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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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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 ...
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67 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 ...
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1answer
76 views

Trouble focussing during one on one classes [closed]

I am new to this forum . I need some help with concentration problem that I encounter very frequently . Firstly, I am an average student with big ambition .Moreover, I haven't performed well in ...
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1answer
84 views

Remapping the underscore key

I'm thinking about remapping my underscore key since I use it frequently in filenames and its quite a pain to get to when I type. I have no problem doing so, but I was wondering if there is a standard ...
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1answer
88 views

Sleep is taking over my life - Shift Work Sleep Disorder?

For the last 4 years I've been used to sleep from 7AM to 4PM. Now I try to adapt to a sleeping schedule from 10:30PM to 06:00AM, but that does not really work. After 4 hours I wake up (at 2:30AM), I ...
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133 views

How to be productive on publishing scientific papers?

How come some people are more productive on publishing papers? Do faculties with many publication follow a particular strategy or method? If so, what is it? What are the major skills or think style ...
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88 views

Reminder services: do they exist?

I'm trying to figure out what life coaching services are out there. What I have in mind is something like the following: Call/e-mail the service with a message similar to the following: "Call ...
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387 views

Knowing I want to accomplish something but feeling like I don't want to

I have found interest in a few subject matters. These subject matters have me really curious, I'm spending a lot of time thinking about these subject matters in one way or the other. When I'm engaged ...
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354 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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1answer
69 views

How do I deal with distractions by checking websites? [duplicate]

I am an instructor in a university. For job promotion I need to publish some papers. Usually if I start a software or a research I like to complete it. But nowadays, when I sit behind the computer ...
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How to be more focused while reading and listening? [duplicate]

Many times, I loose focus while reading and listening. While having conversation with someone, if someone explains me something lengthier after few lines, I loose concentration and can't grasp ...
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How to make habit of quick and better decision making? [duplicate]

I often come across situations where I get too much confused and too much time to take a decision, even in case of small things. Let me explain with examples: Ex 1 - Suppose, I want to buy a shirt. ...
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130 views

How Can I Eliminate Habit of Distraction at Work? [duplicate]

I work in a medium sized organization and my job is a desk job. I usually make a list of things I have to do during the day, but I hardly achieve anything. I put off things until late evening and ...
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2answers
458 views

What are some critiques of David Allen's GTD system?

I'm curious if people could point me to some constructive critiques (books, essays, videos, etc) of David Allen's GTD system.
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164 views

Scatter brained, information overload

I wonder if the 14 years of extreme multi-tasking in my job has contributed to training my mind to be scatter brained, however I've been this way for as long as I can remember- the information age ...
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2answers
91 views

Skipping a few chapters to learn others properly?

The university I study in has this nasty habit of combining two subjects into one. For example, Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality are taught as separate subjects in other universities. So are ...
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1answer
175 views

Productivity Enhancing Linux Distro

I wasn't sure whether to put this in a more technically oriented StackExchange site or here, but here is my question: How plausible would it be to create a custom Linux distro (or modified version of ...
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3answers
176 views

Writing on paper first then digitise to PC

So, I'm working on a number of projects now and really prefer to do my brainstorming for ideas, designs, short term to do list (1-3 days) on paper. Sometimes I do lists of text and stuff that needs ...
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31 views

How do I manage and prioritise a number of different projects? [duplicate]

Over the years I've developed a variety of different projects. A few require ongoing promotional activities as they are finished products. A couple of projects are not finished and need focussed ...
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1answer
87 views

How to stop blanking out during tests [duplicate]

I have a habit of making sure that I get enough practice before any test I have(be it a major test or minor test). Lately I haven't been following up quite well what is taught in the class and in ...
2
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2answers
281 views

How to keep only useful information and organize efficiently?

I am working as a Dev team lead for a project. I am daily receiving so much information from various sources related to work, project etc.. from many channels like Emails, formal meetings , casual ...
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2answers
294 views

How to have a serious mindset?

I have ADHD and am controlling it with concerta. My lack of focus and attention, I'm learning to use Todoist app + GTD method. When I work, I use pomodoro to keep my attention zoned into one task at a ...
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1answer
35 views

Event tracking via email with easily exportable data to track health

I have a need to track Migraines and other acute health issues. We can call these events. The easiest way for me to track these is to simply send an email because I always have my phone on me or ...
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295 views

How to systematically manage notes for electronic books in PDF format?

I normally read my PDF-format electronic books in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat and edit notes, highlight paragraphs therein. But I find this is not a very good strategy to systematically manage this ...
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2answers
73 views

What activities to do when I'm taking a free time from study? [duplicate]

Usually when I study for a long time, I take like 2 or 3 hours of break. In this break time I really can't think of activities that are useful but don't consume or push information into my mind. The ...
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2answers
341 views

How to structure content in a private wiki where information grows naturally?

Introduction: I often dive into some topics quite deeply in order to deal with some private issue. So I spend a lot of time researching, organizing information and coming to my conclusions. Then I ...
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3answers
93 views

How to effectively study for a test of many small, random details from a dense textbook?

My college instructor has given students 3 weeks to prepare for a test covering 300 pages from the course textbook. Based on my experience with the first test, covering a previous 300 pages of the ...
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2answers
2k views

How to use OneNote to implement a GTD system?

In standard* fashion, I must ask how to use OneNote to implement a GTD system? * Using Remember The Milk for GTD *Using Evernote to implement GTD
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1answer
82 views

Meaning of working hard [closed]

I often read articles about working hard leads to success but what exactly does it mean? Is working long hours after hours even when we are tired is "hard work" ? Please explain what is the meaning of ...
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1answer
77 views

How to get over that embarassing incident [closed]

Today at gym, I accidentally dropped my barbell rod with weights. It broke the mirror. There were a lot of guys around around. Thankfully it didn't hurt anybody. Although I will pay for the loss of ...
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3answers
101 views

How to advance work tasks when using only my smartphone with one hand

Currently it takes for me 2-3 hours a day to walk my baby with the stroller. During that time I have a free hand and I was thinking how can I advance my work tasks at the same time while using my ...
3
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3answers
285 views

How do I focus on the necessities even though I hate them?

I am a high school student. I am preparing for the SAT & the AP in CS. I like to study for these exams and can do so for hours on end. However, my school-work is very boring and has a lot of ...
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2answers
179 views

journey of work

This is probably a stupid question from a middle aged man. But this still looks like a problem to me. I have sufficient technical background and running my own start-up with a few projects to sustain ...
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1answer
55 views

what is the effect of communication on productivity [closed]

It is about two week, which I am aware of communication skill, because before that I did not think that is a skill and you can learn it. For example you can ""learn"" how to behave with other, I did ...
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1answer
651 views

Which is better; trying to become the best or just improving yourself?

Which will result in a higher productivity; trying to be better than other people (becoming nr.1), or trying to improve yourself and do your work as good as possible?
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2answers
106 views

Fast paced classes

In class when I'm listening to the instructor there are times when I don't quite understand a concept thoroughly or a proof and the steps which led to the proof or sometimes I'm thinking that the ...
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4answers
219 views

How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?

I need to study for ~1 hour daily, everyday. Since I have no teacher, I found the best form of personal motivation is "don't-break-the-chain". After a month or two of study with this system, I always ...
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3answers
81 views

Are there affordable, hands-free alternatives for a mouse?

Basically I want to be able to keep typing and not have to use a mouse by hand. I want to be able to select text, click anywhere and right-click. This will increase my productivity at least 3 times as ...
2
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1answer
240 views

Best Practices / Habits / Hacks to effectively use Spaced Repetiton Learning [closed]

Are there any tips or case studies on usage patterns of spaced repetition using tools like Mnemosyne or Anki? Any guidelines or best practices, a do's and don'ts list if you may...
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1answer
56 views

Are there any mnemonics suitable for storing foreign vocabulary?

There are many tricks used to remember information. E.g.: the method of loci the peg system the phonetic number system If one wanted to remember the pronunciation or spelling of a foreign word, ...
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2answers
231 views

How to organize a large number of reoccuring tasks\maintenance?

What are some effective ways to organize a large number automated\reoccurring tasks? I have servers with backups\patches, databases with automated scheduled tasks, patching for workstations, etc. It ...
3
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5answers
137 views

Keeping Track of Deadlines

I am a high school student that's applying to a lot of colleges along with scholarships. One problem that I'm having is keeping track of deadlines. For instance, BLANK application opens in a week, but ...
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2answers
354 views

coping with burnout to finish thesis

I just hit the 6-year mark in graduate school, and in 2 months I'm scheduled to start a postdoctoral research position in a new city. I need to finish writing my dissertation as soon as possible. ...
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125 views

What are more radical techniques for dispelling 'morning fog'? [closed]

I am experiencing heavy morning 'brain fog' recently. The techniques I've tried (without success) are: Consistent sleeping schedule Coffee A few nootropics in the morning, but this seems to make it ...
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2answers
165 views

Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
4
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3answers
310 views

Most effective work habit for coding?

Working on a big solo project (~15,000 LOC), I am encountering the following phenomenon: I seem to work best when I program in short bursts of 10-15 minutes. Right now I am working on a section ...
2
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4answers
435 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 ...
2
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1answer
161 views

Simple workaround for LaTeX in Anki that avoid software errors and is mobile friendly (self-answered)

So I recently started using Anki to help me get back up to speed on math before I jump into my first calculus class (it's been a couple decades since my last math class, ouch) and immediately ran into ...
3
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2answers
451 views

Combining Linenberger approach Master Your Workday Now (MYWN) with emacs

Does anybody have a good setup for combining Linenberger's approach MYWN Master Your Workday Now (http://michaellinenberger.com/) with Gnu Emacs (preferably org-mode)? The essence of the approach by ...

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