Edel Grace

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My Week #13

Mar 30, 2014 | Comments

Man, this was the most productive week I’ve had since Reading Week! I’m super happy with my level of productivity. I got a lot done and I still managed to have a large amount of free time all to myself. On Tuesday, I got to hang out with a friend for two hours and I still got stuff done.

On Thursday, I went on a Kill la Kill marathon. My friends have been bugging me about watching it and since the finale was Thursday night, I spent the entire day catching up on the series. I had to watch about 14 episodes. As soon as I got home, I definitely just sat there and watched until around 11 at night. And it was okay, because in the morning, I was done everything I needed to do! I will say though, that the finale was pretty good. I was a bit disappointed because Kill la Kill was so hyped up but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. My expectations for anime are too high. I just want another Evangelion! Needless to say, I’m looking forward to 3.33 in 2015. Please hurry up!

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My Week #12

Mar 24, 2014 | Comments

Wow I am so not proud of myself at all lately. Ugh. School. Please be done and over with!

The pictures aren’t great because I didn’t take them in “natural light” like I usually do and it’s currently 11:07 PM. Still Sunday, so I’m technically not late!

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My Week #11

Mar 16, 2014 | Comments

This was supposed to be “paper week” but that didn’t work out at all. I am so dreading this paper. I got some of it done but not enough. I’m seriously just not motivated to do this paper at all. I kinda want to curl up into a ball and cry.

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Digital Planning Just Doesn’t Work For Me

Mar 11, 2014 | Comments

I grew up on the Internet. At the end of elementary school, I already had my own e-mail, posted on forums, ran my own forums, learned HTML and PHP, created my own websites, went on YouTube daily, etc. I was a little late to the first touch screen smartphones (just got one almost one year ago) but I had my iPod touch for years and that was all I needed. I played games, listened to music, and downloaded apps like crazy. I used almost all of my apps extensively, except for the calendar and diary apps. In fact, I hardly ever touched them! I always reverted to pen and paper when it came to planning.

This was pretty surprising, to me, at least. If I were to be separated from technology (especially the Internet), I would become irrational and illogical to the point where something bad might happen. Okay, I might be exaggerating but I would definitely not be a happy camper! Despite this, I can’t plan with apps!

I even downloaded sleek and beautifully designed apps like Awesome Calendar, specific to my needs apps like Pocket Schedule (which is geared towards university students), really cute Korean apps like Canimals Diary (it had a cute menstruation tracker, I wish I actually used it). None of them worked! I used them for about a day to set up everything with glee and excitement. When something came up, I didn’t go to the app, I just kept going back to my Mead agenda.

Just what was it about planning on my devices that didn’t work?

Personally, I think my mind doesn’t associate my phone/iPod with “planning.” When I think about them, I think “music”, “games”, “Internet”, “texting”, and “videos.” I use my devices mostly as a form of entertainment and to pass time. It will never become a tool for planning for me. That mental link between “phone” and “planner” was just not meant to be.

That being said, I do use technology to aid my productivity regularly. However, I don’t set reminders on my phone since everything I need to remember goes into my Filofax. Instead, I schedule my day into hour long blocks, and to indicate the passage of time, I use alarm apps to go off every hour. I love using my iPod as an alarm clock because I can wake up and end/start a task with my favourite songs! However, that’s pretty much all it does for me in terms of planning.

Also, there’s something about a paper planner that is so satisfying. I tend to remember things better when I right them down, and I can right them down exactly the way I want1 without any hassle. With the addition of a Filofax, I can tailor my planning to me and only me. I don’t have to “settle” and I can always change things to my liking.

Maybe one day I will able to use technology as my main form of planning, but right now, I’m content with where I am and wouldn’t ever dream of going digital!

  • Although, I have yet to perfect the art of drawing a perfect checkbox.  
  • My Week #10

    Mar 9, 2014 | Comments

    Last week was supposed to be busy week but not much happened really, on the productive front anyway. My friend was running in our student election on campus and I swear, I lost weight just by walking around taking down posters after the election was over and walking around with him while he tried to persuade the general public to vote for him. It was a great experience but man, I did not accomplish as much as I wish I did!

    On Monday, you can see that one of my friends took my Filofax and wrote in, “♥ Hi!! Don’t work too hard!!” when I went to the washroom. Sneaky, sneaky, haha. It definitely put a smile on my face when I noticed it there! Don’t worry friend, I don’t actually work that hard. Writing down the stuff I need to do is only half the battle. I’m such a slacker…

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    My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.

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