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Not "the best way", but a very useful resource I found some months ago: Vocabulary.com. In a few words: it is a system that allows you to exercise vocabulary. It tries to guess your level based in the answers you give, and so it shows you the words you should not know yet, and when you fail your answer, it remembers them in order to show later again. It ...


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Text files are future proof. They will always work. Grep is your friend. See also TODO.txt. ASCII is the new PDF! - Cory Doctorow


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I have come up with a game system for helping me complete chores, errands, etc. Every chore/errand is a 'task'. Tasks are rated 1-3 in four categories: Monetary Cost, Time to Complete, Difficulty and Benefit for Completion. Rate 1 if 'easy', 2 if 'medium' and 3 if 'hard' or 'very hard'. Then, each task is rated 'Bronze', 'Silver', 'Gold' or 'Platinum' ...


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So there are resources like http://lifehacker.com/5902598/superbetter-is-a-game-that-rewards-you-for-healthy-living-and-working-towards-your-goals But I gamify in a very simply way… I have this - The graph shows the size of my todo list, it's updated by a cron script every half hour and it's publicly viewable. Tasks that have been in the inbox (I use the ...


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Like first post said, the only future-proof technology is the ASCII (or UTF-8) text file. However, you will soon find yourself wanting more. Amongst many others, I have made substantial use of the following knowledgebase systems. Presenting in chronological order of when I started using it and how much I've written in it: Freemind (200,000+ words): ...


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1 - Start small. If you have a little trouble with self discipline and want to work on it, the best thing you can do is to start small, which generally means picking something you think you can succeed at. 2 - One thing at a time. Another thing you can do is to try picking just one thing 3 - Don't let other's sway you. One thing to be wary of when ...


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Two books for you: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield - Simply changed my life. "59 Seconds" by Richard Wiseman - Chock full of science backed research into behavior/work/procrastination etc. This is the last self-help title I will buy unless Wiseman has a 2.0


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Oh just thought of something unrelated to previous answer I wrote up a full version on my blog, but I summerise below :) I'd like to be able to get up early, but I don't really have anyone to be accountable to for this. So I advertised on gumtree (I think craiglist is the equivalent in the US) for someone who was also competitive and wants to wake up ...


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First, I want to commend you for wanting to be focused naturally. Hold on this thought. We always prefer to do what is easier, more fulfilling, more satisfying, or more rewarding. Currently, Facebook and the internet are at the top of your list. Studying is not making it, although you said that you realize the value of education. One main characteristic ...


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First, I'd suggest looking at some "How to Win Friends and Influence People" suggestions: Fundamental Techniques in Handling People Don't criticize, condemn, or complain. Give honest and sincere appreciation. Arouse in the other person an eager want. ... Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking The only way to ...


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The first thing to realise is that ultimately most people don't really want to change. They may feel unhappy with the way things are - but when it comes down to it the effort required to change feels greater than the perceived benefit that they will get from the work. You would need to switch this perception around for them. You can do this in one of three ...


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Depending on your goal, there are a number techniques. And while they may not be easy/fast, you can enjoy the learning. In all cases, you want to mirror the way a native speaker would acquire the skill you're looking for so that the learning can be deep and your usage natural: Are you looking to sound more natural when speaking or writing English? Read ...


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A great article lists some steps on how to build confidence. Some notable points: Believe in yourself. You have something special in you. Focus on your positive attributes. Don’t criticize yourself in front of others. People treat you as you treat yourself. Everyday write down things you are proud of. Exercising boosts your overall well-being and ...


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The good trick I learn about self-motivation is: Avoid situations when you have to motivate yourself my way to deal with that is to start writing my ideas about tasks I have to do into simple paper notebook - not organized in any way - just by giving each idea a number. Every time when I have to motivate myself I'm just taking notebook and start ...


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I am an avid facebook user and aware of the type of problem you are running into. I just started using the Pomodoros method and think that you would find it useful. The key part is 25 min of focused uninterrupted work followed by 5 min of break. Checking into facebook for every break will still allow you to feel connected but will also restrict facebook use ...


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I started building a while ago a personal knowledge base (kb) with similiar requirements and concerns as yours. After considering a lot of different choices, finally settled with a mediawiki installation and haven't regretted since. I'll fundament my choice considering your requirements. future-proof In my point of view, building and practical, ...


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TL;DR Pick 5 books. Shelf the rest. Pick 2 Projects Shelf the rest. Pick one knowledge area until you are skilled enough to be able to answer the majority of questions on SE. Shelf the rest until that moment comes. Steve Jobs famously said (likely paraphrased from elsewhere0 that the most effective people know which projects to set aside. I am ...


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First of all: Willpower is similar to a muscle: It needs exercise, so you can really train that (source: own experience, Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D). In my experience there are two aspects to this: Setting goals. If I don't know why I should do something, than there is really not worth in spending my time doing that task. So think about why you should e.g. ...


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Whoa ... slow down. :) Let's look at what you have. You have a great degree and a full-time job. Your basic needs and many of your wants are met. You've talked a lot about your weaknesses. What are your strengths? List those. (You don't have to tell us if you don't want to. This is for your benefit.) You have passions, right? Something that really ...


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Have you watched "No arms, no legs, no worries"? Nick is one of my heroes. You sound like you are disappointed with yourself. Don't be. That kind of thinking is not productive. You have a long list of improvements that you want to do. That's good. Started with an easiest one. Rewrite that list sorted from easiest to hardest. Stick it on your door so that ...


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I think that this is a common phenomenon, although in some people it occurs more frequently and more strongly than in others. The acting out (throwing things, etc.) is a sort of tick that your mind uses to quickly distract you from the unpleasant thought. I find that one solution is to stop avoiding the embarrassing memory and think through it all the way. ...


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Ironically the self-help books can make things worse by making it seem like you have to do something big to "fix" yourself. There are lots of factors here, but here a few things to try: Drink more water. Hydration is vital to the proper production of energy; I aim for 2 litres a day and keep a jug next to me at my desk to keep it easy. Consider what and ...


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Overcome running on autopilot mode Once your have figured out how to do something well enough, like catching the right bus to work, your brain likes to go on autopilot. After you have learned a habit you literally go through the motions in order to conserve mental energy and perhaps think about other things. That's probably why we come up with good ideas ...


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It sounds like you are suffering from an academic form of Analysis Paralysis. Wikipedia defines it as: Analysis paralysis or paralysis of analysis is an anti-pattern, the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. While you are not facing a specific decision, you ...


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A good resource is the English.Stackexchange.com website - a very useful resource for understanding particular nuances of the English language. Also, depending on your level of skill in the language, you may find English Language Learners useful.


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You have listed a lot of typical symptoms of depression. Try to get medical opinion on this. Check out what assistance your health insurance gives you, or as SteveV says, check out the option of paying for treatment. Explain your feelings to friends and family. Ask them for help and advice. Make social interaction a priority, even when you don't feel in the ...


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You should print hard-copies of the papers. When reading, you need to be able to make your own comments with a pen, mark important areas and so on. And go somewhere where there will be no distractions from the Internet.


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I think it depends on how the person interprets the religious rules and teachings. In Islam for instance, there is wide spectrum of interpretations and life styles whose adherents consider that they are following Islam. Some interpretations motivate productivity and hard work, others justifies surrendering to the status quo and going with the majority ...


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Pomodorium - a Pomodoro technique based RPG-game. Pomodorium is an attempted gamification of the Pomodoro technique. The idea of Pomodorium is to use rules of role-playing game in the Pomodoro technique. It's a Pomodoro technique timer with a game. For every completed pomodori you get 'gold' and there is game character - you buy him/her armors/weapons ...


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I found it useful to have a folder of idea documents and put my thoughts into them. As they get committed to paper/file, they leave my head. Some of those ideas I come back to later from different angles. I then add to those files. After a couple of years of doing that, I have two potential startup ideas with technology, business and human aspects thought ...



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