Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Avoid Redoing Project Work

With so much of bad luck and stupidity, almost every project or assignment needs to be redone by me. Some stupid mistake leads to frustration and then crying and repeating the whole damn thing. This has happened almost every time.

But now I've learnt few tips and tricks in order to save the lame, donkey work.




While typing the projects and assignments:

When you start writing an assignment on a PC or laptop, see to it that you save your work at regular intervals, initially. For example, you start writing, and you finish the first paragraph (or few bullet points), save the new document. In the initial stage, go on saving (or simply pressing ctrl+S if you're lazy) as and when you update your work. 

Then in later stages, when you write the most difficult part, or the part that took a lot of hard work, dedication, and time from your side, see to it that you save your work right then and there. Many a times, just because you had saved your work just few minutes ago, you forget to save it after the big apple. So don't forget to save whenever you write something important.

Towards the end, when you have written more than 10 pages or maybe 1000 plus words, you know you have sweated down there. So the next thing you should do now is, save the document, close it, and copy it to two more trusted places on the PC/laptop. For example, when I got done with three pages of my newspaper, I saved the file, and copied it on my hard disk and the D Drive of the PC as well. This ensured me that even if the light goes abruptly or that suddenly there's a laptop/PC breakdown, I at least had the first three pages of my newspaper (project).

Then when you finish the fourth or the last page of your project, just 'replace' the old three-paged file with the new one. It is as simple as that.


While capturing photographs/shooting videos:

Now I don't know who all have projects that demand you to click pictures or shoot videos; but I do have them in BMM. The process of safeguarding your work and avoiding the repetitive work is pretty much the same as in the first case. 
Only that you also need to be well prepared before you go out for clicking or shooting: You need to have fully charged battery. If you can afford two batteries, then that is well and good. See to it that both of them are charged. Carry an empty memory card. Make sure it is not corrupt. (It happened in my case!) Carry two memory cards if possible. And then, just bring back those cards safely to your computer, without losing them.

When you save the photographs, make sure to copy them in two more places. Assignments can be written again, but you won't necessarily get that opportunity to click the photographs that you'd clicked earlier; so be careful.

Also, don't immediately delete the images inside your camera or the memory card, unless you have to re-use the camera or the card. This will guarantee you a safe place to store the raw pictures, and they can be helpful, in case you lost images that you'd saved elsewhere.

While using software: 

 We have to use software like QuarkXPress, Photoshop, and Power Director for projects in BMM, and sometimes the things get worse. If you have downloaded the trial version, then you need to hunt for serial keys after a month's period. Sometimes you don't get it on time, and you just feel like shooing away the project and relaxing back. So before downloading the software hastily, make sure you have the full version, or that you won't need the software after a month.

Clear the disk space before downloading the software. You don't want to make slow your computer. 
 Also, while operating the software, go slow on it. If you give commands and press keys hastily, the chances are the sudden closure of the same. 

While writing assignments:

Make sure you use the ink that is asked by the professor (something similar to the precautions that need to be taken before filling forms!). Take a writing-pad if you're writing on sheets. See to it that the pad is clean, and that there aren't water droplets on it. While drinking water, make sure to not spill it over the sheets.
Keep your writing clean. Double check the things that you need to write, before actually beginning the work.


How do you avoid redoing your projects? Anything different?
xoxo