Reading skill is absolutely important in the information age. These days we need to be able to absorb new information as fast and as efficient as possible. Since most of the information is presented in the form of text, reading skill is a must. It is a substantial part of what I believe is the most important skill: the ability to choose what to learn and to learn them quickly. With all the readings in front of you, how do you get the most out of them? How do you master your readings? Here are top 48 hacks you can use:
Success is everybody’s dream. But what is the key to success? How can you be successful? In my post about defining successful people, I wrote that we should measure success based on how much we give rather than how much we receive. Fortunately, it also works nicely the other way around since those who give more almost always will also receive more. Based on that, you can see that the more value you give to others, the more successful you will be. So how do you pave your way to success? How do you become more successful? The answer is amazingly simple. Here it is: The key to success is making yourself as useful as possible to others.
I’m in the midst of a bandwidth crisis these days. As I wrote before, my current Internet connection has a quota of 1,000 MB per month. Up till now I’ve used 880 MB with still one week to go. Needless to say, such situation puts me in unintentional Internet diet. Despite the incovenience, I can see the positive side of it. There are at least two benefits for me: I use my online time to do only the importantThe unimportant stuff is automatically eliminated; there is no bandwidth for it. This is the direct effect of Parkinson’s law, though the limited resource in this case is bandwidth instead of time. I reduce noise in my lifeInternet diet automatically means that less information is entering my life and thus less noise.
Following the development in personal productivity field could be cumbersome. There are simply too many good resources out there than what I could possibly follow through my feed reader. So what can I do? One solution I can think of is creating a “knowledge base” of personal productivity resources. The “knowledge base” should contain information from multiple sources in one place which can easily be searched to find exactly what I need. That’s why I create the Productivity Search Engine (PSE). It’s a Google Custom Search Engine which is designed to search 50+ productivity blogs at once. These blogs are select blogs taken from Zen Habit’s Top 50 Productivity Blogs with some additions from me. Unlike the normal Google Web Search, this search engine limits the results only from those 50+ productivity blogs. Since newest ideas and trends often come from blogs instead of other kind of web sites (due to blogs’ very democratic nature), I believe PSE could give you better results on productivity topics. If you are a blogger interested in productivity topics, the benefit of using PSE is even more obvious: you can quickly figure out what other bloggers have said about certain productivity topics. This will make you look even more knowledgeable in front […]
It’s an important question. What makes some people get ahead in life while some others not? While other factors such as luck also play role, I believe the single most important element that makes the difference between them is consistency of doing small things everyday. Let’s take an example in the case of writers. Writer A consistently writes 2 hours everyday, while writer B writes 2 hours only every other day due to his inconsistency. In one week, writer A will have spent 14 hours in writing while writer B will have spent only 7 hours. That is 7 hours difference in only one week. Let’s see how the numbers (in hours) evolve over longer period of time:
There are so many information and knowledge you can get from the Internet. Most of them are in the form of articles. Whether from blogs, newspapers, or portals, there are a lot of information and knowledge available as articles. But how can you read those articles effectively? How do you make sure that the time you invest to read those articles give you the best possible return? In my opinion, the key is capturing the ideas. If you can get good ideas from the articles and capture them in such a way that they won’t be lost, you would have read the articles effectively.