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This is a most common known Think-Feel-Do triangle about working, living their life etc.. In the same way, it works with about listening. What you think about listening. What you feel about listening. What you do about listening. For this three topic, analyze this page http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/kline-listen/b10ch5.htm Listening is a gift. It ...


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Multitasking is hard. Let me change it. "Useful Multitasking is hard". It takes times. And one of the most important parts is your brain in this process. Human brain doesn’t multi-task like an expert magician; it switches frantically between tasks. In there, real problem occurs when we try to concentrate on the two tasks we are dealing with, because this ...


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I don't think that the fact that you can touch the book is all that important. The main differences are first of all that reading doesn't allow you any other simultaneous activities, so that you are much more likely to be fully concentrated on the book. The second difference is that with reading you determine the speed of the information intake. You can slow ...


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I read a tip last week, possibly on reddit actually, that a suggestion is to listen to the speaker with the 'intention' that when they finish, you're going to have to explain it back to them. I found this kinda amusing, having just started at a new role and having lots of information go 'woosh' over my head. So I gave it a try. And my goodness does it ...


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There's a technique called "active listening" that may help. While using it, you listen with a goal of being able to repeat back (paraphrased) what the speaker is saying. There's more than that, but just that much helped me quite a bit years ago. Google the phrase and see what some of the links you find have to say - it may help you.


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LifeHacker.com has a number of great posts and recommendations on this topic: Brian Eno's "Music for Airports" http://lifehacker.com/5842509/music-for-airports Explosions in the Sky (described as "epic ambient atmosphere") http://lifehacker.com/5848287/explosions-in-the-sky and "Music for Programming", a collection of musical mixes intended to aid ...


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It's quite natural for your mind to wander. If you sit still for a few minutes and try to watch your thoughts, you wil find that your mind is almost continuously going from one thought to another. Fortunately you can train your mind to focus. Try to focus on one task at a time as much as possible. This goes for everything you are doing, even something simple ...


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One option is music as Vic noted. Another option is to force yourself to pay attention to your reading. For example, try reading out loud. Or subvocalizing (moving your lips without sound.) This gives your ears something else to focus on - the book you are trying to read. Once you get absorbed in the reading, you can stop reading out loud/subvocalizing ...


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Be less selfish. Shut your inside voice while someone else is speaking. When someone is speaking, stop thinking about YOU. Even when someone nags or whatever, listen to them. Listening to someone isn't necessarily agreeing with them. Don't give advise unless you are explicitly being asked for it. Btw, feel free to tune out when necessary (i.e. gossip, ...


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During listening Be an active listener, not a passive listener. Give some reaction sometimes during the listening (such as nodding, showing your surprise and other feelings etc.). Try to focus on the main subject instead of the words. If possible, give feedback about what you just listened sometimes. This will help both to you and your interlocutor to more ...


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You can't. Both of those things require your attention. Which means either one will tune one out or do a poor job at both. There are other things that you can listen to a webcast during though without losing focus - cleaning, reading comics, driving etc. (Granted you still lose some focus, but it's not as drastic.) Programming requires a lot of ...


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Don't. Just don't. Multi-tasking is not the answer. Better time management is. The only time you can multi-task effectively is reading while sitting on the toilet.


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I belong to Audible.com, and have listened to over 260 books over the course of four years. I mostly listen to books while commuting (one hour each day), and walking for exercise. As someone pointed out, you wouldn't want to "listen" to a programming language book. I'm not sure that any audio programming books exist -- not on Audible anyway, and they have ...


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I'm convinced some quiet background music can increase productivity... Excellent! Welcome to the club! The term I'd think that most closely matches the topic is simply 'background music'. I use that in its original classical sense and not so much the Musak sense. Google for some of the studies that have been done over the years and classical will ...


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One advantage is quite obvious: You can listen to an audio book while doing the dishes, commuting, ... But there lies also the dilemma: When you are doing the dishes you don't have a piece of paper to take notes, and you might not be that concentrated. Another thing might be the fact, that the best form of presentation differs from person to person: An ...


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By now you'll have seen that pretty much each answerer suggests genres that they like most or are most used to. Adding from my own experience, I'll go ahead and make a generalization: The type of music really doesn't matter. You're better off listening to something you like rather than forcing yourself into a genre because it's considered 'background' ...


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I've tried listening to podcasts at work... can't do it, I can't pay attention to what's being said unless I stop working. I tried listening to them at the gym and it's the same thing - narrow focus of attention. If I'm doing something I like to be doing it well. But I do listen to music, I use music to affect me while I work, just as much as when I'm at ...


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It's possible you have Attention Deficit Disorder.


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Human chatter piques our attention because it's inconstant and meaningful (as in carrying meaning, not as in being important), that's normal. Your best bet would be to use headphones and play the kind of sound that's just background and won't get in the way of your reading the book. Good candidates for that are, of course, white noise and instrumental ...


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Here's a few different ideas for you to consider: Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better has some ideas that may be of interest when it comes to improving how you listen. Consider doing a contrast between reading a book and hearing an audio version of the same book. Are there vocal cues that add more to the story then just the words? Does the volume, ...


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Try out trance, ambient, idm (or for something concrete: Brian Eno, Autechre) I also like 'darkjazz' music as background


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Many light non-fiction paper books, such as business or self-improvement titles, could get the same message across in half the space or less. Unfortunately they either repeat the same message too many times or have unimportant passages/chapters tossed in to make the purchase look more attractive. Audiobooks save the day here with their abridged versions, ...


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An big benefit of audiobooks is also their biggest downfall--everywhere accessibility. I would never walk the dog or even hop up the street in the car to get milk without listening to something technical, even if it was just a StackExchange podcast. However that meant my mind never stopped taking in. It never had time to rest or assimilate. It's only when ...


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When I worked in a busy, noisy, open plan office, I would sometimes throw everything at the problem: foam earplugs stereo ear defenders i.e. with speakers built in for ... pink noise playing in the ear defenders Worked for me.


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You can't do the same kinds of task together, but you can sometimes do 'multi'-tasking as long as it is an entirely different part of your brain... For example, you can do a task that takes mental concentration, while doing a physical task that you can do on auto-pilot. E.g. Listening to a complex podcast, while jogging. Watching a TED Talk while washing ...


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A general purpose answer to questions of the form "How do I get better at X?" is "Do more X." In this case, find ways to practice listening to fast speech in situations that are not quite so stressful as a work assignment. Many mp3 players and media players have a way to accelerate playback. You could find relevant spoken word content (podcasts, for ...


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What distracts you? Is it: other tasks on your mind other things going on around you (radio, TV, ...) emotions, memories, etc. Try to identify what causes your distraction, and then when you know the cause, try to eliminate that cause. For instance, turn off the TV. I am very easily distracted by computer screens, incoming email, etc. so when people ...


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The fact that you are giving your full attention when listening is good already. When you missed something, you just need to clarify them, ask questions and give comments. You can't be listening all the time, and you can not be noisy or the talker all the time.


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I have tried to listen to many different styles of music, but eventually I came to conclusion, that the best in this area are the sounds of nature. Particularly, I found myself attached to sounds of a forest brook and of rain. Also I'd recommend "Solar fields" music.


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Part of the answer, at least, is that some people just can't do it. I can't. I have exactly one verbal input/output stream and switching to a new source requires turning off the old one. If I'm listening to music and someone wants my attention, I have to mute the music. Someone comes in to talk to my officemate, I go get a drink of water and stretch my legs ...



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