Professor Belli | Fall 2022 | City Tech

Category: Help

Time Management

It’s a super-busy point of the semester, and many of you have expressed that you are burnt out and having difficulty keeping up with all-the-things. I feel you. Time Management is, unfortunately, something that we all struggle with …

The reality is that we each have tons of responsibilities, seemingly endless to-dos, & competing priorities, and there are only so many hours in a day and so much energy, brainpower, & motivation at our disposal during those hours.

When we are under a deadline or feel the pressure of a time crunch, we tend to procrastinate (which ends up causing even more of a time crunch!). And whether we are consciously aware of it or not, procrastination is deeply connected to a whole range of emotions that start bubbling up: we feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, frustrated, angry, scared, hopeless, depressed. We become stretched too thin, more reactive, less able to productively meet our goals and to be the best versions of ourselves. Then we feel shame, guilt, regret, exhaustion. And all of these emotions can start to chip away at our physical health. Of course, if we get sick, we fall more behind, and the more we fall behind the more stressed we get, which makes us sicker … and round and round we go.

Just because time management is hard, though, doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. An important part of both student success & self-care is to learn how to effectively manage your time. That takes becoming more aware of your own patterns and habits in relation to time management, learning skills and techniques to improve your time management, and then mindfully and diligently working to make the progress.

If you know that you struggle at certain times and in certain circumstances, don’t beat yourself up for that — but do seek out the skills & support you need. This workshop will help!

Complete the Time Management Inventory, the Time Management Reflection Reflection, and then watch + annotated the Time Management and SMART Goals video. All of these links are from the UNC at Chapel Hill Learning Center’s Tips & Tools website, which has a whole range of amazing resources for student success. I strongly encourage you to check them out (especially the ones on procrastination!) and use them as resources going forward.

After you’ve read + annotated this workshop & the above texts, share your thoughts on time management. You can approach any way you’d like, but I encourage you to consider the following:

  • What are some of the emotions that come up for you when you’re struggling with time management? What about when you more successfully manage your time?
  • What are your default habits when you have a big deadline?
  • What are some strategies you have used to manage your time? How effective are they?
  • What new things did you learn from this workshop?
  • Do some of your own research (it can just be googling around) on time management, & share what you’ve learned with the class (don’t forget to cite!).
  • If you had to give your peers one piece of advice on time management, what would it be, & why?

Comments (& at least a few replies to others’ comments) are due by 12pm (noon) on Friday, 11/18. Looking forward to a great conversation here!

Email Etiquette & Policy

*PLEASE NOTE: Going forward, I will only be responding to proper emails (that follow the guidelines provided), so if you would like a reply to your message, please make sure to email me accordingly. If you do not receive a response within the expected time frame, review your email and revise/re-send as necessary.

Thanks to those of you who reviewed the emailing resources and sent me the reflective email practicing those new skills! Your emails were really fantastic … way to step up your email games 🙂

Communicating clearly, effectively, and respectfully with me (via your City Tech emails) is one of your key responsibilities as a student in our asynchronous course. A friendly reminder that there is even a section on our Syllabus entitled “Email Etiquette”:

I encourage you to email me as soon as possible with any questions, concerns, or requests for conferences (outside of my regularly scheduled office hours). Please write a proper, respectful email, addressed to me and signed by you, including your name and course/section, and the issue at hand. Provide as much detail as possible, so that I can help you as much as possible. If you’re having tech issues, including screenshots would be helpful.

*Note: I will do my best to respond to emails within 24 hours during the weekdays (if you email over the weekend, expect a response the following week).

And yet … I am still, five weeks into the semester, fielding hundreds of messages, many of which are missing key elements of a proper email.

I want to help, but I cannot if you do not let me know what you need help with (and who you are!). Be as specific as possible. Are you are asking about an assignment? Tell me which one, specifically, and what your specific questions are (and make sure you have done your due diligence before emailing me, so you are asking an “informed question,” to use the phrase of the guidelines). Are you having tech trouble? Explain what are you trying to do, what the steps are that you have already tried, and attach screenshots. Are you requesting to meet but can’t make my regularly scheduled office hours? Share what would you like to discuss and what (all of your) availability is. Did you proofread your email before you hit send? Did you address me properly? Did you sign your name? And so on … you get the idea.

Remember, emailing is its own genre with its own conventions; writing is a process; and we always have to pay attention to the rhetorical situation (and how we communicate!).

So … review the resources provide, and definitely check out the clear write-up of guidelines that the email slideshow was adapted from. It’s a great resource to keep handy and refer back to over time.

Thank you, and I look forward to all of your awesome emails going forward 🙂

City Tech Tech Loans & Computer Labs

A friendly reminder that while you can certainly access the Openlab through your phone and the platform is mobile friendly, it will be difficult (and is not recommended) to rely solely on your phone to complete all the required activities and assignments for this asynchronous, online course.

If you don’t have another device to do the work for this course, no worries — there are resources available to you!

City Tech offers technology loans to students (a Chromebook or iPad, as well as a T-Mobile Hotspot):

There are also a number of computer labs on campus that you can use to do your work:

Finally, your local public libraries should also provide computer access, if you are unable to travel to campus. They are a great resource too!

City Tech Email (Access & Required Use)

I know that the college has been sending out reminders about this requirement, but I wanted to post here as well so you can easily refer back to this information on our Openlab site.

City Tech requires that all students and faculty communicate via their official City Tech emails. When you email me, please write from your City Tech email.

ou should also be checking your City Tech email daily to stay up-to-date in our asynchronous course. All emails from me, course announcements, OpenLab notifications will be sent there, and all communications from the college will be sent there.

Below are instructions on how to access your City Tech email, and how to get help should you need it.

Access Your College Email 

Step 1. Visit to verify your username.

Step 2. After confirming your username, go to Your password is First initial of your first name (capitalized), First initial of your last name (lower case), your date of birth (D.O.B.) in the format MMDDYYYY and the last 4 digits of your EMPL ID.

Example: Joe Doe birthday 9/7/1968, EMPL last 4 digits 9367 has the password Jd090719689367

After inputting this default password, you can set a new password. 

Step 3. Click on the green Verify Now button and verify your phone and email information. Then, set up the security questions to allow you to reset your password in the future, in case you forget it.

Step 4. After successfully setting up your account, visit and log in to your email using your username and new password.

Recover Your City Tech Email Account

If you already set up your email account, but forgot your password, don’t worry.

If you encounter any difficulty, please contact the Student Help Desk: / (718) 260-4900 / Library Building (L-114).

Everything you need to know about car stacker

A car stacker is a device that is used to stack cars in a parking lot. It is a crane-like device that has a platform on which the car is driven onto. The platform is then lifted up and the car is stacked on top of another car.

The main advantage of using a car stacker is that it saves space in the parking lot. In addition, it also helps to protect the cars from being damaged by other cars.

How does it work?

A car stacker typically consists of four main parts: a platform, a lifting mechanism, a track system, and a control system.

The platform is where the car sits while it is being lifted. The lifting mechanism is used to raise and lower the platform. The track system helps to guide the platform as it moves up and down. The control system is used to operate the device.

To use a car stacker, the car is driven onto the platform. The lifting mechanism is then activated and the platform is lifted up. The track system guides the platform as it moves up and down. Once the platform reaches the desired height, the car is then parked in place.

When the car is ready to be retrieved, the lifting mechanism is activated and the platform is lowered back down to ground level. The car is then driven off of the platform and out of the parking space.


The main advantage of using a car stacker is that it saves space in the parking lot. In addition, it also helps to protect the cars from being damaged by other cars.

Another advantage of using a car stacker is that it is much easier to park a car in a tight space when using this device. This is because the driver does not have to worry about parallel parking or backing into a space.


There are some disadvantages of using a car stacker as well. One disadvantage is that they can be expensive to purchase and maintain. In addition, they require electricity to operate which can add to the overall cost.

Another disadvantage of using a car stacker is that they are not always reliable. If the device malfunctions, it can cause serious damage to the car. In addition, if the platform is not level, it can cause the car to tip over.

Safety Concerns

There are some safety concerns associated with using a car stacker. One concern is that if the platform is not level, it can cause the car to tip over. Another concern is that if the lifting mechanism fails, it can drop the car onto the ground.

It is important to make sure that the car stacker is properly maintained and inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it is safe to use.


A car stacker is a device that is used to stack cars in a parking lot. It is a crane-like device that has a platform on which the car is driven onto. The platform is then lifted up and the car is stacked on top of another car.