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How can I pass a typing speed plateau of 105 wpm?

I started learning to touchtype in 2009. Back then, using the Dvorak keyboard, I decided to practice until I reached 120 words per minute (wpm) with 99% accuracy. I am still working towards this goal. ...
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Strategy on taking notes from academic articles?

I'm in the final phase for my Masters in Computer Science. I have to write a thesis (12,000 words). The recommended reading is 50+ academic papers (varying lengths). I've never been an effective ...
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Pros and cons of touch typing finger map lay-out (EDX versus EDC) in QWERTY

When I learned to touch type, back in the mid-80’s, I was instructed to use a finger map that basically mirrors the left and right hand side. I’ve added a figure below and refer to it as the EDX ...
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How can I learn multiple things at the same time?

I would like to ask if there are any tips as to how I can learn multiple things at once. For example, I'm currently reading programming books (python, ruby) and also learning music theory and design. ...
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How do I use my smartphone more efficiently?

I feel that my smartphone should be renamed as "dumbphone", mainly because it's too distracting; it wastes a lot of my time. Also, I find it complicated and generally a time-killer for me. I find ...
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How can I better organize the way I take notes?

I'm a novice programmer and have been having a tough time figuring out how to take notes in an organized fashion. As I read a textbook or watch informational videos I will take a variety of notes in a ...
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How can I “reach” a procrastinating collegue to teach him about how to solve it?

EDIT Thank you all for your ideas and tips! A colleague of mine in high school doesn't learn much in school, nor does he do much homework. He doesn't understand the current topics discussed in ...
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personal non-celebrities success stories [on hold]

Many stories of celebrities suffer from the "survivorship bias", in which if more people would've acted the same, most would've suffered great losses. Is there some place where non-celebrities can ...
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How can I respond wisely while I am in frustration or angry or charged?

I am working as Team lead for IT team. I run meetings everyday and gather status. It is my responsibility to control the meeting and make sure meetings ended in productive. But so many times, I ran ...
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Do we need rest after sitting on a comfortable chair all day?

I am making my daily time table chart. I work as a web developer. After my work, I take a bus and come back home. There is not much physical activity involved. I added an extra time of 30 minutes to ...
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Any trick to remember code? [on hold]

I have this problem where I learn something but then 5 mins later I forget about it. I've tried to write notes but when I write them they are chaotic. This is a huge problem especially when it ...
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4answers
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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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How can I deal with others who have different personal productivity goals?

I have many interests in personal productivity. I don't like to waste time so I sometimes pass up social events for 'bettering myself' through some extra work on a weekend night. I still get plenty of ...
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Deep sleep aids

I'm looking for a sleep aid, herb, or medication that triggers or helps the transition into deep sleep (primarily stages 3 and 4). Ideally this miracle substance would allow someone to sleep for a ...
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3answers
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My Goals and Daily Programme

In the turn of this year, I have put together some goals which I want to pursue and areas of my life I want to advance in. To meet these goals, or to work within these areas, I have created a daily ...
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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 ...
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How can i organize my music file(mp3) library? [closed]

I have about 250-300 mp3 files stored in my microSD card, mounted to my android smartphone. In the beginning, I downloaded songs from the internet and just moved them to a folder. The music player app ...
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419 views

Why am I forgetting concepts?

I have a problem which I am unable to tackle to the best of my efforts. Whenever I learn a concept (maths, computers physics), if I am required to solve a question on it immediately, I do it without ...
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2answers
702 views

What are the primary rebuttals to the 4 Hour Body and the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris?

I have read and understand the popularity of the '4 Hour' series of best-selling books by Tim Ferris. H However Tim himself asks the readers to consider everything he writes with a skeptical mind as ...
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1answer
28 views

When to use what method for communication? e-mail, text, IM etc [on hold]

Has there been any studies on when it's best to use which technology for communication? In this day and age there are too many methods of remote communication and it gets to the point where they're ...
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183 views

How to help young people who want to improve their productivity, but are struggling with authority?

Only a few years ago I was in at that age where everyone around me wanted to party and only have a good time. Even then I was driven to look for another path. Now I find myself with some younger ...
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How can I stay focused while reading technical material?

I can be focused but not in every case. I'm computer science student. So I have to read a lot of books or tutorials about it. However I noticed that I have some difficulty to stay focused when I read ...
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51answers
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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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189 views

Keeping computer files organized to maximize productivity

I have a lot of files on my computer, most of it related to either code/web development or games. I'm looking for an easy method to keep those files organized in a way that will maximize my ...
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Why does adding a new note type on Anki break synchronisation?

If you add a new note type on Anki (manage note types- add one - delete it) the app says it has to resync your entire database to the server, merging is no longer possible. Why does this happen? How ...
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1answer
72 views

Customized accountability tracker app

I am seeking recommendation for a personalized accountability tracker iOS app that has reporting feature. I use several health related trackers that report progress for me but want something that ...
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0answers
36 views

What are the signs that I have low social skills and is not a team-player? How can I fix that if I have low social skills? [closed]

I want to test myself and if I have low social skills, I want to fix myself. What are the signs that I have low social skills and is not a team-player?
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847 views

How do you fill in the “dead” time when using a computer? [closed]

Working with a computer generates periods of "wasted" or "dead" time. I'm talking about the time during which the computer compiles your program, performs a sophisticated computation or downloads an ...
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0answers
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What motivates you to contribute to an online community? [migrated]

I’m working on a research project to understand people’s motivation for being involved in and contributing to online communities. Would you mind spending 10 mins or less to complete my survey & ...
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What is the average time lost when interruptions break your train of thought?

I'm looking for quantifiable results from studies; not best guesses please. I quite frequently find that after an interruption I need to gather my thoughts and refocus on the task I was performing ...
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Techniques to stop procrastination

I was wondering if someone know of a good way to get out of procrastination. Like situations when you know you have to do something and the more you procrastinate the more you know you have to do it ...
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how to gain interest back in programming? [closed]

I am 17 and actually a school dropout--I dropped 2 years ago. So about 6 months ago I discovered programming, life has been miserable before then. I was curious/excited to learn new things back then ...
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2answers
80 views

If And Then Else Planning

So, I've thought up the basics for a productivity / scheduling system that I refer to as in the title. Basically if this and that is true do this, else if do this. Let me give an example that I'm ...
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0answers
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Is there an add on for evernote to give tags attributes or scores?

I'm trying to use evernote to do a health and food diary, where I log entries for each day and tag them with foods I've eaten, how I'm feeling and any health symptoms. I want to be able to use the ...
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4answers
229 views

Is there any efficient method for long term memory?

I know that spaced repitition is important . Therefore, i had used anki application however it didn't work because i couldn't organize important informations and i didn't feel ready for reviewing my ...
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6answers
427 views

How do I get back to doing what I love?

A little background. I started coding in C++ about 5 years ago. Ever since then, I was sure that I wanted a life in code :) In my last 2 semesters, I wrote quite a bit of code for varied purposes. ...
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1answer
64 views

How to make my knowledge come into action? [closed]

I am confused if I've asked the question the right way. I am extremely sorry for my bad english. But I am trying to describe it more precisely. Suppose I've read a book and learned some wonderful ...
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8answers
5k views

How to prevent/control daydreaming?

Daydreaming is becoming a serious issue for me as I miss valuable information in places such as classes, meetings and presentations. It doesn't depend on any specific element. In fact, it may be ...
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1answer
66 views

Card View in Gmail

Most of the time I am working in Gmail, and to take down a note or to dump an idea, I usually compose a new email and save it as a draft. Modifying and searching for such a note is quite efficient in ...
2
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2answers
50 views

How can I scan hanging folders that contain tabbed inserts?

As suggested by David Allen of GTD, I've tried the following: I do have a drawer of hanging folders But none of the hanging folders have those plastic tabs on them Each hanging folder contains one ...
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7answers
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How to concentrate (read a book or work) when other people are talking instead of listening to their conversation?

I find it very difficult to concentrate on a task, if people are talking in the "neighborhood", e.g. reading a book in the tram or train or in a doctor's waiting room where other people are ...
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2answers
73 views

Student implementing GTD: 2 next actions lists?

As a student, my grades are my important priority. I also have various side projects, and I've noticed that my next-actions list is becoming too inflated to quickly triage tasks. I've made a second ...
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7answers
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How to get a song out of your head

I have a problem, in that my head is sometimes like a broken iPod player. When I'm supposed to concentrate on a job, or simply try and shut my mind down to go to sleep, a song will pop into my head. ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to handle perpetually ongoing tasks in Personal Kanban?

I'm exploring organization systems like Personal Kanban and one thing I'm still not clear on is how to represent ongoing activities that are always there and always have to be done. For example, say ...
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0answers
16 views

Linking auto-updating tasks/email to a task in Outlook

I organize my tasks and my time using Outlook tasks an in doing so I often link related tasks or emails to a task. The problem I'm having is that if a task is linked in another task and another person ...
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1answer
46 views

How to organize a document that summarizes multiple research articles with heavy formulation

Does anyone have this problem? This has been a struggle of mine ever since I started doing research couple of years ago. When I do literature review, I look for ways to compile my own document with ...
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6answers
744 views

What are good learning techniques? (for lifelong learners)

I think that the only technique that made me learn something was visualizing -if it's even technique. I was never taught how to learn in school. And even visualizing happened only sometimes, ...
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3answers
227 views

GTD How to prevent tasks from waiting be done for too long

I've started using GTD however I am experiencing problems that while some of my tasks/projects get done within the deadlines. For some they just stay on and on... until I am reminded by client that he ...
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14answers
3k views

What is the most radical productivity technique that you successfully use?

I think, most people understand the importance of such productivity techniques and principles as focusing, setting goals, avoiding distractions, checking email twice a day, rising early, doing ...
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4answers
124 views

Covey matrix: What is the meaning of “importance”?

I've been reading up on the Covey (or Eisenhower, as some might call it) importance/urgency matrix, and while I get the general gist of it, I'm a bit confused about the semantics of the term ...

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