14 Tips for Computer Science Students to Simplify Their Work-Life

14 Tips for Computer Science Students to Simplify Their Work-Life

Fran­tic and exhaust­ing – isn’t this what the life of most com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents is like?

Each time you cope up with the pre­vi­ous tasks and try to get back to nor­mal­i­ty you get some new tasks to deal with. Your sched­ule dwindles, you don’t get time to do all you wish to do and your plans get thrashed.

It sucks.

We know.

Although you might be try­ing hard to make the best out of the time you get each day, things don’t seem to get easy. Per­haps, you’re already giv­ing your work all that it takes. Yet, there are still a few ways which you can use to sim­pli­fy your work-life.

You can still ease your work-life by incul­cat­ing some effec­tive ideas and chang­ing your work habits a bit.

We’ve made a list of 14 gen­uine ways you can use to sim­pli­fy your work-life. You may be already aware of some of them, and some might be new to you as well. Start using whichev­er ways you find suit­able for your­self.

1. Use supplementary gadgets

"What is so brilliant about the gadgets is their simplicity."

Right tools are undoubt­ed­ly nec­es­sary.

But the awe­some ones can do mir­a­cles for you.

Don’t under­es­ti­mate the use­ful­ness and the amount of improve­ment buy­ing a few gad­gets can bring to your work.

For instance, just because you have a touch­pad on lap­top doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy a mouse.

If you need to con­stant­ly deal with numer­ic keys while cre­at­ing 3D graph­ics but your lap­top doesn’t have a numer­ic pad then using a USB numer­ic key­pad can sure­ly save your time.

The pur­pose of doing all this can be boiled down to just one sen­si­ble rea­son – you don’t want to waste your time doing unnec­es­sary things because you could be doing some­thing more pur­pose­ful instead.

There’s a great deal of tech gad­gets avail­able out there – obvi­ous­ly you don’t need all of them, but you should get what­ev­er can assist you in your work.

Here are some quick tips and sug­ges­tions to help you decide what’s right for you:

  • If you use mul­ti­ple com­put­ers or devices at once but prefer porta­bil­i­ty then get a Log­itech Blue­tooth Multi-Device key­board as this sin­gle key­board would ful­fill all your needs and cut-off some has­sle from your life.
  • To orga­nize a work­space that’s clut­tered with wires and cables, get some cable clips, cable man­agers and wire clip nails. You won’t need reor­ga­nize the cables on your desk again.
  • Buy a com­ple­men­tary USB hub for charg­ing your cell­phone and speak­ers. A sin­gle USB sock­et will serve all your needs after that.
  • Get a Blue­tooth speak­er if your com­put­er has low vol­ume and you’re fond of music. Three oth­er sig­nif­i­cant rea­sons – they’re wire­less, portable and cool.
  • Final­ly, buy an exten­sion cord or surge pro­tec­tor for set­ting up a room wired for your con­ve­nience and ease. Don’t remain a slave of what­ev­er the elec­tri­cian has done to your house or work­place.

Also, if there are cer­tain gad­gets or acces­sories which you think can ease your life — buy them.

In the end it’s all about con­sid­er­ing your pref­er­ences, bud­get and needs to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment for your­self where you can say focused and…happy.

2. Upgrade

"So much technology, so little talent."

If the there’s a bet­ter option avail­able to you, get it.

Using the same old resources is fine as far as they ful­fill your needs and you’re low on bud­get. You can go on with what you have in that case.

But the prob­lems starts when the old stuff you use becomes and obsta­cle and inter­ve­nes in your work. Bet­ter upgrade if you find your­self stuck in such a sit­u­a­tion. It’ll sure­ly pay-off.

Install a new­er oper­at­ing sys­tem if you need to. Pur­chase a new lap­top if the pre­vi­ous one doesn’t fit in any­more. Get the new­er ver­sions of all the appli­ca­tions as well.

Oth­er­wise upgrade some speci­fic com­po­nents such as RAM, proces­sor, or buy an exter­nal SSD hard-disk for faster data access if you prefer to improve what you already have.

It’s most­ly a fair deal.

3. Sync

"If people aren't in sync, things won't work out well."

Sync – it’s a pow­er­ful fea­ture.

First­ly, try to use the appli­ca­tions which can be con­nect­ed to your email or sync with oth­er apps. Not only this will reduce the has­sle you gen­er­al­ly deal with but also sky­rock­et the lev­el of con­ve­nience.

The rea­son for doing it is sim­ple – orga­ni­za­tion.

You won’t need to exchange data in sev­er­al devices or appli­ca­tions and nei­ther will you need to wor­ry about tak­ing back­ups or los­ing your impor­tant infor­ma­tion.

If you’re look­ing for speci­fic rec­om­men­da­tions then here are a few we sug­gest:

  • Pock­et and Feed­ly for read­ing and book­mark­ing.
  • Todoist and Col­ornote for to-do lists and sched­ul­ing.
  • Google Dri­ve and Drop­box for online stor­age.

Occa­sion­al­ly sync your devices and be on the safer side — although the fea­ture is spon­ta­neous in most appli­ca­tions.

4. Collaborate online

"When you need to innovate, you need collaboration."

If you’re blessed with a fast inter­net con­nec­tion then try to keep your busi­ness online. Work­ing the old way will only waste your time which you can oth­er­wise uti­lize pro­duc­tive­ly.

For instance, if you need to con­stant­ly share you code and tweak it along with your team mem­bers then you can do it using Github.

For shar­ing doc­u­ments and files you can cre­ate shared fold­ers on cloud stor­age ser­vices such as Google Dri­ve or some oth­er place.

If you need to cre­ate images and designs for var­i­ous pur­pos­es then Can­va is a great option for you to do it online.

Doing this reduces the trou­ble of pre­serv­ing, search­ing and exchange of work. There are sev­er­al oth­er resources avail­able as well — you just need to find out what­ev­er ful­fills your require­ments.

5. Work virtually

"The truth is, we're all cyborgs with cell phones and online identities."

You and your lap­top equals to office.

The above equa­tion pre­cise­ly defines the mod­ern work set­ting. Most of the time that’s all you need, com­bined with a fine inter­net con­nec­tion.

If you’re to do cer­tain work after going to office, either dur­ing your intern­ship or job, then you skip the office some­times and choose to do the work vir­tu­al­ly instead. This would save your time and the cost of trav­el­ing.

This can be a huge advan­tage when you’re engaged in oth­er activ­i­ties such as vol­un­teer­ing or are busy study­ing, and need to cre­ate some space in your day to day rou­tine for doing oth­er tasks.

6. Use a fast internet connection (or go offline)

"The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow."

A fast inter­net con­nec­tion isn’t an expen­di­ture but rather an invest­ment in your edu­ca­tion and per­son­al devel­op­ment. The soon­er you get it the bet­ter. Per­haps, dur­ing the first year of your col­lege itself.

This will allow you to access innu­mer­able tools and web­sites which will like­ly save you the cost of some books, mag­a­zi­nes, cours­es, and ulti­mate­ly pay back in some or the oth­er form.

Nev­er­the­less, don’t be sole­ly depen­dent on the inter­net either and gath­er the offline tools you might need since they’re handy.

What if you’re going some­where an inter­net con­nec­tion isn’t fast enough to ful­fill you pur­pose? Keep all the offline tools and pro­grams avail­able to avoid com­ing to a stand­still.

The over­all motive is to make all that you need avail­able to you so that you can keep con­tin­u­ing your work regard­less of any inter­ven­tions.

7. Use the right tools and software

"We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us."

This means, the ones which are right for you.

Now this may depend on your require­ments, needs, the sys­tem you use and a bunch of oth­er fac­tors. Yet, there’s always a set of soft­ware which would suit you needs per­fect­ly.

This will avoid you from get­ting tan­gled into super­flu­ous stuff and help you stick to your pri­or­i­ties with­out both­er­ing you.

Like, you don’t need to use the tools used by pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ers if you need to cre­ate basic pro­grams. In that case a sim­ple IDE would be per­fect for you.

If you have a lim­it­ed inter­net plan then you might want to use Opera Tur­bo browser instead of Chrome to avoid any need­less con­sump­tion of data.

Spend some time find­ing the right things for your­self to sim­pli­fy your work-life.

Which means, research on the inter­net, keep your cur­rent require­ments and sys­tem con­fig­u­ra­tions in mind and arrive on a con­clu­sion accord­ing­ly.

8. Learn work-hacks

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Start find­ing ways to ease your work.

This might mean learn­ing new habits, using smart meth­ods or adapt­ing some new rules for the bet­ter­ment of your work.

To be speci­fic, this can be set of prac­tices you can include in your work, such as writ­ing a to-do list on your com­put­er screen using sticky notes, using a desk­top reminder to take gap after every 20 min­utes, batch­ing a set of easy tasks alto­geth­er or doing sim­ple exer­cis­es at your desk itself.

As you go on includ­ing healthy habits at work you don’t to make any sig­nif­i­cant effort to ease your work since you get used to it.

9. Seek help

"All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people."

Ask oth­ers what you don’t know, learn from oth­ers as much as you can and request them to help you out when­ev­er you’re stuck.

There are your teach­ers, your friends and online forums like Stack­Over­flow and Quo­ra where you can get answers to almost any doubt you have.

While it makes sense to work out prob­lems before both­er­ing oth­ers, stay­ing stuck doesn’t.

When­ev­er pos­si­ble try to cre­ate a syn­er­gis­tic work envi­ron­ment around your­self by help­ing out oth­ers with their prob­lems and seek­ing help from oth­ers. Focus of mutu­al pros­per­i­ty.

The truth is that most peo­ple are will­ing to help oth­ers, so don’t hold your­self by mak­ing any assump­tions. There are sev­er­al ben­e­fits of ask­ing for help. 

10. Hunt shortcuts

"Traditional science is all about finding shortcuts."

Any kind of short­cuts.

Explore the fea­tures of your com­put­er you don’t yet know about. Find eas­ier ways to do some­thing you’re always required to do. There’s noth­ing wrong about cut­ting cor­ners as far as it doesn’t affect you neg­a­tive­ly.

There’s always a sim­pler of doing things. Find it.

What wastes you time? Cut it off from your work. Also, don’t waste time doing tasks which don’t con­tribute much to your work but con­sume your time and ener­gy.

For exam­ple, it’s alright to copy-paste code when you’re run­ning busy and aren’t able to fig­ure out every­thing with­in a dead­line.

Use your pre­vi­ous projects for cre­at­ing new ones if start­ing again from scratch seems tedious.

It makes sense to take short­cuts instead of slog­ging with­out a prac­ti­cal rea­son.

11. Mind your workspace

"I like to have a simple workplace."

Cre­ate an envi­ron­ment which con­tributes to your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty.

This starts with orga­niz­ing your desk, declut­ter­ing your com­put­er screen, arrang­ing books on the shelf and posi­tion­ing your belong­ings as per your pref­er­ences. Doing this takes out the con­fu­sion from your work to some extent.

Once you orga­nize your work­space and align it with your per­son­al­i­ty you’ll feel more inclined towards work­ing and become less prone to work-stress, anx­i­ety and dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion.

You can even make some changes to your work­place to induce more play­ful­ness in your work.

This may include stick­ing a moti­va­tion­al poster on a wall, using sta­tionery of your favorite brand or plac­ing a Blue­tooth speak­er next to your desk if you prefer lis­ten­ing to music or pod­casts on the go.

The­se lit­tle changes mat­ter.

12. Go minimal

"It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential."

Some­times you need noth­ing more than what ful­fills your pur­pose.

If you want stay focused on your work then you need to get easy about tools and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty to keep things sim­ple. Tech­nol­o­gy keeps get­ting updat­ed and you can find bet­ter ways, how­ev­er it’s equal­ly impor­tant to main­tain sta­bil­i­ty amid so many changes.

All the options you have can make you con­fused and breed unnec­es­sary chaos. To avoid this, it becomes cru­cial to stick to a few options and skip the rest.

Read this arti­cle by the min­i­mal­ists to under­stand the whole thing in a sim­ple way. In short, tech­nol­o­gy is a rab­bit hole which can entrap you and min­i­mal­ism is the cure to it.

13. Make work cooler

"When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED."

Work seems like a bur­den because you get bored with it. It tires you. That’s why it seems hard and you shun it.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Find a way out to make your work cool­er and fun.

How?

May­be by installing a cool game in your com­put­er to play dur­ing tiny breaks, lis­ten­ing to game sound­tracks on noise-cancelling head­phones to avoid get­ting dis­tract­ed, brows­ing a few ran­dom facts on the Inter­net to chuck­le, or by orga­niz­ing a mini-party by buy­ing some snacks and bev­er­ages.

Or just shut your com­put­er, quit your work, step out of your room and inter­act with those around you. Live like a human.

14. Discuss with fellows and create a lot

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

The best way to grow is to work togeth­er.

Cre­ate a cir­cle of indi­vid­u­als who are pas­sion­ate about what they do and share sim­i­lar inter­ests. Stay with the enthu­si­as­tic peo­ple who love their thing.

Doing this will ulti­mate­ly inspire you to work bet­ter and hard­er.

You’ll be moti­vat­ed to do great things as you’ll always have some peo­ple by your side who trust you and whom you can ask for help. The­se peo­ple can be your hostel friends, room­mates or neigh­bors.

By doing so, you’ll become a part of com­mu­ni­ty which pro­motes mutu­al learn­ing and tries to keep com­ing up with all pos­si­ble ways to ascend.

Dis­cuss a lot, share what­ev­er you learn and teach oth­ers. You’ll thrive faster. A lot faster.

Conclusion

Bet­ter results can be achieved when the qual­i­ty of work-life is given as much atten­tion as work itself. 

It’s not always about how hard you work or how smart you are but also about how you deal with you tasks and main­tain a healthy lifestyle while chas­ing your duties.

What’s next?

We’d like to hear from you.

Like, what do you do to make your work-life eas­ier and bet­ter? Got any tips? Tell us in the com­ments below.

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