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12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter

12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter

Self-learning has been more popular as the amount of information available online is increasing, allowing us to broaden our views with any topics that interest us. As you can find almost any course you wish to attend online, on popular websites such as Coursera and Khan Academy, you can easily change your career and start learning about something that really inspires you.

We present you with a list of 12 websites that you can use to expand your knowledge base and seize new opportunities.

1. CreativeLive

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    If you strive to nurture your creativity, you can join live online workshops by CreativeLive about photography, video, design, music, crafting and so on. If you feel like a creative soul, this is the place where you can unlock your potential and be surprised with how much you can learn.

    2. Code School

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      With entertaining content and experience instructors, Code School offers you over 60 courses on various programming languages. Every course is designed so as to feel like you are playing a game rather than boring you with a lot of information.

      3. Brain Pump

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        With Brain Pump, you can learn something new and interesting every day. You can learn about topics such as technology, chemistry, history, casual science, food, game design and much more.

        4. Guides

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          Guides is a free publishing platform where different authors, teachers, bloggers and researchers can share their knowledge. With many different “How To” guides, you can learn everything about marketing, entrepreneurship, fitness, health, design and so on.

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          5. Chalk Street

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            Chalk Street presents you with more than 60,000 lessons on technology, business, arts and lifestyle, such as yoga, languages, smartphone photography, everything about Excel and many others.

            6. Psychology Today

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              If you want to work on yourself and improve your mental health, Psychology Today is the right website for you. This site gathers a group of psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers, thus you can educate yourself on a number of topics, such as anxiety, cognition, creativity, parenting, memory, and so on.

              7. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                MIT OCW is a place where you can find course content of more than 2,000 MIT courses that can help individual learners enrich their knowledge base. Some of the most popular courses include: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Algorithms, Introduction to Programming in Java, and so on.

                8. Investopedia

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                  If you are looking for a website to improve your knowledge on finances, Investopedia is the right place for you. You can learn everything about investing and personal finance from a team of data scientists and financial experts.

                  9. Makezine

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                    For those of you who like to play with technology and craft their own invention, step-by-step articles on Makezine will become your favorite pieces of writing.

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                    10. Quora

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                      Quora’s mission is to connect people who have knowledge with the people who need it. You can ask almost any question and people will give you useful pieces of advice and their insights, or you can look at previous discussions and find the answers you are looking for.

                      11. Udacity

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                        Udacity focuses on active learning and its mission is to bring higher education to people around the world so as to help them with improving their careers. It has a long list of available courses from the field of programming, business studies, web design, marketing and so on.

                        12. Highbrow

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                          You can always spare 5 minutes per day to learn something new, and 5 minutes is all Highbrow asks from you. You can have 5-minute lessons delivered to your inbox daily, and learn how to improve your brain health, boost your emotional intelligence, about body language, SEO, HTML, CSS and many other topics.

                          How to make the most of self-learning

                          In order to get the maximum from self-learning process, you first need to set goals, and ask yourself why you want to know more about a certain topic. First set mini goals, and after you meet each goal, cross it off your goal list and that’s how you can track your progress. This is also a great motivational tool since it creates the sense of accomplishment. The next step is to make a schedule – how much time you want to spend each week learning and when do you plan to finish a course, and stick to it.

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                          Last Updated on September 17, 2018

                          How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                          How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                          Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

                          Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

                          All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

                          Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

                          How bad really is multitasking?

                          It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

                          Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

                          This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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                          We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

                          So what to do about it?

                          Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

                          Now, forget about how to multitask!

                          Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

                          1. Get enough rest

                          When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

                          This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

                          When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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                          2. Plan your day

                          When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

                          When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

                          Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

                          3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

                          I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

                          I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

                          Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

                          4. When at your desk, do work

                          We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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                          Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

                          5. Learn to say no

                          Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

                          Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

                          By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

                          6. Turn off notifications on your computer

                          For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

                          Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

                          7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

                          Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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                          You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

                          The bottom line

                          Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

                          Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

                          Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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