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My mother-in-law has said: "If you have a plate of frogs in front of you, eat the ugliest one first." Features of this quote: The frogs are your unpleasant tasks. They're not butterflies. One of those tasks is going to be the most unpleasant. Given that you have to do all of them, get the most unpleasant one out of the way first. Then, it gets easier. ...


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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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I've collected a few things I've got that may be able to help you, this has been a problem for me throughout my life, causing me years of depression and pervasive suicidal thoughts. It's my hope that at least some of this will be useful to you, so you can go on living a happy life stress-free. I wish you luck on your journey! Stress, Anxiety, and Mindset: ...


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I think your first step should be to prioritize those goals. That's a lot to have in your head at one point. The more you are doing at the same time, the more "state" has to stay in your head. Which makes it harder to get moving on it. For example, you are in the middle of at least 20 books. Pick a couple and FINISH them. Then move on to the next book. I am ...


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I use GTD, so I have a "Someday / Maybe" list Take a look at your projects list, so put all your coding projects, cashflow ideas, and personal improvement goals on one list. Now as you look at that list, decide what you want to put on hold, and move them to your Someday/Maybe list. The rest stay on your Projects list. These will be your focus. A ...


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Please watch the talk Study Less, Study Smart by Dr. Marty Lobdell. It will help you a lot. To sum up the talk in a few points: Start studying early. Your brain can only handle a few concepts at a time. It takes time for the concepts to sink in. Don't keep everything for the last moment. Take breaks every 25 minutes. The human attention span lasts ...


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I have been using a multiple monitor setup since DualView came out in windows. I first used it for while playing games, and then quickly added a dual monitor setup to my work computer. At my job a few years ago, I had a 4 monitor setup, but It was a more stressful job where I needed to monitor systems in real time on 2 of the 4 screens. I did not ...


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In Outlook you can use "Follow Up" flags to mark the email, this will add a task to your Outlook task list to follow up the mail at a later time. I'm sure similar functionality does exist in Thunderbird, either native or via a plugin. Several solutions have been posted in a Super User thread.


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Because most of us relied on ROTE memorization. Repeat until it temporarily sticks to your brain. Memorizing something isn't bad, per se. Memorizing without understanding is bad. Even today I memorize things that I know I need frequently. Think of this as a computer caching its data. If it can access data faster, it will be more productive. That is ...


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What i do to be "one of the updated" is less hands on courses on new techs but following hackers, who are well known in their respective communities, to get something like a birds eye view of the industry. This way you don't have to spend time going through the information right away, but you still have good chances to not miss anything usefull. You could, ...


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I went to law school 40 years ago, long before laptops and other portable keyboarding devices. Among my classmates there were a variety of methods of keeping track of lecture material. We actually discussed among ourselves the various methods and whether one was better than another for retaining a large amount of material. It seems to be individual, based ...


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I searched for "note taking by hand vs computer memory". Of the first three hits there were mixed results: This paper says there was more retention by typing. It's an interesting paper because it examines the differences between notetaking when reading a textbook vs when in a lecture. PBS says paper is better as does this article.


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I used to have a 24" LCD in addition with my MBP 15". Here are some of the use cases: Coding: IDE on primary screen and resource on secondary screen. Reading: Take notes on primary, material on secondary. Web programming: IDE on primary, webpage result on secondary. productivity: GTD tools on secondary for reference, e.g. OmniFocus or Evernote where you ...


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The key is to start the task you plan on doing. Once you started the task, it will be easier to get the motivation to complete it. You should also set small prizes for yourself if you finish a task, and only receive them once the task is complete. This could be a fun way to do things, nut as I said before, you must first START. Now, get of your ass and ...


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Your brain stores 7 +/- 2 things in working memory. You can keep drilling these things until they stick. Or you can encode them. Here's an example, memorize the following number: 1274191101 It goes beyond the working memory limit, so it's almost impossible to memorize with one go. Now break it down into the following.. 12/7/41 and 9/11/01, the dates of ...


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After being asked for clarification on my comment, I thought I'd write an answer. Workflow optimisation is the act of optimising the process of doing actual work. For example: Implementing a general reference system (a box of file folders with labels) would be considered workfflow optimisation, but using that system would be actual work. It's important to ...


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going to dev user groups helps me discover the latest tools / technologies and help spark interest. having personal projects helps me explore new technologies and get practical experience with them (rather than theory) learning keyboard shortcuts and optimizing repetitive tasks (snippets, etc...) helps me get stuff done faster getting all my work code ...


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I like to maintain side projects. I recommend both handling everything yourself and working on a community project on GitHub. When you handle everything yourself you can pretty easily spot the gaping holes in your knowledge base. This includes handling everything from source control to architecture to coding to presentation and aesthetics. You will see how ...


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From the tone of your question, my impression is you are usually a "B" student and are now trying in your last year to up your game to get all A's. You need to look at the factors around you and your study habits to see how they are contributing and detracting from your ability to focus on your studies and retain the information. As noted by Little Child, ...


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There are, of course, inherent differences in the way individuals process information and in their base knowledge of any given topic. This has a lot of impact on the speed with which they are able to answer you in conversation. But the real differentiator, as I have read and experienced in the past, is the amount of preparation one has done in the specific ...


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I think that people procrastinate for different reasons so there is no one-size-fits-all answer . (I am also always surprised as to how many people suffer with this - trust me it's not just you! ) Some excellent points have been made in all of the posts above for sure. Here's my take : To find the cure I think you need to identify WHY you are ...


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According to this article which summarize William Shockley suggestion on productivity on publishing papers: producing a paper is tantamount to clearing every one of a sequence of hurdles. He specifically lists: ability to think of a good problem ability to work on it ability to recognize a worthwhile result ability to make a decision as to when to stop ...


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Anyone who truly knows probably won't be on this forum answering the question in the first place, but I'll still throw out a few tidbits. The ability to get stuff done seems to come from deep within. I've been in moods where I want nothing more than to blast through my to-do list. Other times, I've felt that refreshing my inbox repeatedly was the most ...


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In many (not all) cases, procrastination is a result of a task not being clearly enough understood, or being too big to approach at one time. When I find myself procrastinating on something, I take a close look at it. I may need to clarify the definition of "done" for that task, or I may need to break it down into smaller pieces. Taking either step often ...


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Heres some a great answer provided by (AsapScience) "When looking at the effectiveness of learning, laptops as tools for note-taking do not fair as well as plain-old pen and paper, a study has suggested. Why? Typing is faster than writing on paper, so students are more likely to just type what they're listening to word for word without interpreting. " ...


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You do not say specific information about what you have to do with your computer in your work, so I would like to show you my current setup for gathering some ideas. In my work I read/write documents, data sheets and e-mails most of the time, but - as I am officially something like a software development manager - sometimes I have to write or review source ...


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It having been almost two months since I asked this question, and with the knowledge and observation of what I’m doing with two monitors over that time, here’s an update and what I’m currently thinking. I’d be happy to have additional answers to consider! Two widescreen monitors is too much real estate to take in as primary workspace. (2 @ 1920x1200) My ...



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