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Help with Death

My father died last night after a very long illness. My brain isn't working well right now, so I'm asking the Hive Mind for some help. I think I have the basics under control for now, but it's the next couple of months that I need advice for. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jan 1, 2017 - 17 answers

I have to move soon but I'm stuck.

I'm moving back to my home country (yay!) but the sheer list of things I have to do is overwhelming. Please help me wrap my head around it. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Aug 31, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me organise my spices and oils

I like to cook so have a lot of spices and various bottles of stuff, but I have a tiny kitchen. I'm having trouble getting my head around how to organise it. Details (and photos of current mess) inside. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Feb 2, 2016 - 27 answers

UK - how to digitise large number of photo negatives?

I have a huge number of negatives from my days using a film camera. I would like to get them converted to digital files. Is there anywhere in the UK, ideally London or mail-order, where I can get this done, and how much is it likely to cost? I would rather pay someone else to do it than, for example, buying myself a photo scanner - although I do have a standard scanner I don't think this can be used to scan negatives in this way.
posted by ontheradio on Jan 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Bulk SMS in Europe using cellphone + osx

I've been looking at bulk SMS solutions for our organisation and thought I'd check with the hive. I'm using clickatell.com at the moment but it's rather bulky, so have this idea about using a flat fee mobile phone account. Let's hear what you think… [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Planner Inspiration for Weirdos

Where can I find inspiration for planner decoration that is geared towards various alternative/weirdo types - e.g. queers, geeks, artists, activists, certain subcultures? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Taskmaster needed

I need a central taskmaster - Ops Central - which anyone in my team can can add an item to. Ops control will then evaluate and delegate said task out and track it to conclusion so nothing gets missed. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Aug 21, 2015 - 9 answers

How does she do it?

What are the most effective ways to stay organized and get things done? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Aug 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Office work & Commuting in the UK after 12 yr gap: Hacks & Tips please!

I will shortly start a new job having worked from home for many years and I've unexpectedly been asked to start ASAP. There's some great advice on Ask about podcasts & commuting and some about 'returning to corporate hell', but I'm wondering about the practicalities of organising your life in advance for a working week, and especially wondering about what I don't know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers


I see lots of writing submissions trackers, such as Duotrope and Assignmint, and job application trackers like Huntsy and StartWire. Is there a web app that helps me track multiple kinds of submissions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 16, 2014 - 1 answer

What should I grid on my Grid-It?

I got given a Cocoon Grid-It as a present a couple of years ago. I've never used it, and it's just been sitting around useless and I just rediscovered it in a drawer. It's 19.1 cm x 26.7cm. I've come across some everyday carry websites which occasionally use these, but curious what people use them for. So far I've just stuck some headphones, a notebook and a fan into mine, but I'm sure people must have some very interesting or practical things they are using these for. Any and all suggestions welcome (picture links too in particular). Thanks!
posted by inbetweener on Jan 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for tools or techniques to sort a photo library while on the go

I'm looking for a way to sort through my mountain of photos while I'm on the go, using an iPhone. (I shoot in RAW, so I guess it would need to involve exporting small JPGs to a Dropbox folder or an app.) I don't need to rate the photos, only flag/unflag/set as rejected (like Lightroom). The catch is that I'd like the changes I make on the go to somehow sync back to Lightroom on my computer. Is there an app for this that comes to mind, or any ideas you guys could suggest? Thanks!
posted by scrm on Jan 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Finding all my annotated PDFs amongst the clutter

I have a lot of PDFs and some of them contain my notes and annotations. How can I single out the annotated files without opening them all, one by one? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Dec 12, 2013 - 2 answers

disorganised co-workers

How best to work with people who are scatty and disorganised? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 24, 2013 - 8 answers

I want to be a curator, not a collector

I have a lot of duplicate music and photos on my hard drive - and this is making sorting them out difficult. Is there a good programme out there that will help me out with this? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 11, 2013 - 7 answers

What is the best way to maintain a journal over a long period?

To those who have kept a journal for more than, say, 20 years, how do you manage the physical (or electronic) output? What methods of organisation and preservation have stood the test of time for you? What should I be doing now so that in 20 years I'm not buried by paper or files?
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Aug 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Using ten days to prepare for an online course, then acing it?

I’m about to start a six-month-long online course that I'd like to do really well on. The next ten days are very quiet at work. How can I use this time to help myself prepare, given that I’ll need to be in the office for part of each of the ten days...and then keep up with the course while going back to full-time teaching? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me tame my embarassing mp3 mess

I have a 2002-era problem: a big library of Mp3s, many ripped from physical CDs I own, some downloaded from iTunes, others left over from when I merged music collections with my then partner. They are completely disorganised. Some albums are incomplete, most lack album art, hundreds of individual songs are just kicking around in a big folder of their own. What's the best way to tame the mess? (This question has been asked before, but I imagine best solutions have changed since 2008). [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Mar 21, 2012 - 32 answers

Uses for an old Day Runner/Filofax?

Uses for an old Day Runner/Filofax? Looking for up to date ways to integrate a paper planner with online services. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Feb 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Is there a way to visually organize database tables (and saved queries and views)?

I have a wonderful (Oracle) SQL database and I use Navicat Lite to crunch around in it. My problem is that I'm staring at lists of 50+ tables, 60+ saved queries, 10+ views, etc. Is there anything I can do to somehow organise things in a visually pleasing and/or functional way? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I organise my stuff in my dresser?

I'm now the proud owner of a proper grownup bedroom set, with a dresser that has a mirror and everything. What are your best tips for organising all my stuff so I can ready most efficiently? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Sep 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Make a wish, any wish.

What essential and not-so-essential kit do small voluntary organisations need? [more inside]
posted by fix on Jun 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Hey Now, Hey Now Now

We all know Mefites throw a bitchin' party, so help me out here. I'm contemplating running a club night in lieu of a birthday party for my thirtieth birthday next year. Protips? [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Jun 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Need a to-do list app to handle recurring tasks with associated preparatory, deadliney sub-tasks.

Need a to-do / project management app that will quickly schedule events and create all the relevant sub-tasks for me. [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 answers

99 Problems but an iron ain't one

I absolutely suck at keeping organised, clean and tidy. I can't go on living in a mess until the moment when I snap and spend two days cleaning everything. Any tips that have helped former messy people, stuff accumulators or those who just can't be bothered stay on top of everything? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 3, 2010 - 45 answers

give me hope; do healthy workplaces exist?

what makes a workplace good / healthy for staff? In response to this question and numerous others on the green, plus my own experiences of being relentlessly treated badly by those above, below and around me in organisations; I am curious what are the elements that make a good workplace? What are some examples of such workplaces that I could do my own research on? [more inside]
posted by MT on Oct 18, 2010 - 15 answers

My subset of the Library of Congress

I'd like to put a personal library of around 200 books in order by the Library of Congress Classification System. I plan to take them off my shelves then scan all of their ISBNs for inclusion on LibraryThing... Then what? How do I get LCC numbers from ISBN numbers for ordering/labeling? How should I label them? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Oct 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Sound advice for audio organisation.

OS X software for cutting, organizing and editing audio? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on May 9, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I organise a huge number of disorganised files in windows?

How can I organise a huge number of disorganised files in windows? [more inside]
posted by Stuartsjaw on Mar 31, 2010 - 6 answers

How to help others find their favourite books.

Help a newbie volunteer make sense of a large, unorganised pile of books, most of which aren't even in English. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jan 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommend an online collaborative translation tool.

Can anybody recommend a good collaborative online translation tool? Not an automated translator, something to help manage and co-ordinate a translation workflow in a team of people. [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Dec 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Theories/discussions about corporate inertia

I'm looking for interesting theories/discussions around the phenomenon of corporate inertia [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Oct 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Organise daily reports

Help organising complex, daily changing list [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Aug 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Artist groupware. Please find enclosed a list of requirements.

We're a group artists in a non-profit and are currently using Facebook to organise ourselves. I find it lacking - it's not a platform with collaboration in mind, so I'm researching alternatives. Hlep! [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Aug 4, 2009 - 5 answers

What's the best way to organise and maintain my iTunes library?

OK, I've had it with my iTunes collection telling me it can't find things and forgetting that I have compilations and having my music in random formats. How can I reorganise the whole thing and keep it in order? I'm willing to scrap it all and start fresh, re-burning CDs or losing my ratings and playcounts if necessary, if it means that in the future it'd all work smoothly. Hardware and software details inside. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane on Apr 26, 2009 - 15 answers

I have four months: help me become superwoman

My workload was insane and I wasn't coping, so I've reduced it - but only for four months. What can I do to build my resilience and general life-handling ability during that time? If you've ever taken 'time off' to sort yourself out, I would love to hear your story. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] on Mar 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Creative Innovative Socially-Good Companies

Which companies and organisations are big on innovation, creativity, doing good, and support flexible work styles and ethics? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Anyway of deleting containing folder with a right click on Vista?

I have re-organised my Vista PC to use searches instead of the usual folder hierachy in Explorer to navigate the file system. What I am looking for is a way to right click on a file and delete the containing folder, does anyone know of a registry hack or software which will let me do this?
posted by dazzle on Oct 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Running to stand still - resource management in IT

Scheduling and work-request software for an IT team. [more inside]
posted by ajp on May 2, 2008 - 14 answers

How would you organise a cell of people?

Affinity groups and terrorist cells seem do well by them, but what possible combinations are there of autonomous organisation, and what are their main characteristics? What different ways are there to organise people according to a cell model? I'm interested in an overview of different organisational structures and ways of calculating their characteristics. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Apr 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Lets' talk about Files, Folder and Feelings

What is the best low maintainance way of organising my papers for school? With some constraints: I want to carry everything I need to school in my bag, I do not have text books, and I do not want to spend any time organising things. [more inside]
posted by markovich on Mar 25, 2008 - 15 answers

What's a sensible way to manage my diverse drawings?

Best way to manage sketchbooks? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 22, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I organise my college course modules into one cohesive format?

How do I organise my college course modules into one cohesive format? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Feb 13, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I turn notes into something useful?

I've been noting down ideas for a potential novel for over a year. Problem is, I now have so many that it's tough to keep track of it all. How can I organise and consolidate them into something workable? [more inside]
posted by Acey on Dec 30, 2006 - 27 answers

Can you help me organise my work?

Help me find or design a professional activity record and organise my work in my brand spanking new job! Much [more inside]
posted by Lucie on Sep 7, 2006 - 2 answers

Organizing my music. All automatically.

I've never really bought albums/CDs and ripped them. Atleast not all of them, I probably have like 15-20 albums, but that's it. The major part of my music collection happens to come from the Napster times. Where only tracks would be downloaded, which have little or no filename according to convention. So, I have tracks like "12-Thievery Corp-Fedime's Flight.mp3". I'd like to see this track as "Thievery Corporation - Fedime's Flight.mp3" [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz on Apr 15, 2006 - 13 answers

File me!

Is there an easy way to allocate downloaded files to specific folders on a mac? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Dec 2, 2005 - 9 answers

Keeping your papers organised

How do you organise tax receipts, bills, credit card statements, bank statements and all your other paperwork at home? [more inside]
posted by madman on Oct 27, 2005 - 23 answers

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