Friday, December 16, 2011

My workspace

My bedroom has undergone a makeover recently. In today's post I would like to show you what my workspace looks like.
The intention was to create clear and practical workspace. The custom-made desk has many built-in features that were needed because I use both Mac and PC. They share the monitor BenQ, keyboard and audio system. One can switch from one to another using the Belkin switch.
Simply put, it's pretty awesome.

Moreover, I would like to share with you some tips on organization of drawers.

Winter break project

I got inspired by Emily Chapman's article on Hack College. She suggests that the winter break should be used to do something great such as starting new project. The Christmas break is usually used to tackle postponed tasks. For this reason, I upgraded the design of this blog tonight and I plan to write few posts during this precious holiday time.

To tease you a little, let me promise you a comparison of Lightroom and iPhoto, review on Wunderlist, a to-do app that I used through the fall semester, and perhaps a short essay on minimalism. See you soon, guys.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Getting ready for Back-to-school

Holidays are officially over and on Monday, the Fall semester starts. It's time to get ready for upcoming battles. Sacrifice your Sunday afternoon nap and try to get ahead.

Workspace: get rid of the holiday clutter
I cleared out all my drawers and evaluated the content. All that pens that dried during the summer, paper clutter and tangled cables must go. It's a good idea to start putting together a shopping list for office supplies when you realize something is missing.
Also, set up some space for new documents. On my Mac, I created new folders for all notes, PDFs and other files that would be created in upcoming months. There would be no electronic clutter at the end of the first week.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trying new schedule for Fall

The school starts again in one week and I started my preparations by putting together a new schedule that I'd like to share with you.
As you see, it's a bit more complex that traditional list of lectures. Let me explain.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

to-do lists: iCal versus iProcrastinate

My beloved MacBook Pro received a special treatment today: upgrade to Snow Leopard.
For a long time, I resisted the temptation to spend money on piece of software that wasn't necessary, but when my Mac started to slow down and Apple released the App Store, the time has come. I just got it. And I fell in love with the App Store immediately. To get some useful
app through the App store is much easier than searching for it on the Internet. Especially when you're not sure what you are looking for.

How is this related to student productivity?
There are hundreds applications we can all use to make our life easier. Every semester, I have to find the most efficient way to get things done. This one, I carry my Mac everywhere and I completely rely on iCal and MS Word (yes, I love MS Office even though I'm Mac person).

Monday, February 21, 2011

Get focused ASAP - Beating procrastination

Last weekend, I just couldn't regain my focus and concentration. I basically didn't get anything done because I was overwhelmed by the feeling I have to accomplish every assignment. I was just watching TV series and procrastinating till the very last minute.
I'm writing this to you so when you get to similar situation, you can learn from my mistake and probably try the approach I'm trying right now.

Just relax. It sometimes happens that you just don't get the work done. If there is no such threat as failing the whole course, it's okay to make the mistake and allow yourself to spend whole weekend watching Boston Legal. It's something you have put priority on for some reason.

The point is to recognize when your brain is ready to go on. It is very important not to panic. :-) Try this checklist first:
Which assignment is due next day? Or which one you have to submit first?
Which assignment is going to be graded?

Start with an assignment that matches these two conditions. Then, ask yourself these questions:
What is the purpose of this assignment? What is the main idea?
What resources you're going to need?
Can a friend help you with it?
What is the minimum that would satisfy the assignment? (It doesn't have to be perfect if you're running out of time).

If you have troubles concentrating, try to focus for twenty minutes ONLY on this assignment. Turn off Facebook. Turn off your email notifications. Turn off your cell phone and Skype, if necessary. Just get yourself focused just on this one assignment so you complete it as soon as possible on the level that will satisfy your minimal expectations.

When you'll be finished, you'll be less stressed about all the work you have to do and if you get lucky, you'll be back in the working mood.