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I think this is a great subject we should explore more around here, thanks for asking. I'll let you in on something I've been doing for some time and has changed how I approach work, something I'm doing right now that's changing my whole schedule, and lastly something I plan on implementing soon. Old friend: Structured Procrastination I won't say so much ...


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The core explanation can be found back in the physics of our brain. The brain's neural networks are made up of nerve cells that exchange pulses via synaptic connections. Unlike atoms in a crystal, which are arranged on a regular, cubic lattice, nerve cells grow synaptic connections in a highly specific but irregular fashion. The team of researchers -- ...


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In my recent poking around several different systems, I've noticed a couple different recurring themes: Reduce input to actionable tasks: Whether it's collecting and processing items in GTD to "close open loops" or moving all emails out of the Inbox in Inbox Zero, the concept is to not deal with multiple To Do lists and projects and sources of information ...


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There are imo 5 things one has to differ concerning paper managment: Redundancy because of plagiarism in distinct scientific branches there is the possibility you waste time reading the same informatin in different papers several times (bigger problem in humanities than natural sciences) focus on some tools like zotero, citeulike, mendeley, scirate that ...


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Reading articles about programming is boring for me too, because reading hard technical text is not ivolving you into process. It's difficult understand many new things fast. Since you lose understanding, you lose attention and interest. But I found decision. I download example source code and than repeat it. Dont copy paste. Just type on keyboard. I enjoy ...


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Kids look up to their parents. Once they grow up and they face a situation that they never encountered before, their first instinct will be to do whatever they saw their parents do. Think about exposing them to some of the decisions you make on a daily basis. Even the smallest of things such as: choosing the metro over a bus and it will eventually influence ...


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The pitfall to learning with an IDE is that there's stuff it does for you under the hood that otherwise has to be done manually. For example, in C (don't know RoR at all, sorry), Eclipse will handle compilation/linking for you. Given a command line, you would be hopeless. What's GCC? What's a makefile? Using an IDE most of the time is fine, you just have to ...


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How do I shut up my inner voice and speed up my thinking? What makes you think you have to shut up your inner voice? Couldn't you try to tune your intuition so that you make perceptive leaps of logic to get where you want to be? After all, the point here is to time your response so that it may appear like you aren't missing a beat but the reality is ...


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The human brain is a very, very slow computer. It does the same thing computers do to speed things up - caching. Most of our thoughts and opinions are (at least partly) cached. We don't go trough the whole reasoning process of why it is correct every time we give our opinion on something. That is why some people can answer so quickly - they already thought ...


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There is no any secret. Look, our life will be over some day. I think, we must live. Not just exist, but live. If you have a dream, if you do want something, you'll "burn". You will work to realize your dream. And doing this, you'll be happy. You'll find yourself. But if you get up every morning, have a breakfast, go to work/school/institute, have a lunch, ...


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Effective use of alarms Simple is often better so an alarm is for me the one tested and true method for waking up. That being said, there are some effective ways of using an alarm. The obvious one is to put the alarm device outside of reach so that you have to get up to turn it off. Perhaps even leave it in a different room, for example in the bathroom ...


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Writing Without Comprehension I noticed a lot of my Chinese friends have a tendency to write down whatever they wanted to memorize on a paper right before an exam. The technique was used by many of them to learn Chinese characters. But these 'notes' are not meant to be read again. They're just written, overlapping each other sometimes. The idea behind it ...


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I see most of the answers talk about identifying doable tasks, single-tasking and prioritizing. I think another quite important aspect is review. I think most of the systems (certainly GTD , Pomodoro, Agile in IT) talk about Review. Review is what allows you to learn and course-correct how you are doing things. I think Pomodoro and agile reviews are ...


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Focus on a single task for 25 minutes, and after that time has passed, you stop and take a break of 3-5 minutes. Repeat. This is basically the whole pomodoro technique. It works really well if you get easily distracted, because you can tell yourself, "I will [check my email|get a snack|check facebook] in 15 minutes, when the timer goes off, not now"


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I used Think and Grow Rich to reach my goals. And then I forgot about it. Napolean Hill's main theme, in my humble opinion, is holding one dominant thought, in your mind, until it comes true in reality. Dominant thought plus your belief in it will make your dominant thought come true. I used it to get to university when I was younger. I was told that I was ...


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Why am I doing this Well, that is a hard question to answer. Maybe you have ADHD. Okay, maybe not. That is a bit extreme. Maybe you get distracted easily(sounds the same as ADHD, but a psychologist told me it's not the same thing). Or it could be that you find the content boring/cumbersome, and don't want to read it(Being excited about learning ...


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There are a few methods you can use A simple list of pros and cons: Do I really want to have a new dog/parrot? Do I want a do, Pro, it would be good company, Con, I have to walk it daily. Evaluation of cost: expensive drums that will last long or cheap drums I'll have to replace if I continue drumming. Do I buy the more expensive drums. So the more ...


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When I end up working on a failed idea, I sometimes write it up anyhow because the value it provides is a warning to others that this is a dead end. I'm making some assumptions here, you didn't post what your thesis was about. There is a question in philosophy about which end a gnat farts from, the front or the back. I suppose if my thesis was on that ...


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There are people who respond immediately to a question. It seems they don't think about it at all and it still give a great answer. The point is there, they know. They have a lot of experience on this subject. They work on this subject and they made samples. This is a very normal. Other way, some people born like this. They always ready to respond ...


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Write it down Write down everything you want to focus on for the next few hours. Prioritise it Quickly work out what is more important. Delete things that may now seem unimportant. Concentrate on one thing Then for the next 25 minutes just do that one thing. Do not allow yourself to be distracted. Set a timer. Look up the Pomodoro Technique as a guide. ...


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A smart worker is one who gets the job done within specific deadline most of the time. Most of the time his boss can rely on him to get the job done (try to build this impression to your boss). According to me here how one can be a smart worker: Always always do some sort of research upfront before starting a task. Researching is the best way to save time ...


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For all the important items in the backlog, you don't have to worry because the will soon be done. But, for the minor/less important stuff, I think you should reserve some spare time to finish that. Try to think in a more lean way: if it's too long in the backlog than it's probably not that important and it's probably not worth it. Why not just remove it? ...


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But I'm always fighting with the tool, trying to learn how to add a cool style to the map node or export it to HTML, or whatever instead of really using it. I recognize this - I'm the same way myself :-) I suggest you try the Pomodoro Technique. It doesn't get much simpler than that. A piece of paper and an egg timer. I feel it really helps focusing on ...


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Why am I doing this, The foremost reason is that you are actually thinking that it is not really important or useful for yourself or in other words "You dont really want it". There may be various reasons your mind will tell you for that. Imagine if you want to do things which you like, You will always do it with enthusiam and happiness. or If your boss told ...


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But of course! I would say preparing questions for material you study is pretty much the key to retention. You should also test yourself on those questions, that's even better. Such a learning tool even has a name: flashcards. Preparing Flashcards Flashcards come from the idea of preparing a stack of index cards where each card takes the question on the ...


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The reason you don't like GTD is because you are not even trying to do GTD: Bored of writing lists longer than 10 tasks. General tasks that never get done. My list is becoming cluttered and ineffective Is there any established method ...? Don't force yourself to get a whole to-do list at once, but re-iteratively improve it. Here are some ...


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I personally use the Getting Things Done (GTD) approach, and find it works quite well for me. Other people find the Do It Tomorrow approach works better for them. (search for either phrase for a lot of links to read more). Any system will require retraining your habits to be fully effective. One of the best suggestions I've come across is to use the ...


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Personal wiki I use Mediawiki engine (the same as used at Wikipedia) as a single place for any notes I need to access too in near future. Literally, single place and, literally, any notes. From command-line switches references to diary and barbershop working hours. I use it for ~8 years and have ~5000 content pages. Links, categories and images are very ...


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This is a very broad question with no right answer. But to mention a few other aspects not mentioned in the other answer: You need to be able to work in teams and be familiar with the basics of software development methodologies, such as Scrum and agile development. This is especially so if you aspire to be a team leader. Learn design patterns to know how ...



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