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See Jane Work | Pulling It Together How to Organize Your Files Written by Jason Eisner in 2000, for new Computer Science Ph.D. students at the University of Rochester. by Jason Eisner Here are some suggestions about how to organize your work during your research career. Workstyles vary, and you will develop your own organizing system over time. But these are techniques that I personally have found to be helpful. Be careful, though - what really matters is the work itself, so don't spend all your time getting more organized than necessary! Keeping Track of Information Online Although paper has its uses, electronic files have at least four advantages over paper: easy to edit, readable from anywhere with a computer, harder to lose, and searchable. Partly for this reason, you may spend much of your workday editing files in Emacs. Put it in a special file. As for general directory organization, do it any way you like. You will probably organize your more personal files into subdirectories under ~/proj, ~/teach, ~/mail, etc. Version Control Administrivia

Angela Says: A Cleaning Blog Want to Improve Your Grades…Improve Your Study Skills! Yes, it really is that simple. If you want to improve your grades, you need to improve those study skills. Choose a specific place to study and get the materials you'll need to use while you study. Next, you need to set up a schedule to do the majority of your studying. Keep a social life. Make sure you understand each assignment. Take good notes in class. See if your teacher is willing to meet with a small group of students for extra help. Highlight what you're reading. ou might consider study groups. Diet also plays a part in your grades. Now, go ace that test! Frugal and Thriving - An Australian site about frugal living, saving money, money management, sustainable living and thriving on less.

It’s Not About You But, especially this year, one is conscious of the many ways in which this year’s graduating class has been ill served by their elders. They enter a bad job market, the hangover from decades of excessive borrowing. They inherit a ruinous federal debt. More important, their lives have been perversely structured. This year’s graduates are members of the most supervised generation in American history. Through their childhoods and teenage years, they have been monitored, tutored, coached and honed to an unprecedented degree. Yet upon graduation they will enter a world that is unprecedentedly wide open and unstructured. No one would design a system of extreme supervision to prepare people for a decade of extreme openness. Worst of all, they are sent off into this world with the whole baby-boomer theology ringing in their ears. But, of course, this mantra misleads on nearly every front. College grads are often sent out into the world amid rapturous talk of limitless possibilities.

Organize and Decorate Everything — Organize Your Life and Decorate Your World Here is another garland I made for Emilee’s birthday and to decorate her bedroom door. This is another great way to give money as a gift. To make the Dollar Bow Garland you can make as many bows as you like and in any denomination. My folding skills aren’t amazing so I decided on making a simple bow. Fold one end of the bill toward the center, then the other end. Accordion fold the center of the bill a bit then smush it together. Cut a length of bakers twine and wrap it around the center of the bill a few times to secure it. Cut bakers twine for the length of the banner. Emilee loved it! I have one more garland I made for her birthday. Check out these posts if you missed fun ways to give money to teens:Straw GarlandBirthday Money Balloons Do you know the perfect birthday gift for your teen? I started with 50 $1 bills and 18 straws. I measured and cut the straws in half. Then I used a needle to pull the bakers twine through each straw. This is so exciting! Happy Sweet 16 Emilee!!!

Could You Walk Away From $8 Million in Easy Money? One of my favorite stories comes from Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh. Tony sold his first company to Microsoft shortly after graduating from college. One of the conditions was that he stay for another 12 months. The work conditions weren’t strenuous, as Tony himself recounts , “I just had to do the bare minimum amount of work so that I wouldn’t get fired.” He quit after three months. Could You Turn Down $8 Million? The story has an interesting ending. That means Tony generated roughly $100 million in value per year. I feel there’s an important lesson of this story. Two Ways to Think About Money There are two major views people take when talking about money. The first is money as a means of buying things. The problem with this perspective is that it quickly becomes ridiculous. To paraphrase one analogy, money is the gasoline of the road trip of life. But if this is the case, why does anyone try to be rich? That second perspective of money is using it as a proxy for career ambitions.

A Bowl Full of Lemons. Life. Organized. Limiting Yourself: The Key to Your Success Is it really possible to be more successful by limiting yourself? Yes. But limits are supposed to be evil and dirty; the enemies to our inner free spirit. Well what I’ve realized is that sometimes limits are actually the key to your success. The Difference There are unconsciously ingrained self-limitations. Unconsciously habituated limitations are the kind that just happen to you. So that type of limiting conditioning really sucks. And it’s no wonder that we become so loathing to the sight or mention of limits. But it turns out there is actually such a thing as positive limits. That’s what I first thought. I’ve always been a kind of nonconformist. Well, what they never really tell you is that some of those limits you place on yourself can be positive. When you think of a “life without limits” you have a tendency to think that you can do anything. But this is just part of it. Because some limits are actually beneficial. Here’s the hidden irony: A few of the positive limits I’ve implemented Share: