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Tips for not losing my mind/keys when stressed?

In general, I'm an individual who's got a good handle on adult stuff: paying bills on time, obeying parking regulations, etc. Once in a while though, when I get stressed out about something, my brain stops taking care of these basic maintenance tasks. Case in point: this week I had a big project due for work, and I lost my car keys -- twice. Anybody have tips for helping me hold onto my sanity in high stress situations and avoiding silly, expensive mistakes?
posted by HeroZero on May 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Organize all the things!!!

I finally went through my mountains of paperwork this weekend and got a nice little filing system up and running. I have an ungodly amount of old paycheck stubs. Do I need to save these? Do you save medical bills? What about old tax returns? Arghshshs! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Apr 29, 2013 - 19 answers

iTunes organization fiasco

What am I doing wrong? iTunes is moving my music folders around causing havoc. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson on Apr 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Time to start using a calendar

I've finally lost track of my plans enough times where I need to start keeping a calendar. I'd like something that's easy to update on my phone and syncs with wherever else I'd use it (iPhone, iPad, Macbook). The entries will be pretty simple ("birthday party at Bob's house, 9pm on Wednesday", for example…don't really care if there's features beyond that). What do you use?
posted by rastapasta on Apr 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Ideas to energize & excite employees of a large traditional organization

Hoping you can share some ideas or things you have observed companies do to energize and excite their organizations. Please note that ideas that work for young organizations like google may not work for me since I am trying to do this in a very traditional, large and old (over 100 years in business) organization. One idea that comes to mind is hiring relatively younger employees for senior management positions. Perhaps having more team outings might help as well. I would welcome any suggestions. Thanks in advance!
posted by r2d2 on Apr 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Question re: Organizational Cultures in the Federal Government

Where do classy, educated, intelligent people work in the (U.S.) Federal Government? Which organizational cultures would welcome me? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Apr 4, 2013 - 38 answers

EZ Organization tips or links for somone with Adult ADD

Although it has long been a suspicion, I have every sign of having Adult ADD. I tend to do most of the things in the checklist (multitask without finishing many tasks, forget things, tons of lists and forgotten "helpful" notes, watch a movie in 10 minute intervals while doing 4 other things never to finish many movies, reading at current count 22 books, impulsive behavior -- well, you get the drift.) I am curious in the short run, what might have helped you with simple organization at work and at home. Feel free to share any tips and web sites. I hope to move on to some books (I have many checked out from the 'brary) but need a small step approach. My artistic side is keeping me sane and hopefully your tips can help me get a kick-start. (As far as medication, I am in consultation with a dr but want to try some diet/exerisie/organic things first. And yes, I abuse parentheses like nobody's business.) I am going through this previous link as well.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Suggestions for Organized Receipts for Reimbursements (ADD Traveler)

I have attention deficit disorder primarily inattentive, am a professor who travels a decent amount, and have trouble with being organized about submitting my receipts for reimbursement. I believe that it is caused by a combination of basic and deeper-rooted problems, and was wanting to know what you do to be organized about correctly getting reimbursed. This includes systems that you use to ensure that you have everything, where you keep receipts, what specific kinds of filing systems you might use while you're traveling so that nothing is lost, anything electronic (either hardware or an app), or even just the odd things that "just work for you". [more inside]
posted by scunning on Mar 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Best practices for software development documentation

I do some developery-type stuff at work and the more complicated it gets, the less organized I am. I often find myself wondering why I did this or that or what I was trying to accomplish with it. I reuse a lot of the same functions and bits of code but I don't have a good system of keeping track of them. I know about commenting within code, and I do that, but I'm looking for a larger system of general best practices more than a specific solution. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Who gets paid what in a seminar, workshop or speaking engagement?

I'm starting to get a few requests for speaking engagements and seminars, and I'm not quite sure what to expect on the business side of things. At the moment, these are private individuals who have a little experience with event planning, and know that I could draw a decent audience to a workshop. I'm a little unsure about how profits should be split between me and the organizer. I don't have a problem with the organizer making some money, but I'm the one providing the content, and I want to be fairly compensated. How does this generally work? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 21, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm a good secretary, but help me be awesome

I'm an administrator and I have lots of different systems to handle - Google docs, calendar, Outlook, 2 different email accounts, multiple "bosses" / sets of people to confer with, and 3 separate programs I work for that I'd like to keep separated and organized. If this sounds like your job, what are your organization hacks, from physical files to electronic stuff? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Pinterest lets me save pages quickly, but I need more organization!

Looking for a way to save and organize webpages in a fashion similar to Pinterest, but with more organization. I want to be able to click a button to save the page, select the image I want to use, then go back later and sort the saved pages while keeping them in the same folder. [more inside]
posted by Circumstands on Feb 2, 2013 - 9 answers

I Love My Freedom, but How Much Freedom is Too Much Freedom?

How do you make yourself go to sleep/do errands/be a grown-up when you have no responsibilities or schedule you need to keep? When I hear people say they loved a show and watched 3 episodes before bed because they had to work the next morning I laugh because if I love a show I might watch 10 episodes because I can. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 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

How do you store mixed-media research content?

With the rise of single-format sharing sites (eg. Youtube and Vimeo for video, Pinterest and Flickr for photos), how do you consolidate assets from multiple sources in a single "project"? [more inside]
posted by felspar on Jan 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Goals and To-Dos - best tools, resources?

I'm looking for the best tool to maintain a list of long-term goals and a resource for generating short-term ones. [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Jan 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Best way to keep a log about a person?

We have a person we have to deal with on an ongoing basis for a legal issue who is a bit of a PITA and we have been asked to start documenting our contact with her. How? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 14, 2013 - 11 answers

DVD/CD Organization Help

I've never kept my media in anything other than their original cases, but my DVD's take up too much room and I want to put them into some sort of organizer. Any product reccomendations or advice would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by MadMadam on Jan 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Best way to digitize & organize CD and DVD library?

Finishing up a home organization project... I'm facing several boxes of (music) CDs, and one box of (movie) DVDs. What's the best way of digitizing & storing the music & movie files? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Jan 9, 2013 - 7 answers

TBD

I think I might be done with to-do lists. Or maybe you can help me? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jan 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Directions to Oz are actually in Q>Marketing>Misc>Masonry>Yellow

Is there a program that will help me locate/tag/organize files on our server? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Dec 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Best ADD apps?

I've found this thread but I'm specifically looking for the best (in your experience) apps for ADD [more inside]
posted by tllaya on Dec 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you annotate folders in OS X?

On my work computer (Mac OS 10.7.5), I usually organize my projects by putting all the files related to a single project in a single folder. I try to give the folder a descriptive name, but sometimes this is difficult if there are two projects that are kinda similar. Is there a way (either natively or using some tool that I can download/buy) to annotate folders with a longer description? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 19, 2012 - 10 answers

How to store hundreds of magazines?

We've got too many magazines -- how to store them for collecting purposes, but also keep them accessible for reading and research? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Dec 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Tangle of tools

How do I organize my household tools in a very small apartment? [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Dec 13, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I part with my precious books? No, really.

All my books are assembling in one house. Help me figure out what is a reasonable amount of books to keep, and which books I should stoop. Also, how to emotionally handle letting go of lots and lots of books. [more inside]
posted by corb on Dec 9, 2012 - 45 answers

Holy Utility Belt Batman! Storage solutions for iPhone/iPad accesories?

Chargers, adapters, and cables - Oh My! What are the items and techniques you use to store all of your iPhone and/or iPad accessories? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Nov 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Who do I want to be today?

I'm an organizational creative jill-of-all-trades and I might be losing my job. I'm updating my resume and, coincidentally, I need help creatively organizing it. Help, AskMe? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Nov 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Where time and space are arranged

Looking for an online solution to booking and scheduling resources in a large workshop [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Nov 5, 2012 - 2 answers

overthinking shelves

I have too many shelves and no hanging space in a small room. How do I maximize the space I have and keep work clothes and dresses organized and wrinkle-free? [more inside]
posted by sums on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Secret Society - Late 19th Century to Present Day

What is "The Organization" [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

How do you keep track of your marketing as a freelancer?

How do you track your marketing efforts to potential clients as a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Oct 19, 2012 - 2 answers

How to monitor order or work progess

Is there a software where clients can view the status of their work ordered from me? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 14, 2012 - 5 answers

How to keep my clothing in tip top shape?

My sweaters are pilled. My shoes are scuffed. My skirts have random threads coming out. My thin knit tops have pulls. My favourite shirt has a small salad dressing stain just to the left of my belly button. Your sweaters look new, your shoes look immaculate, you generally look pulled together. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Oct 7, 2012 - 29 answers

How to Run a Booth at a Fair

Have you ever manned a booth at a carnival, fair, or expo? I'm running a booth and selling items at a weekend fair that will benefit a volunteer organization. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 5, 2012 - 23 answers

CHECK ALL THE THINGS!

Organizing my life through checklists - recommendations? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Oct 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me organize my entire life.

Launching a freelance career, starting a training program and planning a wedding. Please help me get organized before my life spins out of control. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Help organize and streamline my work process, pretty please

Can you suggest a system that could help a group of employees manage a long, many-stepped process? We're driving ourselves bonkers in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Sep 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Listmaker, listmaker, make me a list...

To-do questions on here often tell you to have a daily or weekly meeting with your boss. Please help me figure out how to make a list of tasks and projects so that I can do this and keep my head on straight and not get mired in anxiety-land. [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on Sep 11, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I fit the most amount of stuff into a tiny space?

Help me maximize my wall space without having to drill... [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

A list of sources in a Word doc isn't gonna cut it.

I'm writing my MA capstone research paper and feel like I need to step up my game with managing citations and possibly using something other than Word. Help? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Sep 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Better Tea Storage

Lately, I've been into tea and more interested in trying new varieties than waiting to finish off the old stuff. I don't really have any teas I want to throw away. What's the best way to store a bunch of small containers of loose tea in a space efficient and aesthetically pleasing way? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Sep 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Something well-designed to get me well organized

Tell me of the most beautifully designed, paper-based gtd / organizers / planners in the land! I want nice typography, attractive materials and maximum usability in one package. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Aug 30, 2012 - 11 answers

I would like to fit the entirety of my brain into a plain-text database.

Android and Win7 compatible. Tag-based and cross-referenceable. Future-proof. Fast. I have a feeling that my perfect, personal information database solution is lurking right under my nose. But where is it? [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Aug 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Quickest way to alphebatize and combine paperwork from unsorted piles?

Quickest way to alphebatize and combine paperwork from unsorted piles? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Aug 16, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm tired of sitting in a leaky rowboat... I wanna run a tight ship!

I am *finally* getting an assistant to help me tackle my workload and upcoming projects, which has been a chaotic undertaking for one person. She's really smart and retentive in exactly the way an awesome assistant should be... we're determined to get super organized as a team so I want to start off on the right foot and be able to focusing on monetizing instead of answering email all day. Here's my question: what are the best apps/sites/software nowadays to manage and document big workloads, contacts, meetings, tasks brainstorms, and overall projects and stay organized easily as a team? I know there has to be some great new stuff out there that I haven't heard of. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 14, 2012 - 12 answers

I need eight days a week. Or more.

I don't understand how people with homes, jobs, kids, families, hobbies, televisions and pets DO everything. What am I doing wrong? Help me make the most of every minute! [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Aug 7, 2012 - 54 answers

I need a clothing organization system that isn't a dresser and also isn't my floor.

I need a clothing organization system that isn't a dresser and also isn't my floor. Help! [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Aug 5, 2012 - 34 answers

no digital love

Index card lovers unite! Looking for non-digital ways to manage citations, sources, etc. for academic research projects. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 30, 2012 - 9 answers

I want to set fire to my kitchen utensils

Kitchen Organization 101: Is there any obvious and efficient way to organize the drawer in my kitchen that holds all my big/weirdly shaped utensils (ie. mixing spoons, measuring cups, spatulas, pastry cutter, salad server, tongs, etc) that DOESN'T involve having them in a holder on the countertop? We don't have the counterspace to spare. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jun 19, 2012 - 26 answers

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