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Create wiki to improve learning? [duplicate]

I have found that a way to improve retention of what I have learnt is to record the information in a personal note book. If you do this, you can quite easily re-visit what you have learnt after a ...
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Motivation to finish a team project?

I know it's been sortof asked, but hopefully this is a unique enough variation. Currently I'm working on a software project with another individual; we've been working for a couple of months, and ...
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Positioning a Desk Lamp to Avoid Eye Strain - In the middle of the room, no walls to bounce light

I did read a great post (Where to keep the desk lamp with regard to laptop for less eye strain?) on this, but it was only relevant for people in a cube space. Unfortunately, I am in the middle of a ...
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How to correct my detrimental thinking habits and learning difficulties?

I am a mathematics graduate who recently dropped out of a PhD for personal reasons. I also have Asperger's Syndrome which I was diagnosed with in 1996. Since dropping out, I have been thinking long ...
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How to keep motivated to exercise?

I know this may be problem with many but I'd like to personalize it to my situation. When I was 19-20 yrs old I used to go to the gym almost every day for 3 years. Interestingly enough I'd walk ...
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Curbing arrogance that hinders my effectiveness

Im pretty well to do academically. Im finishing college in 2 years with a dual degree bachelors and very likely a masters as well. Unfortunately I am fearful that I have become arrogant. When I ...
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Building your brain's work capacity?

While it is difficult to increase one's intelligence, I was wondering if it was possible to increase the mind's endurance through training (like you can train your body's endurance) at peak level (...
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How can I prevent myself bike-shedding over unimportant things on online forums?

Bike-Shedding Parkinson's law of triviality, also known as bikeshedding, bike-shed effect, or the bicycle-shed example, is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that organisations give ...
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287 views

Is speed reading worth learning over PhotoReading? [closed]

I recently bought a Udemy course titled "Become a SuperLearner" that teaches speed reading and advanced memory skills (I tried the Tim Ferris's method, but it didn't yield long-term speed increase, so ...
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How to keep my motivation alive?

I had ADHD just after I graduated from highschool. That is why I made bad grades in my Bachelors. Then I took some treatment and thereby I lost 3 years and was not cured. Then I joined a software firm ...
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How to focus instantly, is it possible?

I work around 10 hours per day as researcher, and I have a 1.5 hours stop for lunch. It happens to me that in the morning, I need just one hour to get "into work", and also after lunch. I think this ...
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How to come out of friendzone? [closed]

Most of my female friends (all of them) put me in friend zone and some has even placed me in the VIP section of it. All I want to know is how to come out of this friend zone?
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How do I choose what to focus on at the right time, when there are so many things I want to do?

(I apologize for the length of this post. Please see the bolded questions below.) Let me preface this by saying that, for the time being and foreseeable future, I will have nearly every day, all day, ...
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If 'don't fear failure' is good motivation advice - should people simply quit their job to do what they really want?

A lot of motivational material, for example this video by Arnold Schwarzenegger suggests 'Don't fear failure, you are the only one to realise your own potential'. On the other hand common place ...
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495 views

I feel hopeless I feel like don't even deserve to live. What should I do? [closed]

I am jobless software engineer who has experience like 4.5 years in software development. Due to prolonged depression, procrastination and confusions, I have failed on my interviews and social life ...
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How to reconcile focusing on process vs. output

Whereas some argue that to reach your goal you must concentrate on the process (of achieving it) rather than on the goal, other coaches advise the opposite: Busy managers measure hours of activity, ...
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How to read a lot of technical material?

I just stumbled upon this Reddit post The Transformative Effects of Reading + Elon Musk's Reading List (Original here) and it made me think. I want to sift through vast amounts of material, but I ...
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How to track time spent on sites launched from hacker news

I find per-site time tracking nearly useless as I tend to visit a lot of domains. I want to track time spent on certain sites, say Hacker News and links that were opened from those domains. I use ...
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How to use all I know at work?

I'm Victor and I'm 17 years old, when I was 14 years old I started to learn programming and English and I realized I could learn faster than the normal people, when I turned 15 years old I started ...
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245 views

“SMART Goal Setting Practical Example”? [closed]

I want to set a few written goals for the first time in my life. Please give me some Real life - practical S.M.A.R.T. goals template , example ...which includes Plan of Action, tasks, deadlines. How ...
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148 views

2 minute tasks that cannot be completed immediately?

What do you do when you cannot complete a 2-minute task immediately? An example is a phone call where the recipient does not pick up. Does this phone call get moved to the Next Action list?
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113 views

What is the Importance and Need of Goal Setting?

I have read a lot about goal setting and now I want to find reasons as such why do I need goals to achieve success in life. I want to improve my skills. For instance, I want to learn a new programming ...
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135 views

Maintaining focus after completing a task and moving into the next one [duplicate]

What I've been finding recently, is once I've finished a task, it takes a bit of effort to refocus and start working on the next task. Any suggestions for minimizing this transition? Usually I ...
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Parkinson's law and deadlines: how do they work?

Parkinson's law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. This law is a silent killer in my life. I can clearly see the law working in my life but don't fully understand ...
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How to stop my craving for attention?

Hell guys, this is my first post on the personal productivity site. I have this problem of being an 'attention-seeker' in school.I would not classify myself as the typical attention seeker as I don't ...
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How to present my project if am feeling not good?

I will present my project tomorrow. My instructor will invite another instructor who used to insult and laugh on students projects if its average or wrong. How I can respond on his laughing? How I can ...
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Techniques to organize my constantly growing 'download' folder

I'm basically looking for a method or tool to organize my downloads folder. New files are added on a constantly basis which leads to some (minor) problems the problems are: 1) many files that are ...
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230 views

GTD and handling “learning” projects

Sorry for the long post. I'm about halfway done reading through David Allen's book, so please pardon me if this is addressed somewhere in it. GTD looks like an interesting system with a lot of promise,...
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129 views

Amphetamines for an academic (or other thinkers) [closed]

What do you think about amphetamines for an academic, do they hurt originality? How long can you get a boost out of them in your career, through tenure? Does it take away the emotional understanding ...
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613 views

Is an on-screen keyboard more efficient than touch typing on a physical keyboard?

This is my first time here, so I hope this question is on topic! My friend and I got into an argument over whether typing on an on-screen keyboard (i.e. on a flat glass screen) can possibly be more ...
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303 views

How to write with two hands simultaneously?

To clarify, I'm not talking about how to become ambidextrous. I have seen a movie, where a professor can write with both of his hands simultaneously on two different papers, different things. Even ...
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484 views

What productive things can you do while you eat?

I have this really bad habit of watching TV (if there is one around) while I eat, which can sometimes escalate into binge watching a whole season of some tv show series, or just watching a whole movie,...
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What is the Shortest Time Unit of a Goal?

Well, i have been reading a lot on goal setting and achieving. I want to set some career and personal goals for myself.what i mean to say is that what can be considered a goal. Should goal be long ...
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How do I continue working when I'm discouraged due to the error not being resolved?

I'm sure many of you are familiar with this feeling. You're trying to work out how to use some new technology or library, and it's not working how you want it to. It's throwing up some error. You're ...
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915 views

What is the ultimate personal organization system? [closed]

I have so far tried many task- and/or life-management systems and apps, solo and in conjunction. And while they are all great in one way or another I have failed to find an app or a combination of ...
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214 views

How to deal with self-doubt?

So I recently graduated with my new degree in Physics. Instead of doing a PhD, I decided to try my hand at corporate America. The results well, are interesting. I've interviewed in plenty of ...
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2answers
120 views

How to build insights purposefully?

Background I'm a student in the US starting a four-year engineering degree in the fall. Problem Whenever I've taken technical courses, I've found much of my success was dependent on whether or not ...
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110 views

E-mail management question

There is an internal support type department in our company that gets bombarded with emails daily from staff. The support group is 8 people, each part of the same email workgroup on MS Office. ...
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Why can we learn effectively only for a short period of time?

I ask this in the hopes of possibly getting some insight on how to learn for long periods of time. I'd first like to point out the distinction between working and learning. While learning you're more ...
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117 views

Should I use one project with many releases, or multiple projects to track team initiatives?

I have a small team, but we have many, many, MANY internal projects. Some are initiated by us, and many are initiated by others. I am trying to find the best way for us to manage the tasks, and ...
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92 views

Language learning from Music

I would like to hear from people who feel music has been useful in learning a foreign language. What practises or combination of practises did you find useful? ( Listening to same music in a known ...
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1answer
124 views

Should I workout in the morning in order to stay productive & focused on my work for the rest of the day?

I know that we should start our mornings with the toughest tasks. I'm a programmer & an entrepreneur in general and the hardest things for me are for example to fix a bug that I've stumbled upon ...
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Avoiding feed reader procrastination

Probably here you get a lot of questions based on procrastination, and I've even searched for a while and even found some more specifically based on news and feeds, but I have a more specific problem. ...
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124 views

Are there any famous people who were ridiculed for having a funny name? [closed]

I currently live in India, but I have a chinese name. Although I reallly love my name but wherever I go, whomsoever I meet, makes fun of it. When I try to explain the meaning of my name, they pay no ...
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1answer
132 views

How can I know when I am no longer working efficiently on a problem?

Background: My "What's your greatest weakness?" answer is always "I have to see a problem through to the solution." Sometimes though, it borders on obsession, and I lose momentum since I am basically ...
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247 views

Utilize Summer Vacation effectively for personal growth

Background: My summer vacations began on 5th June. I am an average computer science student genuinely interested in my subject. Problem: I am interested to learn a lot of things: Some new ...
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2answers
451 views

Understanding GTD and email filing

So I really wanted to try getting to "Inbox Zero", and becoming more productive. I really like how I can use categories and set tasks/followups, change views, etc to make my life easier. However, ...
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174 views

Numbering scheme for prioritizing tasks based on categories

I'm sorry if this is asked before, but I'm looking for a way to get hopefully a single number to help me prioritize between tasks within different categories. I've seen How to manage multiple ...
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713 views

How to convince my make my mind AGAIN to study?

I had an exam and I have next exam on my way. For previous paper,I made my full mood to study but now after it I know I should study but I feel so relaxed and light that I am not studying and I am not ...
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105 views

mind mapping - auto conversion of hierarchical tree into a radial format

I have a largely hierarchical mind map, which looks like a tree with a depth of around 12-14. A typical parent node has say 1-5 child nodes (average of 3 nodes). I manually built this mind map with ...

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