I'm thinking of going into business for myself and need practical experience-based advice. [more inside]
posted by Specklet
on Apr 20, 2005 -
Our small web development company is looking into project management software. I've been looking around, but can't seem to find something that really suits our needs. [more inside]
posted by frufry
on Apr 14, 2005 -
If you're using a wiki for personal note-taking and keeping organized, how have you organized it? [more inside]
posted by isotope
on Apr 6, 2005 -
I need help organizing my digital life! I am an academic who works on three different XP computers... [more inside]
posted by LarryC
on Mar 29, 2005 -
Is there any good Wedding planning software or web services out there? I'm looking for something like Business Plan Pro or Basecamp, but for weddings.
posted by Jairus
on Mar 24, 2005 -
Over the years, I've collected a whole lot of t-shirts, and as I'm something of a slacker nerd, they're pretty much the only thing I wear. The problem is, I keep them in stacks in a big rack of square cubby-like containers, so I wash them, I fold them, I stack them on top, and then inevitably wind up wearing the same dozen shirts over and over again. I've been trying to devise an ingenious way to get a better rotation, but I'm coming up blank. (I share a closet with the girl, and pretty much all of the hanger space is hers, so that's out.) Anyone have a brilliant method of managing shirts like this?
posted by majcher
on Mar 20, 2005 -
I admit that I am the daughter of Chaos. I seem to have zero organizational skills when it comes to objects, use of space, and clutter. I would like to hire someone to come organize my house, create a logical system whereby things are stored, and walk me through clearing the detritus of my mad packrat tendencies. To whom do I turn for this sort of skill set? [more inside]
posted by dejah420
on Mar 13, 2005 -
If you had to organize your life into categories and subcategories, what would they be? (I'm looking for the more general, applies-to-everyone sort of categories, like Transportation [-motorcycle -van] or Recreation [-music -canoeing], etc., not stuff like "Yamaha SR500" or "Captain Beefheart obsession.") I'm looking to get better organized, and I don't want to overlook anything.
posted by bricoleur
on Feb 27, 2005 -
I'm building a large (about 12 linear feet) corner desk as a general workspace, with an emphasis on computing. Since it is being built from the ground up, I'm planning on doing things like installing an iPod dock flush with the desk, as well as a bank of usb/firewire/media cards ports. I've a few more thoughts, but would like to like to know your
good ideas. [more inside]
posted by ArcAm
on Feb 24, 2005 -
PartsFilter: I foolishly felt pity for a widow and purchased, alakazam, a metric ton of stuff
. Bolts, nuts, screws, washers, doohickeys, whatchamacallits, whozits, and whatnots. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish
on Feb 24, 2005 -
Wine Databases (with barcode support):
Does anyone have any experience cataloguing their wine cellar? I have a friend (I wish it were me) with a rather expansive collection of wine and a barcode reader, yet the database that accompanied the reader is quite sparse. Can anyone suggest an alternate, more robust database with barcodes, or another solution out of personal experience? Google returns a mutlitude of dodgy-looking sites making dubious claims. Thanks!
posted by loquax
on Jan 19, 2005 -
How do you all organize yourselves? I've been using a Palm Pilot for a couple of years now, but am thinking of switching over to a nice paper date book and index cards just because it'd be more tactile. Do you use paper or tech? [more inside]
posted by josh
on Jan 7, 2005 -
MotivationFilter! I'm interested in improving my personal motivation, and I'm looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by onalark
on Dec 31, 2004 -
I hate all forms of work (hence the anon. post) and the only way I've found to finish papers etc. is to stay up all day and night procrastinating until the last possible instance writing a bit here and there--an agonizing process--until, as the last chance deadline aproaches, something takes shape. These papers are usually final papers and usually earn me between a B+ and an -A... which is probably why I never learned how to do work in a painless and organized fashion... at any rate, I have two papers due on the same day and no chance of an extension on either one and am incapable of forcing myself to work. WHAT DO I DO?
posted by anonymous
on Dec 10, 2004 -
DormRoomFilter: Does anyone have any suggestions for making a room the size of a jail cell look organized and/or snazzy?
posted by moooshy
on Nov 24, 2004 -
My life is overflowing with stress. I have a wife and a 3 year old. We moved recently to a metropolitan area and we are having serious issues adjusting. I may have miscalculated the financial burden of where we are living, although we moved here to make more money, in addition my wife is starting two new jobs and is now having health problems (which she is blaming on the stress). Neither of us are the most organized people in the world and family won't be much help financially (in fact issues on my side of the family are adding to the stress). If you've been in this sort of situation, how the hell do I get out? What is the first step?
posted by anonymous
on Nov 15, 2004 -
I've tried to get myself organized many times but I'm still always staying up late and missing deadlines. I use a planner, but I think I need more structure (scheduling internet usage, etc.). Should I get a more detailed planner with daily schedules? A PDA? People must have dealt with this before planners and PDAs; are there any other strategies that don't involve buying something?
posted by stopgap
on Nov 9, 2004 -
Is it possible for a mid 30's person to change their life habits? Even more specificially, can a lifetime of disorganization be turned around into one of organization? (MI) [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Oct 9, 2004 -
Tidying my email: Over the years I've developed hundreds of different folders for messages. They're currently all in Mail.app's MBOX format. I want to sort them into one big gmail-style archive folder, and get rid of the many, many duplicates.
Is there any way to automate searching for the duplicates?
posted by bonaldi
on Sep 17, 2004 -
I know, I know -- not another
web photogallery AskMe question, but: I've actually settled on the gallery itself. I'm using JAlbum. Having made the choice, though, I'm left with two questions:
1. JAlbum makes nice galleries, but doesn't create a top-level index page. (I could hand-code it, but my wife will be doing most of the updating and I don't want her to have to go mucking around in HTML.) The easiest solution, I'd think, would be just to reformat the directory listing into something attractive -- all I really need to communicate to the user is descriptive folder names and upload dates, but I'd prefer to make something more handsome than the standard Apache page. Can anyone recommend a particular PHP file system manager or other solution?
2. JAlbum's auto upload is ridiculously slow -- better just to FTP it. When JAblum makes a gallery, though, it includes a lot of stuff I'm not using -- icon sets, borders, etc. It's not a ton of space, but I'm going to uploading a lot of these galleries, and it'll add up. Is there a programmatic way I can stop JAlbum from including all this, instead of weeding it out before each upload? (I'm using the BluPlusPlus skin.)
posted by blueshammer
on Sep 5, 2004 -
Can anyone help me find photo organization software with some specific characteristics? I use WinXP. I want to be able to place each photo in multiple categories, and I'd like to be able to output the categories as simple .html files, as that is my archival system of choice. I don't care about uploading to the web. Free is better, but I am willing to shell out a few bucks for the right software. [more inside]
posted by beth
on Jun 19, 2004 -
Need resources for a person with Attention Deficit Disorder learning organizational skills. [much more inside] [more inside]
posted by tdismukes
on May 11, 2004 -
I am looking for a piece of software that organizes ideas, thoughts, notes, etc. in a relational, graphical sort of way. And for the life of me I can't remember, or think of, what that kind of program is called. (It's Saturday, and creative thinking has turned to mush, thanks to Looney Tunes!)
posted by grefo
on Mar 13, 2004 -
Sorting digital images. I went digital a year and a half ago and I still
haven't figured out a way to sort my pictures that really works for me (by which I mean edit, in the sense of going through and picking out the keepers and organizing them by merit, subject, whatever). Before I went digital I used to just get cheap 4x6 prints of everything on every roll and had a very efficient system for sorting through, editing and organizing them, is there anything software-wise which makes this intuitive and easy, or should I just start printing? I find moving images around in folders really counter-intuitive for this purpose. Any suggestions?
posted by biscotti
on Mar 7, 2004 -
I've got new responsibilities at work, and now I have to [shudder] actually file paper. I'm a visual person, and once I stick stuff in files, I forget about it. But the alternative seems to be piling paper and then watching coworkers gasp in horror when they poke their head in the door. Any tips that work for you? Should I just throw it all away and pretend it got lost? Do I really have to file each piece of paper in 10 seconds or less?
posted by mecran01
on Mar 4, 2004 -
I'm looking for a very simple to-do list that will sit on my desktop. I've searched Google, but a lot of the results that come up are integrated with calendars and other functions I don't have use for. The ones I did download seem suspicious and attempt to contact their home networks; I don't want anybody spying on me. Does anyone use something like this, where I can simply type a linear list of things I have to get done, and have it floating on my dekstop?
posted by tomorama
on Jan 5, 2004 -
Fonts. They're driving me nuts. Does anyone know of a simple program to generate a specimen book from all fonts present on a system, installed or not. True type, open type, type 1, etc. The problem is, I have my fonts organzied well enough, but I frequently forget what the ones I don't often use look like.
posted by Grod
on Jan 3, 2004 -
Looking to buy a new bed... and software to help me rearrange my house. [MI] [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Dec 30, 2003 -