Quote: Trust

 

Trust is earned. Like gold.

-George R.R. Martin, A Feast For Crows

Morning 🙂 I wish you all a fun and warm weekend.

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How-To: How to be more productive in 5 steps

Sharing my favorite productivity habits. From personal experience.

Always Plan Ahead. 

Ever since I was a school girl, I could never function without a planner. Writing down everything you need to do before you start working will help you remember every task you need to do and keep you focused on the task at hand. And the feeling of crossing off a task is amazing 🙂

Personal recommendation: After I discovered Wunderlist, it became my favorite to-do app and I never used anything else.

Cut The Noise.

Working in an open office environment is a very distracting thing. Whether it is people talking, typing furiously, playing table tennis or eating, the noise will never let you focus on what you’re supposed to be working on. You can eliminate the noise in several ways; you can listen to music, an audiobook or any kind of background noise or just use ear plugs.

Personal recommendation: depends on the task and my mood. I usually listen to Quran or some movie soundtrack on Groove Music while working on my laptop; on my phone I use Anghami . Of course, there’s Audible for listening to Audio books while doing chores, on-the-go, walking, etc. I am in love with Audible. Honestly, it’s awesome.

Take A Break.

Get up. Get moving. Talk to someone (or not). Get yourself some coffee or a candy bar. Just don’t stay in your office chair for over two hours. 5-10 minutes should do it…this break will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle those tasks!

Document the crap out of your work

if there is anything at all that I learned by working with German people, it’s documentation. Seriously, they document every single step in a project, that if something goes wrong, it would take seconds to find out the what-where-why-who of the situation.

But really, well-documented work is great. People are able to use it with absolutely no problem, and they won’t need to ask you about every small detail. Less interruptions!

Also, if you need to fix a line of code in an old program, for example, won’t it be easy if it says what it does right next to it?

Personal recommendation: for code I use Sublime Text. For all other purposes I simply use Word.

BACKUP!

The horror of losing work you spent hours (or days) on should make this one a given. I cannot stress this enough. You should always have several backups of your work, in different locations, always.

Personal recommendation: I always keep four soft copies of my files; two in two different locations on my laptop, one on an external disk and one I upload to my cloud storage.

 

Quote: Kindness is Strength

Back to work.

And oh, I want to write. I want to write everything, but I can’t do that.

Once again, I have to use someone else’s words.

Gibran.

Gibran knows best…he says it all in one short sentence:

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

 

 

Mini Book Haul


Been to Dubai’s BookWorld book store this afternoon. Beautiful place. They had every book I could think of. Unfortunately, I had to limit my purchases to these three.
Color Me Stress Free: extremely fun and utterly relaxing. I am very happy with this purchase.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: I have this one on my 20’s reading list and it looks very interesting.

Honor by Elif Shafak: To be honest, I’ve never heard of this one. I just read the back cover and decided I had to have it. Reminded me of a Thousand Splendid Suns somehow.

Just wanted to share 🙂

Movie Quote: Terrified

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

Hansen:  So how about it, Nash? You scared?

Nash: Terrified…mortified…petrified…stupefied… by you.

I hope your weekend is as nice as it can be.

RIP Alan Rickman

I have so much to do but I just checked the news…

May your soul rest in peace, professor 😥

Snape was an important fictional figure in my early teens; he taught me what it means to love, how to be brave and protect those we love, and to be loyal…until the very end.


 

Book Recommendation: Ready Player One


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the dream novel of every introverted geeky kid, especially those who lived in the eighties; it’s packed full of pop culture.
I have wanted to read it ever since I found out about it, but when my brother  – a genius, computer whizz, video game fan and a very successful entrepreneur – read it, he absolutely loved it. I couldn’t wait to read it after I read his review.

The book blew me away. It’s a dystopian sci-fi, where people prefer to live in a virtual reality that allows them to be whoever they want to be. The creator of this place, filthy rich  and completely lonely, creates a competition before he dies; Whoever finds the Easter’s egg he hid inside the OASIS, inherits everything.

Is there anything cooler than being the hero of your favorite video game?