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Don't remember it. Remember where you can find it. As long as you have one place you go to for all problems, you won't need to remember it. Ideas on what that "one place" can be: A wiki (good so your whole team can remember together) OneNote A notebook A file folder A text document Anything. It really doesn't matter what the system is so long as there is ...


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I've been struggling with my learning productivity for a while. I've cottoned on to using Spaced Repetition. Here is my list of Do's and Don'ts: Learn before trying to memorize Keep your information in small chunks (split big things up) Start with the basics : Create a summary of just the simple concepts first More advanced concepts will be easier to ...


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You may find that your decreased attention span and motivation is the symptom of a greater psychological "block" or problem such as anxiety or depression. Modern medicine is a beautiful thing! Get yourself to the doctor. It's a difficult but obtainable first step. From there, you'll be in good hands. This is the same issue I faced about 3.5 years ago, and ...


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First off, I think that checking in with a professional, such as a doctor (when was your last physical?), or a counselor/therapist is the best first step. Just print out this excellent post of yours and hand it to them :-) Maybe they'll prescribe something, but they should(!) also look at nutrition, caffeine, sleep, etc. On another front, I recently heard ...


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What you describe is the way I study. Except i write 'books' instead of wiki's because math is easier to write in LaTeX than html. Have a look at http://cs-syd.eu/projects.html to see the notes I've written. I think this is a great idea, especially if you publish your notes. It will force you to make sure they're neat and of high quality. Moreover teaching ...


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It has been established that you are more likely to remember things that you've written down. I know of no study which examines the productivity benefits of having a personal wiki. But the existence of several such tools does tell us that there are lots of people who like it. Try it and see if it works for you. Myself, I tried creating one but I found ...


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For any long-term memorisation, I've found the venerable spaced repetition to be what works for me. In essence, you first repeat what you want to learn every 1 hour. Then starting from the next day, repeat it once per day for a week. Then repeat it once a week. Once a month. Then once a year. You don't have to limit yourself to just that cycle, but that ...


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Mnemonics Example one: I was working on memorizing Spanish vocabulary, and I needed to learn that smile = sonrisa. I noticed that sonrisa looks a little bit like sunrise. I thought that a really nice sunrise might make you smile. This helped. Example two: Make up a phrase that includes a set of words you need to remember. Simplify the material and ...


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I am in your exact situation - a software engineer with similar traits. I did go ahead and got the AD(H)D diagnosis, discovered by our daughter having the same diagnosis. The medical treatments can be quite effective in helping you to increase your attention span. However, remember meds don't teach skills, and you need skills to handle this!!!! I am only ...


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The majority of these situations can be solved by a mixture of planning, note taking and habit forming. If it is something you do regularly: This is where habit forming can be useful - you will need to start off consciously doing something every time but then it will become automatic. It helps if you always have a specific mental cue that triggers the ...


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Related to veda's answer, you could punish yourself when you forget to do one of these things. A very simple way to do it would be to carry a rubberband around your wrist, and snap yourself everytime you fail to perform a desired action. If you forgot your keys, snap. Left a light on, snap. There was another user here that did a similar type of reward ...


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The peg system is nice for memorising lists with an ORDER. I doubt if using that would be good. You could try associating parts of a word(Foreign part) with something related to an English word. For example, consider the word "zhu*ban*"... You can use the English word ban and imagine yourself banning a friend/enemy from a party you are hosting in a zoo! ...



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