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I've seen the SMART criteria help in the definition of goals, which is orthogonal to lots of advice about setting goals. SMART doesn't identify the level (e.g. GTDs "runway" vs. "50,000 ft" horizons of focus) or time-frame (e.g. weekly, 7-year) in which you should specify goals, but the criteria for evaluating whether a goal is well-formed. SMART goals are:...


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Michael Masterson (most recent book is The Pledge) has a tiered goal-setting strategy something like this (doing it from memory now): Long-term (7-year) goals (only a few of these) Annual goals that support the long-term goals Monthly goals that support the annual goals Weekly goals that support the monthly goals Daily goals that support the weekly goals ...


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common man uses the brain only up to 10% It is a myth So if you want to improve your "body and mind", there are many other methods without religious context. As I understand methods of dianetics is based on mix of psychoanalysis and some shamanic practice. So in my opinion classical psychology and some sort of eastern practise (meditation, yoga, qigong) ...


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and I am not sure that it is not something like religion Dianetics certainly is one of the most important element for the church of Scientology. This and the claims made by the inventor (e.g. healing of certain physical illnesses) makes me think that it is not a suitable method to improve your life in any form.


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I'm not an expert, but this is a topic I am very interested in. Here are some of my suggestions. Take them with a rather large grain of salt. When determining goals, think about how achieving the goal will improve your life. This is somewhat similar to the suggestion of envisioning your own funeral (but less morbid). If you want to achieve X in one year, ...


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I used to have a guy who worked for me as a management analyst who was the king of "how can I come up with a better way to do the job". He would take 40 hours to come up with a way to do a job in an hour. Unfortunately the job would have only taken 10 hours to do using the intial method proposed and was a one-time task. He missed every dealine and other ...


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Never read anything less than a week old. 90% of news is unimportant by the next day. Only read stuff that stayed relevant for a full week. Ask yourself: do you want to know who won the Super Bowl or watch every play? You might want to watch every play because you like football, but from a productivity standpoint you only will ever need to know the winner - ...


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Regarding programming there are a lot of different formal methodologies for how you should go about it. But a lot of those assume you are already knowledgeable in the programming language and coding task at hand. There's also a lot of differing ideas on how to best learn things. But most of these are geared for pure learning, and don't really address the ...


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Let's look at it from another perspective. From past experience, do you know which of the two methods you present works better for you? From my experience, I know that I learn programming best from ~doing~. I started learning Java last year. I had a 500+ page textbook that was completely daunting, and I just could not focus on the content. I wanted to ...


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The first step is to sell the benefits. If people don't know something exists or don't know why it is good for them, they are never going to get on board. After that, one approach is to "just start". For example, don't e-mail Word documents to your teammates anymore. Instead send them a link to the cloud based word processor. That way to read your docs, ...


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The best solution I have found so far is the Vector Doodle Kit icon images. The main advantage is that the icons look like they were drawn by hand, meaning that drawing them by hand should be relatively easy. Additionally, they only use a single color, unlike many other icon sets. You can download the free version to see the icons a bit larger than what ...


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This is why brainstorming or 'blue sky thinking' can be very useful when trying to break out of a rut. Instead of analysing a possible solution, these techniques encourage you to write down many ideas - without being judgemental, so no calling out a specific idea as silly or unworkable - just write them all down and then go back and review each one. This ...


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Stephen Covey in his Seven habits book has an interesting method whereby you imagine yourself sitting at your own funeral. Think about what you would like your family members, work colleagues, members of the community to say about you. Use this to help determine which goals are truly important to you.


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Classically there are three factors: Time Quality Cost. Since you can't usually have it all a common approach is: Pick Two This doesn't mean the 'third' item is completely ignored. Rather it just tries to emphasize what is most important. This is also a great interview question to ask. Just be aware that the answers are usually indirect and ...


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Early optimization is the root of all evil. -Donald Knuth My approach is to just get things done, and then see if something could (and should) be improved. If you can program a computer, you know that 90% of the time is spent on 10% of the code. Optimizing anything other than the key 10% is usually a waste of time and effort.


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One application i used previously that has the capability to show dependencies is My Life Organized. I had stopped using it because it's design was rather dated and it was a paid app, but it looks like they just had a rather significant redesign, and there is a free trial. The amount of functionality offered with the software is staggering and there's just a ...


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(I do programming) and I found out that I make a lot of wrong assumptions Make Test Cases BEFORE you start coding. Study the documents pertaining to how to make test cases efficiently. Test cases will tell you what do you require and what you don't. What to do if this happens and what not to do if that happens. Look at Black Box and White Box test cases. ...


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Cognitive behavioral therapy would be my suggestion of something to consider to help change your thought processes. As an example of something to consider here, the idea of creating "Thought Journals" where you document various thoughts you had in the day and find evidence for and against the thoughts. It isn't necessarily easy to do but it can be a useful ...


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Xmarks is a web-based tool that lets one sync their bookmarks, passwords, and open tabs. They have a premium version that even syncs open tabs between your desk and mobile phone ("open tab sync"). I've been using the free version with Firefox across three computers and am very happy with it.


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Personal Technical Reading If your intention is to learn ceaselessly without direction or goal then I will make the assumption that you are reading for personal interest. With speed-reading you will sacrifice depth of the knowledge in your haste, but maybe this is what you are going for. My personal opinion is to never do this: if it's worth reading about, ...


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The most effective way to save time when doing a task is to stop doing it. The second best way is to delegate it to someone more competant than you are. And the third best is to automate it. With this in mind, your best bet is: Stop trying to keep up. Delegate the filtering process ot experts: Talk to people who have an interest in the subjects you want ...


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One simple, semi-formal method is to lay out your tasks, projects and things to do in a 4 quadrant matrix, a priority matrix. The top quadrants are for critical (i.e. important) stuff, whereas the left quadrants are for immediate (urgent) things. Thinking through where each item belongs is invaluable in deciding what to do next, while keeping long term goals ...


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The book "Your best year yet" by Jinny S. Ditzler uses 10 questions to help you create goals for the next year. It is clearly influenced by the seven habits and can be a good way to get started.  1. What did I accomplish?  2. What were my biggest disappointments?  3. What did I learn?  4. How do I limit myself, and how can I stop?  5. What are my ...


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I'm not certain the causal link exists here. I too have a vast 'exocortex' but find my memory is still improving in efficiency, despite getting older. As long as you use and challenge your real memory every day it will not atrophy (aside from the expected age-related issues...) so the answer here is to not offload everything onto a memory system, but only ...


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How to Win Friends and Influence People has the following lists of suggestions you may want to consider from Dale Carnegie: Fundamental Techniques in Handling People Don't criticize, condemn, or complain. Give honest and sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. Six Ways to Make People Like You Become ...


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I use single or two letter codes, written in the margin surrounded by a box. I found that was much speedier than drawing things and the marginal location and the bounding box makes them stand out from regular text. Some of them are surely specific to me and my own system but some of general use: ! - for something surprising or important ? - for a question ...


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Have a look at Document Scraps to see if it suits your needs. If so, then you can set up a place where people can save and search for scrap files. Then create a procedure for people to follow so as to build up a library of reusable scraps.


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When offline, method 1 I use this method for "light reading," like when I have a lot of articles to read, and not all of them may get into the synthesis stage. In most scientific journal articles the first page nearly always contain the title and abstract. I rip that page off, or just print that first page online, and then make my notes at the back of that ...


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Emacs org-mode can do that. The software is open source, free to use and platform independent. However, if you have never worked with Emacs, it might need some time to learn the basics. I have done that less than a year ago (starting from scratch - after working with a lot of applications with a much nicer GUI) and for me it's absolutely worth it: ...


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They seem to be two completely different things to me. When GTD tells you how to organize and do something, Fifth Discipline tells you how to do it.



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