 - trade task A which you take longer to do, for task B that you ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Is there a laminator which can handle multiple pages? [closed]

I am a primary school teacher. When making your own resources, the powers that be like them to be laminated. Sometimes I wonder if this is because they know that you have to laminate every single ...
2
votes
2answers
142 views

As a university undergraduate, how can I get more self-disciplined in my academic studies?

I have an issue in that I don't think I was ever taught real discipline. I was always a really good kid, polite, never really acted out or anything of the sort really, and so my parents never really ...
4
votes
0answers
196 views

Open hardware alternative to livescribe? [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative to Livescribe / smartpen. In particular: device working with any system (desktop, mobile) - no vendor lock-in device working on any paper (ex. no need to buy fancy ...
0
votes
3answers
174 views

Time taken to learn a new skill as per Malcolm Gladwell

In the book 'The Tipping Point' Malcolm Gladwell makes a point about devoting 10,000hrs to mastering a new skill. How can he come up with a hard number like 10,000 for something so subjective? Is the ...
16
votes
4answers
1k views

How to avoid being overwhelmed by what you have to/want to learn?

I study philosophy at university, a subject that covers a lot of ground. My problem is that I often feel overwhelmed by what's been done in the past 2,500 years in so many different fields. There is ...
2
votes
3answers
94 views

How do I retrain bad habits? [duplicate]

Background: This answer talks about Ironic Process Theory, in which deliberate attempts to suppress certain thoughts make them more likely to surface. I find I have this problem with certain ...
1
vote
0answers
70 views

A watch to stop procrastinating [closed]

I want to design a watch for a science project: a watch with a big timer displayed on its screen. The watch principally displays the time remaining for a task and not the real time. How it functions: ...
0
votes
2answers
84 views

Regressions in reading

All speed reading tutorials insist that avoiding regression is a major contributor to the reading speed and memorizability. Take this one as example. However, I notice that I read best when I read the ...

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