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I've read that the most strongly habit forming behaviors are those that dispense random rewards in exchange for repeated action. This behavioral psychology finding is the primary reason why people compulsively check facebook, email, news websites and other distractions even though updates are sporadic, and the content itself is often uninteresting. ...


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I'm going to give a controversial but scientific answer. The reason some people are more "observing" than you lies inside the brain. The reason is not that those people simply have "learned" to observe, or that they use certain techniques, but that their brain chemistry is different from yours. More specifically, how closely you observe the world around ...


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Joshua, First you have to make a no escape clause, burn your boat, sink or swim decision that you are going to learn this new skill. I use an online timer http://e.ggtimer.com/ and establish a chunk of time that I'm going to devote to this new skill. I like 90 minutes and once the timer goes off I get up stretch, get a drink of water, walk around a little ...


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Judging from the research of Robert Greene, desire and time seems to be crucial components when trying to become a master of something: We all know how much more deeply we learn when we are motivated. If a subject excites us, if it stirs our deepest curiosity, or if we have to learn because the stakes are high, we pay much more attention. What we ...


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There is Pomodorium - a Pomodoro technique based RPG-game. Here is some explanation: 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 ...


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You can look at EpicWin Turns your to-do list into a role playing game. It's an app for iPhones that you can use to gain skill ups, xp, loot etc etc.


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As suggested, I am putting this down as an answer: This site/game is specifically geared towards rewarding exercising rather than tasks in general. So its scope is more narrow than what is being asked, but it is still relevant. It is called Fitocracy. Fitocracy is currently in Beta and invite only, but invites are pretty easy to come by if you are looking. ...


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Aragorn has suggested an iPhone app (EpicWin), and I would add Task XP and RLRPG for Android Market. The basic concept is the same for all three: You imput your tasks, and upon completion you get rewards (xp, loots, achievements, skill ups, etc.). Of course, you could fake what you do, but if you cheat you're only cheating yourself.


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Um... I made my todo list a game... I have script that interogates my list (strictly my inbox) every half hour to generate a chart - the game I've been playing for some time now is to ground as many of the lines as possible... you can view the current state of the game at http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/home/joseph/productivityFiles/inbox7day.jpeg (with a little ...


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Every human being has an observation skill and they can improve it with time. Observation has a feature of daily life make your life easier. In business life, women-men relationships etc.. It is the starting point, most of the time without realizing we did, we decided in the face of some cases of self-judgments. And keen observation requires a clear mind. ...


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To answer your question So my question, Is their any online RAILS community or any other community/website for such things where I can volunteer my spare time and in the mean time it will enhance my rails skills Look up github, they have a languages page where you can browse projects by language. It will take hours, maybe even days, before you find ...


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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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You can maintain a tree and level up using Mindbloom(although I myself haven't gotten around to trying it yet).


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If you have a competency framework to map against, then yes, it can be very straightforward. As an example, the Institute of Information Security Professionals has a list of core competencies that you can be assessed against. A short excerpt is included: From this example you can see that you have good categorisation of the skills in category A, B, C, D ...


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This might help you. It's a visual representation of a high school transcript. What a person has studied, the distribution over different fields, the depth of the person's studies. Doesn't quite fit, but it's close. bit.ly/UFXLAa Then, on a related note, I saw that someone had come up with this "value proposition wheel." What value does this startup (but ...


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Seems like you're just viewing the status quo and a few myths about startups. Very few win the quick money lottery, so if you're that worried about it, don't buy a ticket. There's no law that says after you create a popular application, you have to stay with it until its dying day. Sell it and go build something else. Some people are more cut out for ...


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While I've not read the book, I understand the concept similarly to how @BrotherJack expressed it. Fundamentals in the first 20 hours, and the rest is just practice. :) I think back to all the languages I learned: English, German, Italian, French and they all start the same. Alphabet and pronunciation(s) of individual letters; this allows you to properly ...


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Reading every book, or even every 100th is hardly possible these days. I think you'd better select some areas, set up some goals and start focusing on those. Not (only) abstract ones, but where some milestones are possible and you can see them approaching, reached, opening for the next. Until you do your targeting, you might try heavier use of SO: in ...


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Since @Rory Alsop provided an excellent framework for quantifiable skills, I'm going to skip that and just discuss the less quantifiable skills...like determination, dedication, etc. I'll call these soft skills for the purpose of this answer. I work as a freelancer, so selling my soft skills is equally important as selling my knowledge of a particular ...


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One good exercise is to use breaks. You can do it everywhere: Close your eyes. Ask yourself: What would you see when you open your eyes? Try to make a mental list of as many details as possible. Afterwards you can open your eyes and compare your mental list to the reality.



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