Do It Yourself Workstations


Are you always exhausted, feeling back pain, or tired of a stiff neck after working at your desk? Stop letting your workstation control your productivity. Most likely your workstation isn’t organized in a way that can increase production. Lifehacker offers 10 DIY office upgrades guaranteed to give you a better working experience.

For example, you can make a pretty awesome, large desk out of an old door, which you can customize to fit your room perfectly. Another tip is to avoid bad ergonomics and save a few bucks by building your own monitor stand using a wooden shelf and some doorstops or furniture legs, which is pretty cool. If your curious to see how crafty you can get, take a moment to DIY, and enjoy an incredible office that fits your personal needs and conveys your creativity.

Black History In the Making: “SNL’ Hires 2 Black Women as Writers”

Black History Month not only honors individuals who have made a difference in the past, but also acknowledges those who continue to make contributions. The Washington Post recognized two women, LeKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who are the newest Saturday Night Live writers. This is amazing news because comedy remains a business that is dominated by white men.  When the network was critiqued for not having a consistency of black women characters, the time for change was evident. Although Tookes and Jones won’t be the ones seen on the screen, their influence will certainly be seen in the skits through the characters.

Below is the video that got LeKendra Tookes a great new career.

Be Productive, Be Water, My Friend

“Water can flow, or it can crash,” Bruce Lee said. “Be water my friend.” Now, you may just write off Bruce Lee’s advice as similar to Mr. Miyagi’s wax-on-wax-off nonsense. If you read between the lines, you may find there is more truth to Lee’s metaphors than at first glance. A mix of martial arts and philosophy, Jeet Kune Do was one of Lee’s greatest legacies. The motivation behind the art was to cut away the unessential and focus on simplicity. One of the ways he achieved this was by paying attention to how he interacted with others. By reflecting not only on how he reacted to others but how he communicated with them, he was better able to understand himself.

Of course, it helps to be more aware of your surroundings, the people and elements around you. Being able to adapt to your ever-changing environment is essential to learning and growing as a person. Of course, this comes back around to “be water my friend”. Just like water takes the shape of the container it’s in, so must you with every environment you find yourself in. Taking into account the people and circumstance you are in, you can better interact with others and learn from your situation. Learn more about Bruce Lee’s legacy at Lifehacker.

The 24 Hour Deadline

Source: HackCollege
Source: HackCollege

I’ve always believed that my best work comes when I’m pressed for time and my paper is due tomorrow and I haven’t started it at all so I have to furiously type away at the keyboard until it’s done. That worked well in high school when I produced an entirety of a 36-page research paper by pulling an all-nighter the night before it was due. Or maybe I’m just amazed that I did it in the first place. Regardless, it’s not the best method for producing quality papers. HackCollege suggests the first place to start is with an outline. Rarely do you find a paper that doesn’t have some form of a structure. From there, you just need to get all your ideas down. Write, don’t edit. That comes later. Get all the key points down, even if it’s not quite right. It’s just important to put it all down on paper. However, this can be the hardest part.

Maybe nothing is coming to you and you feel exhausted or restless or uninspired. Take a walk, talk to a friend about your ideas, take a snack break. When you come back, you’ll have a different outlook on the idea and hopefully be inspired to write more. You need to manage your time well during the writing phase. Maybe spread it out over a few days, write in short bursts so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Planning ahead and getting a few thoughts down at a time is the best course of action. Don’t leave it to the night before. Hit up HackCollege for more tips on writing papers.