Importance of Organization

In this post I want to share my thoughts on the skill of organization.

Definition for organize:

  1. arrange into a structured whole
  2. coordinate the activities of (a person or group of people) efficiently
  3. make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity); coordinate

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Ever since I can remember I always enjoyed organizing different things. I liked to move furniture around and see if there were more efficient layouts that I could try out. Before I started my coding bootcamp I didn’t realize what a valuable skill I had begun to develop. I fully agree with the above quote. Organization in our lives really can improve our everyday. Read that quote 5 times and reflect on what that means to you.


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I started with organizing the physical objects around me before I had ever attempted to organize my mind. I could definitely tell the difference in my state of mind when I had things around me in order versus not in order. Reduced clutter allowed my mind to think clearly on what I wanted to accomplish.


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When I read this, the first thought that came to my mind was “I really wish I could download information into my brain faster like a computer to save some time”.But I can’t, so instead I recall a discussion with a mentor about how I would go about reaching a certain goal. We drew a graph that explained how we can get to any goal in our lives. If we work toward our goal each day we would eventually get it to. If someone’s goal was to earn X amount of dollars in X amount of years, everyday decision will dictate how long it would take to reach that goal. Each day we have to make a decision what to do with our time and these choices either increase the time it takes to reach our goals or brings us a little closer to them. A little trick is to pre-organize your time for the week and see what you can accomplish.

 


TL;DR (Too long; didn’t read)

I believe staying organized around us and in our minds greatly improves the quality of our lives and I highly recommend trying it out!

I feel this skill comes in handy when thinking about programming. I enjoy keeping my desktop with only files I am working on for that day so they are easily accessible and the rest of the files get organized based on chronological order for each week of work in my CodingDojo folder. It also helps me track my progress and growth when I go back and review work done many week ago.

Keep your desktop clean! It helps keep the mind clean and focused.

 

My Tool Belt 0.1

IMG_1051.jpgAs with any craft, the tool arsenal is one of the most important things. Today I am going to share some of the tools that I have been using during my stay at the Coding Dojo bootcamp in Burbank, CA.

Recently I had picked up some new hardware to complement my new found skills.

Below is a summary of the tools I would like to share today. I will try to keep my thoughts brief and will provide a link for anyone that wants to further investigate any of the tools I have been using.

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Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CYX26BC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I found out about this keyboard from an instructor at the bootcamp. This keyboard is fantastic! It is wider than my laptop keyboard making typing on it a lot more pleasurable.

Apple Magic Trackpad 

https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Trackpad-Compatible-Computer-MC380LL/dp/B003XIJ3MW

Had to pick up one of these to go with my keyboard. I only use a mouse while gaming. I love using the trackpad. There are so many awesome default gestures provided by apple. If you want to see what gestures they have available go to System Preferences->Trackpad.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HVLUR86/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Prior to entering the bootcamp I knew I was going to need a good pair of headphones.  After a full day of research I came across an article that extensively compared multiple products with the conclusion that these bad boys were the one. Summary: excellent headphones!

Mack’s Ear Care Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs, 50 Pair

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051U7W32/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I find myself getting distracted often even by the slightest noises around me. These solved that issue for me in combination with my headphones.

Safety Eyewear, Orange Frame, SCT-Orange UV Extreme Anti-Fog Lens

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003OBZ64M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also found these through the same instructor. Staring at the computer all day can be tiring and bad for your eyes. If you read about the purpose of these types of lenses you will find that they block certain types of lighting that can help reduces eyestrain.

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Omnifocus

https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus

I have been using this app for well over a year now and found it extremely helpful in organizing many aspects of my life. I highly recommend it. There are definitely free alternatives available as this is a paid app.

Simplemind

http://www.simpleapps.eu/simplemind/

Mind mapping tool! Definitely one of my favorite tools. If your unfamiliar with mind mapping check it out. There are many different apps that can help create maps and this is one that I have been using for a long time.

Spotify

https://www.spotify.com/us/

My goto and only music app I use now. I like finding music here and downloading them for offline use. Usually while I am programming I am listening to white noise to help me stay focused.

Pocket

https://getpocket.com/

Pocket helps me keep track of different links that I might not have time to read immediately or want to reference at a future time. This is an awesome tool to save pages and organize them to read later. I highly recommend it!

Sublime

https://www.sublimetext.com/

The first text editor I have used. My experience with it has been so positive I haven’t tried out another!

iTerm2

https://www.iterm2.com/

Alternative terminal app that comes with OS X. It has awesome customization and allows me to have a more visually appealing shell experience.

1Password

https://1password.com/

Because I don’t want to remember all my passwords 🙂 It also can generate passwords for you so they are can be fairly complex without the worry of forgetting them.

MoneyWiz

http://moneywizapp.com/

Everyone should have someway of keeping track of the cash. I have been using this one for a long time. It is also a good way to set budgets for yourself and generate reports on your spending so you can adjust accordingly for the future.

Apple

These 3 are built in to OS X and iOS. They are usually my goto for quick notes since they are extremely stable compared to using a 3rd party application.

Reminder

Notes

Stickies

That concludes this edition of My Tool Belt.

If you have any tools you would like to share please do!