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Receipts: to keep or not to keep?

I have been keeping all of my receipts for some time now. Every day, I enter them into my money tracking system (presently just a text file where I capture date, payee and amount). Then I file the receipts away in folders by month. My question: does it do me any good to save the receipts, or is having the data good enough? [more inside]
posted by ivarley on Aug 2, 2006 - 11 answers

How to most efficiently reorganize a filing system?

I am looking for a resource or advice on organizing files and folders on a shared hard drive. I am faced with 12 GB of files that need to be reorganized - many files and folders are out-of-date, irrelevant, or obsolete, and many were created by people who no longer work at my company for projects that are no longer active. I'm hoping to hear about a strategy that helps me methodically organize all of this data, archiving what's no longer needed and coming up with an intuitive filing system for what is. [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Are there any cheap DEVONthink alternatives?

What's a good free, or at least cheaper alternative to DEVONthink? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 6, 2006 - 11 answers

Help me reclaim my door knobs for their intended use.

Do you have a good way of storing your bags, totes and/or purses? [more inside]
posted by moonshine on Jun 28, 2006 - 24 answers

Data Organization Software Anyone?

DataOrganizationFilter: I am looking for software that will allow my market research team to efficiently store and access information from PDF and Excel files. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo on Jun 28, 2006 - 6 answers

How to organize piles upon piles of paper.

I currently just finished my second year of college. As a electrical engineering major I find that I sometimes go back to look at course notes and material from past semesters. Thus, I have a lot of paper and not a whole lot of room to put it. Currently each class I have taken is in its own manilla folder and in a file caddy I have. This is less than ideal as most classes don't really fit in a single folder yet I do it anyway so I can keep track of them. I am looking for a creative and space saving way to store them for semi-easy access and more importantly organization. I have thought about 3 hole punching everything, but I would probably end up spending a day or so doing that. Any suggestions.
posted by dyno04 on May 19, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I stick to things?

How do you get yourself to stick with routines that will improve your life? I'm trying to get myself to stick with simple & easy routines surrounding issues like my finances, my health, and my work, but have trouble being consistent. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on May 19, 2006 - 23 answers

How is your small software team organized?

I'm interested in how small software development teams (under 10 people) organize themselves. [more inside]
posted by medpt on May 1, 2006 - 6 answers

Teach me to use a notebook

Please teach me how to use a notebook. Yes, the paper kind. I've tried to go paperless, but I find that there are too many constraints to taking notes on a computer. I like the advantages of using a notebook: freedom, doodling, portable, easy to page-through and review. Ideas just flow when I use paper and a pen. I find that I don't review notes kept on my computer. With a notebook, I can page through a find ideas and thoughts from last month. With that said, I have a hard time sticking with using the notebook. [more inside]
posted by jpep on Apr 19, 2006 - 20 answers

Good Widget Dashboard Setups

Looking for something for Windows and/or Mac OS X that allow you to invoke or otherwise mark off an area at the side of the screen with only widgets/applets/chiclets/whateverlets in them. It should be different from, say, the OS X dock, in that it should claim its screen real estate fully -- no letting things slide under it or over it, windows that bump up against it should recognize its edge and stop. [more inside]
posted by namespan on Apr 13, 2006 - 4 answers

How do you organize your podcasts in OS X?

My podcasts are in a horrific state of disarray. What tips and tricks do you use for organizing your podcasts? Do you use special playlists, third-party software, etc? I'm running the latest version of Tiger (10.4.6) and iTunes. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Apr 11, 2006 - 6 answers

Phonebook organization

Firstname Lastname or Lastname, Firstname? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Mar 28, 2006 - 10 answers

Easy list making program needed.

Easy list-making software? I'm looking for a program that will let me generate a simple packing list that I can reuse every time I travel. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Mar 19, 2006 - 15 answers

How to create a trade association

How does one go about creating an trade association? [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Mar 16, 2006 - 3 answers

Help me choose a PDA

Help choose a PDA for a sysadmin with a laundry list of requirements [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Mar 8, 2006 - 23 answers

KeepTrackOfMovieAndBookRatingsFilter

I keep track of the movies I've seen on Netflix and the books I've read on Amazon. Is there anyway to export these ratings? [more inside]
posted by pencroft on Mar 6, 2006 - 6 answers

What labels do you use in Gmail?

What labels do you use in Gmail? I feel like I have too many labels for my Gmail account and there is too much overlap between them. What are the best sets of labels? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 1, 2006 - 13 answers

How to stay organized at work?

I have a hard time staying organized at work. My problem isn't working on something, it's staying aware of the many projects and tasks that I have to complete, prioritizing, and staying on top of a project (and letting clients know that I'm on top of it, next step, etc.) There are multitudes of tools out there, and I have access to many of them. What I'd like to know is what methods have you found that work for you with regards to your daily organization at work? Notebook, spreadsheet, Outlook, etc?
posted by adampsyche on Feb 20, 2006 - 20 answers

International Baccalareate Oranization

Can anyone tell me experiences or firsthand knowledge regarding elementary schools that use the International Baccalaureate Organization curriculum? [more inside]
posted by docpops on Feb 8, 2006 - 9 answers

How do I sort out my freelance tax disaster?

I did a lot of freelance work last year but didn't keep good records. What's the best way to find out what I owe for 2005 & avoid the problem this year? [more inside]
posted by octavia on Feb 6, 2006 - 10 answers

I'm like a cat lady, but with books. Also, not a lady.

How should I organize my personal library? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jan 25, 2006 - 50 answers

Writing Nonfiction, how does one organize it?

I think it would be a kick to write a nonfiction book. Any advice on how to organize one? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Jan 13, 2006 - 12 answers

Organizing your hard drive?

Hard drive cleanup and organization tips, techniques, and asset management for someone who still has files from 1992? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Jan 11, 2006 - 9 answers

how do you archive important letters and paper documents?

How do folks handle archiving paper documents like personal correspondence (the snail mail kind), journals and the like? I have about 17 years worth of stuff and am trying to conceptualize of some sort of project to be able to look back on different years at a glance. BTW, it's not like I'm one of the Collyer brothers--all told, we're probably talking about 4 boxes of letters and such that I've saved over the years. I was thinking of organizing something chronological, using something like magazine files but I'm curious to hear how other folks organize and archive their stuff. Special bonus question--what about electronic documents, like emails and things you write? I know, I could store them online forever, but what's neat about old fashioned paper is that the reader and the information are self contained. Do you print things out, and again, if so, do you have any tricks for storing them?
posted by teddyb109 on Dec 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Need pointers: Efficient File System Organization

43Filters: I'm looking to re-organize my home directory on my Mac OS X laptop, and I want to do so with a clear organizational structure in mind. The majority of data is work-related, though I have a lot of personal data as well. I need to have a clear distinction between work and personal data, to make backups easier. I tend to create deep hierarchies, and I'd like to simplify where possible. [more inside]
posted by redmonk on Dec 15, 2005 - 3 answers

How can our office assistant manage our Outlook calendars?

Both my wife and I use separate Microsoft Outlook installations to manage our calendars and to sync our calendars with our cell phones and pdas. Now, we need a way for an assistant to manage our calendars from another computer. [more inside]
posted by richardhay on Dec 6, 2005 - 11 answers

Homes for the little things?

How do your organize all your little stuff (ipods, wires, knick knacks, doojobbies, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Dec 5, 2005 - 12 answers

Looking for the eensiest, beansiest audio note-taker ever...

Looking for a *tiny* audio recorder to take notes throughout the day, then upload to a computer (Linux) to prioritize, annotate, and transcribe as appropriate. What's the best, cheapest, smallest option? Anyone have any experience with using the MobiBlue cube as a voice recorder? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean on Nov 29, 2005 - 7 answers

clear out my cruft.

What do you do with all your data cruft? What is the most efficient way to organize all the non-deletable stuff on your drive? [more inside]
posted by about_time on Nov 16, 2005 - 9 answers

Graphical volume cataloger?

I like what VisualCD does (makes a browseable catalog of a given disk), but it is bonking on files bigger than 2GB. This is a deal breaker for my needs. Anybody know a more robust alternative for Win32, that does the same thing?
posted by everichon on Nov 8, 2005 - 0 answers

Why can't I edit file information in iTunes anymore?

Irritating iTunes problem. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Nov 4, 2005 - 5 answers

Where can I find a good quality pencil case?

I love using pencils. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a slim, durable case to store them in, without having their sharp points either poke through or break off completely. Can anyone help me a find a good quality pencil case? I've already gone through dozens of the cheap, zippered plastic kind, only to have my pencils puncture through them, and leave a mess of gray scribbles. I'm a student, and currently use a medium-sized leather tote bag to carry my stuff around, so something that's not too big and clunky is preferable. Thanks to everyone in advance!
posted by invisible ink on Oct 23, 2005 - 16 answers

portable personal wiki

I would like to reconsider my options for a personal wiki. [more inside]
posted by corpse on Oct 12, 2005 - 6 answers

Visualizing independent projects relatively

I have a bunch of tasks I can rank by imminence, completeness, and rate of activity. Is there an interesting or useful way to visualize them rather than three sorted lists? [more inside]
posted by Firas on Oct 3, 2005 - 5 answers

Photo Issues

Help my non-profit's photo problem! The non-profit organization I recently started working with has nearly 2,000 photos from years past that I'd like to sort in a meaningful fashion, whether by filenames and folders or with a program. I'd like people to be able to browse/search by date, the program involved (After-School, Food Pantry, etc), and the activity going on in the photo. The clincher: Must be easy to use, free, and can run on Windows 98. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Oct 3, 2005 - 12 answers

Mass Music Organization

Ideas for additional organization of my music via 'Genre' tags in iTunes... [+] [more inside]
posted by whatitis on Sep 20, 2005 - 13 answers

What's a good career move for a senior analyst with a social work background?

What's a good career move for a senior analyst with a social work background? Also, is there a nationwide organization for senior process and business analysts? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm on Sep 13, 2005 - 0 answers

Mental Rolodex?

So, I'm writing this book, and I need some software advice for making a computerized version of my mental rolodex. (DIT) [more inside]
posted by kungfujoe on Sep 9, 2005 - 5 answers

Usefull advice organization!

What are some interesting and creative ways of compiling various bits of advice, information, quotes, etc. into something that can be easily recalled later? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Sep 8, 2005 - 9 answers

Organizing music on a computer

How do you organize your music on your computer? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Sep 5, 2005 - 31 answers

Seeking classy spice storage ideas.

What's the best system to store spices that is neat, allows for easy identification, doesn't use up a lot of space, and is elegant? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Sep 3, 2005 - 19 answers

How do you organize photos?

What do you do with all your photos? I have years of printed photos (pre-digital camera) that I'm slowly getting into albums, and a year or more of digital photos that are dumped on my computer but not organized. [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Sep 2, 2005 - 14 answers

So . . . many . . . phone calls . . .

How do I keep track of my business phone calls? I'm looking for a program, preferably freeware or open source, that will help me keep track of the people calling/emailing/contacting me, why they're contacting me, when they contacted me, how to contact them, when I should contact them, and if I've contacted them. Preferably it would allow for multiple call-backs in case we get into an extended game of phone tag. Right now I'm using a notebook, but something on the computer would allow easier changes. Googling's failed me, since I'm not even sure of the right phrasing to use.
posted by schroedinger on Aug 26, 2005 - 6 answers

How do I rename folders based on ID3 tags?

How can I rename my music folders on my Mac based on ID3 tags? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler on Aug 20, 2005 - 12 answers

New Organizational Software?

There is so much new organizational software available and I haven't kept up. I'm talking outliners, notes organizers, etc. I am currently using TexNotes Pro, have seen OneNote, Basecamp/Backpack and at one time used KeyNote. One program I know is popular, but I don't care for is Evernote. With that in mind, any suggestions of similar software that is new on the scene?
posted by Independent Scholarship on Aug 11, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I turn my OCD-like organization & creative art skills into a career?

How can my near-OCD levels of organization & cleanliness, along with a penchant for being bossy, artistic, and design-oriented help me determine the best career path for me? Where do I go, and what type of formalized licensing should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Aug 11, 2005 - 8 answers

Social club for semi-retired men?

My 64-year-old father is bored. Are there any social clubs in Los Angeles for him? [more inside]
posted by clh on Aug 2, 2005 - 10 answers

ever hired an organizer?

Followup to this messy neurosisfilter, has anyone here ever hired a professional organizer? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher on Aug 2, 2005 - 5 answers

Simple, customizable group website software/host?

I am helping an alumni/student association set up a simple website that would ideally include news items, photo albums, a calendar and basic static information about the group--its mission statement, history, and past activities. They'd probably also like to be able to create mailing lists around different interests on the fly, and then also browse those topics. Yahoo Groups is probably a little less than we want, but the other options seem like they would require too much customization (Plone) or too little flexibility (Typepad) Are there good alternatives (even fee based ones) that help groups communicate their missions to the public and staty organized? We're using PBwiki to generate content (that's working well) but it's not pretty enough for a public face--I feel the same way about JotSpot. Any recommendations? I thought I remembered a new player in this space, but can't recall them now.
posted by teddyb109 on Aug 1, 2005 - 7 answers

Getting Things Done on a Macintosh

Having recently finished Getting Things Done (and after following 43 Folders for some time), I'm inspired to organize my life. I've gathered supplies and plan to organize my physical life this weekend. My on-line life (based on a Mac) needs help, though. How do you stay organized on your Mac? Do you use iCal? (It still seems so buggy to me.) What e-mail program do you use? Is Microsoft's Entourage all that? I know about Quicksilver, but can you recommend other little apps to keep my digital life organized and worry free? (Tips on physical GTD organization are welcome, too.)
posted by jdroth on May 20, 2005 - 26 answers

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