This technique keeps me focused and self-motivated, and points me in the direction of greatest curiosity! I've used it for learning about x86 assembly, insurances, color spaces, and veganism!
Another technique that appeals to me (but which I haven't tried yet) is @email@example.com's "Make 50 of Something"! http://vihart.com/fifty-fizzbuzzes/
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