• Who am I?

    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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  • Starting a New Dance

    Friday, October 1st, 2010

    I’m a little bit nervous about a lot of what I am about to write, even though I have written many times about self-analysis and transformation attempts and steps to help me get moving in the direction I want to go.  I’ve just never thought of it as a dance, and I rarely openly admit that [...]

    Priority Stolen by Last-Minute Tasks

    Monday, March 2nd, 2009

    … [A]ll your […] “urgent priorities” are only urgent because you have left them to the last minute. And why have you left them to the last minute? – because you are prioritizing by urgency, that’s why! So says Mark Forster, in trying to convince us that prioritizing by urgency is the wrong way to [...]

    Email Inbox as a Video Game

    Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

    I treat [my email inbox] like a video game – if the messages reach the bottom of the screen, I lose. Comment by mcparsons at Open Thread: The value and quality of email at work | 43 Folders. Additional thought, added August 30, 2010: If I get my inbox to zero, I win. :)

    Tick-tock audio clip

    Monday, May 19th, 2008

    Audio The sound of ticking reminds that time is passing. Make it meaningful! One of the things that saps my productivity is the amount of time wasted in random meandering before I start work for the day. Today, I’ve set up this ticking clock sound to remind me not to let that happen. I have [...]

    I Procrastinate, Part 2 – Basic Personality Traits

    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

    I have been listening to a really inspirational podcast series called iProcrastinate, and decided I would benefit greatly from reviewing the details discussed and relating them to my own procrastination. Yes, I realize that this is probably just another way for me to procrastinate, but the pull is just too strong to ignore.. I must [...]

    I Procrastinate, Part 1 – Intro & Definition

    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

    I’ve been pursuing productivity for quite some time now, despite acknowledging that the research into the subject is costing me valuable time in which I could be more productive. I have wondered more than once if I might be addicted to the subject, but I am not prepared to quit cold turkey. I think my [...]

    Feeling the need to restructure my days

    Saturday, February 16th, 2008

    I keep coming back to the question of how I can be more productive, even though intellectually I know that it’s just another way my mind likes to procrastinate the things I actually need to DO to be productive. I just can’t seem to shake the notion that, somewhere, there is a system of tracking [...]

    Just another Manic Monday…

    Monday, October 8th, 2007

    I am resisting the urge to treat today like a holiday, even though it is one. My husband works across the border, and thus gets a Thanksgiving holiday in November instead of October, and we usually go travelling that long weekend… which means I shouldn’t really take a holiday now AND then. So, chop-chop, go [...]

    Harnessing my Momentum

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    I did something yesterday I’ve been gearing myself towards for quite some time: I went to campus to do work. I’ve known that working from home doesn’t always work, but trying to drag myself out of the house doesn’t always work either. So yesterday, I actually hitched a ride with my husband and got to [...]