Efficiency

The Power of Checklists

I’m not a big fan of reinventing the wheel. Once I figure something out, I don’t want to have to waste the time to figure it out again in the future. For that reason, I am a frequent creator and user of checklists. When I was younger, my memory was sharp enough that I simply remembered everything. When I was in high school taking geometry, I learned the acronym SOHCAHTOA which explains how to figure out the sine, cosine, and…

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Money Well Spent

I’m a big fan of animal prints.  So when I saw someone on the subway earlier this year wearing an adorable animal print raincoat, I decided to scour the internet and see if I could find one. Not surprisingly, I found several.  However, since it was already June, the coat season had passed and there wasn’t much stock left.  After placing a few orders (and then a few reorders to get the right size), I was the proud owner of a…

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Helping Hands

Don’t you sometimes wish you had an extra set of hands?  Or could be in two places at once?  Or had paid more attention in shop class? A bunch of companies have sprung up to provide a helper or two when you need it. Handy (formerly Handybook) connects  you with home cleaners and handymen who are “experienced, friendly, background-checked, and insured.”  There are 20 categories of services, the most popular being furniture assembly, interior painting, light fixtures, moving help, faucets, and home cleaning.  …

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Where’s the Bus?

This tip is only for New Yorkers.  Everyone else, go back to enjoying your summer! Okay, New Yorkers.  Do you ride public transportation?  If so, then you should know about MTA Bus Time. I’m sure you’ll recognize this scenario.  You’re standing at a bus stop waiting for a bus.  You keep walking out into traffic to peer down the street to see if there’s a bus in the distance.   You can’t see anything because there are trucks in the way.  You’re…

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In Love With Evernote

I consider myself pretty tech savvy for a Digital Immigrant (i.e., someone who grew up when the world was still primarily analog).  However, I am not one to jump on the tech bandwagon every time the next big thing comes out.  I prefer to wait until it has more stability and until I perceive a personal need for it. That’s why I did not immediately start using Evernote even though many of my organizing colleagues swore by it.  When I first heard…

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