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10 Websites You Need To Visit If You Want To Become Smarter

10 Websites You Need To Visit If You Want To Become Smarter

In an age of so much information, it’s a whimsical thing to find people burning all their time on social media. You can only get ahead in this world with more knowledge, since the world is becoming more competitive and demanding by the day.

The internet offers so many great resources to help you get smarter and be better positioned for success. That is, if you are willing to dig deep and spend your time on the right websites. Here are 10 websites that will make you smarter.

1. Khan Academy

Khan Academy provides you with tutoring through helpful videos. Furthering your understanding of a subject means practicing, not simply accessing the information. Khan Academy wants you to be smarter, that’s why they will also keep track of your learning statistics.

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2. DataCamp

Data is big, and DataCamp is one interesting avenue to learning coding and data science. The comfort and ease of going through this learning process will help you gain better insights into coding. While a monthly or annual fee applies to all courses, spending time learning here will certainly make you smarter!

3. Quora

It just got a whole lot easier to have your questions answered by other smart people via Quora. Even if you are not great at asking and seeking answers by yourself, you can read through the questions other people have asked. Quora provides a diversity of subjects from personalities to productivity hacks.

4. TED-Ed

TED is a platform that offers connections to award-winning and animated lessons that have been created by several experts. The idea behind TED-Ed is to offer “lessons worth sharing” to an audience who wants to spark their curiosity. Through this medium, you can distribute a video that quizzes your viewers and provides a topic for discussion.

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5. Instructables

Instructables wants you to be able to learn anything. Through simple instructions and fun videos you can improve what you know. If you are also an expert, you can submit your own creations and share what you know with the rest of the world.

6. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers you a digital library of e-books to download. With more than 50,000 free e-books to read online or download through this site, you are sure to improve your knowledge. If you have an idea, Project Gutenberg has an avenue which you can use to help create more free e-books.

7. Udemy

If you are one who craves for variety, then Udemy provides you with more than 30,000 courses on different subjects. These subjects cover a vast range and have been developed by experts.

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8. Digital Photography School 

Whether you are a complete beginner or you have some intermediate skills, Digital Photography School equips you with information on how to improve your photography skills. On this site is a goldmine of articles and an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers you can connect with.

9. Coursera

On Cousera, you will find more than 800 courses on topics that cover subjects like financial engineering, internet history, and more. As an education platform, Coursera provides you the access to deepen your knowledge across a range of subjects.

10. Lifehack

It would be difficult to complete this article without referring to Lifehack, the website that provides you with life hacks and information on how to improve your productivity, advance in your career goals, and better your relationships. Knowledge from this website can help you to become a better individual and learn to navigate society with ease. Subjects on the website range from communication, relationships, productivity, parenting, work, and more. All this will be useful if you want to have an edge in a competitive world.

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Last Updated on June 18, 2019

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Making Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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