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20 Websites To Help You Learn More In Less Time

20 Websites To Help You Learn More In Less Time

Advances in modern technology, particularly the internet (and yes, the word wide web is still considered “modern”) have given us a lot of things to be thankful for. Every day, it seems that new websites are started and new articles, videos, and billions of other pieces of digital content are created and uploaded to the web. And every time a new piece of content is uploaded to a website, it’s expanding the available pool of knowledge and information we have at our fingertips.

But the problem with this influx of available information, is that it doesn’t come along with any extra time!

Between work, school, and spending quality time with family and friends — when will we ever have enough time to do anything with all of this information anyway?

… Luckily, you’ve stumbled upon this list of 20 websites to help you learn more in less time. So you can finally start to make the best possible use of this abundance of information we’re bombarded with on a daily basis.

#1. Spreeder

Spreeder.com is a free online speed reading software designed to improve your reading speed and comprehension.

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    #2. Freerice

    Expand your vocabulary while feeding the hungry. Feed your mind while you feed the needy.

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      #3. GetFlashNotes

      Business and Self-Help book summaries you can read or listen-to in under 20 minutes. Their book summaries are available in every format: PDF, Kindle, Android, iPhone, iPad. MP3. Everything.

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        #4. Instructables

        Instructions to help you build, cook, and create a wide array of different things. Doubles as a platform for people to explore, document, and share their creations.

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          #5. TED

          Watch video lectures delivered by the brightest minds in the world.

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            #6. Memrise

            Learn foreign languages in your underpants.

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               #6. Factsie

              Learn from an endless stream of random facts about life, science, and history.

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                #7. Audible

                Listen to audiobooks while you’re on the go. Perfect for people who read at a slower pace; or dislike reading but enjoy learning.

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                  #8. Codeacademy

                  Learn to code quickly via interactive lessons.

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                    #9. iTunes Podcasts

                    Podcasting has revolutionized how we listen to the radio. Thanks to the good folks at Apple, there are thousands of podcasts that can teach you about everything from economics to personal development to business and more.

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                      #11. khanacademy

                      Video lectures on just about any subject

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                        #12. investopedia.com

                        Learn and practice investing however you want. Whenever you want.

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                          #13. Future Learn

                          Future Learn is a site that offers free courses, in categories that range from Law, Psychology, Teaching and beyond.

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                            #14. Udemy

                            A platform where you can learn to do anything from the the world’s best teachers.

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                              #15. Stanford Online

                              Actionable learning material from one of the world’s most prestigious universities; ready for your brain’s taking.

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                                #16. Quora

                                The best answers to every question. Anyone can ask. Everyone can contribute. It’s like social networking for smart people.

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                                  #17. Udacity

                                  Wanna learn real technical skills you can use at a real company after learning them? Udacity.com is for you.

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                                    #18. Memorize Now

                                    Wanna boost your brain power? Now you can. With Memorize Now, which provides a memory exercising service that allows you to create online flash cards and aid your memory retention process.

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                                      #19. The 7-minute workout

                                      This one’s for the cubicle-jockeys. Learn to stay fit with a simple seven minute workout — all without leaving your desk.

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                                        #20. Drawspace

                                        Cultivate your drawing skills with Drawspace! Learn to draw anything with their fun and easy tutorials.

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                                          You’ve got some learning to do

                                          So, there yah have it: 20 websites to help you learn more in less time. Hopefully they’ll help you become more successful in the way you lead your life — both personally and professionally. And by the way, if you’ve got any great websites you’d like to suggest that might be helpful, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments!

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                                          Last Updated on November 18, 2019

                                          How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                          How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                          Everyone of my team members has a bucketload of tasks that they need to deal with every working day. On top of that, most of their tasks are either creativity tasks or problem solving tasks.

                                          Despite having loads of tasks to handle, our team is able to stay creative and work towards our goals consistently.

                                          How do we manage that?

                                          I’m going to reveal to you how I helped my team get more things done in less time through the power of correct prioritization. A few minutes spent reading this article could literally save you thousands of hours over the long term. So, let’s get started with my method on how to prioritize:

                                          The Scales Method – a productivity method I created several years ago.

                                          How to Prioritize with the Scales Method

                                            One of our new editors came to me the other day and told me how she was struggling to keep up with the many tasks she needed to handle and the deadlines she constantly needed to stick to.

                                            At the end of each day, she felt like she had done a lot of things but often failed to come up with creative ideas and to get articles successfully published. From what she told me, it was obvious that she felt overwhelmed and was growing increasingly frustrated about failing to achieve her targets despite putting in extra hours most days.

                                            After she listened to my advice – and I introduced her to the Scales Method – she immediately experienced a dramatic rise in productivity, which looked like this:

                                            • She could produce three times more creative ideas for blog articles
                                            • She could publish all her articles on time
                                            • And she could finish all her work on time every day (no more overtime!)

                                            Curious to find out how she did it? Read on for the step-by-step guide:

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                                            1. Set Aside 10 Minutes for Planning

                                            When it comes to tackling productivity issues, it makes sense to plan before taking action. However, don’t become so involved in planning that you become trapped in it and never move beyond first base.

                                            My recommendation is to give yourself a specific time period for planning – but keep it short. Ideally, 10 or 15 minutes. This should be adequate to think about your plan.

                                            Use this time to:

                                            • Look at the big picture.
                                            • Think about the current goal and target that you need/want to achieve.
                                            • Lay out all the tasks you need to do.

                                            2. Align Your Tasks with Your Goal

                                            This is the core component that makes the Scales Method effective.

                                            It works like this:

                                            Take a look at all the tasks you’re doing, and review the importance of each of them. Specifically, measure a task’s importance by its cost and benefit.

                                            By cost, I am referring to the effort needed per task (including time, money and other resources). The benefit is how closely the task can contribute to your goal.

                                              To make this easier for you, I’ve listed below four combinations that will enable you to quickly and easily determine the priority of each of your tasks:

                                              Low Cost + High Benefit

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                                              Do these tasks first because they’re the simple ones to complete, yet help you get closer to your goal.

                                              Approving artwork created for a sales brochure would likely fit this category. You could easily decide on whether you liked the artwork/layout, but your decision to approve would trigger the production of the leaflet and the subsequent sales benefits of sending it out to potential customers.

                                              High Cost + High Benefit

                                              Break the high cost task down into smaller ones. In other words, break the big task into mini ones that take less than an hour to complete. And then re-evaluate these small tasks and set their correct priority level.

                                              Imagine if you were asked to write a product launch plan for a new diary-free protein powder supplement. Instead of trying to write the plan in one sitting – aim to write the different sections at different times (e.g., spend 30 minutes writing the introduction, one hour writing the body text, and 30 minutes writing the conclusion).

                                              Low Cost + Low Benefit

                                              This combination should be your lowest priority. Either give yourself 10-15 minutes to handle this task, or put these kind of tasks in between valuable tasks as a useful break.

                                              These are probably necessary tasks (e.g., routine tasks like checking emails) but they don’t contribute much towards reaching your desired goal. Keep them way down your priority list.

                                              High Cost + Low Benefit

                                              Review if these tasks are really necessary. Think of ways to reduce the cost if you decide that the completion of the task is required.

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                                              For instance, can any tools or systems help to speed up doing the task? In this category, you’re likely to find things like checking and updating sales contacts spreadsheets. This can be a fiddly and time-consuming thing to do without making mistakes. However, there are plenty of apps out there they can make this process instant and seamless.

                                              Now, coming back to the editor who I referred to earlier, let’s take a look at her typical daily task list:

                                                After listening to my advice, she broke down the High cost+ High benefit task into smaller ones. Her tasks then looked like this (in order of priority):

                                                  And for the task about promoting articles to different platforms, after reviewing its benefits, we decided to focus on the most effective platform only – thereby significantly lowering the associated time cost.

                                                  Bonus Tip: Tackling Tasks with Deadlines

                                                  Once you’ve evaluated your tasks, you’ll know the importance of each of them. This will immediately give you a crystal-clear picture on which tasks would help you to achieve more (in terms of achieving your goals). Sometimes, however, you won’t be able to decide every task’s priority because there’ll be deadlines set by external parties such as managers and agencies.

                                                  What to do in these cases?

                                                  Well, I suggest that after considering the importance and values of your current tasks, align the list with the deadlines and adjust the priorities accordingly.

                                                  For example, let’s dip into the editor’s world again.

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                                                  Some of the articles she edited needed to be published by specific dates. The Scales Method allows for this, and in this case, her amended task list would look something like this:

                                                    Hopefully, you can now see how easy it is to evaluate the importance of tasks and how to order them in lists of priority.

                                                    The Scales Method Is Different from Anything Else You’ve Tried

                                                    By adopting the Scales Method, you’ll begin to correctly prioritize your work, and most importantly – boost your productivity by up to 10 times!

                                                    And unlike other methods that don’t really explain how to decide the importance of a task, my method will help you break down each of your tasks into two parts: cost and benefits. My method will also help you to take follow-up action based on different cost and benefits combinations.

                                                    Start right now by spending 10 minutes to evaluate your common daily tasks and how they align with your goal(s). Once you have this information, it’ll be super-easy to put your tasks into a priority list. All that remains, is that you kick off your next working day by following your new list.

                                                    Trust me, once you begin using the Scales Method – you’ll never want to go back to your old ways of working.

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