11 Splendid Tips for Computer Science Students to Stay Organized

Tips for Computer Science Students to Stay Organized

Isn’t it messy?

The num­ber of tasks goes on increas­ing and your days fill with the jum­bled plans that don’t get com­plet­ed on time?

This makes you work like a crazy mul­ti­task­ing robot that doesn’t have an off but­ton, which leaves you com­plete­ly exhaust­ed.

You keep work­ing rest­less­ly to fin­ish the sub­mis­sions on time, spend your life star­ing at the bright com­put­er screen to learn new skills, and yet you won­der why you’re fail­ing to uti­lize your time in spite of being ded­i­cat­ed and hard-working.

We know it’s utter­ly con­fus­ing when you rec­og­nize that something’s wrong but you don’t know what. In fact, it’s dis­ap­point­ing.

But there has to be a solu­tion to this. And there is.

How­ev­er, under­stand­ing the prob­lem is as much impor­tant as know­ing the solu­tion.

This is the actual problem

Ready to know the prob­lem?

Alright then, the prob­lem is: Dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion.

It’s a bug which doesn’t seem to be huge, but it sucks your ener­gy by engag­ing you in insignif­i­cant tasks which kill your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty.

Do you ever notice how much of your time is wast­ed when life is dis­or­ga­nized? You prob­a­bly do.

A sim­ple truth is that we all feel an inner urge that keeps us remind­ing to orga­nize things but is plain­ly over­looked.

Per­haps, its need isn’t felt until its need is felt. (Read again)

You need to be organized

Stay­ing orga­nized clears one of your doubts that you’re doing some­thing wrong.

Although we think this rea­son is enough to show you its use­ful­ness, here are some upright rea­sons to stay orga­nized:

  • Stay­ing orga­nized saves your time by cut­ting down the unim­por­tant tasks,
  • It increas­es your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty by lim­it­ing you to speci­fic activ­i­ties, and
  • Orga­ni­za­tion sim­pli­fies your work by nar­row­ing your atten­tion.

It’s quite clear that the sim­ple habit of stay­ing orga­nized can assist you in solv­ing some seri­ous issues like time-management and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty.

Here are the 10 splendid tips for computer science students to stay organized.

We’ve cre­at­ed a list of ideas which can help you stay orga­nized. If you make doing them con­sis­tent­ly a habit, you shall def­i­nite­ly reap their ben­e­fits.

Pre­pared to make your life awe­some? Let’s go.

1. Make a to-do list

If you don’t keep a to-do list, you should. A sim­ple to-do list gives you some­thing to be accom­plished and hence­forth keeps you focused on cer­tain goals.

In short, it works like a map in the long run.

It pre­vents you from deflect­ing from your goals by tying you to what you might oth­er­wise ignore due to some rea­sons.

It keeps flash­ing the remain­ing tasks again and again to you and even­tu­al­ly push­es you to get things done with­in a time-limit.

Nev­er­the­less, it’s always ben­e­fi­cial to main­tain a to-do list instead of head­ing towards randomness.Some apps which we sug­gest for this pur­pose are Col­ornote, Todoist and Ever­note.

2. Arrange folders systematically

You unno­tice­ably waste a lot of time in search­ing files that get lost some­where inside the sea of mem­o­ry in your hard disk.

Your time is wast­ed each time you search a file to access it.

Make some time to arrange the fold­ers sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly. This might seem a pet­ty task but the change it brings makes it worth it.

Bet­ter put all your music in a “music” fold­er, and PDF books in a “Books” fold­er. This sim­ple act can save you hours of use­less work.

Also, sort files in your pre­ferred man­ner to make their acces­si­bil­i­ty eas­ier.

3. Rename files (to avoid being a jerk)

It’s easy to imme­di­ate­ly down­load a file named “fheihhif5898.png” and save it than renam­ing it as “mickeymouse.png,” isn’t it?

But this lazy habit of yours keeps you busy hunt­ing it for the rest of your life.

Also, the peo­ple with whom you share your files get irri­tat­ed due to this and curse you. For you make them waste their pre­cious time on account of your lazy habit.

Nobody likes to get engaged in the use­less activ­i­ty of renam­ing files all over. Nei­ther you, nor us. It’s bet­ter to han­dle things a bit gen­tly and be atten­tive about them from the begin­ning.

Find­ing renamed files is com­par­a­tive­ly eas­ier than the name­less ones.

The dif­fer­ence is as huge as search­ing for your best friend between a crowd and a sheep amid a herd.

Rename files to save time of yours and oth­ers.

4. Set up your computer screen

Are you among those who keep their com­put­er screen as clean as a tem­ple or those who treat it like a waste-yard?

We don’t care much about it as it doesn’t bear on us, but you should, since it direct­ly affects your life.

Fol­low a suit­able way of arrang­ing fold­ers and icons on your com­put­er screen, as it’s capa­ble of mak­ing you breath­tak­ing­ly effi­cient.

Fill the whole taskbar with icons, stick some fold­ers on the screen, or just wash the whole screen.

Do what­ev­er suits you but make your­self famil­iar with a cer­tain pat­tern, as this keeps things at place and reduces the use­less dis­or­der.

It absolute­ly helps all and will help you too.

5. Change your reading methods

If you’re some­thing like us, then you eat the inter­net and pos­sess a dead­ly habit of stunt-reading.

This means that you don’t spare any­thing and crave to read what­ev­er you can get your hands on. (This is what we call “eat­ing the inter­net” or “stunt-reading”).

Even news feeds of social media sites is fine, but don’t for­get that your pur­pose is read­ing and not get­ting dis­tract­ed by ran­dom things.

Just read a few sites you’re fond of and check if they have some­thing new when­ev­er you feel like read­ing them. Or sub­scribe to their newslet­ter to stay informed.

To make it even eas­ier, you can use some read­ing apps that keep you updat­ed with their lat­est con­tent.

We rec­om­mend Feed­ly, as we’ve used it for our­selves and found it per­fect for the pur­pose.

6. Use bookmarks

We love book­marks. The ones that are present in the browsers and also the real ones. Book­marks are mag­i­cal as they add hours to life by mak­ing it eas­ier.

You’ll be sur­prised to how much time you could save by using a sim­ple thing like a book­mark.

Using book­marks in books fin­ish­es the need for turn­ing pages to find where you had left. In a browser, book­marks can be used to save some­thing use­ful for future ref­er­ence.

Then how could you keep your­self from using such an amaz­ing inven­tion of God?

Nev­er­the­less, if you don’t stick to one com­put­er and prefer a bet­ter option, we rec­om­mend using Pock­et for book­mark­ing the online arti­cles as they’ll stay synced and hence work for you on mul­ti­ple devices.

7. Sync your apps and accounts

Syn­chro­niz­ing is one of the most use­ful fea­ture of mod­ern gad­gets.

It allows you to store your infor­ma­tion in one device and access it into anoth­er. Cool!

It even pro­tects your data from get­ting delet­ed just in case your gad­gets get dam­aged. So it’ll save your need to sob over delet­ed con­tacts, mails or files.

All the apps we men­tioned above are capa­ble of sync­ing, so you can use them with­out giv­ing a sec­ond thought.

Occa­sion­al­ly sync your devices and apps to pre­vent any loss of data to achieve a greater con­trol over your stored infor­ma­tion. It’s always favor­able.

8. Make a simple schedule

You don’t need to jot down some ran­dom activ­i­ties and fol­low them like a pup­pet. A good sched­ule can save you from a lot of trou­ble and a bad one can become one.

It depends on the way you design it.

A sched­ule is always prefer­able as it acts like a base plan for your actions by pro­vid­ing you with a direc­tion.

A few sched­uled tasks get com­plet­ed ear­lier than the ones which are nev­er given a thought about.

We sug­gest you to first decide your pri­or­i­ties, ana­lyze your sit­u­a­tion prop­er­ly, and then design a sched­ule that suits you.

9. Stick to a few sites

If you’re wise, you already know that the inter­net is a noisy and con­fus­ing place. Just type any­thing and it’ll place 1,75,00,00,000 results in front of you.

Anything

Under­stand your needs and decide what’s right for you, oth­er­wise  you’ll get lost in its end­less maze.

Codecad­e­my, w3schools, edX and all oth­ers teach most of the same things, so should you try them all? Well may­be no, because life is short (duh! at least for learn­ing the same thing on three dif­fer­ent sites).

Quit jump­ing from one site to anoth­er in the search of green­er grass, and stick a few sites which you like.

Don’t behave like a mon­key. Because when you behave like one, you com­pen­sate for one.

Have some of your favorite sites, learn from them, use them and stick to them.

10. Find a cozy spot

Do you have a favorite place for doing all your work? We sug­gest you to have one, as it can auto­mat­i­cal­ly make you pro­duc­tive. Real­ly.

Pick a place in your house where you feel good, keep all your essen­tials like books, sta­tion­ary, gad­gets, etc. there such that they’re eas­i­ly acces­si­ble, and try work­ing there when­ev­er pos­si­ble.

This shall reduce the need for search­ing your laptop’s charg­er in the kitchen or on mars by giv­ing things a place to be at. Also, you’ll have a per­ma­nent work­place for your­self where you’re like­ly to stay orga­nized.

11. Develop a jotting habit

Com­put­er Sci­ence is fas­ci­nat­ing. It con­tains so many things that you might sud­den­ly recall any of them and feel an urge to know about it.

But what’s much obvi­ous is that you’ll be dis­tract­ed.

Seri­ous­ly, you might want to know the release date of the next Mar­vel movie while study­ing C, or even think in the bath­room about who invent­ed the USB (Ajay Bhatt from Intel. You’re wel­come! Now read ahead peace­ful­ly.) It’s a crazy habit which all of us suf­fer from.

Once a ran­dom thought enters your mind, it instant­ly makes you throw away your cur­rent work by engag­ing you in it until you real­ize after a few min­utes lat­er that you had got dis­tract­ed.

But if you don’t imme­di­ate­ly find the answer to your ques­tion, you might for­get it after some time. Prob­lem, right?

No wor­ries, here’s got a solu­tion for that.

Keep a jot­ting note­book or a diary beside you to stay pre­pared for sud­den ideas, note them down as soon as they occur, and hap­pi­ly get back to what you were doing.

This way you won’t for­get things and hap­pi­ly con­tin­ue your work with­out get­ting dis­tract­ed.

Your next step

Remem­ber and use the­se steps, that will be help­ful for cre­at­ing an orga­nized life.

By the way, did we miss some­thing? If so, then please let us know in the com­ments.

Or may­be, just share how you think com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents can be more pro­duc­tive. It will help oth­ers 🙂

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