Why Projects Fail & The Role of Project Managers

A project has so many moving parts that it can be easy for things to go wrong. The role of a project manager in any project is to ensure every bit of a project is running as planned but this is far from an easy job. This infographic from Trainwest takes you through why projects …

The escape plan

Productivity burnout is one of my favorite subjects, maybe because I had several close encounters with the phenomenon. I suffered work-related burnout periods more than once, and so did most of my students and friends.  Each time I address the subject, I choose a slightly different perspective. Hope there will be some new ideas in …

Tips on exercising your brain

We address memory training quite seriously and have many different exercises on our site. In this post, I want to share some training tips inspired by this, this, this and this articles. Specific and generic training If you research a subject or write a code, you do many different and seemingly unconnected tasks. It is …

Fixing our education

The education system is arguably broken, so it must be easy to improve the situation for some people. How can we do that? There are many ways to address the issue. In fact we have a dedicated course about it. Here are some small ideas that did not quite make it into the course materials. …

Ways to Fight Information Overflow

This is a guest article by Sophia Anderson. This particular article was not easy to write, and several rounds of writing and editing went into it. So please thank Sofia for her hard work in your comments.  Sophia Anderson is an associate educator, blogger and freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on learning, writing, business, …

The vicious cycle of extreme productivity

Good and bad multitasking is a subject we review quite often. Usually, the focus is on how to multitask correctly. Recently I became aware of the people who take the right multitasking to its limits and beyond. For additional reading I selected here, here, here, here, and here. The perfect schedule There is such a …

Using reading diary

aReading diary is a tool we typically plan to use but end up not using. I confess I never really used a reading diary. I do use a number of alternative approaches. In this article, I will describe first what the reading diary theoretically should be, and then what can be used instead. Basic reading …

Work life balance: set boundaries, get effective, learn to say no

There are many positive skills and habits we know should master and practice in our lives. Finding time to practice these skills may be challenging. In fact, being skilled we are often sought after by other people. If we please all people who need our attention, we may lose the skills we cherish. Setting the …

Getting out of comfort zone

Getting out of the comfort zone is important for personal growth and crucial for any attempt of achieving greatness. After my marriage with Anna she was convinced I am not living to my potential. So she made it a personal goal to take me out of my comfort zone. This is not an easy task, …

Ten most common speedreading mistakes

This blog was originally built to address the most common and recurring problems of my students. As we learn and improve our materials, our students also improve and make different mistakes. In this post, I want to address ten of the most common speedreading mistakes I currently find with our students. Ignoring PAO. A person …