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.


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.


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.


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.


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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 😀 ]

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?