It Is Not Easy If You Cannot Explain It

It Is Not Easy If You Cannot Explain It

I found a simple way for us to increase the knowledge in the world. It all starts with the conclusion that it’s not easy if you cannot explain it. If we only state that something is easy without explaining our reasoning behind it that knowledge remains in our mind. By explaining the things we claim as easy to others who feel otherwise we share the knowledge and help it expand. Let’s us evaluate that idea in depth.

*Plot Change*

I am in my room; it’s quiet. Every now and then I hear the sound of a rumbling motorbike engine across the street. I then start thinking of an incident that took place years back. Long story short, a student told me that a course I was struggling with was easy but later on ended up failing it while I passed it.

When I realized what happened I felt disappointed. I couldn’t understand why would someone so overconfidently state that a course is easy only to end up failing it. Was this a fake it till you make it attempt? It could be many different things, life happens, but based on my experience with that specific person I knew it was an overestimation. This is more of a case of someone overestimating their understanding of something, and that is not uncommon. David Dunning, PhD. a social psychologist once said that “People overestimate themselves, but more than that, they really seem to believe it.” he followed that by saying “I’ve been trying to figure out where that certainty of belief comes from.” This form of bias is often characterised as the Dunning–Kruger effect.

Socrates, a classical Greek Philosopher, seems to have met similar people himself, in a statement he said:

“I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know.”

— attributed to Socrates, from Plato, Apology

It is challenging to find a striking balance and keep ourselves on the sweet spot between overestimation and underestimation. If we are honest we will admit that we all have found ourselves on either end and in-between.

Now back to our main point, how can we increase the knowledge in this world? I’ll sum it up as:

How to Turn your Cluttered Desktop into a Tidy Haven

If your desktop looks anything close to the before image above,  you might find great value in this article.

My desktop is a very important place, everything I feel is important is often placed right there. However, something always seems important. As a result of this, my desktop became cluttered.

It was like this for a while till one of my siblings asked me if this is my desktop. I thought that it was obvious that it was, I definitely was not remote controlling someone else’s desktop. That experience inspired me to fix it. To make my desktop a bit more relaxing so I did an overhaul. I will show how I did it so that you can try to do one for yourself.

Let’s start!

For this project, find and use the graphic design tool of your preference.

STEP 1

Begin by setting up a foundation for your wallpaper. The first thing to do is find the display resolution of your screen and set the wallpaper to have those dimensions. Mine is 1140 x 900 pixels.

STEP 2

Then you need to decide what is your preferred background. It can be an image or a plain colour. I decided to make it yellow but then I realised that during the course of the day, as it got darker, the yellow background became very intense to my eyes, therefore I changed it to white. I will show you the steps using the yellow background.

STEP 3

The next thing I chose to do is to add a title. Something inspirational and positive. I am choosing a simple statement, one that I have been told by others “The world is your oyster!” Make sure you play with several fonts to decide what looks visually appealing to you.

STEP 4

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Deleting an Item from a List in Python (Pop, Remove, Delete)

Last 2 weeks I was reading django girls tutorial which is something I had promised to do when I wanted to learn more about Django sometime back. This day finally came where I read it.

So as I was reading it, I thought it will be good to have an example of how to delete a list item since it already had one for dictionaries. I decided to suggest  that contribution as it might be a good thing for a newbie to see. Then I got a question lingering in my mind….

What do I feel is the best way to demonstrate that? I went to StackOverflow to research on how others felt was the right way or better way to do it and I notice the main suggested ways, in the few Q&As I read, were the pop method or the del statement.

That led me to think of if I should create a suggestive pull request with one of these two suggestions [by the way this gist code embedding trick was shown to me by another cool Outreachy intern. It looks really pretty I must say. High five to you if you are reading this 😀 ]

Pros
Suggestion #2: Seems like the best option because it also returns the item that gets deleted, in result to that, that value could be used to do something. Read more

Trying timebox on hard todo tasks

I decided to give timebox a try. I want to study some things I find pretty much intimidating and the fear causes procrastination, so the goal here is to beat the fear one step at a time.

Everyone does not necessarily have procrastination as a trait (if could even be a trait), sometimes our procrastination is targeted on a specific duty. Many times it is because we are scared of that thing, we don’t have enough confidence in our capability of mastering it,  we are intimidated by it, we have a lot on our plate or we don’t really want to do it due to it being super boring. All these do sound as excuses but it is a reality of life, everything doesn’t as easy. Breaking that habit is a great achievement in itself.

There is 1 specific thing that I find it hard to study because I do not really understand it right now, but it is very fundamental for my future career. It is not that I don’t like to study it but It looks hard and that fear paralyzes my brain when I open up the book to read it. Call it my amygdala reacting or what not. Something happens and that is what we want to stop.

So I decided to try the 3 minute rule. Everyday at least 3 minutes. Like…that doesn’t suppose to be scary huh? And with the thousands of pages I have to study 3 minutes make it ages to finish, but starting a new habit is the goal so 3 minutes is the  to keep me going. As I improve 3 minutes will increase and if I feel like studying that subject more than 3 minutes I can but 3 minutes should be the minimum.

There are other things you can try like the 5 minute rule or the pomodoro technique. Starting really small is key when you have something that is really hard for you to keep doing. So you can try that with me if you like.

Let me break it down a little further as someone might not know what this really means. What can be done in 3 minutes? The 3 minute rule is just to get you  going. For example you want to work out, but for some reason you can’t keep up with it. Instead of pushing yourself till infinity, and that never happening, you break it into 3 minutes daily tasks to build your endurance,confidence, drive. Once 3 minutes becomes easy you increase it. In this work-out example you can start by just wearing your trainers in the morning. Then it can be wearing your trainers and walking around the house for 3 minute. Then once that is way too easy to do you can increase the task to 5 minutes – wearing your trainers and going for a walk till you reach the entrance of your home/flat. Then increase it till you are actually working out.  That takes time but overtime I believe it can help in overcoming tasks that are hard to start.

 

Have you tried this method before? What are the most effective ways you have tried to beat procrastination?