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.
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.
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 🙂